Faith. Hope. Love.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.1 Corinthians 13:13 Last June, a pastor and his wife from New Zealand were guest speakers at our church and I was very touched by their story. Both David and Greta Peters had suffered tragedies throughout their lifetimes but brought…

The Reset Button

How are you keeping my friends? I’m vividly aware that our hearts, minds and spirits have been taking a battering with fear and negativity lately. On some levels, how can we not get sucked into the fear and worry for what is to become of our societies? Media reminds us daily of the overwhelming amount…

The One Who Sustains

We made it through the first official week of social distancing! Charlie and I had started trimming back our social schedule even earlier, but school was closed a week ago last Friday, so the kids and I have been spending our time at home and in the garden since then. Overall, it’s been fine. The…

Circles

I’ve started a colouring page with Anna lately, as a small project we can work on together. With all the markers lined up in the middle of the table, we just colour bits at random. We can more clearly see where warm or cold hues should go, as the blank sections are completed. Doing a…

For The Hundredth Time

This morning did not get off to a good start. It wasn’t dreadful but I found myself completely frustrated and even angry. Our lovely children, who really are lovely a lot of the time, chose to ignore me throughout the “getting ready” part of the morning. Asking once, twice, and even a third time to…

He Refreshes My Soul

Winter in England brings out descriptive words of dark, grey, cold, and damp. Before 25th December, bad weather is tolerated since the anticipation of Christmas festivities outweighs the annoyance of dreary, cold weather. But after Christmas and especially into January and February, I long for signs of spring. It’s not been a particularly cold winter,…

Jesus In My Heart

My daughter, Anna who is six years old, has been very curious about when her brother Luke, three years old, will officially become a child of God. We actively live out our faith, including with the kids and sharing with them who God is through prayer, Bible stories, and chats about Him. Whenever it has…

A Season of Rest

At the start of 2019, I felt like God placed on my heart the word community, as in nurturing and growing a sense of community specifically within Charlie's family. In a previous post, Bumps, Bruises, and Scars I shared indirectly about a couple we know who had been hurt by other members of their family…

Living Up To My Name

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…

Moments Of Sabbath

I was looking up the Ten Commandments in Deuteronomy 5 for Anna, and as I was reading through them, I stopped at number four: "Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the Lord your God has commanded you. Six days you shall labour and do all your work, but the seventh day is…