Chosen Joy

Today is Day 21. And its all about JOY.To read the collective tread lightly over here.

Scatter Joy

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Am I the scatterer of, stumbler of the stumbled on?

Do I throw it out for seekers and needers starving for joyers?

Am I the depleter of or replenisher of?

Has He not provided like mana, the morsels of Joy enough to feast on, then re-stock the life shelves with?

When will I be the Joy in the life of the hungry for?

When will I take my portion and give it back to the malnourished in sadness, the Joy-starved?

So Today I choose Joy.

And look to pick up with a cheerful heart, renewing the heart with gratitude.

And knock the socks off others with the Joy that I have so graciously been given.

Strong Joy, meaty Joy, pulsing the veins,the life-blood, beating the heart, filling the soul.

Today I choose, for me and my house, JOY.

She sings like music to the ears of a weary one.

Transforms the death march into the dance of joyous celebration. Trumpets the return of living.

Joy, the tear-wiper, Joy, the soul- cleanser,

Joy the re-storer of dry-bones death.

Ode to Joy, a Alleluia Chorus of Praise for the hearts of the weary women.

Counting it all this in all,


Leaning into the Joy of the Lord, a walking cane, a brace, my rod and staff.


And I bleet like a sheep, crying out to my Shepherd,

Restore my Joy as I choose Joy,


Joining Deidra

And L.L. Barkat for In On and Around Mondays.

16 thoughts on “Chosen Joy

  1. Elizabeth, you have so beautifully demonstrated that joy is the outcome of choice. I think we so often want happiness and expect it to just come to us as we sit there passively waiting for it. But JOY! It is always a possibility. It is such an amazing reward for faith, this joy business. May we continue to spur each other on to choose it, to count it, to live it.

  2. Perhaps my life’s most altering moment: when I saw Light in the midst of despair and heard the loving invitation to choose this Joy for real. And I keep on trying day by day to choose it. Thank you for this post, my friend. I needed it. Perhaps my favorite of the series.
    This line: “Strong Joy, meaty Joy, pulsing the veins, the life-blood, beating the heart, filling the soul. Today I choose, for me and my house, JOY.”… Yes, sister, yes!

    1. WOW, thank you. Yes I like to choose to sulk and pout, but Joy is no doubt the way to go. I think the Lord delights in our going that way too. 🙂 Your piece at Amber’s today was a mighty work of the heart.

    1. Ah the sun is shining today and I am looking around for the JOY. Readers reacted to sweetly and strongly. It is important, this business of JOY. Thanks for being here. Its great to meet you.

  3. love how you describe joy as pulsing through our veins and meaty…what a joy that with God, we can choose JOY…is that a photo of you smiling at the end of your post? Smiles 🙂

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