Joy McMillan
About the Author

Joy is a {delighted} wife, {doting} mom, {doodling} designer, {life} blogger , and tea drinker extraordinaire. Originally from Southern Africa, she makes her home in Michigan.

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& you will too!
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  1. We have an adopted son who struggles mightily with wanting to be a “pleaser”. His journey toward freedom has begun and we are thrilled to see him learning to walk in his true identity in Christ.

    • What an exciting process this must be for you! Discovering our TRUE identity changes the way we function on a daily basis. YAY for him…cheering him on in the Spirit with you!

  2. I hear you on this: “But you see, it is I that constructed this scale in the first place.” I am often in my own way of following God’s will to love and serve others as He desires.

    I love your “marvelously unique” phrase too. You are so right here: “And rather than thrive in the delight of this reality, we try to fix, and survive amidst, what we view as wrong with us.”

    What a beautiful ending to this post. I think of this verse: “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

    • I LOVE, LOVE that scripture! Thank you for reminding me of it…and how perfectly it fits! Blessings on your journey towards His delightful {and marvelously unique!} plans for your life! 🙂

  3. joy!

    thank you so much. what a perfect metaphor for what we think we should be and the better plans god has for our lives.


    • Oh sweet Zena! Yes, isn’t God marvelous at shattering our preconceived, less-than-amazing plans and ideals, and replacing them with His “unorthodox” perfection! Blessings to you!

  4. Your writing is so rich and beautiful. I need to read it again and again so that I can glean all the delightful truth that your article holds. You truly have a gift (many in fact) with words and communication. Thank you for sharing your heart.

  5. Joy I love the way God uses your written words to inspire, encourage, challenge and bring hope.
    His light shines in you so very brightly! Thank you for such a timely message.

    Thriving and Surviving with Twins

    • Thank you, Liz! I love that he’s able to use such a broken vessel…and that He gets to look good doing it! 🙂 Blessings!

  6. This blog never disappoints me and is always a true blessing for me or the friends I forward or facebook the link to. Such wisdom and simple truths that we all fail to see are brought to light in a humble way.
    Thank you for the joy you bring.

    • Oh, Liz…your comment blesses me more than you know! What a delight to know the “tiddly-bits” I have to offer are a source of chin-lifting & encouragement. God is faithful!

  7. Joy – this is beautiful. Thank you for sharing! Your gift for communicating with words and your sincere vulnerability will, no doubt, continue to bless and impart freedom to those who hear and read your writings.

    • Hi sweet thing! Thank you for your encouraging words…I trust God will indeed continue to use my messy life to bless others! Blessings to you!