Joyfully Screaming

Let your joy scream across the pain. - Terri Guillemets

This quote has stopped me in my tracks.  It's got me knee deep in thinking that can't seem to sort out an answer.  What exactly does this quote mean?

I'm curious.  What does this quote say to you.

If you are willing, please give it some thought and leave a comment.  I'd really love some different perspectives on this. Thank you and have a beautiful day!


  1. To me it's just a matter of resilience in the face of adversity.

    Wonderful photo.. yours always are. :)

  2. If you have your joy in the Lord, it far surpasses any of the problems life may bring us. No matter what we can always have our joy and let it shine. Just sayin......

    God bless your day!!!

  3. First, the picture stuns and amazes me.I adore this quote and am going to copy it and use it for our prayer line. Here's what it means to me. Even through bad times, if we can focus on our blessings. No matter what, we can always find SOMETHING to be thankful for. The more we concentrate on our blessings and are thankful for them, the more it can change the way we think and become joy. This can be really hard in bad times, though. But if we only focus on our pain, depression will get the best of us. So yes, this would be the last theory on your list. Also, happiness comes from our external circumstances, but joy is not dependant on outer things, and comes from within. So when times are really bad, we cannot be happy, but we can find joy. My husband says he would not like to try and comfort someone with this quote. I think the scream may represent just how hard we have to try to drown out the sorrow. It's beyond words.

  4. I think it means that we shouldn't let pain win. That joy can rip through it eventually. Hmmm...

    That's what I'm thinking.

    Warm thoughts,

  5. I kind of thought it was a "pain" when we were on our last day at Yellowstone Park this morning and it was snowing and blowing and hailing, but over the last three days we had soooo many beautiful photo ops, and even in this mornings snow there were great photo ops I couldn't help but scream with joy for the experience. That may be the world's longest sentence. Anyway, I LOVE your flower photo. It's so beautiful and it's nice to be back to some spring flowers.

  6. Wow, that's a puzzle, isn't it? Here's my take on it:
    If we are alive, we FEEL. Whether it's joy or pain we feel, it's good to know that we're alive and feeling its pleasures and pains.

    The contrasts of joy and pain make them all the more appreciated.

  7. All I can say is WOW! What a beautiful photo. Great detail,and the stamen really makes it. To me it says that no matter what the pain it can be tempered by finding what brings you joy.

  8. This image is so heavenly, I'm having a hard time thinking about this most provocative quote. But I'll try. We all have pain and joy in this life, even though each of us will probably experience varying ratios of both. This quote speaks to me of courage, determination and the magnificent use of our free will and spirit. We often can't choose the pain that comes into our lives, but we can choose how we react. We can either succumb to it, or we can choose to let our thoughts, our actions, our character, our spirits rise above the pain in order to embrace the joy in and around us. The pain is not gone, but the joy is triumphant!!

  9. I so appreciate your comments on this quote. They all register with me in one way or another.

    Thank you!

  10. This photo is magnificent. Beautiful, peaceful, and ALIVE!

    Let the joy scream across the pain, to me, means that I should never ever let sadness overshadow the immense joy and happiness that I have in my life. It means that my happiness should SHOUT and my pain should only *whisper*, in terms of how much importance I give them each in my life.

  11. I needed this quote this week. I've been in a lot of emotional pain trying to help someone I love. I think it means that if we think about, talk about, and dwell on the pain in our life then we are muffling the joy. We need to let the joy scream by dwelling on it (or HIM and HIS blessings in my case)talking about it, and thinking about it. The joy will muffle the pain. ~ Beautiful shot again!

  12. "...the joy of the LORD is your strength." Nehemiah 8:10

    "O LORD, the king rejoices in your strength. How great is his joy in the victories you give!" Psalm 21:1

    "The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song." Psalm 28:7

    Especially Psalm 28:7

  13. Of course I love your photo too. They just keep getting better and better. :)

  14. I like all of the answers and somewhat agree with all of them. but to me it means Pain hurts and screams loudly in our lives. If we try hard enough we can make the small joys scream louder so we don't feel the pain so much. as in a mother dieing from cancer, and her small child comes in and brings Joy that wipes the hurt for a while from her mind.
    I also think humour can sometime cover the pain and bring some joy

  15. I read this this morning and have pondered it throughout the day. To me, it implies a choice. Pain is strong but joy is stronger. Even though our outward circumstances are painful at times, our inward attitude can give us strength. For me, my joy rests in the Lord. Your photo is lovely as always. Your gift is encouraging.

  16. I've thought about this quote several times today. We just finished a book in our Bible study that said something like...God doesn't offer us immunity in this life, He offers us eternity. So on our earthly journey we will have trails (pain), but our joy will always be greater...let it scream across the pain. Well, I'm not a philosopher, but that's my 2 cents worth!
    Love your photos...
    Thanks for your comment on my photo...please use any idea you can!

  17. Stacey how on earth do you do it? Send me words I need so desperately in days of sorrow to guide me through the rough hours.

    I will let the joy of my life scream across my pain of the life I've lost last summer.
    Joy will has to be.
    God's plans are stunning some days.
    Hugs and thanks for sending out these wonderful words lovely lady.

    ps. did you take this pic with a macro lens or what...? Help me to get that good too if you want.
    Hugs Dagmar

  18. Somehow I just haven't been able to relate to the quote. I wonder shat the rest of the context might have been,

    I sure do relate to that photo though. It's gorgeous!

  19. I think it means to not let the pain rule your life. Continue to live life to the fullest, as best as you can. I think it means to look for joy in life, even if it is listening to the birds sing their little hearts out in the morning and evening, or sitting in a chair watching the little critters (chipmunks, squirrels, rabbits) play in the yard.

  20. I feel with pain, if we let it take over, we loose the ability to see, or feel real joy! We must always, look, for the joy in our lives, and concentrate on the positive, for the power of positive thinking is very powerful. This photo is truly beautiful!
    My prayers go out to you and your mom.