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Alia Joy is an author who believes the darkness is illuminated when we grasp each other's hand and walk into the night together. She writes poignantly about her life with bipolar disorder as well as grief, faith, marriage, poverty, race, embodiment, and keeping fluent in the language of hope in...

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  1. Thank you Alia – I needed to be reminded of these tensions and truths. To cherish the ordinary and keep believing extraordinarily. Blessings to you!

  2. Alia Joy,
    I’m so thankful that God gives us glimpses of eternity to keep me/us going. He presents them while we are still on this orb called earth and it’s up to us to grab them….like you grabbing date night although a million other things called your name. Running fingers through your daughter’s hair, tucking in Spiderman covers, feeling his wedding band…all God winks. Thank you, too, for the reminder that God did not make me “wrong” – there is no such thing. We all have our flaws, but claiming the truth that God created me…all of us….in His perfect image. God doesn’t make mistakes. Thanks for great truth and reminders to grab eternity in the here and now….lovely post. Thanks for keeping it real.
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

  3. Wow! You said it all. We get so caught up in this world. Beautiful words and thought provoking! Thank you.

  4. Alia .. it is so nice to hear a woman after God’s own heart! I’m reminded God don’t make no junk! Lol.. I’m also reminded Peace reigns and discontentment drains.
    For I can do everything through Christ… Phil. 4:13. Happy new year

  5. Alia, you have such a way with words and I don’t mean that as flattery. You can take truth and turn it into healing balm all while making me laugh. I don’t know what Alia means, but Joy definitely suits you. I heard you speak first at Live Friended in October and I was writing as fast as I could when you were speaking on the panel. Thank you for being real and encouraging us to do the same. Happiest of New Years to you!

  6. Alia, I have only been a subscriber for a short time. I don’t believe I’ve read your writing before. Beautiful words, you have graced us with today. God used you to touch me deeply and open my eyes a little wider today. Thank you so much!

  7. Thank you for sharing these thoughts for a new beginning of 2018 in such an eloquently written way. You certainly have a God given gift with putting our precious thoughts into beautiful words, in His glory. I loved making my own life anologies while reading yours…

    Thank you and blessings to all today!

  8. What a beautiful reminder this morning as we start a new year – with all our hopes and dreams to make it a ‘better” one than the last. Thank you for reminding me to stop and “smell the roses” because this life and all its busyness will consume us if we let it. Thank you!

  9. Thank you for giving voice to the ordinary daily things we do in life, to the flaws we have but knowing God made us so they are not flaws but His unique touches and to how much our lives are a reflection of the plan He has for all of us. I plan to save this so on those days when I am feeling very overwhelmed and under appreciated, I can remind myself that I was created for a reason and that all of His creations are beautiful.

  10. “My best yes is not worrying about being just right and instead being just real.” Alia, this. So much this! If I had a new year’s resolution, it would be embracing more of who I really am and living on purpose to fulfill my purpose. (What you said so beautifully.) Love this post! Thank you.

  11. Thank you for ur words this morning…oh how they resonated in my spirit …it was as if u read my hearts longing …Last years word was rest and this years word is peace …together rest and peace …will accompany me this next year….sharing His love

  12. Good morning, the beautiful words are so picturesque, mental images dancing in my mind . To God be the Glory!!Thank you for your post !

  13. Alia,
    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! This post captures it ALL and does so beautifully. I saw myself within these lines and I’m reminded that I am “not made wrong”. Oh my! God bless you and thanks so much for sharing this!

  14. Your words make me fell like camping out here and reading this to myself over and over again, hoping that maybe by osmosis the words will sink deep into my heart and become a reality for my life. Although, I know I need my own words, I really identify with yours because they make me feel at home with you. I find myself struggling in this season. This past year has been hard and has left me empty. For the longest time, I expected things to happen in a certain way and now that they haven’t I feel lost. But I have to believe he has a plan for me. Otherwise why would I continue to seek him and honestly I am seeking him even more now. Thank you for sharing, your words bring me hope.

  15. So absolutely beautifully written that it speaks so deeply to my soul. Thank you for the wake up call.

  16. Alia,

    My best yes is not worrying about being just right and instead being just real. AMEN!! We constantly struggle with being right & perfect. All we really need to do is be real. Be the person God created us to be. Enjoy the simple things in life. My best yeses would be date night, & snuggling on the couch with hubby! This world tells us to go go go & do do do really fast. We buy into these lies & miss out on glimpses of eternity. A simple hug, phone call to say hi, etc. all are simple ways to show God’s love & give people glimpses into Heaven!!

    I pray God blesses you richly in 2018!

    Blessings 🙂

  17. Yes! This is spot on! Thank you for this timely post. Beautifully written and so relevant.
    God gave me the word: GRACE for my 2018 and to be honest, I was a little confused as to what this meant for me for this year. I was just started to unpack it with scripture in hopes to get a better understanding and then this popped into my email inbox.
    Thank you! You have perfectly described what it could look like and what God is wanting to reveal to me to “work out” over this new year.
    I too “choose grace to cover all the flaws I see in myself and remember I am not made wrong” and to encourage those in my world to do this too!

  18. Alia,
    You speak to me everytime you write, Thank You!
    And yes, I quote your words: “My best yes is not worrying about being just right and instead being just real.”
    Today I am being real with my Bold Voice and working on Love with that boldness!
    Thank you for the reminders and support.