Joyce’s Journey A Diamond in the Rough

There are times in life when you just need to take a break. One of the beautiful people whose life I follow is a woman I’ve never met in person, although I feel like she is one of my best friends.

I became her friend on FB when I was living in Alaska. Joyce inspires me. She shares posts about some of the most beautiful places she has visited, interesting people, and heart warming experiences.

The following story touched my heart and I know it will touch yours. This story tells me what a treasure of a person Joyce is.

It is a lesson in humility, tenacity, patience, social justice, all rolled into one year of turning ashes into beauty and trash into treasure.

Through collecting and recycling bottles & cans, I have earned enough money to buy 1/2 ctw diamond earrings.
Recycling started last year as a character building activity. Once upon a time, I would never have reached into a can of trash and pulled out a bottle for a 10¢ monetary return. I was unconsciously above all that. My ego can always use a bit of humility.
So I started this project with no goal in mind, just cashing in a small bag of cans here and there for a couple bucks. I put the money in an envelope and stashed it away.
Then about 6 weeks ago I decided I wanted a little ear sparkle that I can wear everyday, and I thought, “how ironic would it be to buy such a luxury item with trash money? Sold!!”
😁 …makes me smile!!
I started collecting more intentionally to raise the money for my earrings and I have recycled more than 7,000 bottles and cans to make this happen.

I have turned Oregon’s trash into my treasure!! -Joyce

These are just a couple of snippets from the hundred’s Joyce has shared. She is a diamond in a rough and tough world. Please Pray for Joyce as she continues to bless the world with her journey in life. (Scriptures added).

Matthew 6:25-26, ESV Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? (Jesus speaking)
Genesis 28:15, ESV Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.
Matthew 11:28-29, NLT Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Joyce, thanks for sharing your perfect and wonderful days with us. You are truly one of God’s Treasures bringing so much joy and life into the lives of so many others

Marlene, Counselor, Mentor & Coach

From ashes to beauty…

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