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Joy Anisa’s introduction, “I live in the breathtaking mountains of western North Carolina. My passion is about matters of identity and value; I work as professional counselor who ministers to young people and their leaders through my position as Ministry Counselor at Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters. I studied for three years at Liberty University and graduated from Toccoa Falls College with a Bachelor of Science in counseling. I worked in the local church for over ten years, assisting helping people as they confront addiction, relational challenges, personal grief and other life-altering crisis. As a graduate of She Speaks (Proverbs 31 Ministries), I spread the message of freedom and peace through my work.”

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She talked about hardship.

In her words, “Life does not always turn out the way you had planned. Sometimes it wobbles and grows unstable. Sometimes it splinters. It may slowly crumble. And sometimes it is entirely demolished. When life shatters around you, the ruins can block out the light. The clouds of smoke and devastation suffocate you. And hope is nowhere to be found. That is exactly how I felt when I found myself as I careened toward the cliff that would plunge me into divorce. The journey to the divorce was as devastating as the death of my marriage. As a counselor, I knew what to tell others who found their lives spinning out of control. Yet, needing to put all my practical and Biblical counsel into my personal life seemed so inadequate. I knew trusting the process was the best approach and living in that waiting period, I felt the depth of my pain continuously. Trusting the process and choosing to trust the Lord during the process brought hope. While trusting, I came to know the purpose of my pain. As I walked through the darkness, I chose to assert my confidence in God instead of placing it in a man. As I faced the reality of surrendering my image, the Lord’s faithfulness to me maintained my integrity. I refused to give in to despair. I held with every last ounce of strength to a God who exposes lies and could handle the truth. I learned hope is not mindlessly believing things will end the way you had in mind; it’s fixing your eyes on the One who endured the Cross.”

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