Does the chaos of your day have you discouraged? Discover the key that will restore your joy.
Hello, dear friend. How’s your day going?
Are you content? Is your heart filled with joy? Or did you loose those qualities somewhere between the burnt breakfast and the last battle of wills with your challenging child?
Does the thought of answering those questions make you smile? Or cause your eyes to fill up with tears?
I know how you spend the majority of your day meeting the needs of other people. I’ve seen you serving. And loving. And then serving some more. Your work is usually messy, always time-consuming and often thankless. But you keep going back. You keep caring. You keep loving. But maybe you don’t loving doing it.
Sure, there might be a little laughter, a sticky hug or a few other good things sprinkled in, but I know how easy it is to get caught up in the dirty details.
I know this because I am you.
Dwelling on those dirty details sucks the joy and contentment right out of being a mom. Or a wife. Or a woman serving God in any capacity. Without joy to spur you on, you sit defeated, wondering if you might be missing out on a calling higher than diapers and discipline and dinner – and doing it all over again.
The dirty details of our days may be different, but we share the same desire. The desire to love serving our families. To enjoy taking care of their needs. To be content with whatever that looks like on any given day. Though it may not seem like it at this moment, these desires can be a reality.
You CAN restore your joy.
You know, if I was the one reading rather than writing these words right now, I’d wish they came with a side of kleenex and possibly a hug. So take a deep breath, grab the kleenex if you need to and know that I’d give you a hug if I could.
Days filled with dirty details can be hard, but they don’t have to be devoid of joy. Serving your family can become a joy-filled task when you discover the key to restore your joy.
The key to joy and contentment in any situation is this:
Remember your true identity!
Remember who you are in Christ, dear mom.
Your identity will define how you face the day. Do you know who you are?
- You are more than a maid.
- You are more than a cook.
- You are more than a housekeeper.
- You are more than a babysitter.
- You are more than an errand runner and a homework helper and . . .
- You are more than . . . whatever you want to put in the blank!
You may be:
- and have no idea what to make for dinner
You are STILL a child of God!
- You are CHOSEN – 2 Thessalonians 2:13
- You are REDEEMED – Ephesians 1:7
- You are FORGIVEN – Psalm 103:12
- You are LOVED – 1 John 4:10
- You are ACCEPTED – Romans 8:1
- You are ADOPTED – Galatians 4:7
- You are BLESSED – Romans 8:32
- You are VICTORIOUS – 1 Corinthians 15:57
Fellow mamas, when you serve your family as a child of God – when you fold the laundry and serve the snacks and clean the salsa off the floor – you are doing the highest work.
If you are a child of God, all your mommy tasks are God’s work! And, listen closely, God’s work is NEVER insignificant.
Jesus Himself “did not come to be served, but to serve.” He told his disciples, the men in His inner circle, that if they really wanted to be great, they should become servants. (Mark 10:43-45)
I know it’s not easy to remember who you are when you’re serving through tears. When you’re in the midst of the noise and the mess.
Sometimes you need something tangible to direct your thoughts to what is true. That’s why I made these printable verse cards for you – and me!
Print them out (as many copies as you want) and stick them anywhere you’ll see them . . . in your wallet . . . on the bathroom mirror or kitchen cupboards . . . in the car . . . on the washing machine lid . . . use them as bookmarks . . . wherever you want.
Restore your joy . . . remember who you are in Christ.
The link below the image takes you to a printable document that is sized for 8 1/2 x 11 paper. I suggest printing on card stock. The grid lines should make it easy to cut them apart. (Be sure to open in a Preview window and print from there.)
Would you like to explore this truth further?
Then I have another gift for you!
Each of these characteristics represents a wealth of truth that is contained in Scripture. Meditating on the Word of God, really letting it soak into your soul, is life-changing on a practical level every day.
Don’t get stuck dwelling on the dirty details of life.
Restore your joy by remembering who you are in Christ!
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