When Mary watched her Son die on the cross

Currently, I'm doing a Beth Moore bible study, and each day I learn something new. I love how you can read the Word of God 500 times and you can get something different out of it each time. This particular thing happened to me this morning during my quiet time.

Something that was brought to my attention today was in regards to Jesus dying on the cross. I have often pictured how horrific it must have been for His mother, Mary, but it never occurred to me how awful it must have been for Jesus to watch her weep on the ground as He was crucified. You know the feeling when you've disappointed a parent and you have to watch he or she be upset about it? Now try adding your death into that scenario. I can't fathom the thought.

I remember seeing the movie, The Passion as a young kid and it killed me. The movie literally tormented me watching Jesus get beaten to death. At the time, my focus wasn't on Mary. Now, years later as a mom, the thought of it literally crushes me.

What must it have been like to watch your baby boy, the one you knew was called to be King, the one an angel came down from heaven to tell you about, the one that had come to save the world, YOUR one and only son die a brutal, horrific death on a cross? On top of that, what must it have been like to watch it take place?

Beth Moore points out that in the midst of Jesus' death on the cross, He took the time to tell His friend to take care of His mother. Stop and let that sink in a moment. It must have been a despairing sight for Him to see.

"Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, 'Dear woman, here is your son,' and to the disciple, 'Here is your mother.' From that time on, this disciple took her into his home."
John 19: 25-27

I honestly have no other words. I just couldn't keep this off my chest. He loves us so much, and I'll never be able to thank Him enough.

Choose Your Joy

Sometimes you have to do laundry, wash dishes, scrub toilets, change what feels like 500 poopy diapers, forego your own shower to hold a baby, listen to your toddler whine, workout, eat healthy, etc.

There's nothing wrong with any of these activities. Someone has told to do them. You can choose to be moody over it or joyful about it.

The other day, one of my girlfriends was over with her toddler and when he acted out, she said, "choose your joy," and he snapped out of his little whiney, toddler moment. I've thought about it a lot since she came over.

Sometimes, I have to say the same thing to myself. "Choose your joy!"
I'm not always in the mood to take care of my home and heck, even my kids. Sometimes I'm lazy, and I feel like doing nothing. Other days, I get a high off of doing chores and completing tasks. I'm not really sure what causes my mood to be lazy or in the zone, but it happens. There's been days I had a to do list, and I got it all done before noon and owned it. There's also days I am still in pajamas at 4pm with nothing to show for it besides three children that are still alive, breathing, and fed. That is real life.

"You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand." Psalm 16:11

One of the things my mom taught us growing up and still preaches is to STAY in the Word. She's right. You've got to stay in the Word to find your joy. When I complain, I usually instantly catch myself. I'm not going to say this prevents me from complaining, but when I do notice that I'm being whiney or I'm not in the mood to deal with something, I quickly try to find joy and focus on being thankful for all of the blessings I do have. Keeping my focus on the Lord and His plans brings peace and allows me to get through the day. 

In the past, Josh has said that I'm a whiner or complainer. I realize I tend to be more of a pessimistic/negative type person, and I know what a turnoff that is to be around. It is something I have been working on for awhile and staying in the Word helps. Anyway, I am pretty much preaching to myself here and just trying to encourage others that when you are doing your day to day boring things, try to think of it as Kingdom work. When I slow down and realize that God has me doing certain mundane tasks in order to build character and perseverance, it helps me stick it out and surprisingly have joy in the process! I encourage you to do the same!

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