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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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Can I encourage you today, my friend? Can I help you to see past the easily swallowed lies of the enemy? Because the holy truth you need to hold on to is that you are infinitely important and precious. Yes, you really are. Despite what your unhappy upbringing, challenging circumstances or painful past might be saying to you, you are very much loved and wanted by God. The mathematics of heaven are totally different to the arithmetic of earth. Here, one as a number seems too small, too insignificant to count. But in heaven? One person, one act or thought becomes highly significant in God's economy. #FMF, #one, #beloved, #truth, #grace, #faith, #trust, #belief, #poetryforthesoul, #poetryjoy,

So many of us mistakenly think that our lives don’t amount to much. We wonder if we make any mark on the world at all, or if we simply exist as lost and invisible souls. No more than a fleeting mist or blip in the universe. Can I encourage you today, my…
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Our gifting and abilities, creativity and relationships are not ours to hoard. We're meant to live with open hands and heart. To be willing to release and relinquish them if God asks us to. Knowing they will flourish and grow best in His hands. Fallow creativity can feel hollow to our souls. In fact, it’s the perfect fertile ground for God to water with His word, fill with His presence and seed with inspiration. We needn't fear a barren season if we hand it over to Him and trust He is at work in the waiting as well. #barrenness, #creativity, #writing, #faith, #trust, #encouragement, #wordsofjoy,

I crawled through the recesses of my mind, searching for the scent of water somewhere within. There was an emptiness inside. The place where creativity sat had become a dried out well. External pressure, busyness, illness and fatigue can steal our…
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In living with M.E and chronic illness, sometimes I am just too tired to fight against the pain. Sometimes I just want to sit and cry. Sometimes I lose sight of my loving Saviour sitting in the ashes with me, holding out His hands to receive.  Because God doesn't want us to bear our burdens alone. He longs for us to turn to Him. To offer up our pain and problems like a fragrant thing. Because sometimes it's truthfully all we are able to give to Him. And that's okay. It really is.  #burden, #FMF, #grace, #comfort, #hope, #help, #support, #poetryjoy, #restinGod, #chronicillness, #livingwithME,

There are days when our burdens, be they physical or emotional, become impossible to ignore. Days when we feel consumed by the weight of them. Chained to our hard circumstances. Dragged down into a dark place. I prefer not to talk too much about having…
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Living can overwhelm our senses. Too much noise. Too much light. Too much haste and hurry. Too many people. Too much of everything. We just want to stop. Get off the merry-go-round and find ourselves. Breathe freely again. Relax. Let me take you back to a Centre of calm and peace that never fails us. Come with me on a gentle, poetic labyrinth prayer walk that leads us straight to the heart of God. And appreciation and gratitude for where we already are. #labyrinth, #chronicjoypoetryprompt, #gratitude, #centreofcalm, #pauseandsee, #holyordinary, #grace, #poetryforthesoul, #poetryjoy, #twilight, #thinplace, #prayer, #chronicjoy, #aharvestofgrains, #tweetspeakpoetry,

Life can feel like a maze. A place strewn with pathways that lead us astray. Somewhere with  high walls and hidden depths, where we can easily lose ourselves. People who have once loved us can drift away, out of sight. We wonder if we’ll ever find our way…
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Most of my life is relatively experience poor in terms of travelling, meeting up with people, seeing and trying new things. However, my inner life has become richer over the years, due to the sedentary nature of my existence making me more aware of life's small mercies and graces. In the poem below I am looking at life from a more whimsical perspective, instead of dwelling on my living reality of excessive fatigue, limited mobility, persistent pain and chronic illness. I am imagining a life where anything is possible and joy is expressed in a physically exuberant way, quite unlike my usual experience. #beingalive, fullness of joy, #freedom, #eternal, #soulfood, #hope, #poetryjoy,

In a season of increasing darkness within and without, as SAD and diminishing daylight hours adversely affect my feelings and thoughts, I tend to question what being fully alive might really mean. Because it seems to be defined for me spiritually far more…
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We all leave traces of our presence here. Imprints that do not fade. Soul markers in the lives of others. And a lasting legacy of how we lived out our days. How we have loved and offered grace. How we reflected the life of Christ within and manifested His presence. Your life counts. You matter. You impact others far more than you might realise. The imprints of your lived out life will endure into eternity itself. As we live in the light of eternity, may we seek to honour those who have gone before us, love others well, make wise choices and live with hearts willingly surrendered to God. #allsoulsnight, #halloween, #remembering, #imprints, #inspiration, #yourlifecounts, #grace, #poetryjoy, #tankapentaptych,

Here in our quiet cul-de-sac, where few children live, we don’t tend to go in so much for wearing costumes, face painting, house or garden decoration when Halloween season arrives. Though pumpkins may be bought and carved into lanterns, and some might be…
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If we feed ourselves with positive, life enhancing thoughts, absorb and put into practice the teaching which the Bible gives us, then we are better placed to live more mindfully. Which will give us a deeper moment by moment awareness. By living more in the moment, we can develop a better appreciation for all things. A greater gratitude. And closer relationships with God and others, as we practice being in His presence and being more present to them. #moment, #FMF, #faith, #itonlytakesamoment, #poetryforthesoul, #poetryjoy, #inspiration,

Our lives are lived in a series of small moments. Microseconds of breath and being. Although our major focus tends to be on the larger issues that preoccupy us, it’s life’s small moments that matter the most. They’re the ones we need to savour and build…
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Thankfully, there is someone who has a clear-eyed view of who we are. Our true identity is safe with God. He sees our hidden self. The parts we feel ashamed of and hide from others. The truth of who we are deep down. God sees into the depths of our soul. He knows our heart and what we are capable of. He sees all we are in the process of becoming by His grace. He loves us unconditionally, unreservedly and eternally. I know who I am because I know the awe-inspiring, holy I AM Himself. #who, #FMF, #grace, our hidden self, #identity, unconditionally loved, #faith, #inChrist #poetryjoy,

Our true soul identity isn’t always clear. Who we are deep inside can become distorted in a complex maze of roles, labels, problems and pain. Especially if we assimilate flawed views and opinions of ourselves over the years. As children we can be parented…
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We all need space to pause. Room to be and breathe. Time to slow down in a world that never stops. I’m offering just that for you today. Just a moment or two to read something which will help you to reconnect with the inmost part of yourself. #moment, #slow, #pause, #breathe, #soulcare, #prayerwhisper, #wordsofjoy,

As you take a moment or two to read these words, I’d like to remind you of the benefits of taking regular, small pockets of time out of your day to slow and nourish your soul. Such times are vital for obtaining inner rest and peace. Because we all need…
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Soul Snippet #5 It's preferable to live with open hands and heart quote ©joylenton @wordsofjoy
#soulsnippet #write31days #surrender #compassion #trust #wordsofjoy
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