Blog Biography

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Welcome …

Launched in 2013 as Stroked by a Blessing, revamped in 2016, this blog is for the community of people who are trying to find happiness when circumstances in life are difficult, overwhelming, and you flirt with giving up.

Perhaps, more importantly, Pressing Toward Joy is for those who struggle with a lack of joy and contentment, even when life is going as ‘you’ planned.  Yet, there is still ‘something’ missing.

If you experience anxiousness, hopelessness at times, and fear, you’ll feel right at home here.  Prepare to share the experiences with someone who stumbles daily through life, pressing toward finding happiness, in spite of the circumstances.  Happiness?

Happiness depends on the circumstances in your life … it can be fleeting and temporary.

Joy  is internal and eternal, based upon His Promises.  It is a place of rest in the midst of the storm.

Anchored by my faith … a love for life … offbeat indulgences … laugh at life … cry at life … sing a song … espresso shots … skip in the park … pick a flower … eat chocolate … all while I stand stubbornly on the Promises of God.  I am pressing hard toward joy everyday.

The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy.  My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”    John 10:10