Motherhood is hard and requires we recognize our responsibilities and obligations, not only to our children, but to God. Yes, we have responsibilities under God. They are prevalent throughout scripture.
The Delight of Motherhood
And there is a delight in fulfilling that duty. But our ultimate delight in motherhood comes from our delight in the Lord. If you desire to be a good mother, a delightful mother, you must delight in Him!
Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4
There is much joy in motherhood. And honestly, I am writing this after a rather trying day of being a mother. But I'm learning that where we found our joy is the key to making it an ongoing blessing in our lives. Finding joy in my children's behavior alone is going to bring me on quite a roller coaster ride...where there will most likely be way more downs than ups.
Our children are going through a growing and maturing process just like we are. They will never be perfect and basing our joy on their outward behavior will only leaves us empty and, well, joyless.
Likewise, basing our joy off our own performance will leave us shortchanged every single time. Joy doesn't last on the performance of people or the circumstances of our lives. So placing it there simply isn't wise.
First, Delight in the Lord
Joy is from the Lord, when we have our eyes fixed on Him. Joy is found when we recognize our purpose is from Him and not our own personal endeavors or desires.
Job raises some great questions,
Will they find delight in the Almighty? Will they call on God at all times? Job 27:10
Delight in motherhood comes from that deep understanding, embracing, and walking out of the role God has given to us, but only after recognizing our life is in Him.
I know that my joy can easily be stolen when I depend on it from the wrong places.
I delight in motherhood when I delight in Him, first. This is part 3 of a 10 part series on Biblical Motherhood
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