Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A New Chapter

This post is a bit of a deviation from my normal kind. I am here to inform you ladies of a recent change in my life and ask for your prayers for guidance.

The Lord has been working in my life in many ways and - in the past year - has blessed me with more health and enjoyment of life than I would ever have thought possible. Out of these blessings (of feeling up to doing things again), He has brought many new friends. I am very happy to say that at the end of this past March one of my dear friends and I entered into courtship.

Courtship is not engagement or betrothal, but simply the time wherein two friends commit - not to each other - but to seeking the Lord's will regarding their relationship with each other. There is more openness and trust, but no more physical benefits than a close friendship. A successful courtship is one that determines God's will for the relationship.

Needless to say, this is a very exciting development, and I am enjoying the journey of getting to know this man better. Please do pray for us and our families - that God would bless us with wisdom and strength to do His will and that we would bring Him honor and glory through this relationship.

I appreciate your prayers! :-)


7 comments:

reformedtngirl said...

Joy!!! I'm so excited for you!!! I will be praying for y'all!

- Laura

Joy said...

Thank you so much, Laura! :-) I really appreciate it! :-)

Hannah L said...

Congratulations, Joy!! That is really exciting, and I'll be praying for you both.

God bless,
~Hannah

Grace said...

Hey Joy!
Just stumbled upon this blog:)
But so glad I found it.
Will be praying for the both of you
God Bless

Warmest,
Grace

Rachel said...

Hey Joy!
It's been forever, and I dont even know if you remember me from HSB but I'm blogging on blogger now! :)
I will be praying for you two! Ya know, I always feel the need to pray for young women who really take their relationships with young men seriously. I never thought anything of my relationships with guy, until I ended up with a boyfriend. And Id do not regret my relationship with my boyfriend, but it's one of those things where I wish I'd have asked for prayer about it! So I'll definatley pray for y'all!
God Bless,
Rachel Lynn

LaJoie from Thoughts of Joy said...

Hi Joy,

I just found your blog and am so thrilled to read some of what you've written.

Even more exciting is your name. My name, "LaJoie," is French for "The Joy!" (Hence the title of my blog.) I sometimes go by "Joy" online, so it's really neat to see another Christian blogger with that name. :)

Congratulations on both your courtship and your commitment to purity. You will never regret doing things God's way.

God bless!

LaJoie Ward :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Joy,

LOVE your blog but you haven't updated in forever! I look forward to a an update. God Bless!