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Words of Joy · 6d 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 · 1W 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 · 2W 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 · 3W 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...
Words of Joy · 4W ago

define: living within limits doesn’t define who we are

How do you define a life lived with M.E and chronic illness? Is there such a thing as a typical day? And what sets the boundaries and perimeters needful for sufficient sleep and rest? They’r...
Words of Joy · 1M ago

embrace: accepting God’s unconditional mercy, love and grace

I watch, aghast, as scenes unfurl before my eyes. It’s not a pretty sight. I don’t want to embrace this. I long to turn away because I barely recognise the woman I have become. Life isn’t mu...
Words of Joy · 1M ago

reality: on truth, fiction, storytelling and keeping it real

I write at an old oak desk, positioned close to an open window, lift my gaze briefly from the screen to savour a soothing sea breeze and quay-side view. Air is rich with birdsong and fragran...
Words of Joy · 1M ago

instead: when God touches your life in unexpected ways

It was different from what I’d imagined it would be. My mind naturally veers toward worst case scenarios, trained as I have been from childhood to live with a gloomy anticipation of doom, in...
Words of Joy · 1M ago

purpose: looking at an earthbound life with a heavenly perspective

Purpose seems such a driven word, doesn’t it? It can make us squirm if we think we have failed to define our purpose for being, or even for getting up in the morning. Yet each moment we live...
Words of Joy · 2M ago

slow: learning to slow for grace when you’re battling life’s problems

Sap rises slow as fresh green fingers probe their way through darkened soil, released from chilled slumber, eager to embrace the light. Yet here I sit, made winter-numb, running on empty, re...