As I was checking on our little ones before I went to bed, making sure their covers were back over them, pulling their bears closer to them and watching their sweet faces sleep. I thought about how blessed I am to have these 3 precious little ones and what a joy they are in mine and my husband’s life. Then it led me to think about Psalms 113:9,
“He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the Lord.” Psalms 113: 9
I’ve been thinking over this verse and if I truly display being a joyful mother. In the good times when the kids are in great moods, sleeping well and house is clean its easy to be a joyful mother. But what about when I only get an hour sleep because our littlest little guy wants to eat all night? When the oldest girl starts whinnying over eating her sandwich that she asked for? Or when our middle girl decides to throw a huge tantrum just because she didn’t get her bear wrapped up in a blanket just like she wanted? Is my attitude positive and joyful? Am I a frazzled mom that gets overwhelmed easy? Or do I keep my focus on the Lord during the chaotic moments and look to Him for wisdom and peace?
I’ve really been thinking about what kind of mother I am and what kind of mother I want to be. Psalms talks about being a joyful mother, Proverbs 31 talks of a woman who isn’t worried about what may come ahead but trusts and looks to the Lord through it all. That’s what I want!
So often I let things affect my attitude, I think about mornings were I’ve been up almost all night with my little guy and when then its time to get up for the day how I’m grumbling about being so tired. Or when my kids are whiny and fighting all day, how I let that give me an excuse to get frustrated with them easy or allow my attitude to become negative. And I look back with regret as I think, “did that attitude reflect Christ’s attitude? Or the attitude of a joyful mother?” Not in the least! I often allow my circumstances to dictate my attitude and that is not how the Lord has called me to be. My attitude should be a reflection of Christ.
I love these words that Leslie Ludy shared on one of her latest blogs, “God’s Word makes it very clear that He is not a God of chaos. He has promised that godly motherhood brings strength, dignity, and joy into our lives. Therefore, no matter what I may be feeling or experiencing in the moment, His reality is what is real.
Catherine Booth once exhorted one of her teenage daughters with the statement, “Do not give way to lowness…Rise up on the strength of God and resolve to conquer!” When my emotions are screaming “Motherhood will always be this way—just accept it!” that’s when I must rise upon the strength of God and resolve to conquer. When I turn to God in an attitude of faith rather than defeat, He overcomes the chaos I’m feeling with His peace and perspective. I’ve learned that being a set-apart motherhood doesn’t mean I’ll never experience chaos—it simply means I don’t accept an attitude of defeat and resignation when chaotic moments come along. When I choose to agree with God’s perspective on motherhood (instead of listening to my screaming emotions) He gives me a conquering, hope-filled attitude, even during chaotic moments.”
She goes onto share:
“I’ve discovered that during times of weakness, He is ready and able to give me every bit of grace and strength I need to experience victory instead of defeat, and joy instead of chaos.
This doesn’t mean there will never be moments or even seasons when things feel chaotic and out of control. And it doesn’t mean there won’t be times when the house looks like a hurricane hit it. But rather than resigning myself to an attitude of defeat and a lifestyle of chaos, I’ve chosen to keep my eyes upon the promises of God and pursue something better for my motherhood, by His grace. When chaotic moments come, the way I choose to respond makes the difference between motherhood victory and motherhood defeat.”
I don’t know about you but I want to be that joyful mother and rise up on the strength in God, living in motherhood victory! 🙂