Tag Archive for: Grace

15 Ways to Discover Joy in Motherhood of Toddlers

You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16:11, AMPC)

I’m learning there are several ways to enjoy motherhood. Yes, it can be a daunting task at times. But often if I change my mindset and look for ways to enjoy it… I discover that there is joy in motherhood. More joy than I can possibly comprehend. I want to share some of the things that have brought joy to this journey for me. I pray that you will discover the joy that the Lord has for you as you embrace this adventure called motherhood.

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Having Fun Grocery Shopping with Kids

You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy. (Psalm 30:11)

It’s time to remove the sackcloth and start dancing with joy at the grocery store.

I use to dread taking the kids to the grocery store. I thought it would be torturous to bring 2 kids under 3 into that kind of atmosphere. Who knows what they would do? Would they choose this moment to go crazy? I had the scenarios played out in my mind and I was making it much more complicated than it needed to be. I’ve found ways to make it fun. Ways to enjoy grocery shopping with my kids. In fact, I now look at it as enjoyable to bring them because it gives me an opportunity to teach them. I’m teaching them what produce to pick out, how to know what’s ripe or not ripe, what foods are good to eat and what ones aren’t good for us. I use it as a vehicle of learning and my kids seem to enjoy it.
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The Power of Grace

Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. (Hebrews 12:14)

One incredible thing I continue to learn through my boys is the power of grace. I can tell you that on a daily basis I need them to offer me grace. I have seen these sweet little boys offer grace with a kiss for my boo boos, I’ve seen grace through their hugs after I’ve said I’m sorry, I see grace through them forgiving me quickly and wanting to enjoy the next moment with me. They continue to reflect to me the grace that my Father offers me.

God does not hold my sin against me. He’s not looking to punish me. He put the punishment of my sins on Jesus Christ. Where judgment is deserved, I receive grace. God gives me His umerited favor and freely lavishes it on me. That continues to dumbfound me. God loves us! Wow, that is a thought that should daily amaze us. Read more


It’s not the law of religion nor the principles of morality that define our highways and pathways to God; only by the Grace of God are we led and drawn, to God. It is His grace that conquers a multitude of flaws and in that grace, there is only favor. Favor is not achieved; favor is received. (C. JoyBell C.)

Develop a Pattern of Grace

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23)

We are working through 7 secrets to a joy-filled life. If you would like to read the first two you can click on Secret 1: Maximize your Moments or Secret 2: Keep a Healthy Perspective.

I don’t know about you but I tend to show myself very little grace. I can accept the grace that God gives me but showing myself grace is a whole other story. No one can possibly be harder on me than I am on myself. I want to get things right the first time. I want to get control of this ugly, sinful nature that resides in me. I want so badly to live fully abandoned to Christ, but daily struggles get in the way.

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