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Dear Friends and Family,

How is it going?

Truth be told, this Stay Home, Stay Safe thing is wearing on me. The funny thing is, I probably wouldn’t be doing anything different with my day. It’s just the fact that I can’t, or at least shouldn’t, go anywhere that is causing me struggling a bit. I keep finding myself trying to slip into waiting mode, wishing things were back to normal so that I can get on with life. And then in the middle of the wanting something other than what I have, I hear my dear Aunt Bessie’s words, “Quit wishing your life away.” Her meaning: Make the most of today while you have it.

I love Aunt Bessie.

Her words always bring things back into perspective. If I’m truthful, I have been getting on with my life by chasing Baby J around the house, putting encouraging words in writing, and creating some yummy dinners. It’s my stinky attitude that is making me miserable. And as much as I rile against it, changing my mood is up to me.

You have heard it is said, “Consider it pure joy, brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4

The word consider used here is sometimes translated count, but its Greek meaning is to lead. So, in a sense, the verse could be paraphrased, “Let joy lead the way whenever you face trials of many kinds.” Why? I think it is because joy opens our eyes to things beyond our circumstances. It lifts us and lets us be hopeful. The trick is to allow joy to lead. Otherwise, we find ourselves with stinky attitudes with no vision. It’s not easy especially when things are not going the way we would like, but the choice is still ultimately up to us. What do we want to lead us through life?

So, in an effort to practice letting joy lead here’s a glimpse of the good things that happened at our house this past week.

There. That’s just a few of the blessings that occurred this week despite the trying times and stinky attitude. It’s good to see them in print. In the coming days, I hope to be more up than down so I can see more clearly where God is working out the good in all this.

Speaking of good, for your sweet treat, I am linking you to a past post for the very yummy Berry-lious Chocolate Chip Cobbler. We made it for our weekend dessert, and it was as tasty as ever. I hope you give it a try.

Thanks for stopping by. Leave me a note. I would love to hear from you.

Press on. Choose joy. Watch for God and make the most of today while you have it.

Love, Patty

Berry-lious Chocolate Chip Cobbler

8-12 servings




For instructions go here.

What’s Coming Up This Week?

I’m not sure what I am going to post later this week. Just keep your eyes open. There will be something to ponder as well as yumminess.

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