Q So why did you start this blog?
A I began writing this blog in June 2008, when I was going through depression, as a way to articulate my thoughts and express what I was going through. I also thought that it may help others on their own journey to freedom and encourage others to seek His face and live a life under His grace.
Q Why do you call yourself Jo Princess Warrior?
My first name is Jo-Anne (but I am called Jo).
I made the decision to be a believer and follower of Jesus Christ when I was 19. When I accepted that Jesus died on the cross for my sins, I received a brand new life -I became a child of God - a daughter of a King, a princess.
To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. ~e.e. cummings, 1955
Q Why is your blog called Princess Warrior Lessons?
A I like to write about what God is doing in my life and what He is teaching me. I believe that I will never stop learning this side of Eternity. I write about what my King is teaching me.
I got to a point in my life where I was so sick of playing church and craved an intimate relationship with Him. I heard about this life full of joy that I was meant to have as a Believer, and outside I looked good. But inside I was empty, suffering from depression, and burdened down with expectations on myself and from others. I was weighed down with condemnation. He met me in such a way that my life has never been the same since. He has set me free from all of this through His amazing grace.
~"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly." ~Matthew 11:28-30I am learning the unforced rhythms of grace and am now recovering my life. By keeping company with my King, I am learning to live freely and lightly. I have learned that my King is not interested in religion or what I can do for Him. He just wants me to be me - and that is so liberating.