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What is it that challenges bring to me? What does all the trouble mean? 

I get to shout praise. Trouble leads to praise because we know who is in control, and it isn’t us. It is God. God is God and God is Great. God is generous to us. God’s ways aren’t our ways and God’s timing isn’t our timing.

I get to be passionate about being patient. Not just patient but passionately patient. I go after the patience in new and deep ways. There aren’t enough containers to hold the patience that is mine through the HOLY Spirit.

This patience leads to virtue. Patience is at the core of all character. Perseverance, through patience, will win the day.

We are a people of hope. We know God is in a good mood. We know God won’t abandon us. We know Jesus defeated death, ransomed us from a life divorced from achieving God’s goal for us and now sits at the right hand of God. We know we have same Holy Spirit in us that raised Jesus from the dead.

We shout with praise!

There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit! Romans 5:1-5

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