Today is the last Joy in 100 Words guest post. It has been so fun and inspiring to read these unique perspectives on Joy. If you are just joining in on the fun, no fear of missing out, you can read the prior posts here: Week One, Week Two, Week Three, Christmas Monday. I hope you have enjoyed these posts as much as I have! On Friday I will finish out the month with MY Joy in 100 Words post, as well as what next month’s topic will be and can look forward to reading after the New Year!
Joy is Servanthood
Joy—we all want it. Why is it so hard to get? It starts with a shift of perspective. It’s not about ‘getting’ joy, rather ‘giving’ it.
One of the acronyms I learned early in life is this:
This perspective has become part of me. The greatest commandments are to love God and love others—this is what servant’s heart looks like! The result of that service is JOY! True joy cannot be gotten, it must be given and in turn, you will receive it. Seek first to give joy through serving and you will receive it.
LaRae Humes is a lover of Jesus, her family, and being outdoors. She enjoys running, cooking + baking, and reading. Join her on the journey of loving God, others, being a first time momma, at her blog:laraehumes.blogspot.com.
Joy is Small
Wrapped in a fleece blanket pulled up to our necks, their knees and elbows digging in to me from all sides. Movie Night. It happens every Friday. We snuggle up close, eat junk, and just be.
When I imagined motherhood, this was what I pictured: Warmth. Comfort. Laughter. Joy.
It’s easy to find joy in big moments, but I find them most in the quiet—the small. Around a bowl of warm popcorn. The greatest joy comes from the smallest moments, and searching for joy in the minutiae gives us reasons to celebrate every day.
Looking for joy? Start small.
Becky Yurisich is a full-time Army wife, mom of three, and an occasional teacher of elementary students. She is an unapologetic follower of Jesus and the University of North Carolina Tar Heels. Becky holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from UNC, and dreams of writing a book. She writes at beckyyurisich.com.
Joy is Proof
Joy is the silver thread that is woven on to the edges of sombre, scudding clouds. Undampened by the wells of rain, it glitters. It does not depend on the cheer and mood of the cloud it lines.
More, it lingers as a promise. It’s the breath and the whispers of life with God. With the One whose sovereign hands hold all the weights and balances of life with control and ease.
This world, dark and poorly lit, can lie in shadows and in shade.
But joy – full joy – is its undoing.
It is proof of life that God exists.
Helen Kerr is a wife, mama and wannabe writer living in the windy North on a small Scottish island called Shetland. She loves coffee, baking and teaches High School English part time. You can see more of her writing at Home Spun Hearts.