Five minutes. Unfiltered. Unedited. Real. Raw. Words. Joining up with the awesomely awesome mama/blogger/author/friend Lisa-Jo Baker and many more awesomely awesome bloggers for Five Minute Friday.
Today’s prompt is “Joy.”
When I hear the word “joy” I think immediately of that song I sung as a child in Sunday School. Sitting at that miniature table on those little wooden seats with names of the older church kids carved in them. Surrounded by those white cinder block walls and felt board and posters holding my little white bible engraved with my name in silver.
That song about “Joy, Joy, Joy…down in my heart, down in my heart, down in my heart…to stay.”
Where did that joy come from? Where did it go?
All those years singing about it and learning about it and never really finding it. Not real joy.
Sure there were good days. Lots of good days. A great childhood. Loving family. In those little wooden seats every time the door opened…singing about joy. But where was it?
It was where it always has been. In my heart. I just had to find it. I had to seek the One who put it there and give Him the opportunity to let it flow.
I was thirty years old before I ever really did that. Gave my heart to Him so He could let the joy come in. And go out.
I still find it hard to find the joy some days. Today. In the midst of should have beens and used to be’s and would have if’s…the joy can get lost.
But it’s still there. If we seek Him, He promises we will find Him. And where He is there is Joy.
And if He’s in us and we are IN HIM, we have joy.
We choose Jesus. We choose Joy.
That’s simple enough for this simple girl to get. When I don’t have joy it’s because I haven’t chosen it.
It’s in me. I just have to fight for it more some days than others.
Choose Jesus. Choose Joy.
STOP (well…that may have been a few minutes more than 5…I won’t lie. )
Thank you for choosing to stop by today. I would be truly joyful if you would take a moment to say “Hi” in the comments!