I’m Naomi Joy.
I’m an ordinary Australian girl with two stunning younger sisters, magnificent parents still madly in love with one another, and friends I cherish strewn across the globe.
But let me say, I think it’s a safe bet I’m probably not the girl you might imagine me to be upon first glance.
In my short 27 years, I’ve worn many a different hat: from working as a check-out chick to building classrooms for a Ugandan orphanage; from hunting with my Dad to volunteering as a Scripture teacher in the local primary school; from serving in the Royal Australian Navy to travelling as a Christian missionary across four different continents.
One hat I have yet to try on is that of a wife.
But don’t throw up just yet – bear with me a little longer.
When I was young, people would ask me, “What would you like to be when you grow up?” The only answer I could give was that I wanted to be a wife and mother. My parents set such a shiny example that I wanted to follow suit: marry the man of my dreams who was also my best friend, and raise up a family in a house of laughter and God.
I’m yet to find the fella who’ll fill those boots, and you know what? That’s okay.
I never want to look back and feel that I waited miserably or wallowed until our paths somehow magically converged. And I certainly don’t want to feel sorry for myself as I watch friends get married and have beautiful babies and live out their own stories.
I want to dance through the days ahead of me
with joyful abandon,
and squeeze every last bit of goodness
that I can out of this journey –
The whole journey.
I guess old mate Mr Right will have to find me skipping along the way.
For now, Jesus is my main man. He fills my life with hope and delight, and is more than enough to sustain me. It’s my hope and prayer that I shine His light into all who cross my path, and that He would work through me in a major way – both at home and as I gallivant across the world.