Ever wonder what people will say about you when you’re gone from earth?  It’s a little weird – and a lot humbling – to hear stuff like this while alive.   I’m not sure they’re talking about the right “Joy” but it’s something to aspire to!  Oh, that it were so!  

Just so you know, I’ve got those down days too, but it’s nice to have people who encourage you!

I absolutely look forward to seeing and sharing Joy Dunlap’s “Speaking Joyfully” blog posts with my friends! The messages always encourage and uplift, bringing hope and truth in each one. She takes everyday things we often overlook or count as “that’s just the way it is” and turns them into opportunities for her readers to experience more fulfilled lives. The scenarios used are true-to-life; everyone can see themselves in similar situations. Joy never leaves you hanging or looking for answers as she offers many practical applications to solve, resolve or accept, so the reader can live a more “joy-full, thank-full, purpose-full and friend-full”™ life. Her words have certainly inspired me to look at things from a fresh perspective on many occasions! Thank you, Joy!

Brenda Blanchard, writer, speaker, Bible study teacher, co-president of San Antonio Christian Writers Group


Joy’s heart for the Lord and other people comes through in her writing, her relationships and her life. Her writing reflects her ability to look at the ordinary and see 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 discover a joyful and purposeful life with 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


What 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.  Joy is an excellent speaker, planning and conducting retreats and other activities while serving here.  She has a gift for leading and writing and she uses that gift wisely and humbly as her desire is to honor her Lord.

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


Always smiling, upbeat and encouraging, Joy consistently adds depth to each of our small group studies.  It is evident she spends a lot of time talking to God – and walks with Him on a daily basis.

Becky  (businesswoman and women’s Bible study group initiator/communicator)


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

Participant, Protestant Women of the Chapel, military base retreat 


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) 


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)


Joy is fearless and reeks with multiple gifts … some of which I shall list….perception, effervescence, intelligence, kindness, loyalty, etc. She is a talented writer and presenter. One could never bore with either. The manner in which she witnesses for the Lord is by far her greatest gift.

Jean (businesswoman, community volunteer) 


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

Participant, VA church retreat


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

Sue (VA church retreat participant)


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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