First of all, I want to explain the story behind the name, Joyful Eucharistia.

Joy is something so precious to me because it is so rare in this world we live in. Jesus, my Saviour, is the only source of true joy and I am so thankful for that. Another thing that makes it so precious to me is that God commands us to “Rejoice Evermore”.

Eucharistia is the Greek word for gratefulness and ever since I read the book, 1000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp, it has meant so much more to me. Gratitude, or eucharistia, is our key to real joy and grace. God commands us to be thankful because He has made us for that purpose. We are made to praise Him and when we do so, the windows of Heaven are opened to us.

I started this blog because of these two words. These are things I am striving to attain and I want to record the ways in which God is teaching them to me. I also want this to be a place where I can share my joys and the things I am thankful for.

Speaking of which, I want to list some right now. First of all, I am thankful for my Heavenly Father. He never gives up on me and He loves me more than I can ever understand. He loves me more than my wonderful husband, for whom I am also so grateful, because even his love to me is more than I can grasp. In the year and (almost) two months that we have been married, I have been amazed again and again at how much Jon loves me and how amazing it is that God created this beautiful thing called marriage! We have not had an easy first year but God has been teaching and leading us and for that I am so thankful.

I also thank God for the gift of writing. This has not always been the case. In school, I cried and sweated my way through writing assignments. I would so much rather have done another lesson in math than write three paragraphs. But my wonderful mom persisted that I had to learn to write and now I don’t know what I would do without it! It is my way of expressing how I feel when my mouth fails me. It is my way of sorting through the things in my life that don’t make sense. And it is the way I process the lessons God is trying to teach me.

Besides writing, I enjoy music, paperwork, teaching, working in the garden with my hubby, and going for walks.