Count it joy...Really!?!

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As I walk thru valleys in my life, I'm reminded of the verse James 1:2 "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds." God's word encourages us to rejoice when we face trials in our life. 1 Peter 1:6, Romans 5:3, Romans 12:12, Philippians 4:6-7 and more.

I'm thinking....count it joy?...all the time? Really!?!

How do I count it all joy when I'm crying in pain and anxiety over situations out of my control?

Because as I'm "Pressing In" to God, my focus gets off the the trial I'm dealing with and refocuses on God. Which is where my focus should have been all along. With each trial, I surrender all to God. I'm leaning on God. Learning to trust God. God in turns gives me his peace and comfort. I can not control what is going on around me. I can not control what others do. What I can do is put my trust in our King of Kings and Lord of Lords! He is our creator! Nothing, I mean nothing, happens with out passing by Him first. I have to trust God. If I can trust he will return and take us to heaven then why can't I trust him with my earthly troubles? God created this world. He created us. He didn't just say I'm done and walk away. He is still here holding us together.

 I have to pray over my thoughts. I can not dwell on destructive thinking. I must give every thought over to God. I must trust in Him to work all things out for me. I can't do anything about it on my own.  Only He can. As I trust in God, more and more each day, He fills me with His peace. A peace that only He can give! He is our Prince of Peace!

Why did Jesus live here on earth with such great peace? Not because his life here was easy peasy. No! It was because of His relationship with God, His father, Our father! I must seek God for that same relationship. I don't want to have a shallow relationship with our Savior but I want to really know Him. When I really know, submit and trust in God; He sends me the comforter. The Prince of Peace! What a restful feeling.

God has it all under control. Let's trust in Him! I'm not saying it's easy because sometimes it's not. However, even tho I've cried out to God saying, "I do not want to walk thru this, Lord!", I wouldn't change it for anything. Why? Because my focus is on God now instead of other people and situations. My focus and trust is in our King of Kings instead of things of this world. As my relationship with my Savior deepens, I can release my burdens, pain, fear, sorrow, anxiety, broken pieces to Him. He is in the business of healing and restoring! What a wonderful feeling!! How awesome is our God!!

Let's pray...

Dear Heavenly Father,
I surrender all destructive thoughts and feelings to you. Let my thoughts be your thoughts, let the meditations of my heart and the words of my mouth be pleasing to you. Go before me and make my path straight. Heal all my broken pieces. Restore me. Give me strength and peace that only you can give. Open my eyes to see what you are doing. Refocus me to keep my eyes on you. Put your angels around me to block the flaming arrows of the enemy. As I seek you, show me your love. Give me wisdom. Guide me to always walk in your peace. You are my creator and I'm stepping out to trust in you. Forgive me of not trusting in you before. I pray all door ways I have opened to sin be shut and sealed in the name of Jesus. Never to be opened again. Hold my right hand as I call out to you, as I walk with you. Never let me go. I lift up other women going through hard times. I pray you send your comforter to wrap them in His loving arms. I love you, Lord. I praise you because you are worthy! In Jesus name I pray. Amen.


Starla J. 


  1. Thanks Starla for answering my tweet and leading me to your blog post. Loved it. I wrote a book about joy. Joy Beyond. God bless you and joy through Jesus! Brenda

    1. That's great! I'll look it up. Thank you!

  2. Amen! to your prayer Starla. We are so blessed to be able to "press in" to the ONE who loves us most. May your heart overflow with JOY in your new week as you "press in" hard on Jesus! [hugs]

    1. Thank you, Diane! Hugs back at you!

  3. Oh Starla, I prayed your this prayer of yours as soon as I read it... Thanks for the visit!

  4. "When I really know, submit and trust in God; He sends me the comforter. The Prince of Peace!" I would say that God already gave us the Comforter. As believers, His Spirit dwells within us and when we focus on His character and promises through seeking Him in His Word, we hear the comfort from Him so much easier. Great exhortation to press us all toward the only One who can comfort us despite our circumstances!


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