"May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins." - Colossians 1:11-14
We are being strengthened for endurance and patience with joy! When the baby wakes up at 5 and never goes back to sleep; joy! When she decides to practice pouring with bowls of popcorn in the living room; joy! When we are waiting for plans to take shape and progress to happen; joy! Why? Because we have already been rescued from darkness and transferred to the kingdom of the Son! Forgiven; joy!