Always Available

He isn’t too busy for you, or too important to listen to what you have to say. God isn’t upset or insecure when you speak in a grumpy tone, or offended when you ask for something that He just can’t give you. God is perfect in his love for you, and He is perfect in how he will respond. Take joy…

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Where have I been?

finding joy does not equate to finding the time to spread it. Finding time? Well, that’s what everybody is trying to figure out. In this post, I recap you all as to where I am at. Crazy kids, constant demands, no time to poop- let alone write a post. Ya know, #momlife.

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worry: a thief of joy.

Has worrying EVER benefited you? Most likely, the answer is NO. I bet we could all agree, worrying does NOT add time to our lives. In fact, it only brings more stress and fear, which in turn steals life. Maybe not actual minutes, but worry can steal absolutely steal our joy if we let it.

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What is True Love? Part 2: Real vs. Fake

It’s hard to think about it when we realize that so much of what we’ve done in the name of love, and so much that’s been done to us, has actually been a counterfeit. My challenge to you is to toss it. No, a bank won’t replace fake bills- but God? He will totally replace that love, with himself. His love? It satisfies, it fulfills, it is the only thing that buys real and lasting joy. And as you grow in learning the depth, width, height and length of it, rest assured that it’ll cover you and others as you become love itself.

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A letter to my baby girl: You are Beautiful.

Hannah, as my eyes fill with tears this very moment, the cry of my heart is that you know this. That YOU are BEAUTIFUL. And that you always will be. Gosh, I want everything for you. I want you to know the value of your precious body, the beauty of your physical “imperfections,” (which according to me- you have ZERO). I want you to know how deeply loved and precious you are.

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An Argument for Joy

I take joy in the truth that Jesus set me free from sin. He took my place. He gave me life and replaced my mourning for gladness. Jesus planted a new song in my heart. Once: I was lost, broken, lonely, depressed, destined for death. I felt dirty, ashamed, guilty, sad and without hope.

Now? I am alive! Set FREE! Made NEW! Cleansed! Set apart! AND FULL OF JOY BECAUSE I AM LOVED BY GOD HIMSELF.

Um, hello- really good news there. Like- the best news that has ever been or will be.

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An intro: I’m happy to have joy

Something that was very compelling was that SO MANY people struggle in the area of JOY. Honestly many more then I anticipated. As we continue on this joy journey together, let’s try to stay humble and really ask God to speak to us in the area of joy. I guarantee He will answer, because He has surely opened my eyes to things I’d never known or paid attention to. Let’s grow in joy together.

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What the Heck am I up to?

Okay, to be fully transparent- I'm not always a chipper little unicorn prancing around with rainbows and smiley faces. But y'all, I got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart. Where?!

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Everything but the kitchen sink. Literally.

“Maybe you have a fully functioning kitchen, but you've got your own proverbial "kitchen sink" issue. Maybe you're in the middle of a relationship struggle that seems like it's taking forever to get resolved. Maybe you're waiting for a job to open that will create a more functional routine for your life. It could be that you've got an unsettling health issue with no real end in sight. We are all in some sort of storm and waiting for the solution.”

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Movin' ain't easy, Mama.

This is for you ladies that just relocated, who are in the process of moving or have future plans to. Whether down the block, to a new state or maybe across the world. I know what you're going through. I know what you’re feeling. You're not crazy. and you're not alone.

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You're Fired, Sheila.

“As the F-bomb left my lips and hit the air, Shiela disappeared and Shelly returned. Horrified. I looked down at my innocent, sweet baby and started balling. I bundled him up and scurried off upstairs to his nursery. I couldn't believe myself?! Here I am, the mother of a child, with the responsibility of protecting him from this crazy world and I have already failed. Miserably.”

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My first Blog post EVER.

“Friends, THIS is real life. At least for me. I refuse to accept that I have to look or act or think like every another mother in order to be a good one. I can only pray and trust that God himself will grow my affection and mend my body. I have hope that He will give me strength, and continue to equip me for this.”

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