My Journey to Joy

June 15, 2013

Randy Alcorn on Surrender

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The fulfilled life largely consists of unclenching our fists, releasing our plans & giving ourselves over to God’s purposes.  ~Randy Alcorn


November 19, 2011

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Let go of what you expected, and embrace what you have.  The tug of war between expected and actual is what kills the spirit.  God does his best work in reality. That gap between expected and actual is where grace takes over.  ~Jen Hatmaker

September 1, 2011


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For many years, God and I saw eye-to-eye on how my life should unfold.  And this was good.  And this was calm.  And I was happy.  And this was shallow.

Then He decided to turn everything around, and switch tracks at the next junction.  And this was hard.  And this was painful.  And I was angry.  And this was better.

My plans made perfect sense.  There was nothing wrong with them…except that God had more in mind.  Take a moment and read how God rewrote this family’s plans-

Welcome to Holland

I had planned my “trip” carefully: college- check; marriage to great guy-check; work at a meaningful job that I enjoy for a few years-check; have two chubby babies with their daddy’s big brown eyes, 3 years apart, one boy and one girl, family completed by 28 or 29-…………………….

Instead, while my college friends have their 3rd and 4th children, I make calls to the FBI (never thought I’d do that!), read about attachment issues (what are those?!), and try to dream up ways to come up with thousands of dollars (way past looking for coins in the couch!).

And there is beauty here.  And there is joy here.  And there is Jesus here.  In this.  With us.

“Italy” still looks great, and I’m happy for the ones who got to go there.  But God’s shown us some truly awesome things here in our “Holland,” and I have a feeling we haven’t seen the best parts yet!

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. 

“Plans to prosper and not to harm you. 

Plans to give you a future and a hope.” 

Jeremiah 29:11

June 28, 2011

Songs for the Journey

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The first time I heard this song, I may have actually cringed.  I liked the lyrics in theory, but I really didn’t want to live them!  God had other plans…  He often does!  I’m far from perfect, and I certainly still have my “moments,” but this song is truly my testimony.

If You Want Me To

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