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Five Minute Friday - 4The gist of this fabulous community is this: We write. For five minutes flat. No backtracking, no editing, just write.

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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:




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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.

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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.

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

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Thanks for joining the fun this week! Hope you have a blessed weekend, filled with much joy!

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