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Alia Joy is an author who believes the darkness is illuminated when we grasp each other's hand and walk into the night together. She writes poignantly about her life with bipolar disorder as well as grief, faith, marriage, poverty, race, embodiment, and keeping fluent in the language of hope in...

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  1. I LOVE this so much!!!!!! Flowers, fresh flowers are my favorite. And…I am SO sorry about your mom! Praying for all of you right now!

    • Thank you. Fresh flowers are such a gift, aren’t they? I love them so much.

  2. Alia Joy,
    As I read this, I am looking out at my peonies that just today are bursting into bloom. I will cut some and bring them inside because their fragrant aroma is like the fragrant offering of Christ’s blood that is poured out on us in the form of grace. What a beautiful gift this morning – to read your words and gaze out on my peonies. God’s timing is impeccable!! Praying for you and your mom…
    Blessings,
    Bev

    • Yes, trusting in God’s timing for things today and watching the flowers bloom while I wait. Thank you for your prayers and encouragement Bev, what a blessing you are in this space.

    • Thank you Michele. Sometimes I wonder if there’s even any other kind of day besides hardscrabble. Maybe they’re all tinged with some kind of loneliness and exhaustion and longing for home that’s here and not yet, and even still God is more present than ever when we’re just plain worn out.

  3. Alia, I praise the Lord for His beautiful grace coming out of this hard place in your life, out of your beautiful words. It is a much needed reminder to seek Him and His love notes in every moment of our days. May He lift your mom and you and your family up into His tender arms today, in all the love bloomed in His creation to His gentle whispers to your hearts. Keeping you in prayer.

  4. I’m so sorry to hear about your Mom Alia Joy. My prayers are with her ( and you) that she has a full and speedy recovery. You truly are a gift and a blessing.

    Have a blessed day,

    Penny

    • Thank you! She’s got 6 more weeks and then physical therapy but she’s been flooded with flowers so that helps. 😉

  5. Alia Joy, so like Jesus to show you so you are able to see He is still involved, and active…..giving you and your mom the flowers to to show His love for you both. Not as expected, but in your own yard no less. The congregation loving you as a family, and remembering your daughter special so she can eat and enjoy. Even the pain, showing hope. What a tapestry of grace.
    I can’t imagine having a broken back, and then the care taking involved for a broken back. I will remember you and your mom, and your family. Blessings, Joanne

    • Involved and active. Yes, that’s it. Sometimes it’s easy to think God’s stepped out for a bit or turned His back. How we need the reminders somedays that God is still good and present. There’s grace here too when we look for it. And some days it comes and finds us. Thank you for your encouragement, Joanne.

  6. Beautiful words. Love, to watch flowers bloom. Forgot your Mom hurt her back. So out of the loop. So sorry. I would like to come visit..

    • Flowers are such a gift to us. It’s ok, we’re always out of the loop as well. It’s been hectic and crazy around here so I haven’t been in touch with anyone much.

  7. Flowers have always seemed magical and whimsical to me, and they must really be because they’re from Him. Also, Matthew 6- one of my fave verses to repeat to myself when I start to worry. <3

    • Such a good reminder when I start to freak out. My mom is an amazing gardener and I’ve only recently gotten into it with her. I still kill things but I’m learning. But the flowers that came up just in time, those were a great reminder to me that God holds everything in perfect timing. They are miracle and wonder. They are grace.

  8. We can learn from flowers and sparrows, I see them all the time sharing a french fry at the fast food place or waiting on crumbs from the grocery store. Maybe, that ‘s why we as “new creatures” are more like butterflies fluttering about. That’s feeling no one wants to experience, I drove my mother to the hospital twice in one day with her nose pouring blood into a towel, I prayed and sang all the way. She recovered quickly. I also know too well about back pain, but I also know healing, I will remember your mother on my prayer board, may she loosed quickly from pain and back in the garden she loves.

    • I’m glad your mother recovered quickly. We have a ways to go for recovery, but she’s in good spirits and her flowers are blooming in spite of us. Thank you for your prayers, we are thankful for every one.

  9. Alia, there are tears rolling down my cheeks as I read this–because of your mother’s pain, yes, but because of the pain I know you have experienced–maybe not bodily but in your spirit and soul, the last year or so…And how God has brought out of that pain these profound and insightful and iconic words adorning this page. Nobody writes like you do…but then again, no one’s been you, either. (Yes, I’m blubbering and making no sense.)
    Your phrases are the loveliest bouquet. Ever.

  10. Alia,

    Prayers that God will heal your mother. May God bless you and your family for taking care of her during this time. I will continue to pray for you all.

    Sometimes when we’re looking for miracles, what we’re missing is a thousand tiny seeds, carried on the wind like weeds. This is grace. It is so easy to look around for big miracles to happen and yet miss out on the minor ones that continue daily. God sending beautiful sunsets and sunrises, food prepared by loving hands, flowers that bloom when least expect. These are His touches of Grace.
    Blessings 🙂

  11. Alia,
    Your article is a beautiful example of joy. I am currently doing a women’s study on Philippians and learning how to live a life of joy whatever my circumstance.
    Your writing is a beautiful illustration of this joy as well as grace. My prayer is that the Lord will continue to lay His healing hand on your mother and that He will pour grace, strength, and mercy on you each day as you care for her. Lord bless you and your family.
    Happy Mother’s Day!