I've been reading from Oswald Chambers' works lately. Here a Chambers' quote that I liked so much, I created a graphic for it from a photo of our littlest at the beach.
"Huge waves that would frighten an ordinary swimmer produce a tremendous thrill for the surfer who has ridden them. Let's apply that to our own circumstances. The things we try to avoid and fight against - tribulation, suffering, and persecution - are the very things that produce abundant joy in us. 'We are more than conquerors through Him' 'in all these things;' not in spite of them, but in the midst of them. A saint doesn't know the joy of the Lord in spite of tribulation, but because of it."
~ Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest