joyful girl

we owe each other the world. the world owes us nothing.

107526464666708251 January 27, 2004

Filed under: Uncategorized — amyjoyfox @ 11:26 pm

i should be in bed. my fingers want to type, though.

house church tonight – good stuff, i think. we seem to be learning to step up and put some action behind our vision. acts 7 got pre-empted for a discussion of how we can get some outreach done, which resulted in some solid directions, and hopefully some follow-through. has anyone out there ever coordinated a church-based mentoring program for neighborhood kids? if so, talk to me!
we do not have enough time in the 2-2 1/2 hours we allot ourselves for “church”…we need more, if we’re even going to come close to meeting the biblical mandates for what should be happening when we gather. everyone bringing a song or word, interceding for each other, digging into the Word, breaking bread, etc. this is why living in community is a good idea! but we do need more time…the thing is, i feel guilty suggesting that we spend more than one night a week as a church together. of course, most of us grew up going to church at least three times a week… the point is, we need to get to the point where we’re actually SHARING OUR LIVES. we must make it a habit to open our lives to each other on a consistent basis. any ideas on how to do that, aside from living in the same house together?

this boy is coming to see me tomorrow night, and to go to nathalie’s birthday dinner. i’m so happy that i don’t have to wait until the weekend to see him! it gets harder to say goodbye to him every week, even though i know it will only be a matter of days until we see each other again. aargh!! i’m trying so hard to live in the present moment each day, but my heart seems to stay in columbus!
he is amazing, though. he really understands the role of man that was created for him. he really understands me, more and more every day. he is a man after God’s own heart. i don’t say these things lightly.

i think i should go to bed now.

sweet dreams are made of this.



Filed under: Uncategorized — amyjoyfox @ 11:13 pm

happy birthday, nathalie!
today is my sister nathalie’s birthday! (not biological, but what does that really mean, anyway?) if you know her, hug her hard. (or call her! birthdays are important to nat!) she is one of my oldest active friends, clocking in at about 12 years, right behind her brother at 13, and debra miller at 21(!) isn’t there some saying about old friends being like gold?



Filed under: Uncategorized — amyjoyfox @ 10:08 am

i made friends with an alligator in my sleep last night. or was it a crocodile? i was in my kitchen and betsy (my wonderful landlord) ran in, saying, “it looks like you have a new creature in your yard.” there was a tiny baby alligator, and it was really cute until we saw the big adult alligator guarding it. the details are a bit fuzzy, but it seems there was a struggle with the back screen door (like when i’m trying to keep my cat from going outside, but this time i was keeping the gator from coming in) before the gator finally made it in. in the meantime, my kitchen had conveniently acquired some tall poles that i was able to shimmy up to safety before the alligator settled in, drank some coffee, and had a bizarre conversation that ultimately affirmed my motherhood.

anyone out there wanna take a stab at interpreting that one?


107514517730312229 January 26, 2004

Filed under: Uncategorized — amyjoyfox @ 2:05 pm

been rethinking the purpose of this blog exercise over the past few days. as i’ve been re-establishing community and relationships in my life, a lot of my intellectual processing has been occuring in a real-time context, with live people. i think my blog had turned into a processing medium, but my intent in starting it was to provide a consistent forum for disciplining myself to write. so, i will be getting back to that practice again very soon…

right now, though, my brain is mushy! i spent the morning driving back from columbus (got snowed/iced in last night) without mishap, until i turned onto my very own cherry street. it took me a serious ten minutes to get from the intersection to my apartment, which is in the third house from the corner.

ANYWAY, this was another excellent weekend in columbus. i highly recommend “1000 blank cards,” especially when combined with a bit of wine and a lot of funny, creative types. (joshua drove and hour and a half in the snow to ear to eat a sock!)
chelsea is blogging again, and has updated her photos, which are so lovely, and include a few shots of daniel and i spending saturday with her and chris. let it be noted that the kays have the gift of hospitality! actually, a number of columbus folks are very gifted in opening up their homes to others. (hello, brooke and erik!) mike, sue, and justin are no expection, and are very quickly becoming family.

ok. i am going to work now. my shout-out fest should be enough to keep you busy until i can write something substantial.

oh – question of the day: has anyone ever tried to make homemade bubble tea?


107479174421825525 January 22, 2004

Filed under: Uncategorized — amyjoyfox @ 12:04 pm

daniel fox is a genius.

“one step to becoming a deeper thinker is
to start practicing your own theories.
nothing puts a mind to task like a hand
that is doing likewise.”


107471680090529244 January 21, 2004

Filed under: Uncategorized — amyjoyfox @ 3:00 pm

i love tuesday nights more every week. it used to be a consistent struggle to want to go to house church, even when i knew i would have a great time when i got there. but it’s getting easier, even though i was feeling slightly crazy earlier in the day yesterday.
BUT, last night was our gathering. we put aside our discussion of acts to just pray for each other. the group was a bit smaller than usual, which worked out perfectly. i’m really hoping and praying that we can grow into more consistent intercession for each other. there’s just so much to “accomplish” when believers gather – teaching, worship, intercession, prophetic words, fellowship, breaking of bread, etc. any ideas, anyone, on getting to all of these things while still getting the kids to bed on time? yet another reason to make sharing our lives in common a more daily habit…



Filed under: Uncategorized — amyjoyfox @ 12:29 pm

sorry about all of the quizzes this week. i need to be focusing on my real-life responsibilities, so this is my attempt to give you something entertaining.

i like this one!
You're a Cappucinno.
You’re a Cappicinno!

What Kind of Coffee are You?
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107461605487016617 January 20, 2004

Filed under: Uncategorized — amyjoyfox @ 11:27 am

hmm…not sure how i feel about this.

“It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is.”

You are Desiderius Erasmus!

You have great love for others and will do just about anything to show it to them. You are tolerant
and avoid confrontations, so people generally are drawn to you. You are more quiet and reserved in
front of strangers, but around some people you open up. When things get tough, you like to meditate
alone. Unfortunately you often get things like “what a pansy,” or “you’re such a liberal.”

What theologian are you?

A creation of Henderson



Filed under: Uncategorized — amyjoyfox @ 10:28 am

there is a lot of really great stuff out there to read today, so point your browsers to chris’ thoughts on living in suburbia (it’s this past friday’s post), and sue’s statement on community/mega-churches/point of entry.



107457333450811685 January 19, 2004

Filed under: Uncategorized — amyjoyfox @ 11:27 pm

i wanna be like sue burkett when i grow up!