Life is Better when it’s Full…

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Hi! So glad you decided to visit!

What if we look at the ORDINARY in life – and see the EXTRAORDINARY touch of God?  

Instead of negative headlines – let’s look at positive heart-lines.  

We fill our lives with so much, but are we filling them with what boosts us and others?  

Check out what I have to say in “Speaking Joyfully.”

Maybe you’ll be encouraged. Perhaps you’ll be inspired.
Hopefully you’ll smile.

Life IS better when it’s FULL…
JOY-full, THANK-full, PURPOSE-full and FRIEND-full!

Joy Dunlap Writer Speaker

Who am I?
I’m a woman of faith. A wife. A friend. A writer. An encourager.
A military spouse – “once a military spouse, always a military spouse.”
But, I’ve got lots of “formers” too.
Former journalist, broadcaster, advocate, advertising agent, sales and marketing manager, organizational leader, and non-profit executive.
Former Size 4 (Oops, how did that get in there? And, how did those extra sizes get in me?)
But as Ralph Waldo Emerson said,
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
I like that.

When Fog Blocks the Way

©Joy Dunlap  https://joydunlap.com Dense fog prevented us from stopping at an anticipated port call on our Great Lakes cruise. This was one of those times when the decision wasn’t even questionable. After hearing the captain announce that we couldn’t go ashore, we...

Dangerous Places to Avoid on the Path

©Joy Dunlap  https://joydunlap.com Dappled light dances on the trail like scattered spotlights. Illumination shines through the trees dressed in their finest green as they stretch toward heaven creating a canopy of shade and coolness. The path appears idyllic as it...

What Happens When We Plant

©Joy Dunlap  https://joydunlap.com What do we do when things seem dark, dismal, or difficult? We plant. We plant our hearts and minds firmly in the words and promises of God. We plant our trust deeply in the Creator and Sustainer. We plant goodness and kindness as we...

Superior View

©Joy Dunlap  https://joydunlap.com The Superior view was in front of me, but unconsciously I found myself looking instead at the manmade tile and walls boxing me in. When I discovered what they called a tepidarium at the ship’s stern while on our Great Lakes cruise,...

Mom – Memories, Lessons and Legacy

©Joy Dunlap  https://joydunlap.com Forgive me, Mom, for this writing as I know you weren’t someone who sought attention, but on this 25th anniversary of your move to heaven, I know you’ve been in the presence of the grandest of glory that can ever be experienced. Your...

My Father’s World and Words

©Joy Dunlap  https://joydunlap.com “This is My Father’s World” plays in my mind especially around Father’s Day. As a youth, I remember joining my voice with others in our church congregation as the organist and pianist played the familiar tune found in our hymnals. To...

Joy’s heart for the Lord and for others comes through in her writing, her relationships and her life. Her writing reflects her ability to look at the ordinary and sees the extraordinary hand of God at work. The clever stories she tells and the way she weaves Scripture into her writing invite the reader to live life purposefully and joyfully through the Lord.

Rebecca Hagelin, author of “Home Invasion: Protecting Your Family in a Culture That’s Gone Stark Raving Mad” and “30 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family.”

Joy Dunlap is a delight to read. Practical, thoughtful, and always applicable, she has a remarkable way of bringing biblical truth to light by sharing the observations she makes in daily life. Her blog provides a space of retreat where spiritual insights renew and refresh my busy soul. I’ve known Joy since our childhood and from the earliest days of our friendship I loved the way God gifted her to paint unforgettable images with the written word. Saturated with the gospel, Joy’s writings offer encouragement and hope to season the lessons life brings our way.

Frank R. Lewis, Senior Pastor, Nashville First Baptist Church

One thing I admire about Joy is her love for her work and her enthusiasm whether it is speaking, writing, planning or orchestrating – she does all with excellence. The basis of her work is foundational to everything she does – that is, she loves the Lord and always seeks His wisdom and guidance through His word and prayer when she is about to embark on anything. 

Shirley Lawing, former Women’s Ministry Director, Bethel Baptist Church

Joy Dunlap is a truly “Joy-ful” and anointed speaker…a gifted speaker who involves and captivates her audience.    

Protestant Women of the Chapel, military base retreat comment

Joy’s dedication to reaching out, supporting and ministering to other women is no less than inspiring. She is gifted with the ability to counsel and encourage, and knows how to put forth and maintain a positive message in every circumstance.

Rausa (businesswoman, nurse)

Always smiling, upbeat and encouraging, Joy consistently adds depth to each of our small group studies. Although not the assigned teacher of our group, she fills in when needed and as a teacher brings out an important lesson in each scripture we study. It is evident she spends a lot of time talking to God – and walks with Him on a daily basis.

Becky (businesswoman, women’s Bible study group communicator)

From the moment I met Joy, I was amazed at her genuine spirit, she is a very warm and caring person who is gifted with many talents.

I had the privilege of serving alongside Joy in a very important ministry where she headed a large Women’s Ministry. Joy is a gifted, creative writer. She is also a very good speaker who speaks with confidence. More than all of this, she loves the Lord and her life is an example of His love.

Shirley (ministry leader)

I was intrigued the entire time.  Funny, informative, great topics and teaching.  Very reflective.

(VA church Retreat comment)

Joy helps us see the importance and the benefits of the uniqueness between us and our friends.

Sue  (VA church retreat comment)

Joy’s dynamic personality leaves a lasting impression on those with whom she comes in contact.

Debbie  (women’s retreat coordinator)

Based upon Biblical principles, Joy inspires and encourages women to initiate, develop and maintain relationships by giving them very real and practical suggestions. This program is a must for anyone who desires to enlarge their territory and experience the fullness of friendships.

Ronda (author)

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