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Patt's Perspective

June 25, 2010
Patt from the pod 2

Hello Family and Friends,

This is part deux of news from the pod and week 6 of perseverance, frustration, determination and depression.  Praise God the ditch witch is gone and the construction dumpster left last week, filled to capacity twice.  As you can see from the first picture, we are making some progress, slowly but surely.  My problem today is that I want it to be QUICKLY, not slowly.  I’ve had it with the slowly part.  How I envy Paul when he wrote that he had learned the secret of being contentment whatever the circumstances. (Philippians 4:11)  Why can’t I be more like him and just take all of this in stride and do all things for the Lord’s honor and glory?  After all, it’s only a temporary state of chaos and disorder and is not going to last forever. (Someone promise me this is only temporary.)

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June 14, 2010

Dear Friends,

This is to let you know that I will be writing my thoughts and experiences on a somewhat regular basis for J.L.‘s website and put to pen, as it were, my perspective on this season in life.

April and May—and now June—were more months of transition for J.L. and me.  The New Directions building was going to be sold (it has been as of this writing) and we needed to move all of our things.  It has been interesting to remember the look of the pre-move offices and the items in them, and quite another to see them boxed up.  Goodness, where did all this stuff come from?  Have J.L. and I not spoken, numerous times for numerous conferences overseas, on “this world is not my home home, I’m just a travelin’ through,” or written that we are to hold loosely to material possessions or prayed that we would find all of our sufficiency in Christ and not in things?  If you could see our backyard with so many of those things under tarps, a Pod for storage outside the back door, the pictures and artifacts that have invaded most rooms in our house, you would have to conclude that we need to revisit our preaching and walk the talk!  Seriously, our property looks like a TV episode from Sanford and Sons!

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