A new beginning

Written By: JoJoisms - Jun• 02•14

407I’ve been writing and speaking about communication skills for the last 12 years with Art of Eloquence.  I treasure my experiences and I pray I’ve made a difference both inside and outside the homeschooling community.  That being said, I feel it’s time to move on to a new adventure.

I can be a bit dense so it’s taken me a while to see God’s leading, especially since I had so much invested in my website and its ministry.  Back in October of 2013, I declared that 2014 would be The Year of Faith.  And it has been, but not the way I thought it would be.

You see, I had plans to write a weekly newsletter with tips and insight into the most effective ways to share and defend the Christian faith.  However, God had other plans.  As I said, I can be a bit thick, but the writing was on the wall…or website as the case may be.

After struggling for many years with debilitating fatigue, pain and brain fog, I thought I had found a doctor who would take that away from me.  While I do feel somewhat better, I still suffer from these and many other symptoms of Hashimoto’s Thyroid Disease, Fibromyalgia, Insomnia, Adrenal Fatigue, Reactive Hypoglycemia, Peri Menopause and a few others I can’t remember right now.  But I pulled myself up by my bootstraps (OK. they were flip flop straps as I was in ARIDzona at the time) and resolved to work harder to bring this important subject to light.accident

In December, we found out that my dh was being blessed with a big promotion at work (ending many years of financial hardships) that necessitated us to move (and QUICKLY) across the country.  In between calling moving companies for quotes and giving away items we couldn’t or didn’t want to take with us, I soldiered on writing in the wee hours of the night while insomnia raged.  I accumulated a few weeks worth of blog posts, newsletters and information for future Year of Faith articles. Then we were off to Indiana to look for our new home.

On January 18th, we were involved in a rollover car accident in the snow in which I broke my hand.  Unable to type, I had to put virtually everything else on hold.  Sounds like a great sob story doesn’t it? LOL  In truth, I did sob and whined and yelled, but I came to understand that my Year of Faith was really MY year of faith.  I had to sit still and listen to what the Lord was saying to me and what I heard will take me (and you) on a new adventure as I adjust to life in my new surroundings both geographically and physically.

316So I am closing down my Art of Eloquence blog and newsletter. I’m putting my purple blog and Facebook fan page passion on the back burner and I’m picking up a new baton.  I’m going to leave the Art of Eloquence website up and will be servicing any customers who purchase our products, but I will not actively be marketing for Art of Eloquence.  What I AM doing, is re purposing my site to reflect a new calling and direction for my life and ministry.

As you can see, the new design reflects my desire to uplift, support and energize those who suffer from chronic illness or issues.  No lollypops and roses or rah rah.  Just some good old fashioned fun with frustration, looking on the lighter side with scripture leading us always and ever closer to God.  Join me, won’t you?  Subscribe to here!

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  1. Debbie Stickles says:

    I would love to get to know you even more! Be blessed in your new adventures!
    Looking forward to hearing about your new beginning!
    Your friend

  2. JoJoisms says:

    Thank you, Debbie. I pray it is a blessing to you and others.

  3. Crystal J. Ortmann says:

    I like your new beginning. I know that God does set us aside from the mainstream sometimes so we will have time to listen to Him. His way is the only satisfying way, no matter what our dreams are. You will be blessed, as will we, your readers, as you share Him with us in the valleys of pain and anger and frustration. Love you and pray this will be a wonderful help to many people.

  4. JoJoisms says:

    Thank you, Cris. Your friendship has meant a great deal to me during my struggles. You are an amazing woman of God and I have learned much from you dear one.

  5. JoJo, you have helped so many through Art of Eloquence! Be blessed, dear lady, as you venture forward. I know that whatever you do, whatever the Lord gives you, you will flourish in it and bless others! Praying for your new venture and sending a hug!

  6. JoJoisms says:

    Thank you, Marilyn. I appreciate the prayers very much.

  7. Monica T says:

    God bless you… it’s so hard to understand the paths of life sometimes. I wish you the best. Thank you for the heart you have put in all your work.

  8. JoJoisms says:

    Thank you, Monica.

  9. local movers says:

    This design is incredible! You certainly know how to keep a reader amused.
    Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Great job.
    I really enjoyed what you had to say, and more than that,
    how you presented it. Too cool!

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