“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1
This blog has been a long time in the making. God has been tugging on my heart—throughout the last nineteen months since He took my husband home to heaven, the previous four and a half years of a cancer journey we never would have expected, throughout our marriage, through caring for my elderly parents, in my single life and even my younger years. It’s amazing when we look back and see God’s grace and sovereignty played out when we don’t recognize His presence at the time.
As I reflect on the promptings the Holy Spirit has put within me, I recall random comments from friends and acquaintances about my writings and how they appreciate my honesty and writing from my heart. A dear brother in Christ also shared wise advice for when we receive callings from God which applies aptly to my writing. “God never calls someone before He is ready to use them. If you are called ‘Abraham’, best to say yes!”
Then there is the parable Jesus told of the talents given out to servants. The two wise servants used their talents and multiplied their return so that the Master was pleased when he returned. The foolish servant buried his talent because he knew the Master was a harsh taskmaster. His reward was to be cast out into darkness where there was weeping and gnashing of teeth. Yikes! That’s pretty convincing.
My friend Lynn recently shared with me an image that she uses in her discipling of young women and men. She draws a small dot on a piece of paper followed by a line as long as the paper is wide. Above the line she writes “heaven” and below “hell”. The dot represents our life here on earth. It is just a small speck in light of eternity. However, it’s in that speck that we decide where we will spend eternity—in heaven or in hell. And the only thing we can take with us after this life is the people God allows us to lead to Him.
Wow. I’m so awed that God gives each of us this enormous responsibility and privilege. And not only does He give it to us, like everything He asks of us, He gives us the power and tools to accomplish it!
Looking back at the past eight years or so, I also see God has been working in my heart helping me to understand more and more that this life is not mine. Nothing I have is mine, but a “talent” on loan from Him. My reward is life after this life, forever, with Him and my beloved husband in heaven. My life here is about bringing others to Jesus and giving Him glory.
So why start this blog now? Two reasons—the promise and the command.
Throughout our journey and at the end of his life here on earth, I promised Tom that I would share our story. It’s time for that promise to begin to be fulfilled.
And the command is from Jesus. Before He left this earth Jesus said to His followers “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” Mark 16:15
In this world, so many people are hurting and walking in darkness without really knowing Jesus. I can’t reach everyone, but like the little girl walking on the beach throwing starfish back after a storm, I can make a difference to that one!
But, really, it’s not about me. It’s not about us. It’s all about God and His great love and grace that is more than sufficient for our every moment here on this earth.
I invite you to share this blog with your friends. My goal is to write at least one post every week. You can sign up for notifications when a new entry is posted.
I’m off to the Holy Land next week (June 11) and will be posting about my travels in the land where Jesus walked!
Thank you for your interest and your support. God bless you all!
Heavenly Father, thank you for your grace and mercy and patience with us. Thank you for the talents You have loaned us. Help each one of us be obedient to use those talents in every area of our life to bring glory to You. In Jesus name, Amen.
Wishing you God’s grace and peace as you begin on this journey, Joyce!
Nice work Love. Your grace and generosity are a reflection of your devotion to God. Thanks for grabbing hold of this silver lining and using it to spread God’s love.
Love your heart. You are an inspiration. What a wonderful experience to visit the Holy Land! I look forward to following your blog. God bless you as you continue to bless others.
Congratulations on your decision to follow the calling. Writing has been a long love and you are so gifted. I look forward to hearing about your trip and following your journey going forward!
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Amen and amen!!! “Nothing I have is mine” this hit me on so many levels. Girl, I’m so thankful for you!!
And now thankful for this ministry you’ve started. Amazing! 🙌🏻
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Congrats on starting your goal Joyce! Looking forward to hearing about your trip and the other journeys on your life! – Jean
Thank you Joyce for sharing. Ready to hear more.
Joyce I look forward to following your blog. And how amazing to be going to the Holy land. You are a blessing.
Grace to you and peace!
As one blessed to serve as your pastor and friend over these past 8 1/2 years, I am grateful for your obedience to God’s prompts through the Holy Spirit to share your story, to bear witness to Christ, and to create this blog as yet another means through which the power and presence of God moves. I am looking forward to our trip together to Israel and know that your words, pictures and reflections will bless many!
I love the story of the little girl and the starfish. Our purpose here is to disciple and lead others to Christ and like the little girl, if we can save just one and that one can save and so on, that leads to a kingdom!
Thank you and I look forward to reading more of your posts!
Thanks for answering the call, Joyce. You are a beacon and an inspiration to many – including me.
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Looking forward to reading it. God Bless you. Have a wonderful trip.
Looking forward to your posts!
Joyce, what a great message. I am looking forward to reading about your trip and future blog posts.
I am looking forward to reading your blog. Thanks for investing the talents you have been given and thanks for opening your life to us.
Joyce I am so happy that you decided to share your journey with us. Can’t wait to read about your trip to the Holy Land. Take plenty of pictures! Praying for you always.
Joyce, WONDERFUL! you are speaking from the heart. You are a blessing to many! Thank you. Patsy