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Joy Melton knows what the feeling of abandonment does to a child. She was among the millions of fatherless children in this world. A lifetime without the love of a father caused so much pain in her life. The pain lead to fearfulness and she would often doubt herself. She struggled daily with feelings of worthlessness. The scars of rejection in her heart began to turn into resentment and eventually hate toward the dad who had left her.
She began the journey to find herself that God laid on her heart. Joy shares the story of her childhood without a daddy, finding the love of her life, and eventually finding her joy. This was not the joy she initially sought after, but it was the joy God wanted her to find.
Through her faithfulness to God and following His call for her life, she learned to forget what scarred her past and live with Christ in the present. She learned to forgive the men that walked out of her life, and, in doing so, God granted her peace that flowed abundantly. She let go of what she wanted for herself and saw that what God has for her is so much better. Joy found that God is the one who determines her worth and defines her—not circumstances of the past or struggles of this life.
She started out looking for herself and what she found was joy.
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Joy lives in Kentucky with her husband, Jason, and their three children: Landen, Blake, and Malia. Joy became a Christian as a child but recently gave herself to follow Christ daily. In doing so she found a joy like never before. She prays that you too have found joy in Christ.
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