January 13, 2023 – Day 12 of #ADayInMyLife @PTLPerrin 30-Day #Blogging Challenge 2023 @RRBC_org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #RRBC #RWISA

1-13-23, Day 12 In PTL Perrin’s Life

Welcome to day twelve of A Day In My Life! Happy Friday!

Patient Endurance. Two words I never wanted to see together, especially as they pertained to our lives. And yet, God gave that phrase to Bill in 2021 after he prayed for direction for the year.

Patience is one of the fruits of the spirit listed in Galatians 5:22 and pictured above, but I don’t see endurance there. Do you?

I had heard other people talk about their word for the year, and didn’t understand why the Lord would use only one word to guide His people. I know the Word, with a capital W, and I read it every day. It contains many words, as I recall from this morning’s reading. So what’s the story with one word or phrase?

Bill got his phrase, so I asked God for a word, too, hoping it would be something different, like Prosperity, or Healing, or Joy. He didn’t give me one. Instead, He reminded me that Bill and I are one in His eyes, and what’s good for the gander is good for the goose. We were about to get some training.

During 2021, we sold our house in Jupiter and bought a newer one where we are now. The process was certainly a great lesson in patience as we bid on house after house with no success. We stored all our worldly goods and rented a small condo near the beach while we searched. We had given away much of our furniture, and when we finally found our new home, we had to buy a lot of “new” stuff. We did get new mattresses and a new sofa bed, but the rest? Little by little, Bill brought home piece after piece of lovely old stuff he’d bought at thrift stores. Good solid furniture, well-built, and far, far from modern. And yet, as it came together, it became ours and it all worked. The house was undervalued by the owner and filled with upgrades including impact windows. Yay! No more storm shutters! Complete lawn and shrubs maintenance was included in the HOA fees, which were lower than most. No more backbreaking mowing and yard work. We literally traded a 30-year-old home needing some loving attention for a larger 3-year-old with attitude! For the same price! We learned that miracles can come with patient endurance.

As 2021 rolled over into 2022, we prayed and waited for a new word or phrase, maybe one with more pizzazz and less endurance. God wasn’t done with the lessons yet, and patient endurance remained. Medical challenges came along for both of us. We saw God heal, albeit slowly enough to warrant both patience and endurance, and we’re still waiting for other healing to be accomplished. Our income took a hit, but the Lord hasn’t let us down, yet.

Here we are in 2023. It occurred to me that I’d been seeing a lot of one word in my readings and through my devotionals since the New Year. Could it be? Might the Lord be giving me a word this time? I’m going to say it, and if it is what I think it is, then I’ll gladly remind the Lord that what’s good for the goose is also good for the gander.

That word is HOPE.

Here’s my to-do list for today:

  1. Write my daily blog. (Check!)
  2. Meet with my friend to discuss edits to her book.
  3. Read the blogs of everyone participating in this challenge and comment. (Daily)
  4. Balance our checkbooks. (Didn’t get done again. Numbers…)
  5. Pack ONE bin full of Christmas and put it away, leaving only six more for another day. (Also didn’t get done yet.)
  6. Put together tax information for one of our corporations. (Ugh)
  7. Cover the plants for tonight’s frigid temps (our real winter comes in spurts).

Now seven items on the list. It’s getting windy.

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Thank you for reading my blog today, and please visit my friends and fellow RRBC Bloggers at  https://ravereviewsbookclub.wordpress.com/rrbc-member-chat/


Patty Perrin (writing as P.T.L. Perrin)


11 thoughts on “January 13, 2023 – Day 12 of #ADayInMyLife @PTLPerrin 30-Day #Blogging Challenge 2023 @RRBC_org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #RRBC #RWISA

  1. Hi, Patty,
    I like your word for the year 2023. Hope endures.
    I have my words for the year too. I have one from my EConnect Group and two words that are kissing cousins that God gave me one evening.
    Have a blessed day.
    Shalom aleichem

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    • Thanks, Donna. We always know when God’s about to do something spectacular. The pot begins to boil, we go through a vigorous wash cycle, and then the wringer before we see what He’s up to. He’s never let us down, but the journey can be rough. Now that I know Hope is His word for me, I see it everywhere! It is so beautiful, with so many promises attached. We have the hope of Glory! Everything is worth that.


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  2. Hi, Patty:

    Yes, loved reading about the journey that brought you into this wonderful space in 2023.

    No doubt, Creator has taken the wheel. Continue to sit back and allow HIM to drive . . . which I see that’s what you’re doing.

    Must admit, I’m borrowing the word “HOPE” for my 2023 journey. There’s no telling where it will lead (me).

    Continued blessings to you and the family. Wishing you much success in your business ventures. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Thank you, Nina!

      Hope is not something you can borrow. It’s a free gift from Creator to you. Hope is the expectation of blessings, the banner that leads us on our journey Home. It’s a word that is big enough, full enough, and abundant enough for both of us, and for everyone else to whom it is given and who takes it to heart. May it lead you to beautiful blessings! God bless you and your family, Nina!


    • Thanks, Yvette. I didn’t want Bill’s words, but the Lord was clear that they were meant for me, too. It’s tough being an eternal spirit in a human body sometimes. I’ll embrace HOPE any day!


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