In the Gypsy Mama’s own words: “Five minute Friday was born out of my desire to paint with words without worrying about staying inside the lines.”
This is our time to “write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.” It is our opportunity to write straight from the heart, without worrying about the final outcome. It is a chance to glimpse into other’s hearts as we read each other’s responses to the prompt.
And this week, it is an offering of blessing and encouragement to a fellow blogger on her way home to Jesus. I never met Sara, or even read her blog until just recently, but she is a woman who has struggled with chronic illness and somehow allowed the joy of Jesus to shine through at the very same time. So, for today’s Five Minute Friday, we take a look at:
Nehemiah tells us that the joy of the Lord is our strength. Solomon tells us that a joyful heart is as good medicine. Psalms is filled with verse after verse telling us to be joyful in the Lord, to sing and shout for joy.
But what is this joy? What is this thing that imparts strength and fills our hearts with well-being? It is not merely happiness; it is not dependent on our circumstances.
I can have joy even when my bank account is empty and my health is utterly broken. I can have joy when my husband is out of work and we don’t know where the week’s grocery money will come from. I can have joy when hurricanes and tornadoes threaten me or my family, when the country’s leader make foolish decisions, when the world around me is in constant friction.
I can have joy, because the source of my joy never changes. He is always the same, always faithful and good and loving. He always knows everything before it happens, because He planned it all from the beginning. He has all wisdom. He knows the end from the beginning; He alone is our solution and our satisfaction.
He is our strength. In our faltering weakness, we can turn to Him and cling to Him, and He gives us the emotional and mental and spiritual strength as we need it. He is our true joy, and true joy is found in Him alone.
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