This is my church.

The smell of fresh-washed earth fills my nostrils, soft breezes caressing my cheek, chilly air electric with the anticipation of a new season.

The gray sky kisses the dark limbs of the tree branches where golden leaves are falling and leaving barren bones.

Muddy hearts meld as we talk long and deep. Heart meets hurts, hard meets soft and we become a glorious mess in the moment.


Children’s chatter surrounds me, laughing loud and mixed with the sound of rustling trees and rushing creek water.


Stilettos come off and my toes sink into the mud as the long grass dances around me.


“Mama! Hold me!” I reach down and realize, THIS is where I belong, where I find God. This is my church.

About Shannon Joy

I am a single mama with two incredible munchkins. I confuse most people and the deeper you delve into the rabbit hole, the more lost you will become. I play a lot, work a lot, learn a lot, volunteer a lot and tend to do a lot... I love my life. The past few years have been an incredible journey, full of ups and downs. Thankfully, I have made the choice to see challenges as opportunities and it makes me so much stronger than I ever thought possible. I love to write and paint and feel that being creative is my God-given talent. I am so excited to share my life and experiences with you. Although I am a diamond in the rough, I known that I am being chiseled and hewn by experiences and grace and perseverance. I love comments and feedback, so please send a little love when you can. I will always try to respond personally and in a timely fashion.
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