Joy’s Blog

The night I knocked out my front teeth…

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Blog | 1 comment

When I was 11, I had a crush on a boy that lived nearby. Let’s just call him, Greg. Greg was three years older than me and when you’re an 11-year-old girl, a 14-year-old boy seems like the coolest person on the planet. I thought he was a super cute but he had never even noticed me. One summer evening, my Mom and I were coming home from my piano lesson. It was getting dark and had rained earlier that day. When we pulled into the driveway, I could not believe my eyes! Greg was standing in my backyard! Lucky me! My Dad and Greg’s Dad were...

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When God Speaks at Wal-Mart

Posted by on Nov 12, 2016 in Blog | 4 comments

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.  ~Philippians 2:3-4 Did you catch how clear these verses are?  Do NOTHING out of selfish ambition.  Whew!  Now that convicts me! I think most of us want to be patient and self-less people and in theory, we know these are attributes of followers of Christ.  This is not news to us, but I wonder if you, like me, ever struggle with actually living it out in...

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Make a Memory!

Posted by on Sep 30, 2016 in Blog | 2 comments

Fall is in the air and it thrills my soul! It is my favorite time of year as I love the cooler temperatures, the colorful trees, and the smell of pumpkin spice. This is the time of year when I pull out my crockpot and make chili beans, vegetable soup, homemade chicken and noodles and all of those warm, “feel good” one-pot meals.   I sip hot chocolate (with lots of marshmallows), wear wool socks, thick sweaters and boots! OH yes—fall is the most wonderful time of the year, for me. Some of my most favorite memories are centered...

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That was a BIG mistake!

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in Blog | 2 comments

To say this past spring was stressful, would be an understatement! For our family, it was one of those taxing seasons of life where we had several major life stressors hit us all at once. It felt like my life was caught up in a demanding whirlwind and although I tried to hold things together, I was not sure how I would get through it all. Have you ever been there? Have you ever been at your breaking point with everything going on in your life? Have you ever thought you might not survive it? During this stressful season of life, I worked late...

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JOYTIME 2016 featuring music artist, Natalie Grant!

Posted by on Jun 14, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

JOYTIME 2016 THURSDAY, JUNE 16th     First Wesleyan Church High Point 1701 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC Meet and Greet Ticket holders:  Doors open for you at 5:15pm.  Parking attendants will direct you on where to enter the venue.  You will be provided a delicious meal from Above and Beyond Catering  and ice cream from Brusters of High Point!  You will have reserved Gold Circle Seating during the event. You will have photo opportunities with Natalie and Joy so bring your cell phone/camera!     General Admission Ticket...

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It will be the best you’ve ever had!

Posted by on May 13, 2016 in Blog | 4 comments

Ocean Isle Beach (OIB) is a quiet, family beach community where folks drive their golf carts on the roads and where life seems to slow down a bit.  It’s a small quaint place that Bryan and I enjoyed taking our children to when they were younger. OIB is home to one of the sweetest ice cream shops around that serves the most delicious homemade strawberry ice cream.  I mean to tell you, it is yummmmmmy! Years ago, my cousin Adam, and his family, vacationed with us at OIB for a week of fun and sun!  As we prepared for our trip down...

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What is Maundy Thursday?

Posted by on Mar 24, 2016 in Blog | 1 comment

Today is known as Maundy Thursday! What exactly does that mean for us?   It means today is a day to stop and remember!   The night before he was crucified, Jesus met with his disciples to share a Passover meal together. Many important things happened that evening. Maundy Thursday is about remembering those things.   We remember his body that was given for us.   We remember his blood that was shed for us.   “Maundy” is a latin word that means “commandment.”     That evening, Jesus washed the...

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Life-Changing Ministry Opportunities for Students!

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Are you a student, (16 and older) or know any students looking for a job and ministry opportunity this summer? If so, please read today’s guest posting from our friends at SummerShine!   I started working with SummerShine when I was in college…spending a few summers in Myrtle Beach, working and serving were easily some of my greatest experiences.   Fast forward to this past summer, when my husband and I got an opportunity to step back into a SummerShine role. I have hired the SummerShine teams for the past 8 years, but...

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I hope God never asks me to do that!

Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 in Blog | 2 comments

FEAR!  I’m pretty sure we all struggle with it from time to time.  We are fearful of many things:  public speaking, being diagnosed with a terminal illness, losing a loved one, financial hardship, spiders, snakes, and the list goes on. What about you?  What are you afraid of? I wonder if in your walk with God, you also have fears.  I wonder if you ever feel afraid that God may call you to do something you do not want to do. How would you complete this sentence? I hope God never asks me to do ___________________ because I’m...

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The Christmas Hairdryer!

Posted by on Jan 3, 2016 in Blog | 3 comments

Every Christmas, as I gather with family, the story of the Christmas hairdryer emerges. You see, when I was little girl, my Dad, sister and I went to buy my Mom a Christmas gift. My Dad is such a great guy, but this particular year, he was a little behind on buying my Mom’s Christmas gift. It was Christmas Eve and off we went to the department store in town. Interestingly, my Mom rode with us. Once my Dad parked the car, my Mom stayed inside the car while my Dad, sister and I went into the store to pick out a gift that expressed our...

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