I Thessalonians 5:18 (NLT) – “Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”
Some days, I feel like I am on top of the world! I mean, I’m like super-mom or something! I’m in the homestretch (around 4 p.m.) looking back on my day. Homeschool went really well with little to no complaining from my six year old diva, the dishes are no longer piled up in the sink, [some of] the laundry is folded and put away, and maybe I actually even ironed a couple of shirts for my hubby to wear to work!
Also, I am noticing that the fridge is cleaned out, the beds are made, the kids are all happy and getting along well, dinner is already in the crockpot, super baby is wearing one of his cloth diapers, my daughters’ hair has actually been brushed today, I fed the kids plenty of fresh fruit and other healthy snacks. I didn’t even get irritated and lose my patience today! [Mom takes a deep breath of satisfaction and sighs… ;)] My kids are enjoying the good life here at the homestead.
Other days, I don’t feel quite so super. I have set a high standard for myself, and I have fallen short… AGAIN (sheesh). I begin to feel condemned about all the tasks that are not completed and all the things I didn’t do right. I look at my own performance with a critical eye, down to every last detail. I survey my self as a mom, as a housekeeper, as a cook, as a wife, as a teacher…. and I disapprove. I have fallen short.
You know, when we begin to feel this way, these feelings are NOT from the Lord. They are from the enemy, who is trying to sideline us and steal our joy. There is so much joy to be found in our children and in our daily lives, even amidst the chaos! (My pastor calls it “beautiful chaos.”) Don’t let him steal your joy!
In the midst of the chaos, begin to give thanks to God for all He’s done and all He’s doing in your lives. Thank him for what you see, and thank Him for what you don’t see!
As you begin to embrace an attitude of thankfulness, you will see your situation in a whole new light. You will see correctly. Your life is not a never-ending maze of tasks, messes, and unfinished business! It is an endless adventure with surprises around every corner, and you get to share it with some of the most awesome people in the world. It is a glorious existence, in which you get to enjoy the all gifts he’s given you.
Begin to thank Him for all the gifts! He gave you those glorious, giggly little treasures to enjoy, even when you don’t feel like it! Especially when you don’t feel like it. (I am preaching to myself.)
Whenever you feel the enemy trying to heap condemnation on you about your performance as a mom, just let thankfulness be your weapon of choice. It is always an effective strategy to come in the opposite spirit of what is coming against you. And do you know what the antonym for “thanks” is? You got it… Condemnation! Condemnation, disapproval, and criticism are the antonyms for thanks. Thankfulness will ALWAYS overcome condemnation, disapproval, and criticism.
Thank the Lord for what He is doing, because your success in life doesn’t depend on your ability and perfect performance. Your success depends on God’s ability, and His performance is always perfect. His GRACE is the power to accomplish your purpose and fulfill your destiny. He alone can empower you to be the best mom you can be.
So keep your eyes on Him, and watch Him fill your heart with joy… even in the chaos. Let Him show you that your joy doesn’t come from an outside source. Your joy springs up from within, and it is released by giving thanks… in every circumstance.
How has thankfulness changed your perspective? What’s your thankfulness story? Please share with us in a comment below.