Read: Philippians 4:11-13

My husband and I started camping when we were first married. Surprisingly, although my husband worked in the RV (recreational vehicle) industry, we didn’t own a camper. Our first experience was in a tent.

I was in my first trimester of pregnancy and not feeling great much of the time. We packed our clothes in totes and our food in coolers and valiantly set up our tent. I am from Montana and we often camped in primitive situations. I believed I was up for this. Dave was a good sport. (His idea of camping was Holiday Inn.)

That night it rained. It really rained. By morning the camp site was muddy, our clothes were damp, our beds were damp, we were damp. Dave and Bev plus damp is not a pleasant scenario. I remember not being very happy about my situation.

Looking back, I wish I had been more grateful. I had everything I needed, even if it was wet. Dampness is temporary. Learning to find joy in every situation is a skill that requires effort. May your effort today to find joy in your situation be blessed with success. May we learn to say with Paul, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”

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