‘Afternoons With Joy’ Category Archive

3 Reasons You Should Consider a TV Fast

My kid is OBSESSED with the TV remote. If he even sees it, it’s over. He will get to the remote as fast as he can and try to turn on the TV. If we take it away, he completely loses it in a full on tantrum. Most of us do not show our love for TV quite like as intensely as my one year old, but we do start and finish each day with… … Continue reading

Christy Wright Teaches Us True Work-Life Balance

Life balance seems impossible. That’s why I was so intrigued when Author Christy Wright said she had found the key. But instead of telling us to do everything for an equal amount of time, Christy says to do the right thing at the right time. In her new book “Take Back Your Time: The Guilt-Free Guide to Life Balance” she reveals how a tiny bit of intentionality can transform our lives! Truly, her tips have… … Continue reading

Encouragement For a Struggling Parent

I could see the defiance in his eyes. A total meltdown was coming. We were half a mile from our house, which was the furthest my son had ever walked with his toy walker. He was delighted with every step, but when it was time to go home I saw fire in his eyes. He defiantly fought me every step until I had to pick him up kicking and streaming and carry him home. He… … Continue reading

2,996 Prayers to Remember 2,996 Victims of 9/11

  None of us will ever forget where we were the day the first airplane hit the World Trade Center. That day 20 years ago struck fear in us like we have never known. So many victims. So much loss. However, it also brought out the American spirit in full force. We came together as one and showed what makes American truly great- our rugged optimism. We vowed to not let the victims be forgotten.… … Continue reading

5 Ways to Help Your Friend with COVID

My family battled COVID almost a year ago now and the worst part was how isolating it felt. I was sick in bed for over a week while my husband who was asymptomatic had to care for our sick son. However, our friends made all the difference by loving us like Jesus. The way they cared for us, even though they could not interact with us still brings me to tears. So if someone you… … Continue reading

Laura Story Helps Us Find Peace When Normalcy Is Gone

“When life gets shaky, we don’t have to be shaken.” Laura Story (who you may know from her song “Blessings”) shares how to rest in God’s plan when we struggle with uncertainty. Saying goodbye to normal is the beginning of taking on your future with unwavering strength. Her strength is so clearly from knowing peace is a person and not our circumstances lining up the way we hope.  Get Laura Story’s new book: “So Long,… … Continue reading

3 Verses to Pray Over Your Kids This School Year

I held it together until I reached my car, but as I slid into the driver’s seat and closed the door; the tears came. It was my first time ever attempting a drop-off line with my son. I got confused and entered the wrong way, only to have to back out and find my correct place at the back of the line. Sounding brave for your child is a new skill I am trying to… … Continue reading

Advice on Dealing with Postpartum Depression

If you or someone you love has ever dealt with Postpartum Depression there are so many unknowns. After sharing my own struggles after the birth of my son, I wanted to talk to a professional and get some questions answered. Counselor Kristin Mize, LCSW shares helpful advice on how to recognize Postpartum Depression/Anxiety and even how to be a good friend to someone who’s walking through it. To hear from Joy’s own journey with postpartum… … Continue reading

Max Lucado Teaches Us How to Handle Anxiety

We all deal with anxiety to some extent, but Max Lucado discovered that anxiety is particularly crippling for preteens. So Lucado took his best selling book, “Anxious For Nothing” and crafted it specifically for teens. He shares wisdom on dealing with anxiety before it takes over our lives. The advice Lucado shares is not only fit for preteens, but is truth we all  need and can apply to our lives as adults as well!  … … Continue reading