Thursday, April 3, 2014

if joy was a falling star

If joy was a falling star I'd capture it 
and put it in your pocket for safe keeping.

That small but mighty, glowing ember right next to your heart would light the darkest of nights and pave the way for the brightest of days.

This joy-star promises something.
It promises to make you and then keep you strong.

And when you are strong, you are mighty.

You are mighty to fight down the foes of 
and every other negative emotion.

Yes, those foes threaten.
Yes, they seem stronger.

But, they are not.
The joy in you is stronger.

God promises that it is.

How can you stay in joy when everything outside you is anti-joy?

Remember the anti-dote.
The Truth is the antidote.
The joy of the Lord is your strength.

(inspired by Nehemiah 8:10 Then he said to them, “Go, eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”)

I'm sharing with other encouraging writers at The Weekend Brew and Spiritual Sundays.



  1. It's taking me years to understand what true joy is. It's not momentary, it's not feting, it can be permanent, yet we must choose joy by choosing Him, every moment of every day!

  2. Amen to all that, Barbie! Thanks for your comment! Blessings!

  3. His Joy is strength! It does shine like a star in those dark, difficult times. Stubborn Joy. It is constant even when there is no reason for it to be there. Thanks for sharing, Anne.

    1. I love the phrase "stubborn joy"! Thanks for stopping by Ruth!


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