This morning, I am honoured to be featured as a guest writer on Cathy McIntosh’s Embracing Today’s Joy series. Cathy’s encouraging site is all about finding joy in everyday life. I think you’ll love it.
When things go awry…
You had the perfect hour planned. The kids would go down for their naps and quiet times and you would sit on the deck with your cup of tea and Bible for a little quiet time of your own to refuel for the rest of the day.
All that stood between you and that hour of bliss was your children’s cooperation.
You started with your toddler. Next, you gave him his milk, read him a story, patted his back much longer than you would have liked to. Finally, he fell asleep. You tiptoed stealthily out of his room, silently screaming at the squeaky door as you inched it shut behind you.
Next up is your preschooler. You read to her, cuddle her, sing her favorite song. Take her to the bathroom. Twice. Finally, she too settles.
You put the kettle on for tea and gather your journal, pen, and Bible.
Then the unthinkable happens–just as you’re pouring the tea into your oversized mug, you hear him cry. He’s awake and upset, and you know by the ferocity of that scream that your desperately needed quiet time just disappeared.
What do you do now? How do you reconnect with Jesus–the source of all joy–in the middle of a chaotic day with your littles?
Is it possible to refill our cups with joy so that we have enough to pour out on these precious ones who depend on us so dearly?
Read the rest of the post to find out how to reclaim your joy, even in the midst of an exhausting day with your little ones.