A Time To Pause & Celebrate – Part 2

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 This last week at bedtime, I’ve been asked the daily question, “Mummy, how many more days until my birthday?” Our excited boy just couldn’t hardly wait for a big slice of chocolate cake…

Beauty In The Broken Pieces

Scattered pieces of ceramic lay all over my kitchen floor. Within seconds, I had a clumsy moment of taking out a jar from an already overpacked cupboard. In the process, I knocked a bottle off the shelf, which perfectly landed on the plate below on the counter. You get the idea! Just like that, I…

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…

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…