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Know your own happiness. You want nothing but patience; or give it a more fascinating name: call it hope.

– Jane Austen (Sense and Sensibility)

Little Katie was excited as she climbed into the back seat of the car. Her family was going to visit Grandma and Grandpa! They had to drive about 250 miles from Houston to Dallas. After about 50 miles, Katie started to get antsy so she asked, “Are we almost there?” Her dad answered, “No, sweetie, we’re still pretty far.” 
 
After another fifty miles, Katie asked again: “Are we there yet?” This time her mom said, “No, not yet, dear.” Katie tried to sit still but she was too excited. Fifty miles later she asked, “NOW are we almost there?” Her dad said, “No, we still have about 100 miles to go.” Katie thought for a moment and then asked, “Daddy, am I still going to be four years old when we get there?”
 

That's a little excerpt from my book Truth, Dare, Double Dare. I'm sharing it today because I suspect we've all felt like Katie at times. It's hard to be patient when we’re waiting for something exciting to happen (or for something we don’t like to finish). For example, I got my clear aligners from the orthodontist last Wednesday and every day I think, "I'm so over this!" But I also know that God will give me the patience and grace I need to stick it out for a year to see the good results. 

You may be waiting for a special occasion, such as a baby's birth or a wedding; you may be hoping for a promotion at work; you may be working toward paying off a debt; or you may be counting down the days until graduation or a loved one returning home.

Hang in there. Don't lose out on today's blessings and joys because you're so focused on some point in the future. Choose today to enjoy the entire journey, not only the final destination! 

Have a hope-filled day. . . and keep reading if you could use a little more encouragement about finding peace in the day to day. :) 


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Not to stress anyone out but. . . do you realize there are just five weeks left until Christmas and six weeks left to the end of 2021? Yikes! I'm tempted to panic just a little. What about you?

Thankfully, I keep running across reminders like these:

Build a little fence of trust around today;
Fill the space will loving work and therein stay.
Look not through the protective rails upon tomorrow;
God will help you bear what comes of joy or sorrow. 

(from the Streams from the Desert devotional book)

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own" (Matthew 6:34)

"We don’t need to know every detail of the Master Plan and we don’t need to know where we will go tomorrow. Our only duty is to get out of bed, get on our knees, and tell the Lord of Hosts that we are reporting for duty." (from my friend Pastor Ray Pritchard)

The last one might puzzle some of you. Why would anyone give authority over their lives to someone else, even God? It makes a difference who that someone is. When you know that God loves you and always has your best interest in mind, trusting Him with your life is the safest thing to do, just like soldiers must trust their lieutenants.

My personal experience is that this promise from Philippians 4 is one that has never failed me:

"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

Whatever is stressing you today, I encourage you to take it to God. He'll sustain you and show you if there are things you can let go of.

whimsy & wisdom from the world wide web

There's a gorgeous new blog by Rebecca Grabill, a writer I met in Michigan a few years ago, and you absolutely need to subscribe to it if you love Christmas. This link will take you to the updated tutorial for my puffy Christmas trees but you'll find a "Subscribe" button at the top of the page and you can also browse around the blog to see the other resources. This blog will be growing in the weeks ahead (and I've got a couple of other goodies going in) so I hope you'll sign up.

Another writer friend, Lorri, has been a huge support to her autistic son Zach, a 27-year-old who has turned his sweet illustrations into a booming greeting card company. (I sure could learn a thing or two from this duo!) Check out this write-up in the Montreal Gazette.

I'm on a roll. so here's a third shout-out to a writer friend. Jen is a lovely young woman I met several years ago. She has cerebral palsy and, in this insightful piece, she shares how she learned to trust God with the one thing in her life she has no control over. 

IPSEDIXITISM

(n) dogmatic assertion or assertiveness

Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.
– H. Jackson Brown Jr.

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