A Joyful Heart!

“In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

I am blessed with eight wonderful children, and I thank God for these precious gifts. In the Bible, God says that He makes “the barren woman to keep house and to be a joyful mother of children,” (Psalm 113:9 KJV), yet sometimes I feel tricked into thinking that my children are burdens. My thinking takes a wrong turn, and I find myself complaining about how loud they are or how messy they can be. They are my precious children, but sometimes I forget to “take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ,” (2 Corinthians 10:5). This is where beginning to praise God and thank Him for everything in my life changes everything!

When I wash the piles of dirty laundry, I have a choice; I can think, “Oh the dirty laundry is never-ending, and I can’t keep up with it.” Or I can think, “I am so thankful for my family and that we have clothes to wear.” The first thought gives in to self-pity, and the second thought allows my heart to flow with thanksgiving for God’s bountiful blessings. When one of my children spills his milk, I can choose to complain and ask him why he wasn’t more careful, or I can say, with a joyful spirit, “That’s okay! We’ll clean it up!” It’s all about choices, and the choices are up to me.

When my heart is full of thankfulness, I cannot complain! This goes for all areas of my life— cooking, cleaning, homeschooling, child-training, being submissive to my husband, and all the other responsibilities I have. My responsibilities are blessings, not burdens.

When I choose thankful thoughts, my heart becomes thankful, and I keep my focus on God. I love Ephesians 5:20, which says, “always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” God has shown me a way to fight negative, complaintive thoughts by using positive affirmations. It is powerful to claim the positive!

Here are some of the positive affirmations I claim:

  • I love to do the laundry!
  • I love to make meals for my family!
  • I enjoy washing the dishes!
  • I love teaching my children!
  • I love tying my little ones’ shoes!
  • I love changing my baby’s diaper!
  • I love getting up in the middle of the night to nurse my baby!

Try it. It works! It is easy to get off track and start having stinking thinking when we are at home all day long every day with our precious children, and that is where reading our Bible each day helps our thoughts stay positive and hopeful. “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things and the peace of God will be with you” (Philippians 4:8).

There is power in reading the Word of God. It stimulates positive thinking and a thankful heart. 2 Peter 3:1 says, “Beloved, this is now my second letter to you. Both of them are reminders to stir you to wholesome thinking.” This is exactly what reading my Bible does for me; it stimulates me to have wholesome, positive, thankful thoughts.

 

Blessings and Love,

Christina Jones and the Help Club for Moms Team

Christina Jones
Latest posts by Christina Jones (see all)

6 Comments on “A Joyful Heart!”

  1. I think my biggest stumbling block right now is just how bone tired I am. I’m so thankful for my husband, he is my friend, a true partner, a wonderful and present father to our kids. I am so in love with the wild little monkeys that are my children. They drive me absolutely bananas and test every one of my limits, but they are also precious and so stinkin cute. But I struggle with finding rest. I feel like I am always being asked for more, for right now, with no time left for rest. My 4 kids are all very young, so I am “in the trenches” right now.

    1. Yes I feel this! I am in the trenches right there with you. Always pouring out yet so little time to be filled up it seems. Grace upon grace, Jesus. You are our portion!

    2. Dearest Holly,
      I am praying for you right now! Yes, you are so wise to say that you are in the trenches! You are!! The great news is that when we are in the trenches, Jesus is there with us too! Praise God!!
      Love you bunches!!
      Thanks for being here!
      Mama Deb 🙂

  2. Love this. The part about a child spilling a drink convicted me. I have to let my kids be kids and give much grace for mistakes. God help us stop the stinking thinking! I am in Florida as well and a homeschooling momma! So neat ♥️

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.