Joy

Every mom I’ve talked to this week has one thing in common. They are so tired. Me too. The busy of this season has caught up to me big time. How about you?

Not only are all these mama’s tired from the extra activity of the holiday season, they are tired from life. Some of them are in the process of moving. Some are literally weeks or even days away from having a baby. Some just had a baby and are up and down all night feeding. Some are battling viruses that keep making the rounds with their little ones. Some are dealing with health issues and injuries.  There are so many extra things that are weighing all of us down. It’s not like real life pauses and cuts us some slack so we can get our Christmas shopping done. Nope.

Motherhood is a weary world. How do we rejoice when all we really want for Christmas is a nap and maybe a shower?

The only thing I know for sure, is that when the angel came to the shepherds he said,

“I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”

It would seem weary mother’s fall into the category of “all the people”, right? But what is it that he declared would bring great joy?

A Savior. Christ the Lord.

Take a moment to think about that. What brings our weary hearts great joy is not a completed shopping list, a quiet day without interruption, a house that is in perfect order, not even a nap will bring the joy we need deep down in our weary bones.

It is Jesus.

I know you know this. I’m just reminding you in case, like me, you have been running through your days praying for a break and looking in dismay at your to-do list that won’t stop growing.

Let’s remember, not only the hope of the baby in the manger who became the Savior on the cross, but let’s also remember the King on the throne, who is returning to bring peace once and for all to a broken and weary world. May we fall on our knees in surrender today, and find ourselves redeemed from sin and restored with joy.

My prayer for you and me this week is that our weary hearts, minds and bodies would find joy in Christ. I pray that we will rest in the hope of our Savior as we remind ourselves daily of the work he has finished on our behalf, the work of saving our souls from the sin that steals our joy and frustrates our peace. May every weary mama rejoice, not only in the hope of Christ’s first coming, but also in the hope of his second coming, when all things will be made new, and all of our weariness will be gone forever…

Also, I pray you get to take a nap this week!

And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, Luke 1:46-47