Is it possible to go through a tough time and experience joy at the same exact time? The answer is yes, if you are Christian and if you choose to! Why & How? Because nothing is able to separate us from His presence and His presence makes all the difference when facing tough times.
2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. James 1:2-4
No matter what you are going through, there is always the option of His joy. Just get into His presence and you will experience it. It really is just that simple – try it and you will be glad you did!