He Lifts My Soul

If I’m really honest, my heart and soul have felt downcast lately. I know I’m far from the only one. Life as we’ve known it, is changing rapidly. In the UK and globally, the Covid-19 coronavirus has been dominating the news. Hand sanitiser and toilet paper have been virtually unavailable for weeks. And for a…

If Only

Looking through some of my old writings this week, I came across this little article from July 2007 that made me smile. Even being twelve and a half years later, the words below still have truth and relevance for my life today. Growing up and finding purpose as a young adult can be difficult. I…

Learning To Be Versatile

As a reader of Rest & Chaos Blog, I was honoured to be nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award, a blogger-to-blogger award. Visit Collene's lovely blog for Christian encouragement and inspiration! She is a wonderfully, thoughtful writer who shares from her heart. I decided to participate because it is great to learn more about the…

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…

It Is Well

Being the daughter of a church pianist, I've always had a love for old hymns. Anytime I get to sing one at church or deliberately put one on to listen, I am taken back to my childhood and hearing my mom play the piano. My little girl, Anna, is pictured above with her Annie a…

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…

Good As New

In our early marriage, one of the things I quickly observed and have now really understood about Charlie's parents is their passion for DIY. From painting to new carpet, a new kitchen to putting up fresh wallpaper and laminate flooring, a good old "Mead" project seems to be in their blood. And Charlie's certainly taking…

Roots

I've been thinking a lot about roots lately. We don't see them much, but roots are what allow trees to steadily plant into the ground and give them stability to grow healthy and strong. Rainfall, sunshine, and soil conditions all play their part on trees and plants, but those roots underneath really help determine the…

Little Fingers

At mealtime we try to always say a short prayer of thanks for our food and lately the kids have been joining in. To clarify, Anna has been saying prayers for quite a while but now, to our delight, Luke has been saying his own too. My heart melts every time I hear him say…