Monday, December 20, 2021

A Recipe for Joy {A Poem}

My grandmother's well-used Joy of Cooking (The throwback contact-paper cover is her doing. :) )

Choosing joy—

Is it not like choosing cake—

Simple shorthand for a complex action?


What then is my recipe for joy?

Preheat the soul to absolute surrender

To the loving will of God

Who spared not His Son for your salvation.

Blend the Word of God and prayer,

Prayer and the Word,

Until the one is indistinguishable

From the other.

Stir in gratitude:

For God’s past faithfulness,

For God’s present mercies,

For God’s promises sure to come.

Add a generous pour of the oil of the Spirit

Whose fruit is joy,

And blend until thoroughly incorporated.


Gently mix in a spoonful of bitter trials,

For they cause the soul to rise toward heaven.

(Take care not to substitute bitter resentment,

Despite the resemblance of containers,

For to do so proves ruinous.)

Add a pinch of the pure salt of holiness

Or the liquid salt of tears.


Stir in a splash of sweet spiritual song,

The overflow of the Lord’s work in the heart.

Fold in the priceless treasure of the fellowship of Christ.



Step outside;

Pay attention; be amazed

At whatever wondrous work of God

Lies just outside your window.

Thank someone.

Laugh out loud

With a friend.

Curve lips into a smile

In kindness to others

If not to oneself.

Make something good and beautiful and true:

A meal, a quilt,

A computer program,

A calculus equation,

A lesson plan,

A song, a garden,

A home.


Pour out your offering into each prepared day the Lord allots.

Bake in the warmth of God’s love

Under the heat of His gracious discipline.

When golden with reflected glory,

Share with a neighbor in need

While still hot.


  1. Wonderful! Bless your heart, Miss Tinuviel.!

  2. Thank you, Martha! Thanks also for your email. I hope to reply soon. Grace to you in Jesus.


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