An Unspoken Joy

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There are so many wonderful things about motherhood. I adore kisses and snuggles from my little K man. I love to rock him and read books together. Watching him grow and learn fills my heart with joy. On this short journey, however, I have found that being a mom challenges me more than I could have ever imagined. Not in a bad way, but in an important way. It forces me to address the worst parts of myself.

I am constantly having to lay my own life down. This glorious calling allows me to reflect on what I need and should do everyday in my Christian walk. To address any pride, any temper, any impatience, any selfishness, any sin in my heart. Being a mommy is a 24/7 job and so is being a follower of Jesus.

I am thankful that the Lord uses my weaknesses. If I am tired and cranky, He whispers to my heart. My attitude needs to change. If I am looking at others who I think have more. He speaks to me to be content in what He is doing in my life. When I begin to list the things I want, He reminds me of the great needs of others. I see who I need to be as I love and teach my son. God helps me to remember that I am a child learning too.

This is not an easy or necessarily pleasant process. I have to be honest as I evaluate my heart. I have to be seeking to be more like the one who gave His life for me. I have to go against everything I hear and see from the world to focus on myself. Yet, it is a tremendous, unspoken joy to be sifted by the Holy One. Job 5:17 says, “See how happy the man is God corrects; so do not reject the discipline of the Almighty.”

Whether you are a mom or not, Christ calls us to examine ourselves. It is a vital part of our discipleship. We are responsible for ourselves. We are to live for Him remembering that we will stand before Him one day. May the Lord find us faithful and obedient.

“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns. See if there is any offensive way in me; lead me in the everlasting way.” Psalm 139:23-24

Be blessed!

Miranda

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6 Comments

  1. shelly johns
    Posted June 4, 2013 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    What a great Word for the day…for life! Thanks Miranda.

  2. Miranda Sharp
    Posted June 4, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, Shelly!

  3. Kelli
    Posted June 6, 2013 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    I love your passion for being a Godly mom! Easy? No Messy? Sometimes Worth it? You Betcha! You are doing it while encouraging others to shoulder up with you and keep pressing onward! Thanks for being brave enough to be real while being bold enough to know who holds it ALL in His hands!

  4. Kelli
    Posted June 6, 2013 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    I really meant to say “being bold enough to share (not know) who holds it ALL in His hands!” I got excited and hit the post comment button too soon:)

  5. Shana Hensley
    Posted June 6, 2013 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    Your transparency is astounding. It is difficult though necessary to do those self evaluations. Not always pleasant though. However, it is so good to know we have a Savior that doesn’t just punish us for our “acting out” but He puts a desire in us to be a better person in Him. His light shines bright from your posts Miranda.

  6. Miranda Sharp
    Posted June 6, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, ladies, so much for your encouragement. We are all in this together. Blessings to you all! 🙂

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