This weekend brought roaring unsettling "discussions" and also joyful moments of sitting in the back yard making obstacle races with the kids. How does this happen? How in one minute can I feel so deflated and exhausted from the demands of marriage and family and then within a few short hours I feel light and easy.
I have mentioned before that we are following the ABC Scriptures series with Impress Your Kids. Each night my kids and I do phonic activities while we learn scripture. Tonight our scripture was "...we are full of joy in God because of our Lord Jesus Christ." I had to explain to my son that we can still have joy even though we have moments and days where we feel alone or sad. We can have joy because of what Jesus did for us. Even though I spent the previous night crying myself to sleep, and my arms felt like they were an old woven basket ready to give way, I realized that I am full of joy. God has tucked joy in the form of:
Hy Hope Farm's butter tarts
mothers that cook and care for their children's children
sermons that remind us of the work that has to be done
plans for Christmas baking (already!)
friends that come back from vacations
questions like "Is Jesus God's last name?" (asked by Cohen during scripture time)
homeschooling (I can't believe WE are this excited)
As always our lives are filled with challenges that take us places we want to run from. Yet, God is constantly reminding me to close my eyes and feel the fullness of his joy.
Join Ann Voskamp as she gives thanks.