Today fellow blogger, KM, is sharing some beautiful truths about motherhood and the cross....
Tiny hands grabbing your finger, your child’s first smile, the wobbly first steps, the first tiny kisses, watching your kids sing in a Christmas pageant, celebrating an “A” on a tough test, holding them when they fall down and hurt themselves, magical band-aids, whispered bedtime prayers, and a bouquet of weeds brought in from a summer day.
Don’t these moments bring you joy?
All of these moments are tender, happy, and precious. They’re fleeting. They’re moments to treasure, cherish, and hide in our hearts.
Or maybe you’re having a hard time finding joy in motherhood. Things like never-ending messes, tantrums, angry outbursts, and fatigue overwhelm you. Your heart is heavy perpetually.
You just feel like something is broken.
Joy in motherhood is a funny thing. Motherhood is wearying, and yet there are those precious moments. Those moments however aren’t why motherhood can be joyful.
In fact, these precious moments are empty if we don’t cherish the one thing that brings true hope and true joy to our mothering.
True joy cannot be had in motherhood apart from the Jesus, His cross, and His resurrection. Without the cross, our children don’t have the hope of God’s forgiveness or strength. Without the cross or the resurrection our children have no hope of Heaven.
Without Christ, our children have no hope of a life filled with purpose.
All the Eskimo kisses, hugs, and cuddles in the world can’t bring true joy. True joy in motherhood begins because Christ came to save, Christ came to bring peace, and Christ came so we and our children can live life more abundantly.
I know what true joy is because I’ve felt it. Holding a baby isn’t true joy, but in the words of Bill Gaither, holding a child and knowing “He can face uncertain days, because He Lives” does hold true joy.
I can’t imagine being a mother not having the assurance that my Jesus lives. Life would be empty, and all those tender moments would ultimately be pointless.
When we peel back the surface, every moment of motherhood: the happy, the stressed, the fatigued,
the animated, the agitated, and the content; every moment contains joy. Every moment can contain joy because that joy always comes from the hope that Christ brings us.
The only hope for true joy in motherhood is found in Christ and Christ alone. If you are struggling to find joy in parenting, rest assured our Lord and Savior is close, and it is because of Him and His sacrifice that we can treasure each moment and memory.
Joy doesn't need to be an outward display unbridled ecstasy though. Our joy begins I like to think of the special moments in motherhood as tiny glimpses of heaven. The snuggles, the giggles, and the little blessings, are a shadow of the amazing joy that is to come if our faith rests in Christ. That is the true joy of motherhood.with the peace that the Lord holds our children’s and our futures in His hands. Our joy is in knowing the promises that hold true in our lives will hold true in our children’s as well.
What are some ways you have struggled to find joy in motherhood?