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.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014


So for this Christmas season I had two Joyful Reflections tote bags to give to some faithful readers. One was highlighted with the last blog post and goes to a reader from away. The winner of the first tote bag is Dana Warren. Congrats Dana!

The other tote bag will be given away with this blog post and will go to someone who lives in my area. If you live in my community or a neighboring community you can enter your name by telling me the title of your favorite JOYFUL REFLECTIONS post. You can do this by sending me a private message, by commenting on JOYFUL REFLECTIONS links or by posting it on my timeline. You only have a few days so get to it!

I am looking forward to hearing from lots of you and can't wait to bless one of you with a little token of my appreciation. For this week's post just keep scrolling down...

Dynamic Duo

Stress Free Me...
Here’s another one of those timely reminders from an old journal of mine…
If I let me be myself; if I seek to please God first; if I make my plans but keep focused on the ultimate goal; if I share in kingdom work with others and remember that I am a “fellow laborer” not “upper management”; if I give God and His Word first priority and take time to enjoy His wonderful creation my stress levels diminish because I am not maxed out and a healthy emotional state helps me think more clearly, be more productive and as a result, stress is reduced. Now that was a sentence! My high school English teacher would have a fit. My favorite editor would pull what hair he has left hair out. I know it’s a sentence rife with structure issues but, boy, does it pack a punch! We need to get it. I need to get it. It really works the opposite of what we think. Longer hours, more work, less personal time, no break will NOT make me stress free and more productive - it will destroy me! Enough said!


Road Trip...
I am so thankful for God in my life. I’m so thankful that He is involved in its daily operations; that He plays an active role. He gives my life meaning, purpose and balance. This becomes even more evident the more of my life I willingly yield to Him. It seems like the more I mature in faith the more dependent I am upon God. It seems the spiritual life differs from the natural in that regard. In the natural maturity means independence; in the spiritual it means I have learned to depend upon God. What a relief to have someone so capable in charge. When Hubby and I travel I enjoy the trip so much more when I relinquish the wheel to him, relax and enjoy the scenery. It’s good to relinquish my life to the capable hands of God. I can relax and enjoy the trip. Lord, I’m glad you’re at the wheel!