the "joy" story

There is a sweet story about the name Joy in my family.

My mom is the tenth of eleven children. Many years ago, an older friend of hers found out that her middle name is Joy.  This friend was sweetly surprised and said, "Your mother must have really loved life to name her tenth child Joy!"

And yes, my grandma really did. She loved life, and she loved her children whole-heartedly.

Later, my mother chose Joy as my middle name for that very reason--she loved life.

That resonated deep inside me, and when my youngest daughter was born, I chose Joy as part of her name, because I also love life.

What I like most about this is that we didn't pass down a family name. We passed down the sentiment that we love life, that life is special and important.

But really, there is One who is Life--the very God who created life in the first place. He is the source of joy and life to all who open to Him. We can choose to have his Life within us. That, my friends--that is the real legacy worth…


After resisting the repeated nudges to enter ACFW of Virginia's annual contest, The Crown, I submitted two entries at the last minute. This week, I discovered one of my entries made it to the final round!

Traditionally, contests have not been my thing--for a variety of reasons. But this one stood out to me because the judges are not my writing peers or equals, they are authors in their own right, enough experience to know more than I do. I'm glad I braved it, but most of all I treasure the friends who have encouraged me and prompted me to do this. There are many such friends and they are amazing, each one.


Welcome to my online home!

My name is c. joy allen and I am an aspiring author of christian fiction. In the stories I write, my characters struggle with real life issues that believers face in today's world. Throughout each story, it is my hope that my readers will see God's gentle nudging as He directs us, as well as His mercy and forgiveness. 
I hope to pursue traditional publication in the not-so-distant future, and will update you as that journey unfolds. 
On this site, you can find a listing of authors I currently enjoy as well as information about who I am. I'd love for you to follow me on Instagram: c.joyallen.
Thank you for visiting!
always, c. joy

the journey

The christian life isn't easy. Nobody said it would be.

A couple of years ago as I was wrestling with the Lord (yes, I know...) my mother reminded me that the christian life is a journey. We don't "arrive" at a destination, we keep going and growing and learning and changing. Allowing ourselves to be shaped more and more like Him.

Ah. That resonated deep. I'm on a journey. And the path is not so wide open and free of traffic. Rather, it's often a road loaded with potholes in need of patching--or even an unpaved dirt road. It has steep sides and wrecks along the way.

Now to see joy in the midst of it all. But how?
To seek His face, to grasp onto His peace in midst of the disasters around us.
After all, He promised to never leave us, no matter what the journey is like. I, for one, cannot imagine traversing this life without His constant presence. Yes, even on the days I wrestle Him.

So as Philippians 3:14 says, I press on toward to goal...