Five Minute Friday – Joy

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Five Minute Friday  = prompt word, five minutes, just write.

This weeks prompt word:

JOY

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– – – weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5

For years it wasn’t a word in my vocabulary. Not that I was unhappy all the time but “joy” – a feeling of great happiness – mmm not so much. There was always some sort of brokenness pulling me back from that lofty height.  I suppose I thought of joy in terms of elation and exuberance and extravagant outpourings of excitement and happiness  – – – and even on my best day’s that’s not something I could manage.  Joy was far too upbeat and out there for a less is more, semi introvert  like me.

But things go and change don’t they, God does his work, puts together our broken, breathes in His life. And so we’ve come to a new understanding. Joy and I have fallen in along side each other like old friends. Not so incompatible after all. In fact we get along just fine.

My dictionary might define “joy” as a feeling of great happiness but I think I’ll add to that a feeling of great contentment, of knowing and thankfulness and peace. It doesn’t turn up big and loud and showy. It show’s up quietly and hangs out and makes it’s home with us.

It shows up in feeling safe on the inside, in knowing deep down, when the layers are peeled back and all is revealed that everything is OK, because He’s made it once and for all OK.

“ – – – we’re safe now. The worst has already happened and it happened to Jesus and nothing else can wreck us”. Edie Wadsworth ~ Life in Grace.

It shows up when I’m  thankful, when I appreciate the gift that this life is, when I  appreciate the enormity  of  all  I’ve been given.

Seeing those perfect little babies in my arms – my life’s joy not because it was what I had always dreamed of but because I’d hardly dared to let myself dream of something so wonderful, and here they were anyway. A gift.  The joy of  them exquisite  but with it the  worry  and the tears and the wanting them to be OK and do well. My heart done in and gone in one fell swoop the moment they arrived. The pain right next to the joy. Our hearts laid bare theres nothing else for it  but to throw ourselves on God’s mercy and hold on for dear life.

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Some times we simply choose it over despair.   We fan joy into flame  and  throw it like a weapon at the cold and dark, a beacon of our faith and trust, to let the dark and cold know it won’t win, that it won’t overcome us.

And then those moments – the jump up and down, best news ever, so happy you cry type moments – I’ve had a few of those this year –  a friends all clear from cancer, another friends dream job offer, us getting our new home loan. All of them the more poignant because of the journey to get there, the hard work done, the sticking in and holding fast,   the tears and the sorrow endured before arriving at the sweet. Those moments are  like gold, worth celebrating – the joy of good news.

May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope! Romans 15:13 (The Message)

Much love to you today

Tracey xx

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I’m gonna confess, just so it’s all out in the open ~ I take way longer than five minutes to write my FMF posts!!    I do set the timer and write for five minutes and wherever the prompt word takes me in that five minutes is what I stick with but  – – – I usually leave it then for a while (days sometimes)  and come back and finish it when my original thoughts  have percolated for a bit. And yes  I correct the spelling and format it properly because I can’t help myself. I am totally in awe of those who can write a coherent and legible post in Five Minutes. Occasionally, very occasionally I have managed it in 20 but for the purposes of this FMF post lets call it 40 minute Friday (with a days thinking time thrown in).  Hope you don’t mind.

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6 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday – Joy

  1. Hi!
    Totally your definition, but may I disagree? I think joy is louder than happiness which is louder than contentment. Nuances. The babies in your arms–you felt joy, certainly greater than contentment.
    Nice to meet you.
    Janice

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  2. I enjoyed reading your thoughts on Joy. I also enjoyed your thoughts on 5 min posts. Oh how I wish I could do that. Most of my posts take me days of writing, re-writing, correcting, percolating. It is nice to know I am not the only one who takes longer than 5 minutes.
    Kathleen
    Fridays Blog Booster Party #30

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    1. Oh what a relief Kathleen – I always imagine other bloggers just whipping up amazing posts in no time and me the only one sweating over them. I do the FMF posts as a creative writing exercise and to help me not over think things – sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t!! Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my not so five minute post.

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  3. This is so true. “Joy is a feeling of contentment, love and peace.” It doesn’t mean you belong to a low class society, you’re not happy. On the other hand, many people who belong to the upper class, still, don’t find happiness. Being happy is subjective. And it’s a CHOICE.

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