How is your world? Mine’s in a mess right now! I could be stressed, worried, and frazzled to a fritter.
I could question finding any joy and peace as I, like many of you, struggle with deaths, unexpected changes, illnesses and daily stresses.
My friend Patches (picture) and I have a few tips to help you find joy and peace in the midst of hard times.
Focus on the good, even for a few seconds.
In the worst of times, dig deep within you for good memories. Holding my brother’s hand for the last time brought heaviness to my heart. Recalling his laughter, the twinkle in his eye when he talked of seeing Mother before I do, served to remind me of better days. I praise God for the times we shared.
Make time to do a fun project.
Seem impossible? Too busy? Stop! Think! You can organize a tiny space somewhere to leave a small project out for those few minutes a day when you can steal away. Seriously, put out a pad and pen if you like to write. Begin a sewing, embroidery, or crochet project … even a few stitches a day! Have a favorite book ready to open (and maybe a tiny candy or cracker to go with!)
Learn to lean on a strong foundation.
This year for me has been one of learning who I can trust with my deepest feelings. I am thankful for a strong foundation based upon God’s Word. His words have held me up when all else failed around me. If you are not familiar with the Bible, read the Psalms and meditate on them. God’s Word will give you strength and joy and peace beyond belief.
Find a way to share with others.
I have a friend, more stressed than I, that finds joy in baking bread for someone or taking them a meal; I don’t do that! I send cards, call people, give hugs and smiles.
I write letters to God, I read His word; I write stories about Him. I keep a pen and paper in my pocket! I have a strong belief that the youngest child to the oldest adult will benefit from learning about God from His Word.
And now, about Patches!
I believe God created Patches Joyland Press to make His Word more personal to young and old alike. My new book is a Biblical Coloring and Activity Book and will feature Patches. From comments already, I believe God will use this to encourage all ages, not just kiddos.
You will be the first to know when it’s available …
PATCHES JOYLAND EXPRESS will be available through Amazon.com when it’s published (I’ll let you know when.) It will be filled with pages to color by Artist Valerie Van Bebber and word searches and crossword puzzles and more! Lots more!