a couple saturdays ago i had the privilege of sharing a devotional at a dear friend's baby shower. since i love proverbs 31, i decided to stick with that and talk about the joy in motherhood. motherhood truly is a joy! there's something about kids that makes life fun, interesting, stressful, crazy, terrifying, but in all of this, there's joy!
the latter half of proverbs 31:10 says, "her worth is far above rubies." this means that the woman fuels the beauty and energy of her family. she is to be happy and supply the joy in the life of her family no matter what. as the old saying goes, "if mamma ain't happy, nobody's happy!" and you know, it's true!
psalms 30:5 says "for His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning". this verse made me chuckle because if you come to my house in the latter part of the evening there is usually lots of weeping! it's fussy time at the drakes but come morning, there is joy! more importantly, this verse reminds me that every day is a new day and while there will be pain and hard times raising children, the joy of children is for a lifetime.
we know the ultimate source of joy is Christ. Isaiah 12:3 says "therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation." keeping God's commandments will produce that joy - these things i have spoken to you (meaning the commandments) that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.
oh, remember when i said earlier that we, as mothers/wives, are to supply the joy and beauty to our family no matter how hard the trial is? here's a verse to back it up -"my brethren count it all joy when you fall into various trials knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience." james 1:2-3. so, those hard times we are to see as joyous times - teaching us to rely on God and practice patience (which, as mothers, we need an abundance of!).
more to come as i get through proverbs 31.