Five Minute Friday | {Joy}

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!



16 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday | {Joy}

  1. Great post Meredith! It is all a choice isn’t it? Thank you for taking five minutes (or a tad more) to remind us of that.

  2. Thank you for the reminder Meredith…”Choose Jesus. Choose Joy”. My favorite part was where you said, “…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.” So good. 🙂 This was the three “r’s” (as they say in grade school) real, relatable, and refreshing!!! ♥ FMF Sister

  3. So true Meredith! If we have Jesus, we have joy and all of our heart’s desires. Some days we may have to dig deeper, but He’s always there! Thanks for another message of encouragement. Have a blessed day. Love you…Gran. -:)

  4. And if the Devil doesn’t like it, He can sit on a tack! 🙂
    I’m going to choose to sing that song today, every time my thoughts begin to sink into fear. Yep, you’re awesome, Meredith Bernard..!

  5. Hi Meredith! Great thoughts on joy! From what I know about you, you live out your joy! I need to figure out what this Five Minute Friday is. 🙂 Blessings to you this day, sister!

  6. My mom sang that song a lot with me too…”I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy, down in my heart…where?” So precious. I wrote this morning with FMF also. Found this sweet icon Meredith…is it your daughter? SO cute! We have two boys, and they bring us so much joy daily. Definitely glad that God added these two characters to our life story. Blessings to you as you blog and rise up to mother today! 🙂

    • Thank you for stopping by and commenting! Yes, that’s my sweetness of a daughter in her flower coat on the first day of spring yesterday. 😉 Thank you for your words and blessings to you today, as well. 🙂

  7. Choose Jesus. Choose Joy. Good, hard words on what felt like a joyless day. Thanks for sharing your struggles. Lisa-Jo gave us a good challenge. I found a way through to joy as well.

    • I’m glad you were able to push through to joy, as well. I had the same thought as soon as she posted the prompt, having had a hard night. Glad we are all in this together and thank you for reading and commenting. Praying you find Joy today! Hugs.

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