November 2015 archive

Why Should You Stop Looking for Your Future Spouse?

Why Should You Stop Looking for Your Future Spouse? Have you ever walked into a Christian event and scanned the room for your future spouse? With marriage on the brain, countless times I went to an event hoping to meet my husband. How distracting. I came to these events to meet God and spend time worshiping him. But what did I care most about? Looking for my future spouse.

Friends, marriage is not the answer. Marriage will not fix our problems or fill the hole in our hearts. Only Jesus has the power to heal us and fill our hearts. (more…)

Christmas Giveaway!

Christmas giveaway “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6 (NIV).

Christmas season is coming soon! To celebrate Christ’s birth, I’m partnering with a shop – blursbyaiShop to give away beautiful Christmas art to six different winners!

Here are the prizes: (more…)

Why do I feel shame when I pray on my knees?

Why do I feel shame when I pray on my knees_ When I think about praying on my knees, I don’t think about giving God glory. Instead, painful images of my past fill my mind. Intense feelings of shame and brokenness flood my heart as I think back to those days when I cared more about being loved by a guy than desiring the love of my heavenly Father. Those moments defined me, gave me power and created a hole in my heart that longed to be filled.

Two weeks ago, I started a journey of praying daily on my knees with my new friend from seminary, Ashley. During the process, I felt uncomfortable kneeling down before God, but it was not until I read this blog post by Ashley that I began to understand my feelings.

If you have experienced shame from a past of sexual sin, I pray that you would begin to experience the redeeming power of Christ. Join me and Ashley on the journey to healing as we pray on our knees.

xoxo Joy


I’m not going to lie. Hillsong sang that I would touch the sky when my knees hit the ground. I rolled the dice to pick my spiritual discipline I would dabble in for a week: Prayer.

So my knees hit the ground. And I waited. And I expected to touch the sky.

After all, prayer – especially on my knees – is holy. A quick and easy way to fall at the feet of Jesus. But I can’t lie about this one either… (more…)

18 Questions to Ask in an Accountability Friendships

Accountability Friendship Following Jesus in this world is tough – we can’t do it alone. Ladies, we need to partner together and hold each other accountable. During my time in college, I made some amazing godly female friends. One of those friends has become my accountability friend. We are separated by countries now, but we still plan intentional time to talk about life. Our intentional Skype dates continue to impact me spiritually. I have experienced first hand the power of accountability friendship and for that reason, I want to encourage you to seek out this relationship. (more…)