Quite a reminder in this verse and some great encouragement for daily living. I needed this today! Living life will always include the desire for hope, the arrival of affliction and the need for prayer. How do we make the necessary adjustments to the daily changes that are hurled at us? By being joyful, patient and faithful.
The JOY of the Lord will be the strength that we need to overcome challenges. When the challenges last for a while we will need to let PATIENCE have her perfect work. And FAITHFULness shows up when we believe what we are praying and take constant steps in His direction acting as if the answer has already arrived.
You may be waiting today for some news: a job application, a doctors diagnosis, a call from someone you love. Be joyful in hope. Waiting always seems to be hard to handle but if you stay positive and expect the best you give God something to work with. If news comes that is not favorable(affliction), persevere. Be patient and hold on to hope, keeping your smile. Don't lose your joy. Stay faithful and stay connected to the Lord in daily communication.(prayer)
I've got a feeling that things are about to take a turn for the better in your life! :)