My Big Sibling, The Church

This post was originally published in April 2021 on our therapist’s website, Love Relations at: https://loverelations.co.uk/my-big-sibling-the-church-by-joy-a-mead/ For some time now, I have debated sharing this post on my personal blog. Through waiting, wondering, and praying I have realised that my main reason for not sharing was my strong fear of being judged by others, specifically by other Christians. However, the Holy Spirit gave me a … Continue reading My Big Sibling, The Church

Praise Beyond Circumstances

Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble? Job 2:10 Praising God comes quite naturally when our situations in life are going well. We feel blessed with that steady job, nice house, having health, children, healthy relationships and these are all great things to acknowledge as blessings, having grateful hearts towards God’s provision. But what happens when our circumstances change for the worse? When … Continue reading Praise Beyond Circumstances

Connecting The Dots

After a busy decade of getting married in California, moving to London, having kids and getting established, I was uniquely given the lovely birthday gift of an aeroplane ticket to visit my parents in San Francisco – all by myself! It was the strangest yet most wonderful of moments being able to travel without anyone asking for snacks, toilet breaks, or colouring books throughout the … Continue reading Connecting The Dots

Garden Lessons – Part Two

This week, England experienced a heat wave and I have loved seeing our happy sunflowers delighting in the continuous sunshine! Having grown them from mere seeds in an egg carton, it’s so encouraging to see them shining out their joyful presence in our garden. With some of the dead flower heads removed, I have been drying them out to save the seeds for the next … Continue reading Garden Lessons – Part Two

Thanksgiving In August

Yes, I know what you’re thinking, American Thanksgiving in August? Don’t I mean November? My answer this year is yes to both! We celebrate every fourth Thursday in November, like all Americans I know in America and abroad, but this year we had an incredibly special reason to celebrate a second Thanksgiving: my parents came to visit us! After three long years since experiencing our … Continue reading Thanksgiving In August

Slow Growth Is Still Growth

Have you ever started to recognise a behavioural pattern within yourself? And in certain circumstances, you keep reacting the same way? Over the last weeks, I’ve noticed an unexplainable pattern of anxiety brewing deep inside of me every time I drive to my children’s school to collect them. I’ve tried praying before showing up at the school gate, having a snack to make sure I … Continue reading Slow Growth Is Still Growth

Flexibility Towards Interruptions

I wrote this article just weeks before the first March 2020 coronavirus lockdown. Little did I know then how important it would be to stay flexible towards interruptions over the last year! The last three weeks have seen health interruptions in our family.  Our son Luke contracted conjunctivitis (pink eye) which made him a bit miserable but still able to function. The week after, he … Continue reading Flexibility Towards Interruptions