This week I finish up with the Joy in 100 Words Challenge. If you have just arrived, 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. All month long there have been posts from guests telling me about Joy in 100 Words. You can find them here: Week One, Week Two, Week Three. I hope you have enjoyed their posts as much as I did! Only one guest post left on Wednesday and then I will share with you MY Joy in 100 Words on Christmas Day!
Joy Finds Us
Joy finds me as I savor the present moment with people I love: Facetiming with my sister about nothing, and niece, working a dinosaur puzzle with my nephew, or enjoying a bottle of wine and conversation with my girlfriends.
The satisfaction of summiting a strenuous hike is pure bliss.
I find joy snuggling under a blanket with coffee, a captivating book, and a roaring fire.
Pasture fields with cattle and hay bales warm my soul with memories of my past.
Reflecting on the blessings which came from my dad’s forced retirement gives me joy and peace.
God’s got this.
Brooke Fradd considers herself “awkwardly graceful” literally as well as spiritually speaking. She’s a girl with scrapes and bruises, grateful to be picked up each & every time by Abba. Her hope is that others see her life shining with of glimmers of His grace. Brooke writes at Awkwardly Graceful.
Joy in Gratefulness
Joy in various trails never made sense to me until this year. Finding ourselves deep into one of the most challenging seasons of life my husband and I were forced to make a daily decision to not be consumed with fear and doubt. The days we succeed are those where gratefulness for God leads to joy.
Beth Walker is a football coach’s wife and mom of two energetic boys. As a writer, Beth has been striving to find her own voice through pursuing Jesus, personal life reflection, and her ministry encouraging college women to grow in their relationships with God. She blogs at Lessons from the Side Lines.
J-O-Y is Hope
American Sign Language interpreters testify their beliefs through one sign: Joy.
Many people in the deaf community understand “joy” as a synonym for “happy”, and they sign the words the same. But, in the past decade, interpreters who believe in the hope of heaven, have begun to distinguish the two signs by fingerspelling “J-O-Y.”
“J-O-Y” is now used to represent a Christian’s response to all circumstances – positive or negative – because of our hope for an eternity in heaven. “Happy” describes only when we feel good.
I want to exude true “J-O-Y” this season, not just happiness because of my circumstances.