Word Filled Wednesday - Rejoicing

I know it is difficult to rejoice when things are not going well.  However, it's a mandate.  Over the past couple of weeks I've visited two friends in the hospital and one at home that is wheelchair bound.  When one of them was asked how are you doing today?  She replied, "Every day above ground is a good day!"  That is reason enough to celebrate and rejoice.  So no matter how much pain I'm in or whether or not things are going my way.  I will rejoice in the Lord.  Paul said it best:

" Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us." (Rom 5:3-5 NIV)