Do you feel joy in those moments of triumph and glory?
Oh, to embrace the joys of motherhood and all of life’s blessings!
Joy in friendships and joy in marriage promises. Joy in sunny days and joy in provisions given. Joy in unexpected delightful surprises. Joy in babies born. Joy on Christmas Morning. Joy in snuggle time. Joy in laughter. Joy in family. Joy abounds and surrounds all that is worthy of light and love. Joy in fulfillment and purpose. Oh, how that kind of joy is life’s greatest treasure!
There’s a different joy deep within us. It’s Unconditional. It doesn’t ebb and flow with the tides of this world. It isn’t placed in our happiness. It’s placed in our hearts before He even formed us in our mother’s womb.
Keep going… further down the dark channels of your soul.
It may be buried beneath life’s distractions and barriers. It may be covered with layers of pain and disappointments and mistrust.
But it dwells within each of us.
You must be quiet. Still. Open to it. It’s beyond this world. It’s beyond our fragile human condition.
Your Loving Creator. The Almighty Powerful Omnipotent Lord of the universe. The Divine King who is sovereign over every particle and piece of this world and the next. The Maker of Time and Space in heaven and earth.
He breathes it into you.
Are you aware of His Undying Love? His Holy Spirit births this merciful flame. You are His child.
Peel back the layers within. Search the corners of your heart. His illuminating Light dwells within you.
Do you feel it?
It’s okay if you don’t. Sometimes I don’t either…
But it’s there.
It’s always there.
Deep beneath the days and moments of our lives.
There is no greater joy than this, my friends.
Divine Joy in knowing Our Heavenly Father loves YOU.
Broken and beautiful you…
This post is part of our eight-week series, “Spirited Mom: A Fruity Look at Mothering.” We’re focusing on a different Fruit of the Spirit each week, as it applies to mothering.
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Before having children, Chris Carter worked as a music therapist for several years in Chicago’s inpatient psychiatric hospitals. She also managed creative arts and recreation programming for four group homes. In that time of her life, she learned and grew to know the pain and suffering of so many people. She is now a stay-at-home mom and currently spends her days running kids to and from school four times a day, volunteering and keeping the house in some sort of order! She has a thriving blog, The Mom Cafe, where she regularly shares her mothering experience and wisdom.