In 2015 we asked Joyce, the owner of The Little Paper Room to design a colouring template using the OneLove key verse. In this interview, we've asked her to share about her faith and how it shapes her life as a wife, mum, and small business owner.
1. Why do you believe Jesus is worth pursuing?
I admit, when it comes to pursuing Jesus, he is the one that’s done most of it. As I grow older, I see more and more clearly how relentless God’s love for me really is. As a young child growing up in the mission fields of the Peruvian mountain villages, I remember feeling the assurance of God’s presence everyday. This might seem unusual, but on one occasion I remember asking God to give life to a little dying plant I had at home and I saw it rise up before my eyes. This didn’t even shock me. It almost seemed normal because I knew that my God was always with me and he can do the impossible. This memory still comforts me to this day, I always remember when Jesus said: “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt: 18 : 2-4)
When I think about Jesus and what he said in this passage, I think about how true it is that a child’s faith can be so innocent, but at the same time so solid and real. To me it serves as a reminder of what sin does to each and every one of us, But it also drives me to look forward, and to look forward to the Eternity we have been promised.
2. Last year you helped us to design the beautiful OneLove colouring template. What's the story behind your small business 'The Little Paper Room'?
3. In 2017 you will be closing 'The Little Paper Room' and starting a new Venture with a new name. Can you share what prompted you to do this?
"when i was a lot younger, i knew god had called me to create. in these last transformative months, i realised that god wasn't just calling me to create, but to also love, inspire and empower."
When I was a lot younger I knew God had called me to create. It was a gift and I knew it would be something I would continue to do. But a lot happened in the last couple of years, becoming a wife was eye opening, becoming a mother was revelational and taught me so much about life, but all these changes combined with running a business didn’t mix well for me. In these last few transformative months I realised that God wasn’t just calling me to create but to also love, inspire, and empower.
My wish is not to run a business anymore but to freely create and bless other women, young and old. It will be about drawing inspiration from real life and sharing the journey God is taking us on, whether this takes the form of art, writing or scripture. My goal is to be completely open and embrace the path that God has put me on. My hope is that it becomes a source of blessing and inspiration to others.
4. This year's theme for OneLove conference is 'For Eternity'. What does living in light of eternity mean for you as a wife, mother, and small business owner?
"living in light of eternity means to live everyday with a god driven purpose. as women we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to accomplish all the roles we are given...and sometimes we lose sight of who we are, and who we are in christ."
To me, living in light of Eternity means to live everyday with a God driven purpose. I feel sometimes that as women, we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to accomplish all the roles we are given, whether it be as mothers, as wives, and for me as a business owner. Our lives can sometimes be filled to the brim with check lists, memos, reminders, budgeting, cooking, church ministries, looking after our kids and sometimes we lose sight of who we are and who we are in Christ. I recently saw this in my own life, everything seemed cluttered and foggy and I began to realise I was living without a purpose. Seeking God for guidance gave me a lot of peace but most importantly, it has taught me to live everyday seeking God’s will. Everything can be simplified when we give it all to Him, when we ask for his strength.