About Defiant Joy

We are all spending a lot of energy reaching for happiness, but never quite able to hang on to it. Real life happens, and our circumstances take us on an emotional rollercoaster ride. So when we hear the call to "be joyful always," it sounds crazy and out of reach. But it doesn't have to be.

Joy is meant to be ours, a joy that is defiant in the face of this broken world. It's not simply happiness on steroids. It's the unyielding belief that sorrow and loss do not have the final say. It's the stubborn determination to be present to whatever may come and to interpret both goodness and grief by the light of heaven. 

I hope you'll join me on this journey of the heart. It goes beyond sadness or happiness - because neither of those emotions is enough to sustain us. Along the way, we'll discover how to maintain a posture of holy defiance that neither denies nor diminishes our pain but dares us to live with expectant, unwavering hope. 

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October 29, 2018
God drops things in our laps at just the right time. He puts barriers in our paths that look like roadblocks, but are really gifts in disguise, beckoning us to take a closer look at what’s going on inside. We can either step over them, or choose to pick them up and examine them for the potential... Read more
October 22, 2018
The soft sound of a light morning rain dancing on the roof above me is so lovely. The earth is parched and we have been praying for rain. Now comes the roll of thunder. An early morning thunderstorm is a rare thing but it is a welcome one.  I can practically hear the earth sighing in relief. It has... Read more
October 10, 2018
Our house has been overtaken by moths.  A hatch of them has erupted, giving space to more hatches, and now they are beyond count. They are tiny things.  Bothersome things.  Things that want to land in my coffee and have a sip before my lips even touch the cup.  Something must be done.  Something... Read more
October 01, 2018
In this world we find ourselves living in, having joy often feels both crazy and out of reach. That’s why I included the word “defiant.” Defiant means to stand against the tide. It means to go against the flow, even when the flow is comprised of a strong current of despair and difficulty. To have... Read more
September 12, 2018
“She grabs life with both hands.” Isn’t that a good thing? Doesn’t it mean she lives with passion? She is fully IN. She wants to be fully present and drink deeply from the draught of life. She dives in to experiences and people with abandon. She does not hold herself back. Wow. That’s sounds really... Read more