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April Inspired Blogger: {Joan @ The Beauty In His Grip}

Today, I am pleased to introduce you to Joan at The Beauty in His Grip!  I met Joan through our respective blogs. She has a beautiful heart for the Lord.  I love how she profoundly shares His love with others in the most simplest of ways.  

Without further adieu, meet Joan of The Beauty in His Grip!

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

After many years living in California’s Central Valley, my husband and I now make our home in Northern California. I am married to my college sweetheart and am the mother of two grown children, and the grandmother of one adorable little girl. My husband and I enjoy exploring the great outdoors through hiking and camping while marveling at the wonders of God’s creation all around us.

How long have you been blogging and how/why did you start?

I started my blog, The Beauty in His Grip, in March of 2010 as a way to somehow give back to God for all he has done for me. A few years ago, I went through an extremely challenging time in my life, but it was through that experience I discovered the depth of God’s faithfulness and never ending love.

What is the purpose of your blog?

The title of my blog describes what I have found in God’s loving grip and the words I write in it are my way of sharing what I discovered with others and to hopefully bring honor and glory to Him.

What do you most enjoy about blogging?

I have always enjoyed writing. At an early age, I learned that it was fun to put words together in a way that was pleasing to my ears. As I grew, the content of those words became an important way to express my feelings. I discovered that when I wrote, I was able to get to the root of what I was thinking rather than getting “tongue-tied” speaking my thoughts or ideas. And, through blogging, I am able to connect with wonderful people all over the world…people whom I would never have met otherwise! It is a fantastic way to grow in the Body of Christ.

What are you passionate about?

My heart is for serving God in adult ministries and it is my desire to encourage other women to come to a deeper, more meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ. I believe that everything in our lives happens for a reason and the life-lessons learned along the way should be shared with others in order to build up the body for Christ. I have learned that we can never fall so far that we are beyond the reach of God. There are no lost causes. He loves us all. It doesn’t matter how rocky our pasts, God will always accept us when we surrender our lives to Him. With Christ we can live a life of abundant joy simply by knowing and experiencing Him through His mercy, grace and unfailing love.

Who or what inspires you?

I am inspired by people who have faced trials but who have found victory in Christ! Hearing their stories strengthens my faith and encourages me to share God’s love with others. I am also inspired by worship, both corporately and when I am alone. I love sensing God’s presence and for me, He is almost tangible through music.

Tell us something random about yourself.

A random fact. Hmmm. Well, my favorite color is green, but, I love the color combination of orange and purple. All my kitchen appliances, bowls, spoons and many dishes, etc. are orange and I offset those with purple glass and pictures. (Think poppies and lupine!)

Will you share with us one of your favorite posts and what you love about it?

The posts that are closest to my heart are ones that have been written due to a specific experience or lesson God has taught me. One of my favorites is The Dance with My Father. In it I describe the intricate relationship we have with our Heavenly Father and what happens when we get out of step with Him. Another favorite is A Life Saved. This post is my first expression of my testimony and in it I share about the valley I travelled and how we can never fall so far that we are beyond the reach of God.

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Thank you, Joan, for allowing me to host you in my space this month!  You are a blessing and a treasure.

Friends, will you take a moment to visit Joan’s blog and say hello?  You will find much beauty there.

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13 Comments

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    Sonya Barker ~At Home with The Barkers
    March 31, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    I look forward to reading The Beauty in His Grip! Thank you for sharing.
    Sonya Barker ~At Home with The Barkers recently posted..He Is Risen!

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      Barbie
      March 31, 2013 at 7:38 pm

      You’re welcome Sonya! Have a lovely Monday!

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      Joan
      March 31, 2013 at 9:48 pm

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read Barbie’s interview of me! It is such a blessing to be featured on her wonderful blog!

      Blessings, Joan
      Joan recently posted..A Blessing and Sharing His Beauty Link-up!

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      Joan
      March 31, 2013 at 9:51 pm

      Thank you so much for giving me the honor of being the featured blogger on your site! I love “My Freshly Brewed Life” and am blessed to be able to be here! Blessings to you, Barbie!

      In His grip, Joan
      Joan recently posted..A Blessing and Sharing His Beauty Link-up!

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        Barbie
        March 31, 2013 at 11:49 pm

        My pleasure! Have a beautiful week!

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    Debbie
    March 31, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    I’ve been following Joan from the beginning of her blogging adventures. I love to read her blog and love her heart. She’s been through some tough trials but I love that they have only drawn her closer to the Lord. She has a beautiful heart of love for others. One day I hope to meet her in person.

    I’m so glad you interviewed Joan.

    Blessings and love,
    Debbie
    Debbie recently posted..Easter Blessings

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      Joan
      March 31, 2013 at 9:47 pm

      Thank you, Debbie, for your kind words! I have loved getting to know you and pray that one day we do get to meet in person! You have been an incredible support to me as I have shared much of my story. Thank you! Blogging has been such a blessing as I’ve gotten to know so many wonderful women whom I consider true friends!

      Blessings, Joan
      Joan recently posted..A Blessing and Sharing His Beauty Link-up!

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      Barbie
      March 31, 2013 at 11:50 pm

      Me too Debbie! She’s a gem! Blessings!

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      Barbie
      April 3, 2013 at 10:12 pm

      Hi Debbie. It actually may have been your blog that took me to Joan’s. So thankful I found her.

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    Denise
    April 1, 2013 at 2:10 am

    I have always loved and been inspired by Joan’s blog, and even though we haven’t met I feel like I know her! 🙂 She is such an uplifting lady with so much love and beauty!! Her enthusiasm is contagious!! 🙂

    Thanks for featuring her this week Barbie!
    Blessings and hugs,
    Denise
    Denise recently posted..The Word of Life

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    Rosann
    April 1, 2013 at 4:23 am

    Nice to see your blog featured here Joan! Love your kitchen color combination! 🙂
    Rosann recently posted..Super Blogger Spotlight: My Freshly Brewed Life

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      Joan
      April 1, 2013 at 6:42 am

      Hi Rosann! I’ve loved that color combination for many years but it wasn’t until after I started decorating with it that I discovered my great-grandmother’s china was orange with purple flowers! Though I never met her, I thought it a very interesting coincidence especially considering those colors weren’t always put together back in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Now I use the pieces of her china that remain proudly, wondering what other things we had in common!

      Blessings, Joan
      Joan recently posted..A Blessing and Sharing His Beauty Link-up!

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