Friday, March 21, 2014

Five Minute Friday: Joy

I haven't participated in Five Minute Friday in a LONG time, but I thought today might be a good day to have some fun with it because Lisa-Jo chose a great word--joy. I love the word "joy." I try very hard to bring joy into my own life as well as the lives of the people around me. 

Joy is so important, and so, today, I give you five minutes on joy.


I remember clearly the day I chose joy.

They were standing around me—well, two of them were standing; one was probably in a baby carrier or lying on the floor or, quite possibly, in my arms. All three, very young, and I stood in our little dining-room-turned-family-room-so-we’ll-have-more-room, simply surveying the scene.

I’m sure there were toys scattered about—building blocks that hurt when I stepped on them, beanie babies, dolls, and books. Lots and lots of books.

I’m sure there was laundry lying around, too. That never-ending job that has always been the bane of my motherhood. The piles that never seemed to get put away.

I’m sure the kitchen nearby was a complete disaster, too, since we didn’t have a dishwasher, and I usually didn’t get around to really cleaning up breakfast until lunch was well over, or maybe even until Daddy was just about to come in the door from work.

I’m sure if you had walked into my house that day, saw the chaos, heard the noise, you might wonder if I had lost it as I stood there grinning.

But, truthfully, I gained it that day—the day I looked around and said, “This is so good.”


Linking up with Lisa-Jo's Five Minute Friday today. Head on over there to read more reflections on Joy.


  1. Hi, this is Salena visiting from FMF. Thanks for sharing your heart. As a mom of a preschooler, I can definitely relate to your post. God certainly wants us to choose Joy, and when we do, our lives are so much better!

  2. Hi Salena! So nice to see you here! Thanks for commenting!

  3. Visiting from FMF ... Oh how I can relate! And those mundane tasks of motherhood really do become things of joy if only we choose it! :)

  4. This is wonderful! I love how you focused on the choice amidst chaos. I know that feeling so well. It really is in the little moments that we make these choices. We can rise above the mundane of our day to see the beauty and the goodness. Such is life.