The Challenge of Taking Every Thought Captive

“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” Philippians 4:4

Have you ever met another mom who was so full of joy that she radiated Jesus? I’ve had the pleasure of knowing such a woman, she just oozed a contented spirit, and of course I wanted the same joy she wore like a garment of praise! Her joy was that contagious!

As Christian moms, we should be shining like a light on a hill (Matthew 5:14-15), beckoning others to ask us what makes us different from the rest of the world! In today’s lesson, Tommy shared that living a life of joy should be our goal and that our actions will speak louder than our words. He mentions that it is our responsibility to demonstrate joy and draw others to the Kingdom of God! Sister, it is our privilege to make our joy known!

Are you living with this kind of joy? You might say, “Well, if my circumstances were different, if I didn’t have a crying baby who kept me up all night, or if I didn’t have a difficult child, a demanding job, struggling marriage or more money to pay the bills… then I would smile more and be more joyful.” Maybe your situation includes a laundry list of other things that want to steal your joy but Mama, despite your current situation, the Bible tells us to rejoice in the Lord always!

Tommy points out that JOY needs to be developed. So be gracious to yourself sister, exemplifying joy when everything is NOT perfect IS an evident sign of spiritual maturity.  We can take the first steps of being thankful for the little things regardless of our lack and find restoration of joy through gratitude!  We can also reflect this joy by entering into God’s presence through time spent with Jesus.  Moses’ face shone with such brilliance after being in the presence of God that he had to wear a veil!

“When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord.”  Exodus 34:29

Mama, despite your current situation, it’s God’s will for us to be joy-filled and to radiate His love!  Take your thoughts captive by spending time in the Lord’s presence and you will shine too!  


Blessings and love,

Rae-Ellen Sanders & The Help Club Team

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