Its a very busy time for me right now, trying to adjust to earlier mornings and getting my youngest to bed earlier too. I have not had time to write.. this makes me sad, of course. Thankfully, there is Five Minute Friday over at the Gypsy Mama's. I got out of bed before everyone else today.. never mind that its Saturday okay! Let's just pretend.. this week's prompt is the word JOY and I want to ask you to click on the button and hop on over to Lisa Jo's place to read her own entry which is so profound.
What is joy? Is it loud and exuberant.. like cheering on your daughter at a gymnastics event she's aced? Or the burst of happiness radiating from your heart when you see your husband walk out of the doors at the airport and straight into your arms?
Or is it tender-like, slowly creeping up on you.. that sleepy headed child curled up in her daddy's arms, a Skype call from a college-gone daughter or the butterflies in your tummy when he smiles at you and gives you roses for your birthday?
JOY.. it fills my heart so it spills over in tears or laughter or silly giggles. My family is my joy, my life's work a joy to do because for me:
Joy equals Love
Joy equals giving of myself to my loved ones
Joy equals contentment and peace in the giving.
Joy is the strength that I get from my Saviour to keep on doing all that He calls me to do.
Friends, I want to ask you please to pray for Lisa Jo's friend Sara who has been ill and is dying, that she may have peace and that her friends and family will also have peace and take their strength from God.
"Do not grieve.. for the joy of the Lord is your strength"