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Welcome to Consider it Joy! This is a lifestyle blog that will focus on what joy is and the pursuit of it. I have a burning passion for all people to experience authentic joy. Every person, regardless of circumstances or beliefs, deserves to know what joy feels like. The inspiration for the blog began a few years ago when I taught a message to our youth group. The basis of the message was along the lines of "your happiness can come and go, but your joy must be constant; you owe it to yourself, and ultimately God, to make sure your joy is something that is immovable".  A scripture I used during this message was James 1:2-4, which tells us to "Consider it Joy" when we are going through difficult times because it is producing growth in our lives. Teaching this message shifted my perspective on what it means to deal with struggle, adversity and unfair circumstances. The next two years after teaching that message were the most difficult of my life. I had not even been married for a full year when I was in a car accident that brought our lives to a screeching halt. The days that made me feel defeated and I felt my happiness slipping away, I brought my mind back to the idea of "Consider it Joy" and it changed the way I navigated through something that seemed impossible. Dealing with life's struggles on top of a traumatic accident forced me to intentionally pursue joy. It was not a walk in the park and there were days where I felt like it would never end, but I loved and respected myself and my journey enough to keep the joy that God desired for me and it changed everything. That's where the blog was birthed. It is my passion and I believe a part of my calling to share my experience because at the end of the day, everyone deserves and has access to pure, everlasting joy. In the midst of your mess, struggle and emotional rollercoasters, YOU can experience joy that does not waiver, even for a second. Yes, YOU. I would also like to note that my personal beliefs are rooted in a biblical, Christ-centered foundation, but Consider it Joy is for everyone. I will always share my spiritual beliefs, but you do not have to share them to benefit and grow from Consider it Joy.  

Now, a few things about me.. for the curious readers. I graduated from college in 2018 with a degree in Psychology and English. I have always been passionate about writing, which made a blog the ideal method of sharing what I have learned. I married my middle school sweetheart, Jordan, on May 27th, 2017. Being a young wife has taught me a lot and I am sure you will often read about my journey through that. I, along side my husband, am a youth pastor at our home church. We are overwhelmingly passionate about making an impact on our youth and feel extremely called to youth ministry. I make it a point to be a lover of people. No matter who you are, I believe that everyone deserves to feel loved and honored. I am a wife, daughter, sister, aunt and friend and I do not wear those titles lightly. And lastly, but most importantly, I know a God that loves me beyond anything I could imagine and I believe that God is still moving mountains. His love cannot be described and the well of His grace never runs dry.

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