Monday, April 23, 2012



Websters Dictionary defines it as: a passage from one stage, stage, subject or place to another; a movement, development, or evolution from one form, stage or style to another. 

Joy Henderson defines it as: a time of testing, emotionally, physically, spiritually and relationally. an uprooting from the familiar and comfortable.

Our transition in ministry recently reminded 
me of when Cory and I got married. 
You see, I knew. 
Like, I heard straight from the Creator on this decision. 
Never before, and never again, have I audibly heard the Lord. 
I was gonna marry this man come hell or high water. 
Thankfully there was neither hell nor high water :) 

But even with the knowledge that this was God ordained. 
Even knowing that both of our families were 100% supportive. 
Even though I adored this man I was vowing to spend 
the rest of my life with. 
Even with all of the pieces fitting into our puzzle of life. 
The first year of marriage was hard. 
Real hard. 

Does that mean that we had made a mistake?
Maybe we weren't supposed to get married? 
Maybe we'd planned the wedding too fast? 
Maybe I'd heard God wrong? 
Maybe he wasn't "the one"? 

No. No. No. No. And No. 

That first year of marriage was just a time of ... 
Yep, you know it ... 

Maybe you've gone through, or are going through, 
a transitional time in your life. 
Maybe in your marriage. 
Maybe in your ministry. 
Maybe in your career. 
Maybe in your education.
Maybe with your children. 

I want to encourage you today that even when 
God calls you to something, 
it does not mean that it will be without faith, trust, 
hard work, hurdles, pain and tears at times. 

Nevertheless, I am continually with you! 
Psalm 73:23 

What kind of transition are dealing with? 
What do you wish "someone would have told you "about your transition?


  1. Leaving the American life of career, soccer games, church, and the English language for a life in the jungles of Ecuador. I wish someone would have told me...well, this is one case where no matter what someone tells you, you only know till you experience it. I remind myself that transition pains lessen with time: time with God and time on the calendar.

  2. I was meant to not read this until today. I love you Joy! I am so blessed to have you in my life, even if it is only electronically.

  3. Thank you for the reminder :) I need to read across your blog more often Joy. Thank you for being so transparent. Michael and I are at that place of deciding if we are to remain at our current location or step out into the next place of life...sooo needed this!