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Are You Weary, Dear Mama?

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Are you weary today, dear mama? Maybe you’ve been up most of the night with your newborn baby. Maybe you’ve been up most of the night with sick kiddos. Maybe you’ve been up most of the night worrying about different problems in your family’s life. Maybe you’re just weary because of all of the things a mama has to do.  Many things about being a mama can make us weary!
Two weeks ago our family went through a bout with a tummy bug which then turned into a respiratory bug, which left everyone but me coughing! Towards the end of the week I was weary! Several things helped to sustain me during these weary days:
1. Even during the time ministering to my sick children, I was able to pray with them and for them.
2. Each time I would open the Bible, God would refresh me with His words.
3. Even when I was busy with cleaning and laundry, I played Bible songs on CD or the Bible on DVD, and I was refreshed.
4. Even in the midst of sickness, I have so many things to be thankful for – a washer and dryer, medicine, cleaning products, my husband taking our 2 year old to McDonalds for a couple hours while I tended to our sick daughters, my mom coming over to help with laundry, my husband and I staying well when the kids were sick, the kids sleeping well in spite of having coughs.
In spite of the physical weariness that I was experiencing, God was ministering to me through the words of Scripture. I was able to share this with my children. When I was tempted to worry, I prayed and God reminded me He was in control and gave me His peace! I don’t say these things because I’m super spiritual! In these moments I felt so weak! I’m so thankful that God loves me and sustains me in spite of the fact that I fail Him and give in to worry so much!
Dear mama, if you are weary today, go to Jesus, the One Who can give you true rest and peace! Tell him what is on your heart! He longs to hear your prayers and answer you! I’m praying for you today!
“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap if we faint not.” Galatians 6:9
“Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

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For This Child I Prayed, Part 2


So much has happened since I posted in January about my sweet little boy (or should I say so many words!). In January he turned 2 and his vocabulary was very limited. We weren’t sure what was going on. We took him to his pediatrician, and he assured us that he was fine and that he would talk when he was ready.
I was so tempted to continue to worry about him, but I prayed about it and left the situation with the Lord. The Lord gave me such a sweet peace. We did a lot of extra talking and singing with our son and a couple months later more and more words started to come. One of his first words was “tractor”. Before that, he had only said about three or four words. More and more words and then phrases and short sentences came. It was a joy to hear him say the precious name “Jesus”!
He repeats most words that he hears now, but he mostly prefers singing! I found him one day standing on the piano trying to sing “Jesus Loves Me”. It was hard for me not to laugh because he was being so sweet, but I didn’t want him to fall. Thus, his singing had to be moved to a different location!
I give all the praise to our wonderful God for what I have daily seen in my little boy’s life! When he finally said “mommy”, it brought tears to my eyes! Each day as I hear so many words come from my son’s lips, I am reminded of how important it is to pray specifically for our children and wait and see what our God can do!
At naptime and at bedtime I sing with my little boy and our final song comes straight from Scripture. Countless times I have heard my little boy start singing this song in his own way, and it is truly music to my ears! It is from Psalm 4:8: “I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for Thou LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.”
On Monday, my husband and I will be taking our son to see an optician. He has been crossing his right eye for several months now. One of his older sisters had to have glasses when she was 18 months old because of crossed eyes. This situation is once again a time when we could be worried, but we choose to trust the Lord and know that He knows what is best for our little boy. We have been praying for this situation, specifically that this problem could be corrected without surgery. Would you join our family in praying for our son? And thank you so much if you have been praying for his speech concern. If he could meet you, he would say, “Thank you” and “Love you”!
“Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. Unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen” Ephesians 3:20-21


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Diary of a Christian Momma

The kids are finally asleep and I’m excited to have some quiet time.  I grab some “choffee”, my computer and Bible and sit down.  I can feel my body let out a sigh of relief. 2I have one child who chats non-stop.  If he isn’t chatting to someone else, he’s chatting to himself.  It’s just nonstop.  He has 1000 questions for this world.  He has only lived in it for about 3 years, so things are still new and exciting to learn and know about.

I have a sweet little one who communicates with piercing screams.  In fact, if you take the time to listen, you can differentiate between the screams to understand what she wants.  Trying to teach her to use words (when she can’t speak) instead of screams is like taking a pacifier from a baby. 

There are days that I just literally fall apart.  There are days that I want to run out the door, get into my car and drive away.  The thought that I could be free of responsibility and free of the weight that I carry is such a temptation. 

When I hear about moms that walk away, my first reaction is judgmental.  “How could you leave those precious children?  How dare you? What a horribly selfish woman!?!?” 

But there are days when I have those same selfish feelings. 

Why do I have these feelings?  Because….

I just want to go to bed and get a REALLY good, long, uninterrupted night of sleep.

I just want to eat dinner and only feed myself. 

I just want to have a day where there are NO toys strewn over the house.  

I want to walk through my house and not step on a Lego.


Let’s be straight!

Motherhood is hard. 

Motherhood requires selflessness.

Motherhood involves days and days of frustrating situations where you want to go run and hide in a corner somewhere.


I stay because God commands me to.  (…and there are days when this is the main reason)

I stay because my heart is bound to those children.  I love them!   …the endless chatter, the screams, the poopy diapers, the spills, the destroyed furniture/ house/everything that comes with having kids, the mounds of laundry, the sleepless nights, the work…

It’s selfless, it’s hard and, some days, I can’t stand it, but I WILL stay with it, because it means I have my babies.  It means I am simply blessed.

Mama, if you are having one of those days, it’s okay. Try  to get your quiet time in.  Let God refresh you, the Holy Spirit fill you, and Jesus forgive you for your responses. 

…and know that there are other woman who have those desires for flight, who have those meltdowns, who desire to hide in a closet.  AND who want to go to the bathroom alone too. 

3889857112_5da0e85840_bBUT they are staying because Jesus stayed on the cross for them.  Because God has mercy and grace for them.  Because “that” day is nearly over and there is a brand new day tomorrow.

Make your quiet time a priority.  It will change your perspective and, if you are still struggling after all that, send me a message and I will try to encourage you through it.

– Rejoicing,

Joy T.


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