So … a little bit ‘about me’ – Natalie Joyce.

Not sure I like having to write stuff about me … so will keep it brief …kinda!! πŸ˜‰

Born in Wellington, New Zealand in 1975.

Number two of five children to Colin and Helen White.

I have one older sister, two younger brothers and one younger sister.

Raised and educated in Lower Hutt.

I have lived in Wellington most of my life, with a brief stint in America back in 1995.

I have worked most of my life as a nanny, amoungst a few other things, all jobs related to children, teens,and youth.

Became a ‘believer’ in 1999 – still growing daily in my walk!! Married in 2002 to the best husband in the world (ok slightly bias!!), Glenn Joyce.

We have four gorgeous children, born between 2003 and 2008 – three girls, one boy.

I have felt it on my heart to write for a while, but have battled with God for many years, not feeling ‘good enough’. But as my identity in Him grows, so too does my faith to step out when He speaks!

So let the ‘games’ begin …


57 thoughts on “About

    • Thanks for the encouragement … This is Gods blog, not mine, so I will very politely decline the nomination πŸ™‚ I hope that’s ok!? He has been pretty firm with me about it not being about me, and all about Him, so all the glory is His πŸ™‚
      Warm Regards, Natalie.
      And again, thank you for the encouragement that the award nomination was … I really appreciate it and so does He πŸ˜‰

    • Thank you so much for considering this blog uplifting … Very encouraging!!
      God has made it very clear (He normally has to shout to get me to listen lol), that this is His blog, so accepting this award would go against what He has told me to do.
      I really appreciate your encouragement and support, but will have to politely decline the award with heart felt thanks and a humble heart.
      May God bless you for the encouragement you have been to me and others by selecting their blogs.
      Much love,
      Natalie πŸ™‚

      • And that’s encouraging to me as well!

        There are not enough people in the world who freely give God all the glory.

        May God continue to bless you and his blog!

      • Thank you and AMEN … May He continue to write through all His children, and may it continue to bring Him glory!!
        Who would have thought that He could have such a loud voice on social media lol.
        Have a fabulous summer (or is it winter for you?) break. We are sitting in the sunshine having done furniture shuffling all day … God is good and somehow just made our home seem bigger … How does He do that? Oh He is so good … Praise Him.
        Natalie πŸ™‚

      • It’s winter here and we’re getting ready for Christmas! I love Christmas! It’s my favorite time of year. And such a wonderful excuse to celebrate JESUS!
        He is SO good!

      • He is so so good!! Feels strange to think you guys are snuggled up round a fire while we wear shorts, tshirts, slap on the sunscreen, and have BBQ’s galore. Have a wonderful holiday season. Blessings, Natalie πŸ™‚

    • Thanks for the encouragement. So loving that He is taking me on this journey of writing … and getting to know others journey’s along the way. What a blessing being able to journey with new friends all over the world πŸ™‚

      • Oh my … that is awesome! Thank you so much for being obedient to His voice and sharing that with me πŸ™‚ What an incredible word to hold onto.
        I am very excited to journey this out with such amazing followers all around the world … yeehah!

    • WOW! Thank you so much for your encouragement. I really appreciate it!
      It is fabulous to walk this journey with Him. What an honour, blessing and privilege it is to know, to serve, to love our fabulous God!
      Thank you for the scriptural encouragement too. Praise the Lord that He is there for those who seek Him.
      Can’t wait to check out your blog.
      Blessings, Natalie πŸ™‚

    • Thank you. I can’t wait to know Him more … And know how all this equipping has been happening without me even knowing it.
      Thanks for the encouraging scripture John 17:3. How powerful is that word … Thank you Lord! πŸ™‚

  1. Oh, Natalie, You can not imagine how you have just made me feel. I have had immediate, and the same, emotions of laughing and crying. You have just been successful in “equipping a saint”
    with knowledge of God’s Spirit working in someone that is new to “me.” Let me encourage to further your understanding of John 17:3, which is a text book definition of salvation., with that being a personal relationship with God through Jesus. Begin with Genesis 4:1, where you will find “know” being the marital intimacy between man and wife, as is in Matthew 1:24-25, but also includes a spiritual aspect of intimacy. Philippians 3:10 shows an “in this world type of intimacy.”
    The intimacy that we find in John 17:3 is like when you love somebody so much that you wrap your arms tightly around them, an don’t ever want to let go; And when you comfort someone who has had a great tragedy to come into their life, and you – only you, and provide the comfort that is needed. It is that same thing as when God is providing those things in our lives. It is the same intimacy that a husband shows for his wife, and with the same strength and un-abandon that would be expected to come from God. Marriage illustrates God; God illustrates intimacy. God wants us to love our spouse with all of our heart, and He wants us to love Him with all of our heart. Just as we had that fluttering in our stomach when we were first drawn to our husband or wife, we should have such a feeling for God. When I first was being led to a personal relationship with God, the mother of my best friend spent many hours talking to me about a personal relationship with Jesus. She said that when she first began to feel a drawing to God that she read the Gospels over and over until she fell in love with Jesus. That should be our goal in life, to fall in love with Jesus. Please study the scriptures that I have listed. Include Colossians 1:17 and 1 Jon 4:17 too. Know that being “in Christ” literally means for our spirits to be “in Christ,” indwelling His spirit, as His spirit indwells ours, which is a result of the New Birth (John 3:3-8) Many blessings to you, my sister. It’s 2:35 AM. You are important. EB@ETS, John 17:3

