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18 April 2018

Hi guys.

It has been an age since I last posted but the health is extremely unpredictable and the lows have been tremendous and very annoying. Constant doctor visits are equally draining. But all that to say that I am fast approaching my 34th birthday tomorrow (2 hours away). I would say that usually birthdays are fun and something to look forward to but this one is a tough one to wrap my head around. I found my first white hair a couple days ago and start seeing wrinkles in my skin and my face looks so tired and blah. And what about the fact that I am almost 34 without a husband let alone a romantic partner and no children on the horizon? Sure I couldn't take care of a child even if I had one a the moment but it'd still be nice. Ah well. It truly is all about God's timing and apparently that is not right now...

It is hard not to look back on the good old times when I was healthy, felt beautiful and off to London for a new and exciting opportunity and start of a fresh chapter of my life.
with A @ my goodbye party.
And what about my wonderful time studying in some of the most historic and fascinating museums I have ever been privileged to visit? And making lifelong friendships with N and M? Who would think two of my dearest friends would be Colombian and Russian?

with N at my 30th birthday bash in London.
with M at my 30th birthday bash in London.
And what about the incredible 30th birthday party H+K hosted for me in California in 2014? Still have great memories of the evening. Feeling glamorous and beautiful and loved.
with my BFF at my 30th birthday party in CA.

with M+M at my 30th Birthday Bash in CA.
I truly am blessed because my core friends have never wavered and are always just a phone call or text away. And since 2014 I have been able to even celebrate with A, L, and my BFF at different times over tea and scones or drinks. I truly am blessed. I guess the difficult thing is to see others move on with their lives while it seems I have stuck in the quick sand.

A few prayer requests/wishes for my birthday:
  • I am praying my disability case is approved so that I can get Medicare.
  • that my hands become pain free so that I can type and finish school and be able to journal and etcetera.
  • that my body is healed if it is the Lord's will but boy would it be nice to finally figure out what is wrong.
  • that I do get the chance to meet Mr. Right, particularly if he looks like the long lost brother of Jude Law and Tom Hiddleston. HAHA.
Praises from 2017-2018:
  • Hastings Alyosha (2/4/17)... so so blessed to have my beautiful boy in my life. What a blessing he is!
  • No surgeries necessary in 2017.
  • Able to have my disability hearing. Hoping and praying it produces positive results.
  • Able to start walking with a cane on good days.
  • Fun outings with friends and family to Dodgers, whale watching, the circus, the theatre, etc.
  • I am alive!
And lastly, if you feel inclined I would be honored if you would make a donation to Geanco Foundation in honor of my birthday. Love that Facebook has birthday fundraisers that take the focus off us and puts it on good deeds and these great non profits.

Until next time!
Joy x

A to Z: Saying Goodbye...

05 April 2018

Sadly I just don't have the energy to do the A to Z Challenge this year with the pneumonia, difficulty with my breathing, fatigue, blah blah blah... Hopefully next year I will start up again. :)

In the meantime I just returned from the hospital where I had my Pulmonary Function Test... Results tomorrow at the doc's! xx

A to Z: Claudia

03 April 2018

Happy Tuesday. Today let's talk about CLAUDIA, a not well known women of the Bible. Her only mention is 2 Timothy 4:21 -
Make every effort to come before winter. Eubulus greets you, also Pudens and Linus and Claudia and all the brethren.
Some might suggest that this is the wife of Pilate as named in the apocryphal Gospel of Nicodemus. (Trivia: in the Gospels, Pilate's wife is never named.) However, there is no evidence that this Claudia is at all related to Pilate. Perhaps instead she is connected to Pudens or Linus? Theories have been floated around but there is no serious proof or evidence.

What is worth mentioning is that she is one of the few women that St. Paul mentions in his greetings.

A to Z: Bathsheba

02 April 2018

Happy Easter Monday. I hope you all had a great holiday weekend with family and loved ones. This might be a bit late but today's A to Z Challenge post is about... Bathsheba, who is probably best known for having an affair with King David while still married to Uriah the Hittite.

Old Testament:
Now when evening came David arose from his bed and walked around on the roof of the king’s house, and from the roof he saw a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful in appearance. So David sent and inquired about the woman. And one said, “Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” David sent messengers and took her, and when she came to him, he lay with her; and when she had purified herself from her uncleanness, she returned to her house. The woman conceived; and she sent and told David, and said, “I am pregnant.” 2 Samuel 11 NASB
Aside from the aforementioned passage in the Old Testament, it is to be noted that Bathsheba is one of the few women mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus in 1 Chronicles 3:5.
These were born to him in Jerusalem: Shimea, Shobab, Nathan and Solomon, four, by Bath-shua the daughter of Ammiel.


Bathsheba After the Bath by Jan Steen
Bathsheba is most commonly portrayed in artwork in a state of undress at her bath. Mention Bathsheba at Her Bath and you'll likely think of Rembrandt and Veronese. Part of the Getty Museum collection in Los Angeles (not on display) is the oil painting Bathsheba After the Bath by Dutch painter Jan Steen.

See how Bathsheba is looking directly at the artist/viewer while her maidens and domestic dog attend to her. Is she seducing us? Is her character perceived by society as one of seductress?

Until tomorrow...

A to Z: Asenath

01 April 2018

Happy Easter! He is Risen! Today I am excited to start my 3rd A to Z Challenge.

The theme being Women of the Bible let us begin with Asenath (Hebrew: אָסְנַת‬) the Egyptian wife of Joseph mentioned in the 41st chapter of Genesis. Asenath is in fact a common first name for Israeli women.

Not much is known about Asenath in the Bible except that she is the daughter of the priestess Potipherah, was given to Joseph in marriage by Pharaoh, and bore Joseph his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim.

She might only be mentioned in two verses but there is great significance in those two verses. First, she is the daughter of a priestess, was hand picked by Pharaoh, and given to Joseph as a wife so that he would be socially accepted as a member of Egyptian society.  Second, she is the mother of two important monarchs, Manasseh and Ephraim, who were the heads of two Israelite Tribes. Her importance is even noted by Rembrandt in his painting Jacob Blessing the Children of Joseph.

Jacob Blessing the Children of Joseph. Rembrandt. 1656.
Book of Genesis:
45 And Pharaoh called Joseph's name Zaphenath-paneah. And he gave him in marriage Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On. So Joseph went out over the land of Egypt. 50 Before the year of famine came, two sons were born to Joseph. Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On, bore them to him.

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