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.