What’s in a name?
My blog name, Joyful Thrifty Home, isn’t just a few random words I one day decided to throw together. Each word has significance to me and what I want this blog to be about. As a way to portray this visually, I also designed my header with three images that depict the words used in the name; a heart for joyful, a dollar sign for thrifty and a house for home.
In this series I will dive into each word to help give you a better understanding of what my mission and vision are for this blog. I will also tell you what the significance of each word is for me personally and what it means for you as my reader. Lastly, I will list some of the types of posts you can expect to read that fall under that particular word.
For part one we will be covering the first word, joyful. Lets start by taking a look at what joy or joyfulness means.
What does it mean to be joyful?
When you think about joy the first thing that comes to mind is probably happiness or bliss. You may picture a bride walking down the aisle to meet her groom or a husband and wife as they see their new baby for the first time.
While these things certainly describe joyfulness, I also want to point out that joy does not always mean being in a state of extreme happiness. True, lasting joy is possible regardless of your circumstances when you put your hope in Christ, knowing that he is in control of your situation.
As a Christian, I know that Christ desires for me to live life abundantly but I cannot find that life apart from him. The kind of joy that can only be found in Christ is the kind of joy that takes the focus off of yourself and your circumstance and points toward others. There is an acronym that I like to use to describe joy. It is J-Jesus, O-Others, Y-Yourself.
What joyful means for me
I searched many years for what I believed was joy. I thought I found it many times, but when it seemed to leave with bad news or a rough day I knew it wasn’t the lasting kind of joy as described above. So I started researching, reading books and doing topical studies on joy to help me grasp how to obtain this apparently elusive emotion.
What I found was this…
- joy is less about the happiness I feel when things in my life are going well and more about being quick to pray when something doesn’t go as I had hoped.
- It is about finding contentment with what I have even when I am unsure about if I will have money to pay all my bills.
- It is about focusing on the successes of others instead of wallowing in self pity.
- It is about learning to find delight in life’s simple things like a soft warm breeze, the golden touch of sunlight, the scent of fresh flowers and the smile of a friend.
What joyful means for you
As my readers, I want you to know what the joyful part of the name means for you when you visit this site. So an important goal of mine is that I promote an uplifting community here at Joyful Thrifty Home. That means that you can expect to be encouraged and not put down. It also means that I will do my best to portray a joyful spirit in my posts, comments and any other interactions I have whether here on this blog or elsewhere.
My mission is to encourage you to live better while spending less. Joyfulness is about living better and I hope to encourage you to do just that.
Some of the types of post that you can expect to read that fall under the joyful umbrella:
- Uplifting stories that encourage or inspire.
- Stories about my own spiritual journey.
- Devotionals to help point you toward a closer relationship with Christ.
- Posts that promote thankfulness and contentment.
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I hope you now have a better understanding about joy and why I chose it to be part of the name. Look for the next two posts in the series coming soon!
I’d love to know…
- What does joy look like for you?
- What are some joy related posts that you would like to read here on Joyful Thrifty Home?