Joy – FMF


Today’s word is JOY and the linkup is hosted by Heading Home.


JOY – while I do see the word “joy”, I also see J – O – Y. Makes me think of the song we often sing with our children.

J-O-Y,  J-O-Y
This is what is means:
Jesus first, Yourself last, Others in between.
J-O-Y,  J-O-Y
This is what is means:
Jesus first, Yourself last, Others in between.

The holiday season is filled with many opportunities for JOY. We do some of the obvious – giving gifts to family and friends, donating money to certain causes, visiting or writing notes, participating with giving.

But, what else could we do? I have been wondering about opportunities missed. What am I not seeing that we could do?

We have been working on a unit study that includes a couple of opportunities such as making and giving hot chocolate or going caroling to your neighbors homes. We are planning to add these things close to Christmas. We are also working harder at writing notes to mail to those we know of who might need some encouragement this time of year (and actually we are trying to do that at least once a month).

What other opportunities do you take advantage of to apply JOY? Please share!


One of the “joys” of Five Minute Friday is that once the writing begins, it sometimes takes an unexpected turn. This post is one of those. When I saw the word “joy”, I knew just what to write about – Miss J’s favorite song: Joy to the World. But look at what happened? I typed the word and it went somewhere completely different. I sure do enjoy seeing that happen.

At Home.


12 thoughts on “Joy – FMF

  1. Annette Tinholt Vellenga December 9, 2016 at 10:36 am Reply

    I always find it so I threshing when that happens, where God leads eh?

  2. Gabriele December 9, 2016 at 10:36 am Reply

    I like where your post went, Jesus first, Yourself last, and Others in between. You gave me food this morning. Your smile is especially nice in your “about me” section. I am your neighbor in FMF.

    • 3gigglygirlsathome December 9, 2016 at 10:39 am Reply

      Thank you for letting me know it gave you food for thought. That makes my day!

  3. mwfinchwren December 10, 2016 at 7:06 am Reply

    You’re a blessing to me, Lori! 🙂

  4. Laura Rath (@LauraJRath) December 10, 2016 at 8:19 am Reply

    I like this — Jesus first, yourself last , others in between! I had not heard it before. Thank you for visiting me at my blog yesterday. Blessings!

  5. Lisa McClanahan December 10, 2016 at 5:22 pm Reply

    We go caroling every year. It does bring joy to both the recipients and the carolers.

    • 3gigglygirlsathome December 11, 2016 at 7:19 pm Reply

      I love caroling. I hope we can do some this year. It does bring lots of joy.

  6. megs501 December 11, 2016 at 12:18 pm Reply

    I love that y’all are doing activities that will bring others joy! =) merry Christmas!

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