Exuding joy in the midst of trials is not the same thing as pretending everything is fine when it's not! Perseverance and testing usually doesn't produce a smile on our face. Everything is usually NOT fine. However, we can still have joy because our joy doesn't come from our circumstances. Joy comes from our salvation. The testing of our faith is something all believers go through. It's meant to refine, develop, and strengthen us. Now, there are times when you are meant to share your heart only with God. But, we are never encouraged to walk through life alone.
Sometimes we need an encourager to build up our courage again. Sometimes we need a teacher to share the truth about God's character. Other times we need a helper to provide a meal. Some days we need a prayer warrior to help us battle the enemy. You see, we need the body of Christ. When you act independently, you are hurting yourself and the body of Christ because you are not functioning properly.
When you are going through times of testing, be honest with those you are in community with... Let the help you carry the burden and pray for you. When you don't, pride creeps in and pride comes before a fall.
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."
Today, press on so that you will be mature and complete in Christ! God will comfort and help you through His Holy Spirit and the body of Christ...if you let Him.