Joy over Grumbles // Making the Choice

“I’m so filled with joy and thankfulness that my children are waking me up super early and have been persistently and consistently sharing how hungry they are and that they are basically going to starve if I don’t get up and feed them right now!”

Those are NOT usually my first thoughts each morning.

With babe number three cooking and the increased fatigue and trouble sleeping that accompanies growing a human, my go to morning attitude is not always one of joy and thankfulness.

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There are definitely seasons that are harder than others. Seasons where it is hard to choose joy. Seasons where it seems easier to complain and check off the things that would seemingly allow you to have more joy…if only.

But if I take the time to really choose joy, there’s an awful lot of it. When I take the time to actually give thanks for the good, good gifts that Jesus has given me, the joy is evidently abundant and lovely.

So here it is. Today I’m choosing joy and thankfulness. I’m going to make a few mistakes. I’m going to grumble or sigh, but I’m going to keep making the choice that finds joy in God’s good gifts.

A growing baby//Healthy girls with healthy appetites//A husband that wakes up early and makes pancakes//Morning cuddles//Family time//Rainy nights//Sunny mornings//Nap time//Colorful flowers//Watching imaginations at play

How about you? What are you thankful today? How are you going to CHOOSE joy?

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Be There // Hope in Christ Through Change

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Change can be hard. Change can be good. In the past few years our family has gone through a lot of changes. We moved to Africa, starting a new chapter. We started fostering a four month old that we knew would someday return to her family. We now are anticipating the change of a new baby entering our lives sometime in January 2017!

Sometimes we put all our hope in change. We think that once this change takes place things will be better.

Or maybe we fear the change. We let the worries of the unknown overtake our thoughts and control our actions.

Our hope should never be in change, and worry should not dictate our lives. Our hope is in Christ alone and because of this we need not fear what is to come.

the LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.Psalm 147:11

 

In the days that seem mundane with caring for littles, washing dishes, folding clothes, playing referee, and taking care of all the seemingly little things of life, change can be the idol of our days. We seek the change that we all too quickly will miss. In these days of caring for littles wherever you are, be there. Don’t place your hope in the change to come. Don’t let the worries of change guide you. Be where you are and place your hope in the One who is orchestrating your days and the changes in your life and working them out for good.

He is the one who longs you to draw close to Him and beckons you to let Him lead through the changes.

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Every Monday, Keri, and I host a link party specifically for moms to share encouraging posts. We would love for you to link up your posts on motherhood below and connect with some other mamas.  Join us with #mamasharesmonday as we share our moments of motherhood.  

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