If you’ve struggled with a sense of disappointment: “Is this all there is to the Christian life?”
If you’ve wrestled with unspoken doubts if Jesus’s promises
are true for you,
you aren’t the only one.
If you long for deeper intimacy with God but have no idea where to start,
let’s take the first step together.
I'm Taylor Joy.
If anxiety is a part of your story, you're in good company. Mine too.
I decided to follow Jesus at a young age. But for the first decade of my spiritual walk? I believed that I was forgiven, but I didn't always believe that I was liked. I had a lot of excuses as to why I couldn't receive the love of God... anxiety being one of them.
Slowly, God has shifted my perspective on who + where He is in my anxiety. He's a God who doesn't always withhold, but He's a God who's always with.
Through my writing & speaking, my aim is to help you find language to process your story, space to heal, + ways to move forward from stuck places.
Taylor Joy Murray is an author, speaker, and soon-to-be licensed therapist who is passionate about seeing her generation come awake to the love, action, and presence of God in their lives. She has served hundreds of young adults in the areas of emotional health and spiritual formation. Taylor has written two books, most recently her new book Stop Saying I'm Fine: Finding Stillness When Anxiety Screams. Her writing has been featured on Proverbs 31 Ministries and (In)courage.
I fell in love with words around the same millisecond I was born. I wrote my first “book” when I was four years old. It was about a frog! My twin illustrated. When I wasn’t teaching myself how to type on my parent’s old desktop computer, I was playing “librarian.”
My first “real” book, Hidden in My Heart: A TCK’s Journey Through Cultural Transition, (which gives words to the often unexpressed experiences and emotions of missionary kids) was published when I was fourteen years old. The picture of the eyes on the front cover? Mine…taken by my twin.
I have a small obsession with learning new things. Whenever I have free time, you’ll find me reading a book, listening to a podcast, or asking a friend a million questions. I tend to walk through life with my ears and notes app on my phone, open.
I’m a Third Culture Kid (defined as someone who has lived a significant amount of their development years outside their parent’s culture. They often build connections to many cultures, while not having ownership of any). For my four sisters and I, “Where are you from?” is difficult to answer!
One of my greatest joys is connecting with YOU and resourcing you to live fully and reflectively, within deep and vulnerable community. I would love to hear from you! Interested in a small group experience I created just for you to dig deeper in your story while building richer, more intimate relationships? Check out this Journey Group Guide!
During high school, I wrote dozens of articles for missions & cross-cultural websites. A few articles went viral! Read them here & here. Fun fact: one of my articles was published in a magazine, where I ended up being on the front cover!
I’m a current grad student + when I’m not doing homework? I tend to get a little nerdy on studying the intersections of emotional health and spiritual formation.
I’m a natural storyteller, and I come alive when I talk about emotional health, the power of your story, spiritual formation, and God’s intentional work in our lives. If you’re interested in having me speak at your event, conference, or church, find more info here.
Nothing in all creation is so like God as stillness.
— Meister Eckhart
Stop Saying I'm Fine
What is anxiety + where is my anxiety coming from? What is the story behind my anxiety? How do I take my anxiety to God when He feels so far away?
I wrote Stop Saying I'm Fine from my own wrestling with these questions.
For the young adult who feels trapped inside their anxiety.
For the parent or caregiver who aches to understand.
For the wounded heart that can't seem to move on.
For the weary one who has tried and failed a thousand other ways.
Journey with me in discovering how to live well inside of a story where anxiety is a dominant theme.get the book