Welcome to Joy of the Spirit Within. This blog exists to give glory to my Saviour, the one ‘who heard my cry’, when ‘The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came over me; I was overcome by distress and sorrow’, but my ‘Lord, delivered me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before the Lord in the land of the living.‘ (Psalm 116, NIV).
I am a lover, daughter and friend of my God, beloved wife to my Dutchie, and blessed Mummy to two precious girls (4 and 6). Kiwi-born and raised, missionary kid in Germany for almost six years (from 4 to 9 years of age), I have been living in the Netherlands since 2003. I am a former high school English teacher, turned stay-at-home Mum, writer and author of Love Embraced – A Journey in and through Suffering.
My passion for writing was stirred within me as a child, but came alive as I wrote to lean into my Saviour’s arms through the horrors of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder after caring for and losing my Mum to cancer.
This blog began from a clear calling to share my testimony when I returned to faith as the prodigal daughter (31 Days of Journeying into God’s Love), but grew to become a home to share others’ stories, as well as my own. Breaking Light (interviews my friend Wendy and I held with people about God’s Presence in their deepest valleys) and Reflections on Love Embraced are two places you can find beautiful testimonies to God’s compassion, comfort, goodness, hope, love and power in the lives of others, many of whom have or are still walking very hard paths due to illness (physical, emotional and mental), loss and abuse. You can also read testimonies of God drawing near to people around the world in my friend Debbie’s and my 31 Days of Miracles: Who is Our God.
I pray this online home encourages you (to continue) to see and seek after Him, the Living Personal God who longs to both embrace us in His loving grace and fill us with awestruck wonder, every single day of our lives. As of December 8th 2016 I am no longer adding new content or opening this blog for comment, as I follow God’s calling elsewhere, but know I am praying God’s blessing upon you as you visit here. I am also retreating from other social media, but if you’d like to get in touch you can reach me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Isaiah 30: 18 (AMP)
Therefore the Lord waits [expectantly] and longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; Blessed (happy, fortunate) are all those who long for Him [since He will never fail them].