About Me and My Blog

Hey, I’m Kim. I hope to meet you soon. But let’s let this be our pre-introduction. If you’re going to stick around, you want to know who’s behind the words on these pages, right? So let me tell you a little about myself. Like you, I wear lots of hats. Some of my hats bear labels like wife, mom, friend, daughter, teacher, house cleaner, food maker, kid toter, appointment handler. Maybe you have similar hats as well, or maybe your hats are pretty different. One thing I’m sure that we have in common is that we want to experience a joyful life. Not just momentary fleeting happiness, but day-in-day-out joy. Often we use those words interchangeably. The dictionary even uses one to define the other. But I believe there is a distinct difference between them that lies at the heart of all we desire in life. 

Happiness is great, right? Think about those things that make you happy. For me, it’s a baby’s belly laugh. The smell of fresh baked bread. S’mores by a campfire. Holding my husband’s hand. Tucking my kids in at night. Gathering with family and friends at the holidays. These things make me truly happy! And that feeling is often my biggest motivation to plan the holiday get-together, (tell my husband to) build the campfire, mix and knead the dough. But when those moments are over, the happiness is sometimes replaced with other feelings – like sadness from saying goodbye, exhaustion from staying up too late, or guilt after I’ve eaten all the fresh baked bread. 

I’ve come to realize that when I spend my time chasing happiness, I am really chasing something that cannot last long in this life. Happiness is good and important and a gift from God as well. But there is something we are offered that is even greater than happiness, something we don’t have to chase, something we can find only through our relationship with Christ. 

Joy is a word our culture so often brings up only at Christmas. While it’s true Christmas is a great time to be reminded of what joy really is, joy is not something that’s available only during December. Joy can be ours to have every moment of every day. Joy is not affected by emotions. Joy is not stomped out by sickness, job loss, divorce, or pandemic. Joy lives hand-in-hand with peace. Joy abides deep in our souls. Joy is a gift that remains. 

I hope this blog is a reminder to us both what joy really is…

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13

No Better Time

Here’s my honest truth. Lately I’ve been lazy. A couple of months ago, I felt called to start a new adventure, a blog called “Joy Unbreakable.” I went to WordPress, signed up for a domain, waded through all this technical stuff I still don’t understand…and that was it. Coronavirus lockdowns started happening and my mind froze from stress and the sheer amount of things I had to think about – disinfecting, meal prepping, elearning, TP shopping – it all came a little too fast for me. My honest truth is that I forgot all about this blog thing for a while – forgot or maybe more honestly chose to neglect it – either way, today I’m deciding to change that.

I’ve thought about starting a blog many times in the past. I just couldn’t ever settle on any particular topic or name. I like to write, but it does take time. I have worked as a writer and editor in the past, but after 10 years at home with my kids, I worried I’d lost any ability I’d ever had. And then there’s the tech aspect. Anyone who knows me knows that the hate far outweighs the love in my love-hate relationship with technology.

But two months ago, I heard the name “Joy Unbreakable” loud and clear, and all of a sudden, I knew it was time. As with everything else in my life, I have moved slowly, but nonetheless, here I am. My husband and I are in the middle of many changes in life, some are exciting, others are terrifying. What better time than now to cling to and proclaim my unbreakable joy in Jesus Christ!

Hop on over here to learn more about me and my family. I hope as the pages of this blog multiply that you will find time to visit again!  

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Romans 12:12