And then I got up this morning and I see that Kate is doing it to me again... "You're killin' me, smalls!" I already wrote about Joy this week. Like, two days ago... you can read it HERE! I actually considered linking it in the "Go" part and calling it good! The fastest Five Minute Friday post known to man, but then that felt a little like cheating, and one can never really talk about Joy too much, right? So here we go...
This is Five Minute Friday (- a five minute timed free write) and our One Word Prompt for the day is: JOY
As an artist... I see colors and colors mean something. Joy is represented in Oranges and Yellows, because -of course, right? (and so perfect for Fall!)
As a flagger... (yes, I said flagger - as in Happy-Clappy, wave-a-flag-in-worship, kind of person...) Pink is the flag that represents Joy. When I feel like I am lacking joy -or at least feel as if it is needed in the atmosphere, my fuchsia flag is the go-to grab and I wave it in the air and stir up the fruit that we have been given!
I love that it is not the fruits of the Spirit... but it is the fruit of the Spirit. We can not pick and choose from Galatians 5.
No. We get the full meal deal!
Love, Joy, Peace... you know the list!
I love that Joy is right after love. How can one not be joyful --joy-filled-- after encountering the love of the Father... after being filled with the love of the Spirit?
We talked the other day about how Joy is a choice... how we get to choose it! We talked about how it is different than happiness.
Sometimes Joy manifests itself on the outside, through sparkling eyes and belly laughs and wide open smiles (those are my favorites!) ...but sometimes Joy is quieter, calmer.
Always, it comes from within, deep down where the fruit of the Spirit has taken root and is continually reaping a harvest.
The more we let the Spirit rule over our flesh, the more nutritious and satisfying the fruit is in our lives. It's that reminder to taste and see that the Lord is good.
And oh, how He is good!
His Joy is our strength and I promise you --whether you are in a great season full of outward joy, or a hard season filled with trials and obstacles and the enemy trying to steal your peace... Joy is yours, for the
It is His Joy and it's in you already!
...and oh my goodness how He wants to fill you up to overflowing so you will spill out wherever you go!
Clasp gladness and joy to your hearts, my friends!
So, I am mostly a closet flagger. I have flags. I worship with them, but mostly at home because I don't enjoy drawing attention to myself. However I can sense and see the shift that worshipping with flags can bring, so I am learning to step out when necessary in order to release the Kingdom in corporate settings as well. I know not everyone is comfortable with that style of worship. I remember years ago, someone was explaining why they incorporated flags in their worship service and they said simply, "When the King is home, the Flags are Waving at the Castle." That was enough for me.
Wherever I go, the King is home -in me.
And because of that, wherever I go, I am a Joy-bringer as well! It is part of my call.
Often times when I grab a flag to worship, it is because I am seeing that 'aura of joy never-ending' (or, as other translations put it, 'everlasting joy upon their heads') but it needs to be stirred up... we all need to be reminded that it is even there sometimes!
The Fruit of the Spirit is yours for the receiving! Eat of it and let Joy nourish and fill you up so that you too will be a Joy-bringer wherever you go!
For that is your call too, my friend...
We are all called to be Kingdom people and to release the Kingdom and one of the best things about this King of ours is how His Joy is contagious and it is our strength and it is in us, available to us, always!
...it's just that Sometimes We Forget!
Linking up with Kate Motaung and the #fmfparty Community today. Five Minute Fridays gives us the chance to dive right in and share what He puts on our hearts! Click here to read what others have to say about "JOY"
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