After all that time I finally saw it… Through all the years of struggle and sorrow, it turns out that God was with me all along. He was always there, guiding me, while allowing me to feel all the birthing pains of new life along the way. And though the narrow road may always be filled with twists, turns, and treacherous valleys, the peaks are on high. So I carry on, walking through the flames of life, my heart on fire with love. And I am a pilgrim.
My name’s Joanna Lopez and first and foremost I’m a fervent disciple of Jesus Christ and a devoted wife and mama. I’m passionate about studying the Bible, traditional cooking, homestead living, and writing and playing music, all for the glory of God. Other than my homestead and homeschool family life, I’m a professional writer, graphic designer, photographer, and small business administrator.
I first began blogging casually in 2008 as a tool to cope with trauma and chronic mental and physical illness. But over the years, the simple act of writing has become a foundational piece of not only my own recovery and career, but a valuable tool in my walk with God. It’s been a long journey to this place of peace, but the lifestyle changes I’ve made have opened the door for the incredible transformation I’ve experienced. My desire to live a simple life of devotion to Jesus has allowed me to truly thrive, even in the midst of hardships and conflict. I’ve learned many difficult lessons over the years that have forever changed me, but the person I am today is no longer afraid for the future. Because I know my Lord walks with me.
When I look back at my life over the past few decades, I am astonished at how drastically the Lord Jesus has changed me. Where I once sought out everything besides Him that I could to fill the emptiness inside me, He is now all that I want. And when we delight ourselves in the Lord, He gives us the desires of our hearts, that is, Himself.