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Words of Joy · 4d ago

shaping: growing into all we are becoming by God’s grace

During seasons of rest and stillness, it’s tempting to think nothing much happens. However, God uses these times as periods for growth, honing our souls, shaping us into greater Christ-liken...
Words of Joy · 4W ago

whispers: God’s gentle invitation to deeper soul rest

God doesn’t usually shout to get our attention. Rather, He whispers softly to our hearts, longing for us to hear and respond to His voice. Although those whispers can become more urgent over...
Words of Joy · 1M ago

small: finding soul contentment and significance in God

Such a small creature, a tiny little thing had been my daughter-in-law’s constant companion while she toiled at unyielding, winter-hard ground. Pausing from her labours, she would smile to s...
Words of Joy · 1M ago

fruit: believing for better things while living with barren ground

I was beating myself up for falling behind with everything, making unfair comparisons with others, (feeling a tad jealous) and wondering just when my writing/life dreams might bear fruit. Ma...
Words of Joy · 1M ago

circumstances: how God uses our life experiences for his glory

How often we yearn to break free from life’s challenging circumstances, desperately hope for healing from sickness and disease, pray for problems to be fixed and long for an existence that i...
Words of Joy · 1M ago

more: being content while we learn to yearn for God

God has hard-wired us with an insatiable desire for more. We’re not supposed to desire more of this world’s largesse and excess, its glamour and glitter. Instead, we’re meant to seek our wor...
Words of Joy · 2M ago

sing: our lives can become a perpetual hymn of praise

How can I sing well with a weak, croaky voice, strong tendency to cough and inability to hold my breath (never mind a note) as long as I need to? The short answer is I can’t. My singing is m...
Words of Joy · 2M ago

critic: learning how to silence your inner critic and enjoy what you read or write

I gazed at the screen in disbelief. A blog post had attracted a critical response based purely on my writing technique. Though I am my own worst critic, and tend to edit my work to death, st...
Words of Joy · 2M ago

cup: learning to drink the cup before us with a willing spirit

Can you drink the cup before you? I’m guessing the short answer to that question is to say it depends on what’s in it. Some “drinks” are more welcome than others. What if it held a cup of ch...
Words of Joy · 2M ago

enough: knowing we are more than enough in Christ

On days when we feel less than, it helps to recall how God has made us more than enough in Christ. By His grace, we can live a more than ordinary life, touched as we are with His sacred love...