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Being Blessed
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My husband’s job takes him out of town periodically, sometimes for several weeks in a row. As one might imagine, these single parenting stints where I am left to manage the house and our two preschoolers tend to wear me down. I recognize that I snap at the children more often than necessary and become irritated at the slightest inconveniences.

The other day it suddenly hit me that I was not behaving anything at all like the mother I wanted to be. I began to consider how my children would someday remember me. Would they recall a happy, loving, nurturing mother, or would they remember only the nagging, complaining, and yelling? Would they see in their mind’s eye a happy and peaceful face, or would they see only the annoyed grimace?

Proverbs 31 describes the amazing traits of a Godly woman, and verse 28 says that “her children arise and call her blessed”. According to Webster’s, the word “blessed” means holy, delightful, blissfully happy or contented, bringing happiness and thankfulness. The footnote in my New International Version Study Bible further describes “blessed” as “one who enjoys happy circumstances and from who joy radiates to others.” Therefore, by definition, a blessed woman is a happy, contented, and thankful woman. She enjoys happy circumstances and looks on the positive side of life. By so doing, she radiates joy to others.

Radiate Emotions Other Than Joy

Maybe there’s a reason my children aren’t exactly jumping to their feet to call me blessed! I don’t always personify that definition. All too often I radiate emotions other than joy. 

I know that I won’t always feel like being a blessed person. Struggles and challenges are a reality of this life. Yet, through both the good and the bad God’s ideal for me remains: a blessedness that even my children recognize and remember. I can’t do it alone though. Even as my Bible tells me to be joyful and thankful at all times, it also tells me to pray continually (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). It tells me to be content regardless of my circumstances and that I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength (Phillippians 4:11-13).

I’m so thankful that God doesn’t leave me hanging. When the pressures of life close in around me, if I take time to pray and rely on God’s strength, I will be able to radiate joy and contentment in spite of my circumstances. With my focus ever upward (instead of fixating on life’s problems), I can attain a true inner happiness that will cause my children to someday arise and call me blessed.

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