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For the month of October, the Five Minute Friday prompts are the top five words chosen in our 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes Readers’ Choice Awards.

The prompt this week is:





Ready? GO.

In my freshman year of college, I shared a dorm room with my best friend from high school. In the afternoons, I worked for my roommate’s dad in a local church office.

At some point, my best friend and her dad decided I needed a nickname.

They brainstormed for a while, and after several failed attempts, my friend’s dad announced:

“I’ve got it. I’m going to call you Joy.”

He was a spiritual father figure to me, and wrote me this sweet note about how he prayed that I would grow into my new nickname, and truly experience the joy of the Lord as my strength.

Looking back, I see now that he didn’t choose to call me Joy because I was overflowing with that particular fruit of the Spirit.

On the contrary, it was an area in which I desperately needed to grow.

It had been a heavy year, and I was feeling the weight of many pending decisions about my future.

He didn’t call me Joy because I had arrived; he called me Joy in hopes that I would grow into it.

The thing is, we can’t go wrong with joy.

I used to think joy was a bubbly, giddy emotion. Over the years, I’ve come to realize it’s much deeper than that.

It’s a deep-seated satisfaction. A contentment. A confidence that because of Christ and not my circumstances, it is well with my soul.

May you, too, experience the joy of the Lord as your strength.


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31 thoughts on “five minute friday :: joy {day 23}

  1. Kate,
    I was so happy with your prompt. This is my oneword365 this year. And, I think you DO bring joy. So thankful you have found that it is well with your soul. Joy really IS an internal strength! (And she’s a cute pixar character too…see my picture!)

  2. I just love this part:

    “It’s a deep-seated satisfaction. A contentment. A confidence that because of Christ and not my circumstances, it is well with my soul.”

    I just find myself smiling as I read that…because I know exactly how that feels. Simple joy… 🙂

  3. This is a beautiful picture of life. Joy is something we are trying to teach our foster son and certainly one of the hardest lessons to learn, I think. Joy for me is about contentment. It is about finding more peace and wanting less. Great post.

    • It is a hard lesson to learn, isn’t it? And maybe not so much a lesson, but a growing and a maturing. I suppose it’s also somewhat contagious, hey? When we see it modeled well, we admire and desire it. Thanks for your comment!

  4. Kate, I love my FMF bag – Holly brought them to me!!! Can’t wait to give Marni hers!!! October is zooming by and #write31days has kicked my behind! I went to the #fmfparty last night but no one was there. 🙁 Looking forward to participating November 6th – again!!! xo

    • So glad you got your bag! Yay! Hope you had an amazing time at Allume — and I agree … October is FLYING! So sorry I missed the Twitter party last night .. I’ve been at a conference. Next week! 🙂

  5. Kate, what a precious post. I love that this dear & wise man called you what he knew you could become. And is that not just like our Lord who calls us …. beloved, beautiful, blessed, accepted, redeemed, restored, & yes … joyous too. I am so glad I took the time, a day late, to come & read this post. It is beautiful. Blessings!

    • Amen! I just heard a wonderful talk by Cindy Bultema on the names we often give ourselves after believing the lies of the enemy — names like rejected, unwanted, not loved, not chosen. Instead, we need to be wearing name tags that are true by the grace of God, like loved, accepted, chosen, adopted. So humbling to realise how God sees us as His children!

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