Mired in the Muck of Mommyhood

Just. Go. To. Sleep. That was my thought and my prayer about 9 last night as my daughters argued about whether the bathroom light should be on or off.

It has been a long, long afternoon and evening. One daughter came home distraught over a bad grade on a test. The other daughter was frustrated that no one was paying any attention to her because we were trying to figure out how to help the other daughter. We shed enough tears last night to sink the Titanic. It was drama with a capital D.

By 9 p.m., I was done. D-O-N-E. After solving the bathroom light issue with the inspired statement of "The next person who talks is going to bed at 7 tomorrow night," I sat down to ponder my Bible study homework on joy. I know, go ahead and laugh. I was anything but joyful at that moment. I was mired in the muck of mommyhood. I was having a hard time seeing past the drama of today to the joy of eternity. I just wanted my children to go. to. sleep.

It's easy to get caught up in the drama of our daily lives. It's easy to focus on everything that has gone wrong. It's easy to just want our kids to go away for a few minutes so we can get just a moment to think. It's easy to let our circumstances suck away our joy.

But our joy isn't dependent on the moment. It isn't dependent on the circumstance. It isn't dependent on having a drama-free evening. It's dependent on God. Our joy is based in Him, and He never changes. He never fails. He never stops loving us -- even in our inspired mommy moments.

When we're mired in the muck, thinking we can't go any further, when all we want is a moment of peace, God is still there, and He's still a source of joy. Our joy is found in knowing who God is, in knowing that He loves us enough to send His Son to die in our place so that we could have a relationship with Him. There's no greater reason to be joyful.

And that joy can pervade our lives even in the midst of whatever drama your household creates. It can make your heart sing even in the most frustrating moments of mommyhood. It can change your attitude and the attitudes of those in your home.

So, today, my prayer is straight from Psalm 51:12: "Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me." I hope you'll make it your prayer, too, so that we can have joy even when we're slogging through the muck of mommyhood.

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