Be joyful always;
give thanks in all circumstances,
for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
-1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Some moments cause joy and prayer and thanksgiving to gush from my heart.
Like on Friday afternoon when we went on a family hike in Chino Hills State Park.
Beauty everywhere! The blueness of the sky. The crispness of the air. The warmth of the sun when its rays reached down and kissed cool cheeks. Greens of every hue proclaiming their grandeur in lowly moss growing along the earthen path.
And of course the blessing of sharing it with my amazing little boys and the wonderful man I call Husband and they call Daddy.
The best part of the day was when we wandered off the trail to a secluded knoll flooded with tall grass and long sticks. The perfect spot for exploring and sword fights and snacks.
As Chris snapped this priceless picture of our three sons, a digital record of another family adventure, I paused to soak it all in. The chorus of crickets chirping their nature praise. Every blade of grass dancing together to the song of the breeze. The light upon three angel faces, little miracles of God's workmanship knitted together from me and Chris, yet made in His likeness. Amazing.
And as I savored it all, the Spirit brought Paul's words to mind and my heart said,
"Yes! I AM joyful! Thank you God for this very moment! I praise you because not only are your gifts good but YOU are good. Good ALL the time, Lord!"
It was such a sweet moment. And I was so thankful for it.
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But not every moment in mothering is so picture perfect. And my response is not always joy and prayer and thanks. More on that soon...