The topic is "Joy," and this has been inspired by Sara Frankl, our dear Gitzen Girl. She has been suffering from Ankylosing Spondylitis for a long time and will soon be leaving this earth. During her years of blogging she encouraged us to choose joy, and she was a living example of one who is joyful in the midst of suffering.
Here is my 5 Minute Friday post. Okay, to be honest it took me more like 6 minutes. I told you I'm bad at writing in 5 minutes. May I please have an extra minute for my slow brain? Thank you. :)
This week, when I hear the word “joy” I think of Sara. Joy defined her life. For years she has been homebound due to Ankylosing Spondylitis, but she didn’t let that define her. Compassion and love for others defined her. Love for Jesus defined her. Joy defined her.
Sara has been a huge encouragement to me in the past year and a half since I found her blog. Here was someone who was severely disabled, but didn’t complain! She took the life God gave her and used it for His glory. She made the most out of pain and suffering.
The past year of my life has been incredibly hard, especially last fall when I was homebound, confused, stuck in bed, and at times barely conscious. It was scary. I was facing a difficult part of my illness that I hadn’t faced before. We didn’t know what the future held or if I could recover from the trauma my illness had brought. At times I wondered about the future, what it held, how I would handle being homebound for such a long time.
Sara was an encouragement to me during this time. I saw the hard life she had, and I saw the joy she lived with and the light she shown. Sara found joy in the suffering and in her homebound life. I could too. With the help of Jesus, my homebound life could be defined by joy, just like Sara.
To read what others have written, head over to The Gypsy Mama's Five Minute Friday: Joy.
I am also linking this post up with Jessica at The Mom Creative where Sara's family is reading the blog posts celebrating Sara's life.