From My Pen...

I'm a journaler. I like to journal about life, love and my Lord. I also love technology but busyness keeps me from being as tech-savvy as I'd like to be. This blog gives me a chance to play computer and learn a few new tricks along the way; all the while serving as my 21st century journal. A journaler is just a writer by another name and writing defines me almost as much as my faith does. I've always had a desire to blend my faith and my writing into a ministry of encouragement. This blog gives birth to that desire. Be blessed as you read these weekly devotions taken from the pages of my old-fashioned journal.

Sunday, 6 July 2014


I found this personal reflection in my journal dated July 16, 2002 - can it really be a dozen years ago? I remember it like it was yesterday! It is fitting I post it this week as we prepare to take another much-needed July holiday. Maybe, I will get a chance over the next few weeks to enjoy that SLICE OF HEAVEN one more time. In the meantime I hope you enjoy the post and I encourage you to visit the archives for added encouragement while I am "away."
Blessings, Joy

Did you know? There’s a little slice of Heaven somewhere between the Atlantic Ocean and the Long Range Mountains!

VACATION!!! One full month! Starting – yesterday! Hooray!!! Today is Day 2 and I’m sitting on my beach blanket on a stretch of private beach that flanks my sister’s cabin - totally understated! It is awesome. I started my day by running, sometimes walking, even stumbling, definitely splashing from one end of beach (touched that shoreline) to the other (touched that one too). Then I flopped on the sand – the white powdery kind that sticks right to you. Then I had to run and flop in the water to get the sand off. Then I had to walk the beach again to dry off. I feel purged somehow!

So this is what a stress-free environment feels like – yummy! Writer’s block melted in the sun’s heat and the words are flying around in my head like stars in outer space – numberless. Getting them on paper in the midst of a family set loose after a year of living in the fishbowl that is the pastor’s home will be challenging but cathartic. I’ve got to write something down even if it’s just an unorganized jumble of random release that this writer-chick just needs to let loose.

Right now I’m watching my family have a long-jump contest in the sand with crashing waves as background music. So far this morning I’ve seen sea gulls, a crab and a flatfish in need of CPR; hundreds – no thousands – of seashells and a ton of seaweed (give or take). To my left is the Atlantic Ocean. To my right; the Long Range Mountains. In between is a little slice of Heaven my sister and her husband have carved out for themselves and it is ours for a week because of their love and God’s love.

There’s just got to be something deeply spiritual about all this but for now I’ll settle for a God is good while I bask in the sun and salt-water soaked goodness He has blessed me with today!