Keep Rejoicing

Two years ago on this day I published my very first “Thankful Mommy” blog. It was entitled “Rejoice Always”.

Since then, I have been writing every couple of weeks, sharing my thoughts on life, motherhood, and faith. Very slowly, I have been building an audience of readers through this page, my Thankful Mommy page on Facebook, and Thankfulmommyblog on Instagram. I have to admit that managing technology and social media are definitely not my strengths, but I am learning through this process.

Going into this third year of writing, I am stopping to consider again what is my “why”? What is my purpose in sharing these thoughts with the world? When I first started I had one simple goal. I wanted to encourage moms with Biblical truth, to help them find joy for the everyday tasks through the Word of God. That is still true today.

In everything that I post, whether a Bible verse meme on Facebook, or a full article, it is my hope that my writing will encourage others to open up their own Bible and read the truth of God’s Word. I include lots of Bible verses in my writing because I believe that what He has already said is far better than any wisdom that I can try to make up myself. I hope that if someone reading my writing may not be familiar with the Bible, I can at least plant a seed in their heart by introducing them to a verse or passage that has been meaningful in my life, and pray it impacts theirs as well.

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭3:16-17‬

My posts are usually written with moms in mind, because in this season I am a stay-at-home-mom to two energetic little boys, who are now 4 and 6 years old. Every day with them is an adventure!

My children are such a gift and a blessing to me. I love this season of motherhood. I realize that God is teaching me daily even as I try to teach my sons about life and about Him. Sometimes I think I am the one who is learning the most!

Spending life with my sons reminds me constantly of God’s goodness and love. I am convinced that He has given us the special gift of parenthood so that we may have just a glimpse of the unmeasurable, unending love our Heavenly Father has for us, His own children.

So, although I do hope to relate especially to mothers through my writing, it is not limited or exclusive. I hope to share words and experiences that can encourage anyone who desires to grow closer to God through His Word.

Looking towards to this new year I am praying for growth as a writer, as a wife and mother, and most importantly as a follower of Christ. I have chosen three of my favorite verses as a reminder of why I write, and as a guide for what I include in this blog. They help remind me of my purpose for sharing this platform with you in the coming year. I hope you will continue to hide God’s Word in your heart and that it will bless your life and the lives of your families in 2021.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, 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. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:8-9‬ ‭

There is plenty of bad news in the world, and no shortage of places we can hear, read, and talk about it. From the beginning, I have wanted my page to be about good news, specifically the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I want to share stories and thoughts that encourage; ideas that are true, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy. In a society surrounded by turmoil and fear, I’d rather focus on the God of peace.

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
‭‭I Thessalonians‬ ‭5:16-18‬ ‭

Whenever I read this verse it reminds me of the kind of woman I desire to be with God’s help. I hope that my family, friends, and people I meet would see in me someone who can always find a reason to rejoice, despite circumstances. I want my life to be an ongoing prayer, never ceasing to talk to the Lord first. From the time I wake up in the morning until my head hits the pillow again, I want to be connected with Him. And finally, may I remember to be thankful, and to teach my children, to thank God with a grateful heart for every blessing He has given to us. And as we count our blessings daily, may Salvation through Christ be at the very top of our list.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭28:19-20‬ ‭

The verse above is known as “The Great Commission.” Jesus is telling his disciples to go into all the world and preach the Gospel. What does that mean for today? The older I get, the more seriously I consider this verse. I believe it is not just for those who have been called to be pastors or missionaries, but for all of us who profess to be followers of Christ.

So how does a full time stay-at-home-mom go “into all the world”? I could assert that my children are my first disciples. I can teach them the gospel faithfully, and maybe one day they will grow up to be pastors or missionaries. Maybe they will touch many lives for Christ and indirectly I will have had a hand in it. That could very well be true, and I pray it would be so.

Yet even now, because of the age of technology in which we live, I can actually “go” myself into the world, without even leaving my home. I was surprised recently to view the “stats” on my WordPress homepage and see that a handful of people in dozens of countries all over globe have read my posts. Those little flags and those numbers represent real people, real lives that need hope, real souls that need a savior. The numbers are very small comparatively, but I remind myself that if just one person is encouraged to seek Christ by something I write, then it will all have been worth it.

I want to be found faithful with a little. I want my children to see that sharing God’s truth with a hurting world is something their mom takes seriously. So as long as I feel like I can offer my words as an honor to God I will continue to write and share.

“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭19:14‬ ‭

Whether you have been reading all along, or we are just being introduced, it is my humble prayer that something I write might be a blessing to you. May you walk closer to Christ this year, with more joy, more peace, more prayer, and more truth from His Word to fill your mind and heart.

No matter what happened in 2020, no matter what lies ahead in 2021, the Lord is still good. He is abundantly kind and loving. His promises remain true. At any age or season of life, He is faithful. So keep on reading, and keep rejoicing!

My sweet boys

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