Joy- Day 4 of the Just Write! campaign

Welcome to day 4 of the Just Write! campaign here at Beauty in it’s time.  Mary Kathryn Tyson is hosting this campaign in an effort to get her creative juices flowing, and other people’s as well.  I have chosen to participate because I need a kick in the rear to get myself writing more frequently.  So,everyday that she does this she will give us a one-word prompt and we “JustWrite!” for five minutes without editing (note: editing for grammar errors is okay, just don’t do a total rewrite). We are not trying to craft masterpieces here, we are attempting to “Just Write!” and get the creative juices flowing. MK has offered to allow us to write in her comments section, or to put a link in her comments if we have our own blog to write in.

Joy

Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.  So, weeping is okay, but a promise of joy comes after the weeping.  Joy is a promise, an eternal promise.  We do not have to earn joy, it is just ours for the taking.  Joy is a state of mind that can last through the days, weeks, months, and years.  Joy has very little to do with happiness.  Happiness is like the wind, it comes quickly and recedes just as readily.  Joy can withstand the ups and downs of life.  Joy is about trust.  Trusting God that He has got it all covered.  Trusting that there is nothing to worry about.  Trusting that “all things work together for the good of those who LOVE the Lord.”  Joy is not dependent on happiness to exist.  Otherwise, we could not trust God’s promise of joy.  But we can trust God’s promises, because, well, because HE is GOD.  Thank you Jesus for making  my joy complete, even when I cannot feel it.

5 responses to “Joy- Day 4 of the Just Write! campaign

  1. Great idea. I’ve been blogging for a couple of months and though I have few “visitors”, it is really therapeutic. In this effort I find that I can “unpack my heart with words.” (Shakespeare.)

  2. i’m so glad, steph, that you submitted the reminder that joy is not synonymous with happiness. that was in the back of my head but not at all what came out today. (funny how that happens with our five-minute exercise!) 🙂

    • I yearn for joy more than I yearn for happiness. If I don’t feel joy for extended periods of time, then I know something is seriously wrong. Thanks for backing up my thoughts. I feel like I am hanging a good bit of it out there with this writing exercise. This is just a tiny bit scary, but I guess it’s a good kind of scary.

      Steph

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