    • I am glad I was able to touch you like that. Praise God.
      I have been totally blown away by what God is doing in me and through me with this blog. And I never saw it coming … Not sure why I battled Him with it so long lol πŸ˜‰
      Marriage … Ahhh, the typology for the Bride of Christ! The revelation of that truth awaits us all. To live life so in love with Christ that all other things/relationships pale in comparison.
      I am so glad that after growing up catholic, someone had the courage to tell me this journey was relational … I have been walking with Christ all my life, have been getting to know Him personally for about 15 years and have been falling head over heals in love with Him for the past year or so … Oh He is so good! I can’t describe how blessed I am.
      Thank you again for the encouragement and scripture … Will dig into them tonight (now 9pm Monday night) after coffee with hubbie.
      Much love and blessings,
      Natalie x

  2. As an early teen I lived in a neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisianan that was a very rough one.
    It would have been very easy for me to have gotten in trouble. It was through a baseball team that I was brought under the watch care of a man who was a plumber, bachelor, and former Catholic. Baptist churches had the Royal Ambassadors (RAs, 2 Cor 5:20) program for its boys;
    There was a similar program for girls (GAs,) We met each Wednesday for Bible study, and played baseball throughout the week; as well as attended Church and Sunday School. That man a part of a large, and largely, Catholic family. A woman married into the family, who was Baptist. Little by little she explained the truth of the Gospel to her new family, including my RA coach. Her fulfilling the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) had many results that she had never imagined, including that of me. Thank you for your kind words. I think that we are in far different time zones (USA here). It was a blessing for me to see your reply so early this morning.
    It is now 8:33 AM (13:33 GMT). Please have a blessed day. EB@ETS

    • I just love how God works! Praise Him for that woman’s boldness to share the truth πŸ™‚
      I think we live in times where the desire for church numbers and to be p.c. Has outweighed the truth of His word and thus we see a watered down gospel 😦
      I thank God that He allows us an opportunity to seek Him, and when we seek Him with all our hearts, we will find Him.
      His truth and love really is like the treasure in a field … When we discover this hidden treasure, we go and sell all we have to buy the field. Praise you Lord for your beautiful truth.
      Blessings from NZ … The first to see the new day πŸ˜‰

      • Hi Natalie, Please feel free to email me if you need to have a more confidential type of conversation. I am very serious about protecting names and email addresses. I mentioned you to our church tonight. They were very excited. Please have a bless day.
        John 17:3, EB@ETS

      • I will definitely email you as we continue to contend for truth together and be an encouragement to each other!
        Thank you for sharing with your body … if I am ever over that way we will definitely drop by … in the meantime … praying for you and yours.
        Be blessed my friend.
        Your sister in Christ,
        Natalie πŸ™‚

  3. Thank you. My church will pray for you this evening. We meet on Mondays at 5:30 PM.
    It is an attempt to reach out to those who may not be able to attend church on Sundays.
    Also, there are those who may be intimidated to attend traditional worship services. Our people are poor. NZ will continue to be a focal point of our prayers.
    EB@ETS John 17:3

    • Not sure why my reply never worked the first time?? Technology eh … Lol
      Awesome that you are able to gather together outside of Sundays, as an extension of Him into the week. Yay God.
      Thank you for sharing a little bit of NZ with fellow believers. This internet world definitely brings a new kind of closeness.
      Thanks for your love and support.
      N πŸ˜€

  4. You are going to become an unseen member of our church. We will have a special seat for you,
    in which no one else will sit. We meet each Monday at 5:30PM/ 2230GMT. Please pray for us.
    Our people are poor, and such as young unmarried women with children and no husband. Our ministry is that equipping and tenderizing hearts (Matthew 25:40). May our Lord richly bless you.
    Pastor – John 17:3

  5. We have found Mondays to meet because there are people who are unable to attend church services on Sundays. And, there are people in our congregation that may feel that they don’t have clothing that should be worn to “church.”
    We are meeting in preparation for those who have not walked through our doors yet. You should see me teach and lead singing while holding a little boy (18 months) all at the same time.
    The little boy has no father who is present. His mother is a good mother, and is very humble. She has such a special way when she says to me, “Pastor.” It is very humbling. If you, or anyone else find it difficult to email me, please also use c.churchchurch@aol.com .Many special blessings to you. Remember John 15:13
    Pastor – John 17:3

  6. You and your family will have seats that are set aside for you this Monday evening. Please email all of your names to me so that we can give you a proper greeting. You have been in many of my conversations with other believers in Christ; they are excited about your family and ministry.
    Blessings to you.
    John 17:3
    Pastor/Equipping The Saints

    • You guys are too cute!! πŸ™‚
      Unfortunately Glenn back at work Monday, so no big trip to the States on the horizon for us.
      But one day , maybe πŸ˜€
      Much love and blessings from the NZ crew xo

  7. Hello Natalie!
    I look forward to really diving into your blog. Also, thank you for following my blog at Faith1st Ministries. I hope it has and will continue to be a major blessing in your life. May God richly bless you as you continue to write and blog. Please continue with us on this journey and remember to have Faith 1st because the “just shall live by his faith.” — Sebastian

  8. Hi Natalie!
    What a blessing for me to have you visit and comment on my blog, thanks so much as it has led me to yours. I’m looking forwards to spending more time here as we journey through this amazing life together! God bless you. πŸ™‚

    • I really enjoyed looking round your blog … Can’t wait to check out more.
      I love that God is bringing people together to encourage, support, love and grow each other … Oh He is so good!!
      Natalie πŸ™‚

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