Joy on a Monday

twins photographing each other

USB hub photos...this kept them busy for a whole 15 minutes!

If you’ve been reading here for a while (and I hope you have) you may have noticed that last week, I may have been a bit frustrated. As a matter of fact, I was. Dakotapastor even came home and told the girls, “you’ve done it now…you pushed your mom to complain about you all over the internet.” Which kind of made me laugh, just a little.

There is always a Dakotapastor response to my blog posts. Sometimes you see them in the comments section, but often I just hear them. Let’s just leave it at just because we are best friends does not always mean we see the world the same way!

Today is Monday. For stay at home moms, Mondays are not so rough. School aged kids often go back to school (or home schooled kids get back to their tasks), husbands go back to work (except some of these silly pastor types who take Mondays off to confuse things), and generally, the household falls back to a “normal” rhythm. So, really, other than the getting up early, I don’t hate Monday.

Also, Monday morning is the morning set aside for our moms’ Bible study at church. We are very slowly working through God Is in the Laundry Room . This has been a great study for all of us. Currently we are in our third session of Chapter 6: “Stocking Up on the Fruit of the Spirit”. Today we discussed Joy. (Not quite my friend, Joy, though she did come up in the discussion). What I was reminded of this that joy is different from a giddy, happy feeling. Joy does not depend on our circumstances. The Bible verses we studied really brought that to light.

Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy. 21 When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. 22 So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. John 16:20-22

That word picture that Jesus paints, of a woman in labor and her sorrow turned to joy after the baby is born. . .that, my friends, is something I can relate to. Our salvation is what brings us true joy.

We’ve all seen it. People devastated in the face of grim reality, and yet, they rejoice in the blessings and promises of God. This, my friends, is true joy.

Of course, through our Bible study that was punctuated by the noises of children (mostly happy), we could see that often there is joy, hidden even in the most frustrating days of motherhood. Like this morning, when I checked Dakotatween’s grades on the computer, for the first time in his entire school career, he has all As and Bs.  Or like this afternoon when two little girls pulled their pillows out to me to let me know that they were ready for a nap…instead of forcing me to chase them around the house. Little joys can peek through our frustration and drudgery.

I have a picture of three of my friends taken last summer. They nicknamed each other the “Soggy Sisters” as all three were fighting to save their homes from the Missouri River flooding. Through all of the work and the worry and the frustration, they took a bit of time to help each other and I have a picture of the three of them, smiling< with arms around each other. In the midst of uncertainty, they had joy. Through it all, they knew that God is bigger than a flood.

So friends, take some time to find a wee bit of joy in your day. And don’t forget to share your joy with others.

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Comments: 7

  1. Emily March 5, 2012 at 1:24 pm Reply

    I like this Pam. The verse is great- what a reminder that joy is not a LAW placed on the backs of already suffering Christians- but a gift and something to look forward to!

    “Be joyful, you ungrateful fool!” That’s what I usually hear when I think about joy. But like you said… much of our joy is yet to come.. but even now (grace upon grace!) there are glimpses even in the poo and drudgery :)

    If you haven’t listened to President Harrison’s talk on Joy in Issues, ETC I very much recommend it :)

    • Dakotapam March 5, 2012 at 1:41 pm Reply

      I need to look up that episode, as I am certain that it is wonderful. to be honest, I am rather glad about seeing the Fruits of the Spirit with fresh eyes as I always saw them as LAW…you know, if you are not patient, then obviously the Holy Spirit is not with you…that can be so hard to take. Because, quite honestly, I fail at all of that, all of the time!

  2. Wynona March 5, 2012 at 11:46 pm Reply

    I love your positive attitude! It seems like you see the world at the lighter side. :0 Keep up the good work! Thanks for sharing..

  3. Chezzianne March 6, 2012 at 1:55 am Reply

    Hi Pam…Bible study for me is somehow helpful in everyday living and it sometimes cleanses our soul…

  4. Sheila March 6, 2012 at 11:34 am Reply

    Reading bible helps me to relieve my stress it help me also to become closer to god..In our daily lives we need to pray always..

  5. Cathy35 March 10, 2012 at 6:00 am Reply

    Very adorable little kids! :)

  6. Lisa March 16, 2012 at 8:35 am Reply

    Joy really is from within, or from God to be more exact. Tks for the reminder!

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