It is spring, it is spring, it is spring.
This may be a bit early, as I always like to think that I am better before I really am, but I feel a spring within me. I look at the past few months, and I feel a sense of accomplishment and a great relief to be, hopefully, done. I can see all that has been painfully pruned from me, all the seeds faithfully planted, and something new arises. I see beauty in faces, as broken as they may be. Hope comes more easily, a sense that God is moving and I move with him. Christ has done a good work in me.
Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. so don't try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in anyway. James 1.
James in the Message is. so. good. check it.