This post is in response to Bonnie Gray's Faith Barista Jam on the topic of "What Brings YOU Joy?"
JOY ~ intense, ecstatic, or exultant happiness or pleasure. The Biblical Greek term from Paul's spiritual 'orchard' in Galatians is chara: joy, cheer, gladness, or celebration. Joy runs deeper than mere 'pleasure', is more enduring than mere 'fun', and is more intense and thrilling than mere 'happiness'. Especially in a spiritual context, joy runs deep into the core of us, and radiates throughout (see Spirit home.com).
For me, joy is…
…Walking down a stony path as fall leaves rustle and whirl with each hum of the wind.
…Watching your child place two crumpled one dollar bills in the offering plate as she whispers, “Mom, I want to give Jesus everything I have.”
…Experiencing the undeniable presence of the God of all comfort when the nurse fumbles over the words, “Your baby might not make it.”
…The sparkle behind my baby-girl’s eyes as she runs down the aisle, shakes the pastor’s hand, and says, “My bathing suit’s ready; I want to be baptized today!”
…Flipping on the bathroom light only to discover a Barbie marathon wrapped around the outskirts of my bathtub.
…Meeting a fellow Georgia girl who also lives in Reno; who prefers Coke over Pepsi, who delivers sweet tea and okra on my birthday, and who enjoys making crazy faces at the supper table.
…Snapping a picture of a puzzled potty training two-year-old with a kitten. Isn't it hard enough sittin' on that baby potty without the cat?
…Returning to the Drive Thru Wedding Window where my husband and I got married. Total wedding expenses: $25.00.
…Serving with godly women at conferences, homeless shelters, Bible studies, and wherever God leads.
...Girlfriends you can call anytime for anything.
Thank you God for all the sweet blessings you have given me. Thank you for all the godly women I have met while serving you. Thank you for reviving my heart when I was simply going through the motions. You are an awesome God!