Finding Joy

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Pregnancy is hard. Yes, it is beautiful, amazing and awe-filled, but it is also h-a-r-d. Morning sickness, varicose veins, sleepless nights, heartburn-need I go on? It is a 40-week journey filled with highs, lows, and lots of unknowns- just like life.  You look forward to holding your newborn, but at times that doesn’t take away the struggle and pain of today.

Lately I have been wrestling with being overcome by the daily stresses of life and wanting to know exactly what we can expect in our family’s future, (where we will live, where the children will go to school, etc).

All of these burdens, (along with accumulated weeks of little sleep), led me to crying during a Kindergarten Info Night at my daughter’s preschool. Yeah- that was me-the basket case mom shedding tears over Kindergarten.

There I was, talking to a teacher about my daughter and our school options and- you know how you can feel it coming and can’t stop it? The waterworks flowed, I apologized, a rep from one of L.A.’s top private schools came to meet me, looked mortified at my blubbering and likely posted my picture on the “do not admit” wall in the admissions office. End scene.

I believe in  what God has promised- that if we walk with Him in His ways, He will take care of us and give us an abundant life. I know that everything will more than just “work out” but I need strength for the journey. Do you ever feel that way?

Pastor Care Crawford spoke to my mommy group this week and put it perfectly by saying that ,

“Happiness is due to circumstances. Joy comes from rooting ourselves in Christ’s love.”

Circumstances change. You won’t be pregnant forever, but you will have new challenges as a mom, (like finding a Kindergarten- sheesh…), and many more difficult than that by far.

Our joy must be firm- as solid as our faith in Jesus Christ. Out of that flows the fruit of the Spirit- love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, faithfulness, kindness, gentleness, and self-control. That’s what I want more than a temporary solution to today’s worries. God’s solution is everlasting.

As you face your challenges in pregnancy and beyond, dig deeper past happiness to JOY by seeking the One who knows that it is all going to work out according to the plans HE has for your life.

And if you have an embarrassing sob-session along the way, know that you’re not alone.

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Be joyful even when the circumstances don’t make you happy!

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