The word that sums up Christmas for me is Joy. Food, presents, family, friends…all these things bring joy during this season. I challenged my fellow writer friends to write about Joy using only 100 Words. They accepted my challenge and came up with some incredible responses. This month’s guest series is Joy in 100 Words. I hope you enjoy their posts as much as I did!
Joy is not an Emotion, but a Choice
Several years ago when my life was turned upside down by my mother’s death, I suddenly found myself in an ocean struggling to keep my head above water. There was no joy to be found. In my mind it had all been lost when I closed the lid of my mom’s casket. Through God’s Word and therapy, I found that joy is placed on the inside of us by God. Joy is not an emotion that takes us on a roller coaster ride. It’s a choice to bring joy out every day and share it with others.
Lisa Bell has recently been called into full time ministry for God. She writes and speaks to ladies about becoming their best selves through discovering their worth in God and learning to love themselves. Lisa and her husband Sam currently reside in Pell City, Alabama. They have one daughter and two grandchildren. She writes at Becoming Your Best Self Blog
Joy is in Living Water
But the water that I will give will become in him a fountain of water springing up to eternal life. Jn 4: 14 I have sat by the well parched for something different. For deeper meaning and purpose.
Lord, I need this living water.
I dug into the Greek words for joy and rejoice. I discovered a treasure of insight buried in this verse. The water springing up in John 4 is the same word for rejoice. It means to leap up, bubble up, to spring up.
Joy is not found in gifts but in the Giver. When you drink the living water something will spring forth. Get ready for something good.
Terri Fullerton is a wife, empty nest mother. She enjoys putting words together and carries a camera. She enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, backpacking and collecting fossils. She is a contributing writer at The Glorious Table and is currently writing her first book. You can read more of her writing at terrifullerton.com.
Joy in Five Simple Steps
• Enjoy the moments. They’re fleeting so call that friend, make that recipe, buy the shoes.
• Be quick to forgive and quick to apologize. Grudges are heavy and don’t look good on anyone.
• Be a fountain, not a drain. Tell others what you appreciate about them. When you’re on the lookout for the good, you’ll enjoy more wags and fewer barks in yourself and in others.
• Refuel with God. Get your love and validation from the God who adores you in quiet time spent with Him.
Melinda Mattson loves hard laughter, hot carbs, ice-cold martinis, and lifelong friends. She’s crazy about kindness and Jesus, and is so glad they come as a package deal. She aims to embrace both with equal fervor. Melinda blogs at melindamattson.com.