Rainy Day Treats


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Hello friends and sweet readers of this blog!  It’s good to be back to my desk for some writing.  Lately there have been so many thoughts flooding this brain of mine, that its been a bit difficult to get my thoughts sorted out.  Some seasons in our life are like that and we just have to press through it, don’t we?

Guitar MandolinHere is some pressing through activities that I have found helpful to me:

  1.  Daily quiet time – I am reading through the Bible this year, and even though I didn’t start until April, it doesn’t matter.  It is a goal of mine with a year’s time.
  2. Reading – I have been so behind on reading and I enjoy it very much because I gain such great insights and enjoyment from it.  I have again set aside time to read.
  3. Music time – Playing some tunes on my instruments.  I have to break in my finger pads for playing the strings.
  4. Walks – even in the rain.  A big umbrella helps and I enjoy the freshness in the air after a rain.
  5. Baking some bread – There is nothing like the smell of bread in the oven on a rainy day.  Recipe IMG_3009is below.
  6. A get-away to nature – To really see what is around me and let my soul settle down.  Our Cabin works great for this, but sometimes a drive can be just the ticket. I do that a lot too.  Drive to the water, or to the mountains; whatever you enjoy.
  7. Create with photography – With My Story 365 project that I am doing, it helps me see in the present moment and make a message with a memory every day.
  8. Write a note and send by mail – yes by mail.  I like receiving them and I think others enjoy it too and you never know what a note in the mail may do for the receiver that day.
  9. Let a person who has been an influence in my life know – Tell them, call them, send a card, but let them know how and why they have been such a great influence in your life.
  10. I enjoy, without guilt, doing nothing sometimes – That has been a difficult lesson for me.  But I am learning to enjoy it very much… that special brand of slow.

Leaves and Moss-3When we take a measure of time to see it in positive ways, it changes how we look at the day.  Even when things are at their most difficult, doing some of the activities above, can change your whole perspective!  It can bring joy back in where a heavy burden has been.

Pick one this week that you can do for yourself.  We are reminded this weekend of why Jesus died for us…and why He arose on Easter.  Don’t let the devil steal that joy from you. Christ died and arose again so that you could have a life abundant and full of joy; even when things seem less than joyful.  I know.  He has done that for me this last week.  I am ever so grateful, and I have dropped more than a few hearts in my jar this week!

Big River-3Go!  Walk the path of creative joy!  Let me know in the comments what you do to enjoy life even amongst the rainy and difficult seasons on your journey.  I would love to hear about them!

My Recipe:

Beer Bread:

  • 3 cups of self-raising flour
  • 3T of sugar
  • 1-12 oz can of beer

Mix together and put into a lightly greased loaf pan.  Bake at 350º for 55 minutes.  Once out of the oven, run a thin knife if needed around the edge of the bread, and then drop out onto your surface.  It’s ready for a yummy taste!  It is just as good when it is not warm, and it also toasts well.

Until next time…

~JoAnn

 

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