My first child was born in 1988 and we have been dealing with hidden disabilities ever since. Lately I have been so tired and over extended that I feel like I have been hanging on by my finger tips. I am now 49 years old and dealing with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia which makes me very tired. Lots of times I have cried out to the Lord for strength and energy. Recently I have found joy in outlets such as Christian concerts, reading and mentoring outlets through the internet. I realized that I was no longer finding as much joy in parenting which is very concerning to me (and probably the children as well). I have been examining how to change this dynamic. I decided that I will purpose to find JOY in the moment each and every day. I have set my alarm earlier to make cuddle time with each of the children a priority before breakfast. It really changed the tone of the morning and the children are enjoying it and so am I.
Nehemiah 8:10 says Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is sacred to the Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
Thank you Lord for revealing this to me and help me always to find purpose and JOY in each moment. I want to find new ways to connect with my children every day and I believe that you are answering my prayer for strength because THE JOY OF THE LORD IS MY STRENGTH.
God bless each and every one of you this Christmas season and always.