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I’m Joy. I’m glad you stopped by. Among these pages and posts, you’ll find a little bit about what inspires me, keeps me busy, and just makes me smile.  It is my hope you’ll take some time to look around and be encouraged by what you see.

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How to Embrace the Season You’re In

Photo by Chris Lawton on Unsplash If you’ve lived very many years, as I have, you’ve most likely come to understand that we experience many different seasons throughout the course of our lives. Just like in nature, seasons change. Sometimes we welcome the new season, and other times we mourn for the ones that are…

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The Mysteries of Grief – Part 1

Today’s my dad’s birthday. He’s 86 years old today, but his last five birthdays have been in heaven. I miss him. Although I have experienced many losses over the course of my life, I find grief and the grieving process to be a curious thing. I can’t speak for anyone else, just myself, but the…

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My Five Stones

I don’t know about you, but I tend to have a lot of dreams. I am of the belief that oftentimes God speaks to us through our dreams, so I usually write them down to have a record of them. Over the past few weeks, I’ve had a series of dreams where I’ve encountered various…

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Strong Foundations

Photo by Shahadat Rahman on Unsplash The basement of our house is not finished, but has been relatively dry. If you live in the midwest, you know what I’m talking about. Finished basements can become livable functional space, whereas unfinished basements can be usable, or they can be damp, scary, and the stuff nightmares are…

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Man kneeling at cross

What NOT to Do When Your Prayers Aren’t Answered

  We’ve all experienced it.  We’ve prayed selfless prayers for others believing beyond a shadow of a doubt that God would materialize the answer to our prayer because, after all, it was a “good” prayer to help someone in desperate need of a miracle.  But, the answer didn’t come in the way we expected. I…

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Joy.... To The World Podcast

Everybody is on a journey, and while our paths may look very different, woven throughout all of our stories is a gold thread of God’s guidance and faithfulness. Joy … to the World Podcast was created as a space to share each other’s journeys and celebrate the I-spy-God moments we all experience.

If you have a story you would like to share, I’d love to hear it!