There was such a great response last week to the beginning of the Joy in 100 Words Challenge. 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. I know you will enjoy this week’s writing. How would YOU describe Joy using 100 words?
Joy is Wild-Eyed Delight
Lots of people say happiness is fickle and fleeting. Joy, on the other hand is calm, quiet contentment.
What if I told you the Bible presents a different picture of joy…a picture that still catches me off guard?
One of the Hebrew words we translate as “joy” or “rejoice” means “horse”. It can also mean to dance or twirl in circles the way horses do when thy play. The Hebrew understanding of joy is that it’s not just a feeling, it’s also an action.
Joy is frolicking.
Joy isn’t tame, grown-up happiness. It’s wild-eyed delight.
Hannah Kallio is a relentless Kingdom treasure hunter. An exiled Israeli who’s learned to be at home in France, Italy, and Minnesota. She loves one man, five kids, and the crazy story God is writing in their lives… even more than palm trees, ancient ruins, and deepest dark chocolate. Hannah writes at hannahkallio.org.
Joy is Complete
Joy is something we fight for, crave, and need. When loneliness creeps in, foundational joy in the Lord comforts. When evil strikes, soul-soothing joy calms. May we remember that our ultimate joy is found in Jesus. Even through loss, even through pain, even through evil dancing victoriously on our hearts, let’s look to the complete and joyful satisfaction of knowing the one who created us knows us by name and calls out, “sinner, come home.” May we cling to the words of the Spirit himself. May we abide in him who is greater, apart from whom we can do nothing.
Psalm 16:11 “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
Katie H. Howard is a pastor’s wife and stay-at-home mom. She loves Jesus, music, and the written word. She enjoys writing about community, spiritual growth, womanhood, and parenting. Her desire is to see women released from the chains of perfectionism and into the Gospel freedom of serving transparently in everyday life. She lives in Seaford, Virginia with her family. Check out Katie’s blog at katiehhoward.com.
Joy is Chosen
I can recall a season of complete brokenness where getting through the day was the only thing on my agenda. I’d lost my joy. In fact, I handed it over to others who did not deserve what was rightfully mine. Though wounded by their hand, my joy now lost was never theirs to possess. So I made a decision, just like that to take it back – to reclaim what God gave me. Now every day I make that choice. I CHOOSE joy. I don’t know your struggle, but I know that today you get to choose joy.