Joy is spelled J-O-Y (how do YOU spell it?)

how do you spell joy - 31 days of joy in motherhood from thishappymom.comJoy is spelled J-O-Y.

(and i bet you wondered if i was skipping a day in the 31 days of joy in motherhood.   nope.  i’m late, but i’m not about to skip a day.)

But what exactly does that mean?

When I was in Junior High, I was taught that the letters J-O-Y represented the perfect priorities.

If you have your priorities right, you’ll find JOY.

The priorities (according to my Sunday School teacher) were




Pretty straight forward stuff.

There’s even some truth to that little lesson.

Telling teenagers to put themselves after others is a great lesson.  I was totally self centered at the time.

But as a mom… sometimes I need to put myself and my needs first.  (when i’m used up and worn out i’m worthless to my family.)

But this year, I heard what someone ELSE’S Sunday School teacher had taught HER about joy.

If you have your relationships right you’ll find JOY.

The J is still for Jesus.  The Y is still for You.

The O is a big zero.

It’s supposed to represent that there is NOTHING in the way of the relationship between you and God.

Pretty straight forward.

I can buy into that one too.

They both are right.

I don’t think I need to pick one or the other.  Both ways of looking at it are true.

And I like them both.

So I have to ask?  How do you spell JOY?

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]Houston Mom Blogger Susan Baker has a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood. She has two elementary school boys, one engineering husband, and one cat. She has a strange fascination for eggs, socks, and books. She spends far too much time on Social Media and at Target. She is crazy in love with her family. She serves an amazing God. She lives an ordinary life filled with wonder. [/author_info] [/author]

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I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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  1. I confess, I’m not good at keeping Jesus first in either scenario. It’s something I’m working on. I’m good at putting others before myself – until I’m not. Then I give up on the world and take care of me until I’m ready to give again. One of these days I hope to find the balance so I don’t need to go on strike to recover. Someday.
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    • I’m not that good at it either. I’m selfish. I like to pretend that the entire world revolves around ME. I run hot and cold. I think that’s part of the human condition.

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