Hello, dear friends and viewers! My name is Joy, and I’m a young lady who loves the Lord Jesus very much, and desires to live to glorify God in all I do. I am learning daily to follow my Lord as He teaches me, and guides me on “the path of life”... and long to follow the path that He has laid out for me with joy in my heart, abiding in Him. I am not perfect by any means. I fail and falter but He has always been faithful, and I know He will always be in the future. He has filled my life with so many blessings and joys; a wonderful family, godly friends, and most of all a life in Him! He has saved me (a wretched sinner), by His amazing Grace, and made me His own. He is good. He is my Saviour, He is my Song.

I'm a homeschool graduate and university student studying English Literature and Ancient History/History. I have 3 wonderful sisters (Sarah, Mary, and Gracie) who are truly my best friends. I'm so blessed to have a godly family who love me and support me with their love, prayers and advice every day. My parents are my greatest spiritual role models. My sisters are my confidants and (though we have our silly arguments, bickering and fights), our bond of sisterhood is so very precious and we love each other so. Growing up, the atmosphere of studying at home through distance education with my family was absolutely delightful, and I truly believe that is the best way to study, from home under the loving guidance of one's loving parents. Now, studying on campus an hour away from home, I treasure the memories of those years of learning and growing up with my family so much. 

My family and I live on a sunny little corner in the beautiful coast of the sunshine state of Queensland, Australia; and I really love it here. QLD is a beautiful state!!

One of my keenest interests, more like a passion, is writing, and I try to devote as much time to it as possible. Whether it be in blogging, writing a prayer in my diary, journaling, creating a short story for a competition or assignment, writing a poem, or working on one of my books, I love pouring out my soul and sharing my thoughts, imaginations and feelings on paper. It all started when I was twelve years old, when the idea first came to me to write a 'story' instead of play it (since I was growing too old for my small dollies anyhow!), and blossomed until it became a thing that has become part of my life. Right now, I'm writing my first historical novel, The Crown of Life, which is a fictional tale, set in Ancient Rome of a young Roman soldier, Valerius Gallus, along with his bride-to-be, Claudia, and their journey to knowing Christ. To learn more about it, click here. Besides that, I've written a bit of poetry, a short story entitled A Love that Never Fails, which I am right now expanding into a full-length novel, and have many ideas for potential stories swarming in my head which I'd like one day to lay down on paper. . .
What do I enjoy doing and what are my interests in general? Oh, good question! One that is kind of hard to explain due to how varied and wide my interests are. Though I fail often in this area, I love to spend time at my Abba Father's feet in prayer and reading/studying His Word. I love playing the violin, singing and listening to music, singing at my uni chorale, spending time with my family and sisters in Christ, writing e-mails and letters to my friends;  my family and I have a strong burden for the suffering Church world-wide. One of the persecuted countries that is especially on my heart is Egypt. I love History, English Literature and Creative Writing and love to learn all I can about those subjects--I am just so blessed to actually have the opportunity to study those subjects academically! It's stimulating and I thoroughly enjoy discussing issues of faith, history, politics/philosophy, Christian theology and apologetics and such with my parents and sisters (the best spot for that is at the dinner table by the way). This past year I've been thrust into an environment of sharing those ideas with others not necessarily likeminded or from the same background as me, and that has been both very challenging and scary, but also such a wonderful, exciting opportunity!

Mentioning my love of writing, follows that I am an avid reader and lover of books. I am a crazy book girl ;), who devours words and stories like water. Classics and devotionals are my favourite, but I am also really fond of the fantasy/fairy-tale/legend genre, as well as good ol' mysteries, and well-written historical fiction. Some of my favourite authors would have to be J.R.R. Tolkien (expect to see him pop up A LOT in my conversations), C.S. Lewis, Elizabeth Gaskall, Charles Dickens, the Bronte sisters, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Rosemary Sutcliff, Elizabeth Goudge, A.J. Cronin, Patricia St. John, Kristy Cambron and Anne Elisabeth Stengl. My general motto would be 'the old is better', but of course, you do pleasantly bump into exceptions now and again which makes me very happy.

Other stuff to know about me... I enjoy photography, as one who only can dabble in the business - I am such a beginner, but it is fun! I share photos in my posts here on Fullness of Joy, but you can view more photos on my photography blog: here. I used to draw a lot and spent a lot of time doing craft when I was younger, but as I've grown, new interests have arisen so I try to keep it only for when I need to illustrate an invented Mugpuddle from one of my stories...

I enjoy cooking and baking and sewing (homemaking in general), and organizing the house. I am generally not the practical one in my family - it used be hard to get myself home-industrious; however, almost out of necessity, it is now something I am learning to truly enjoy and treasure! Actually, I have much to learn right now, in my father's house, many lessons and skills to develop, to become a Proverbs 31 godly wife and mother if it is God's will, in His perfect timing. Meanwhile, I am patiently serving and loving where I am! Most of all, my goal in life is to grow in the Lord Jesus, love Him more and glorify Him in my life; I long to become more and more like Christ, conforming to His image, from glory to glory.

I'll leave you now and let you discover the rest, through browsing through the posts as I write them. If you stay a while, I pray you will be blessed in some small way through my little alcove in the blogsphere!

You will show me the path of life. In Your Presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11 (NKJV)