The Anatomy of Joy

Joy, if I were to sketch you down,
render you musculoskeletally,
your bones would be this:

I’d pencil in more details,
tendons, ligaments, and cartilage,
filling out your frame.

The layered beauty
of love-lined ligaments
binding God-bone to Christ-bone to Spirit-bone,
your triune framework.

The collagen-dense tension
of purposeful gratitude
in tendon tethering
thankful muscle to contented bone.

I might add happiness
as a lightweight dress
draped over your frame,
sketched in for ornamentation,
for temporary pleasure,
like a pearl of candy rolled round
in the mouth for a few moments
before melting.

But, you, Joy,
you were formed deep,
cast into my form,
calcified in faith, love
and worship.



 Joy is a light that fills you with you with hope and faith and love.

~ Adela Rogers St. John

I believe a joyful life is made up of joyful moments gracefully strung together by trust, gratitude, inspiration, and faith.

~ Brene Brown


Today’s prompt was to blog about what brings us joy, especially when it comes to our God-sized dream.
This post was shared gladly with Holley Gerth’s God-sized Dream Team and Jennifer Dukes Lee’s Tell His Story:

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  1. beautiful.

  2. I love the imagery of your post! I especially like this line: “thankful muscle to contented bone.” I think thankfulness is key to having joy.
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  3. Just beautiful, friend. Thank you for sharing! 🙂
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  4. Again, you and your beautiful words! So lovely.

    I really like that you’d pencil in the details. Because, you know, details change. They aren’t always permanent, so a pencil is an appropriate tool. I like the thought of how the skeleton never changes, but what surrounds it does as we go through life and its circumstances.
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  5. Dear Elizabeth
    What a descriptive poem with words that sing of the beauty of JOY! I believe that as we live our lives in our Lord Jesus, joy as a fruit from His Spirit fills our hearts moment to moment. That deep inner joy of Him who loves us sooooo much! Found your blog at Jennifer’s!
    Much love
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  6. This is divine. So glad you’ve linked this one in community with us. ~ Jennifer

  7. “The collagen-dense tension
    of purposeful gratitude”
    oh yes, this…

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