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⠀⠀⠀⠀joy⠀🎂⠀25⠀⛺️⠀new zealand  ⠀⠀⠀⠀I love Jesus, singing on roadtrips, ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀walls decked in fairylights ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀and typing paragraphs of love. 🌲🌲

Strawberry sweaters on cloudy days!! 🍓

My instax mini 70 covered in stickers of Marie from Aristocats 🍓

My little keyboard playing quirky club girl 😍👊

I am going places . . . 🍓

Had my hair cut into a blunt bob the other day!! Much easier to style now that all the bleached ends have had the chop!! Slowly almost grown all my layers out from my past emo haircuts!! It has taken ages but it's getting there! Anyway here is a selfie of me looking like a red lipped bitch not to be messed with! Also, seven weeks until I'm in Sydney at hillsong conf!!! The countdown is on!! 😘👊

Happy mothers day mumma bear 💜

I get messages from people on instagram and facebook daily, telling me I should write a book. So I am. I will be creating a fundme page soon if anyone feels like they would like to donate. I would like to write a 365 daily devotional journal with a paragraph of inspiration for each day. Sharing stories and lessons from my life to encourage others that they can overcome too. I'll also be popping my quirky girl drawings in between the pages too for your daily doze of artistic creativity! I have been wanting to do this for a very long time, for so many years and any donation would be greatly appreciated. I also want to get my drawings printed onto tshirts and hoodies, so the funds will go towards starting that up too! 😍👊 #makeithappen2017

I think I'll call this one strawberry socks!! 🍓

You can’t plan what will happen to you, but you can decide how you will react to it. I feel like this year has been a bundle of character building changes in my thinking. There is no point in dwelling on what could have been, with people who made little effort to stick around. There is no point in pursuing relationships with guys who make little to no effort in pursuing you. Worrying is a waste of imagination. Comparing yourself to other girls is time that could have been better spent building yourself up infront of a mirror. I have learned this year that worrying, comparing and one sided pursuits are often wasted thought. The kind of thoughts that could ruin you. Don't let toxic friendships, past rejection or the spirit of comparison stop you from growing into the beautiful, powerful woman God created you to be. People who never cared don't deserve the satisfaction of seeing you fade away into wallpaper. Don't let regrets, fears and knock backs win!! I've said it before and I'll say it again 'When the devil kicks you, you kick him right back' You are not weak. You are capable of rising from your falls. 👊😍

Today I recieved a letter in my mailbox from my beautiful instagram friend, @estherkinsaul ! Esther sings and has the most lovely voice! She is also such a wonderful, encouraging gem of a human being! I appreciate her lots! Her letter makes me feel like I'm holding a piece of America in my hand and that makes me very happy! Thank you lovely, I'll write back soon! Letters are my favourite! 💌

You may have forgot all of Gods promises to you. All the prophetic words. The dreams. The visions. The miraculous ideas. You may have chose to brush them aside due to lack of patience, loss of faith or disappointment. But God hasn't forgot. His timing is not like ours. If there is one thing I have learned through all of this, it's that Gods timing is often at the breaking point. The point where the dream becomes less about selfish intent and more about the deeper desire to bless the people. God is not going to give you a breakthrough so you can just look aestheticly pleasing on the outside. He wants our heart to be in line with our spirit. While you are waiting on your breakthrough and devine appointment, he wants us to take that time to sort out our intentions and motives behind our dreams and desires. Sure we may get frustrated and feel hopeless in the wait but we can't let it make us bitter and shut down. *scattered thoughts for today* 😍

Growing up half your life in a country that isn't your home country is hard. It is mentally draining. Isolating. Lonely. Most days it doesn't seem worth it. I look at people with their families, in their pretty comfort zones & ask myself why that isn't my life. Why do others get to have that & I am mentally screwed and exhausted from the trauma of letting my younger self die, to adapt to a new land & culture. But maybe it all comes down to my future calling. Maybe God is going to take me places that will have required my 15 years of isolation from family & the warmth of my home church. As a child I was like Chuckie from the rugrats (afraid of everything that didn't feel safe) maybe if we had never moved to new zealand, I would never have tested the capacity of my faith & endurance. I would be bubble wrapped in safety, unaware of the bravery I had within me. Living here gives me opportunities daily to rise up & grow into the warrior woman I am. It's fine & well to see pictures of Queenstown on the internet & paint a pretty picture of life at the end of the earth but in reality it has been very hard. You look for kind ladies in shops and cafes to fill the gap of family & you hope that the next church you attend will care enough to help you like your uncle would. Every christmas you hope next year will be the year you'll meet a sweet guy who invites you to spend christmas with his family. The dream of living on a permanent holiday in a far away land soon turns into a mission to turn strangers at the church service into replacements for the aunts & uncles you left behind. You end up expecting so much from people who only want to greet you once a week or see you once a year at a music festival. Immigrating is hard. It feels like your old life dies. Home ends up a distant memory of a time that no longer exists & can no longer be turned back to. I'm writing this to remind myself of what I have & still am surviving. Staying here stretches my perseverance when the going gets tough & I am proud of me for not running back to comfort when God has called me to explore the depths of his strength within me. #rawandreal #selftalk #characterdevelopment

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