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Joy Lenton
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I'm a wife, mother, Christian writer, poet and blogger, avid reader, lover of dark chocolate, coffee, and great conversation
I'm a wife, mother, Christian writer, poet and blogger, avid reader, lover of dark chocolate, coffee, and great conversation

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Advent invites us to think about the infant Jesus, divinely conceived in Mary's womb, helpless and tiny as all newborns are. But if we leave our thoughts of God at the manger, we are in danger of making Him too small, too sweet and too slight to be of any significance to us. Jesus took on human flesh and allowed Himself to be made small in order to reveal the greatness of God to us via His life and painful, surrendered death on a cross. He came to rise again and grant heaven's grace to unworthy sinners just like us. A gift beyond price. Eternal compassion writ larger than life itself. #small, #Jesus, #Advent, #Messiah, #Wordmadeflesh, #Incarnation, #poetryjoy,

  Do you feel small sometimes? It can be hard to fit within society’s constraints and confines. We’ve all felt boxed in by other people’s opinions, their flawed idea of who we are. It hurts to feel small, set aside or marginalised. We feel the sting…

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I've been thinking of ways to stay warm-hearted, as in this prayer... Heavenly Father, May you brace us to face each season with equanimity, despite chill winds of adversity blowing. Help us to not stay frozen in our emotions, or chilled within by pain, but have hearts receptive to and softened by your love. May we be grateful for what we already have and open to receiving and welcoming the new and the next you are leading us into. Most of all, Lord, thaw our attitudes and thoughts where they have become hardened, wearied by waiting. Remind us that during Advent, especially, there is a Holy purpose behind our pain and that new Life and Hope can be birthed in us again. #Advent #warmth #coldness #rigidity #poetry #prayer #poetryjoy

  Winter creeps closer and my fingers and toes act like a weather barometer. They blanch to match the snow, with white tips and stiff rigidity, a bit like icicles needing thawing. ⛄❄ They can become frozen by nothing much at all— like the merest drift of…

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I was brought up short recently in the area of having faith enough to fully overcome my painful past. Some days the pain of it hits me afresh and I wonder if I will finally achieve a renewed view of things. Because scars remain in our wounding places, and they are easily picked at when the enemy unsettles our thoughts. I long to move on from these horrible reminders but on my worst days it can feel insurmountable, with a great disconnect between heart and head. I note the irony of being a Faith writer, a woman who actively seeks to help and encourage others in their walk with God, yet who still has times of doubt about receiving all that God desires to give to her. It takes a lot of courage to drop our defences at God's feet and willingly open our arms to the warm embrace of Love and Freedom which He longs to give to His broken sons and daughters. #disconnect, #heartandhead, #faith, #healing, #trust, #change, #wordsofjoy,

Having had chronic illness for over 25 years, it’s become a way of life for me. An adaptation of sorts has taken place to enable me to live as well as I can, with a disconnect between my hopes and living reality. Do I believe I can be healed? Yes, of…

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Advent makes us long for the coming of the Light of Life Himself to signal a new beginning for all of us. Creation itself mirrors our hope. We see death all around us as trees give up their leaves and plants die to make room for the green shoots of spring. Because renewal is built into their very DNA, just like it is in us as we surrender our darkness to God and watch how He brings His light and life to bear on what seems dead. #deathandlife, #poetry, #poetryjoy, #hope, #Advent, new life from death, eternal, endings and beginnings, #faith, #beautyforashes,

A year draws to a close. An ending is in sight. These are days of increasing darkness in every way. No wonder Advent makes us long for the coming of the Light of Life Himself to signal a new beginning for all of us. Creation itself mirrors our hope. We…

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Recently, a bombardment of writing/blogging resource opportunities have come my way. They initially provoked interest, then left me flagging as I tried to identify which (if any) were pointers of God's specific will for me. Temptation was strong, because I could use a helping hand from the experts as such. Who wouldn't want to take courses at vastly reduced prices, learn how to grow your blog, reach your intended audience, discover neat time-saving writing tips and strengthen your online presence? Hmm... me, maybe? And here's why... #opportunity, #writing, #blogging, #discernment, #trust, #faith, #wisdom, #wordsofjoy,

It is said that opportunity rarely knocks twice. So what do you do when presented with several offers at once? I tend to prevaricate and panic a bit, especially when there’s a deadline looming, though a writing opportunity is rarely dismissed. How in the…

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Though I usually attempt to freeze-frame wonder moments in a camera lens, God often whispers for me to desist, slow down and simply savour what I see. It's as if those wondrous clouds, that scenic sky, floral beauty and trellis of trees were made just for me. And in a way, they are. Because Jesus would have willingly gone to the cross if there had been only one of us in need of a Saviour. God spills out creation's beauty as though it's tailor-made for you and me... #moment, #awakeningtowonder, #journeyoflife, #holyordinary, #poetryforthesoul, #poetryjoy,

  Life is a series of moments. Things waiting to be discovered and experienced. Heightened hours to enjoy to the full and times of dark trial, trouble and tribulation. We’re on a journey where we find ourselves along the way. And a veritable trail of…

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Will you join me in pausing to reflect during this Thanksgiving week? Let's take a soul stop for our sanity's sake, try to resist the lure of online malls and the high street’s insistent “buy me!” calls. Because the living Heart of all things is waiting. God isn't in a hurry. He’s not rushed or harassed. His pendulum swings restfully with rhythms of grace. God simply longs for us to turn to Him, become rested and refuelled, sense Holy Love’s desire to flood our hearts with Hope instead of haste. #pendulum, #slowing, #rest, #grace, #priorities, #mindfulness, #prayer, #wordsofjoy,

Can you sense it? Is the pendulum going crazy for you too? The clock ticks fast as a year’s tail end is swallowed up in a season of busyness that feels beyond our control. For some of us, this adrenaline rush signals excited anticipation, stirs up…

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trails of glory

dark clouds gather close
light is never far behind
trails of glory shine
©joylenton
#trailsofglory #graceglimmers #clouds #light #micropoetry #dailyhaiku #soulfood #poetryjoy
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seeking nectar

we're seeking nectar
God offers it up freely
in an open cup
©joylenton
#nectar #sweetness #grace #haiku #micropoetry #dailyhaiku #soulfood #poetryjoy
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"When storms come, remember that you wear the belt of Truth to keep you afloat. My word and My promises will sustain you. Believe that I have already spoken and it will be fulfilled, even if your eyes cannot see it happening yet."
#storms #truth #faith #trust #believe #prayerwhisper #soulfood #encouragement
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