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Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds. - James 1:2 (NIV)

During my teenage years, my greatest suffering was loneliness. Year after year, I prayed for deep Christian friendships. But year after year, God answered, “Not yet,” and I wondered why. Hadn’t I put effort into finding friendships? Wouldn’t godly friendships help me grow in my relationship with God? Wasn’t strong...

Today's Prayer
Dear Lord, through whatever we are suffering today, help us to find joy in trusting you so that we may learn to persevere and become more like Jesus. Amen.

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Today's Reading
James 1:2-12

Thought for the Day

Even in my suffering I can persevere in trusting God.

Prayer Focus

Those suffering from loneliness

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