When our journey as a Hurting Mom continues for any length of time, eventually a deep and penetrating sadness moves in and takes up residence in us. We carry on with our day to day activities and our other relationships, but the sadness is always there, leaving us feeling empty and exhausted. The things that have brought us happiness in the past begin to dull and fade and sorrow moves to the forefront of our lives.

Some of us even become severely depressed as our sadness takes a tole on our physical, emotional, and spiritual health. We find it increasingly difficult to face each day and sleep alludes us at night. The smiles that we paste on before we go anywhere are fake and we forget how to laugh.

We never imagined that being a mom would bring this kind of pain and affect every aspect of our lives in such a negative way. We want to look forward to each new day, but our sadness prevents us from looking forward to anything. We desperately want to experience joy again. . . but how?

If our joy depends on what our child is doing or not doing and if what our day looks like tomorrow is contingent upon their actions and attitudes, we will continue to be sad. However, when we put our hope in Jesus and we decide to trust him, we will experience joy and peace again. In Romans 15:13 (NIV) it says, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

We will find our joy in the Lord if we are willing to rejoice in Him. He is the One who will fill the empty place. He will heal and restore us, taking away our sadness and replacing it with the joy that can only be found in Him.

Pray these words from scripture as you pursue joy of the Lord: “Restore to me the joy of our salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me” (Psalm 51:12 NIV) “Yet, I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my savior.” (Habakkuk 3:18 NIV)

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