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Fight from Joy

Updated: Oct 16, 2023

“Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!”

Philippians 4:4 (NLT)

Did you know children are born with only two innate fears?

The fear of loud noises and the fear of falling. That’s it. And to be completely

transparent, I don’t know how much I buy into the fear of falling! If you

have a wild child like I do, you’ve probably had to pull them down from a piece of

furniture they had no business being on!

As crazy as my toddler son can be, I want to preserve his fearless, joyful innocence as long as I can because he takes life by the horns and rides! Nothing is mundane to him; not the brown dying grass, the mailman, or a rusty truck driving by us on the highway. They’re all the most awe-inspiring things he’s ever seen, and watching his entire face smile never gets old.

As moms, we tend to lose this sense of joyful innocence as our responsibilities add up, don’t we? We’ve cleaned milk from the floor for the hundredth time; the living room resembles a toy tornado; we have deadlines to meet; and along the way, we forget the joy God has for us in each precious moment of life. The fearlessness and innocence we once had as little girls feel borderline irresponsible.

If you’re like me and crave that childlike joy and innocence you once had, the good news we can take to heart today is this: as believers, we don’t have to fight for joy, we fight from joy, a joy no stress or person can take away. If you find yourself craving more carefree living, trust Jesus with what’s on your plate today, and know your burdens are real, but so are your blessings. Rejoice for a minute, then rejoice a few more times. The joy you once experienced as a little girl is still in you; you just have to have eyes to see it and an open heart to feel it.

Will you let Jesus fuel your childlike joy this year?

Your fellow Able Mom,

Mandy Johnson

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