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Words of Joy · 2W ago

number: trusting your God-given instincts to care for others

A number I didn’t recognise flashed up when the landline rang. Normally I’m wary at picking up a call from an unknown mobile number, having had way too many unsolicited sales calls in the pa...
Words of Joy · 1M ago

book by book: taking tentative steps into minimalism

In Anne Lamott’s acclaimed book on the writing process, ‘Bird by Bird’, she encourages intentionality and confidence in simply making a start, without worrying about achieving perfection. As...
Words of Joy · 1M ago

it will come in useful one day: stalling thoughts on clutter

I’m a child of the 50’s, who wore ribbons in my hair, smocked Ladybird dresses, Clarks sandals and Start-Rite shoes. I’m also an heir to the “it will come in useful one day” post-war philoso...
Words of Joy · 3M ago

pause: having a heavenly break for our soul’s sake

Have you considered having a holy pause? Spending some set apart moments, days or weeks connecting with God? Maybe taking time to linger, listening with greater intent, or sitting quietly to...
Words of Joy · 4M 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 · 5M 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 · 5M 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 · 5M 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 · 5M 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 · 5M 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...