From my reading plan… and also closely related to the first chapter of the book of James.
This is a “growing edge” for me: dignity in suffering or pain, recognizing God is blessing me through refining me or making me more holy (like Him) by removing impurities so I reflect more of His image and less of mine, even though I’m still molded uniquely.
To count it all joy when suffering, because it is a form of God’s love for me, just as a parent loves his child when he shapes, disciplines, corrects, and admonishes his child. God cares about me else he wouldn’t do those things to me.
In Philippians 4:6-7, the Apostle Paul challenges us to be anxious for nothing. Instead, we are to pray and give thanks. It’s easy to express our thanks to God on the heels of a victory or after receiving a miraculous breakthrough. But we will see that we are called to do this in the midst of our struggles, as well.