Amidst the Christmas preparations and the final week of school, I found myself preparing gifts for the teachers. Writing out cards of appreciation and baking chocolate orange cookies, I was focused on giving to others. And after an appointment in the city, I did one last round of shopping for a few presents for our children and the cousins. Genuinely, I love preparing gifts and … Continue reading What Can I Give Him?
Sometimes, I can read the Christmas story in the Bible, yet I don’t really take it all in. The beautiful story of God’s love, mercy, and goodness passes me by, and I can find myself distanced from the characters whom God chose to bring together that first Christmas so many years ago. I can almost be too sure of myself, feeling like I’ve already gone … Continue reading Breath Of Heaven
The presents have been opened, carol services attended, and probably far too much food has been consumed in many households. Christmas Day has been and passed for this year, but I’m deliberately lingering in the beautiful wonder of the best gift ever. Since childhood, the Nativity scene has intrigued me. I would annually take time to set up my parents Nativity set and think about … Continue reading Best Gift Ever
The kids and I recently baked and decorated sugar cookies. They were not bakery quality but they were absolutely beautiful to me because of the little hands that enjoyed being artistic with icing sugar and sprinkles! I was instantly taken back to my own childhood memories again. Isn’t that interesting how deep buried memories can be resurrected through seeing your own kids grow up? My … Continue reading Sugar Cookie Kindness
It’s not always easy to live up to a name but especially when yours is Joy. The inspiration of my name came from my godmother, also named Joy, as well as the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, etc. (Galatians 5:22) I was one of the only Joy’s I knew growing up and sometimes I didn’t always want to have my name. … Continue reading Living Up To My Name
This morning I woke up early at 5:30am and was just thinking about the kids. With the holidays approaching, there haven’t been many quiet moments for me to think, so being up early or staying up late can be precious in having a few minutes of stillness. I was talking with God, thanking Him for our children when He whispered, “Enjoy them… right now!” In … Continue reading Enjoy Them… Right Now
Ever since writing my last post a few months ago, the word thankful has been on my heart. Over these last weeks and months, I have been continually reminded of all I have to be thankful for and I guess through the process of just living out daily life, Charlie and I have realised that we are indeed right where we need to be, on … Continue reading Thankful