My name is Joy Pedrow, and I hope to always live up to my name by bringing others joy. I am 22 years young and was born and raised in Monroeville a town east of Pittsburgh, PA. I moved to Tampa, FL to attend the University of South Florida. I received a bachelors degree in communications focusing on relational communications with a minor in business.
My story is a story of redemption. I tried to gain fulfillment on my own, and every time I was left searching. Once I realized that my story was not about me, but was about Jesus, only then did I find satisfaction. Jesus gets all the credit. Jesus has to be center stage, not me, but it took many failures to realize that.
In high school, I began a search for fulfillment. I turned to many things and people seeking love and approval, but nothing was enough. I was told religion would satisfy me, so I went to church and tried to be a “good” person. I tried to be a good person, and failed miserably. I was doing it all wrong. Nothing satisfied me. Yet, Jesus kept pursuing me.
I entered college still looking for fulfillment. I searched, but I never found it. I again turned to relationships, but this time was sexually abused. My heart broke. I was depressed and filled with shame, but Jesus saw the situation differently. Jesus kept pursing me. Jesus never gave up on me. He used my broken heart to turn me to Him, so he could repair it.
God brought me to a point of utter dependency. I was a freshman in college, in a different state, without close friends, and Jesus used all of this to get me to reach out to Him. My whole life I went to church, but I lacked the heart of Christianity, a personal relationship with Jesus.
I began to finally understand that only through a personal relationship with Jesus could I find complete fulfillment. After realizing this, I learned that God truly loves me, even with my brokenness, and has a wonderful plan for my life. I learned that I was broken and searching, but God was perfect and holy. I learned that I can know 100% that I will spend eternity with my Savior, and it had nothing to do with being good enough.
Before college, I knew about God, and I believed in Jesus, but not until college did I make the individual choice to make Jesus the King of my life. Before, everything was about me. I was the king of my life, but now Jesus is King. I no longer only give God my Sunday mornings, I give Him my whole life.
I believe that Jesus will use me and my story to help women - that is why I created Joy Pedrow Ministries. I desire for every woman to experience Jesus, experience His joy and experience His freedom.
In September 2013, I started a blog, joypedrow.com, for my honors senior thesis project. The project became more than an assignment. Blogging and women’s ministry has become my passion. Blogging is the main focus of my ministry right now, but I also speak at women’s retreats, lead Bible studies, and disciple women. I plan to continue expanding the ministry. I am creating devotional materials, Bible study curriculum, and hope to start speaking at more conferences, retreats, and churches.
I dream about a world where every woman has experienced the life change of Jesus. I desire that they feel His power, trust Him with their life, and experience healing. And shame exists no more. I am constantly praying that every woman would know that they are loved by their Father in Heaven. That is why I write and put countless hours into blogging. That is why I created Joy Pedrow Ministries. Everything I do, is for Jesus.
I believe that Jesus will use me and my story to help women. I invite you to further join me on this journey, check out my posts, and invite other women to join us.
Experience Jesus. Experience His joy. Experience His freedom.
My name is Joy Pedrow and I’m eternally grateful for Jesus Christ.
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