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Taylor currently leads the Fresh Hope group for families with mental illness at her church and writes the "Mental Illness in the Family" blog on HealthyPlace. She lives with her husband, Jack, and their two boys outside of Seattle, Wa.

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  1. This is beautiful and spoke directly to my heart… Thank you for sharing your heart with us today. <3

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this very personal and touching glimpse into your pursuit. I too cling to Jeremiah 29:11. My God is faithful. I now have Job 8:21 to speak into the atmosphere. Be blessed.

    • Miriam, I am so glad this resonated with you. No matter what happens in this life, we have a God who is working it all out for His good. There is always joy coming in the morning. Be blessed.

      Love, Taylor

  3. I find this so inspiring. Do you write anywhere else online? I would love to know more about your pursuit of joy.

    • Anna, thanks so much. I write all about my twisted, blissful life at redvinespirituality.com. Come on over and join the Red Vine family!

      God bless you!

      Taylor

    • Sarah,

      You’re so welcome. I pray that as you go through your difficult time that God will make Himself known to you in new and real ways.

      God bless you.

      Love, Taylor

  4. Thank you so much for opening your heart today. His really resonated with me, although I do not know the pain of losing a precious child. I’ve been suffering from depression, and fibromyalgia, and my husband has a serious I’ll ess in which I am his primary caregive. Just yesterday I wondered if I would ever be “happy” again. I couldn’t remember the last time I even laughed. I’m going to try pursuing joy through God.

    • Lisa,

      Nothing could bring me out of that place of feeling like I would never be happy again but counting gifts. Ann Voskamp’s 1,000 gifts will change your life as it changes your perspective. I read her devotional every morning! I am so very sorry that life is so difficult. God bless you on your journey. You will see the sun again, friend!

      Love, Taylor

  5. Thank you for this. May you find true joy and happiness. I’m ‘pursuing’ these today as well.
    God IS good.
    May you be blessed as you bless others.

  6. Thank you for opening your heart and letting me in so I will be encouraged to don’t give up on my pursue for happiness. The joy of the Lord is my strength.
    God bless you and fill your heart with His joy.

  7. This is so beautiful Taylor…the words, the sorrow and pain as you cling to your Savior. He holds you close. I don’t know grief of losing a child, but resonate with grief, depression, and longing for heaven.

  8. I recently came across this site, and it is already one of my favorite. I look to see what you’ve written each day…because each time it touches me in a different way. Today’s post was beautiful. I cannot begin to imagine the pain of losing a child and what it takes to overcome something like that. But taking refuge in the Lord will certainly help. For not the same reason as you, I have been having trouble finding joy often lately. I feel as though I am going through the motions of life, but without much feeling. Your post, once again, touched me in places that I know it will help me to start pursuing joy. Thank you!

    • Jodi,

      I’m so glad you’re part of the Red Vine family! Welcome!!! Keep pursuing joy. Even on my hardest days when I literally don’t know how to put one foot in front of the other, pressing into Jesus, taking that moment to worship instead of panic or “do”, ushers in grace and peace. Have a merry Christmas and God bless you!

      Love,
      Taylor