Friday, September 16, 2011

5 Minute Friday...Joy

Today I am linking up with Gypsy Mama for 5 minute Friday. Five minutes to write on one word, no editing, just what come to mind.  Todays word is JOY.


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Joy is not happiness. Joy is deeper than happiness, it is not dependent on circumstance, it just is. Joy comes from the Lord, He fills us with joy.

The joy of the Lord is my strength!!!

Several months ago I wrote of Helen from Eritrea, she is a woman held captive and tortured for her faith. Just recently I say a video update on Helen. She is now free, but the stories she tells are amazing. She tells of one time when she was severely beaten and then dumped back in the storage container she was held captive. She says she just began laughing, not because she was happy, but because in the midst of that awful pain, God filled her with joy. The others held captive with her did not understand, they were angry that she was laughing. Joy doesn't always make sense to those around us, but when God fills us with His joy, it is bound to come bubbling out! I pray for the kind of joy that Helen has experienced!!

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Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory,
1 Peter 1:8

3 comments:

  1. Beautiful words! Love your tagline - "God colored glasses!"

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  2. Joy is more than happiness. Love this!

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  3. Brenda, this is such a wonderful story about joy. Yes, not NEAR to the same extent as Helen, but I remember people looking at me like I was not handling my husband's illness in the "right way" because I wasn't constantly crying and wailing, etc. It is definitely from the Lord. That's the only thing that can describe it. Thank you for sharing today with me!!

    Brenda

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