Friday, October 9, 2015

joy in the midst of motherhood

You can find this same post over on Bloom today for Nicole's 31 Days of Finding Joy in the Lord challenge. Go check it out, as well as the other posts in the series!

There’s diaper bags to pack, bottles to clean, lunch to be prepared, clothes to be laid out for the next day, 1000 toys to be cleaned up, laundry to put away. Motherhood can be tough. Keeping it all together seems nearly impossible sometimes. Long gone are the days of only being responsible for myself. I now have a little one that depends on me for his every need. On top of that, I also have a husband to take care of and a classroom full of kiddos who deserve the very best from their teacher. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and let all of these beautiful blessings turn into burdens. Being joyful in the midst of being a working mama is something that I have had to really be conscious about. Not just happy, but truly joyful in the Lord for the opportunity to be a wife, mama, and teacher. 

I have to choose daily to fight for joy. If I am not intentional with looking for joy in the midst of lost pacis and messy classrooms I will not be able to experience the full capacity of joy the way the Lord intends for me to. Even when my circumstances are less than ideal I can still be all that He calls me to be and I can do it with joy.

John Piper has a great quote about fighting for joy that has stuck with me since I first read it a few years ago: “I don’t mean we make peace with darkness. We fight for joy. But we fight as those who are saved by grace and held by Christ.”

Finding joy in the journey of motherhood is not just about embracing the chaos and being happy. It’s about understanding the magnitude of the grace of Jesus and not letting messy moments overshadow the joy that he has put in my heart as a mama.


  1. I am so happy I found your blog your little family is just the cutest! This post was so encouraging and exactly what I needed to hear today! I have a 10-month-old baby boy too, so I can only imagine how difficult it must be to juggle it all! Blessings to you and thank you for your encouraging words!

  2. Amen! I'm not a mama yet, but it's still a struggle! My small group just started reading For the Love by Jen Hatmaker. I'm only a chapter in but I can tell I'm going to love it - all about choosing grace and happiness among life's choices and challenges. Thought you might like it too if you haven't already read it! :)