The Extraordinary in the Ordinary

Scrubbing floors. Scraping plates. Watering plants. Emptying bins. Wiping counters. Hoovering carpets. Writing lists. Planning meals. Making beds. Chasing toddler. Sweeping up. Cooking dinner. Clearing toys.

Life can feel like a continuous verb at times.

From the moment I wake, it’s all systems go. I only have one child who STILL has a nap. So I really haven’t got a leg to stand on compared to those with multiple kiddos who have dropped their daytime sleep! I’m sure that will come in time…

But…

We can all relate to a busy schedule. Maybe it fluctuates so some days and weeks are more hectic than others. In the busyness of life, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. We have to prioritise. We can’t do everything as much as we would like to. In the newborn days, household tasks slipped. Even now, I am having to work around a toddler so I have to be more strategic at what I do and when.

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Despite all the ‘doing’, I am in conversation with the Lord throughout the day. He is my strength and whatever work I am doing, it is for Him.

Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people, knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:23-24 (CSB)

The Lord has been showing me the value of loving and serving my family right where I am. In the middle of all the cleaning, nappy changes and mundane, ordinary tasks, I am realising how the Lord is working in my heart. He is shaping me to love and serve others in the quiet spaces, the ordinary places and He is reminding me continuously to look to Jesus and to all that I have in Him. 

There are days when it feels like the ordinary and the mundane is hard. When I start comparing myself to other women, or look at my son’s development compared to others his age, or look at a spotless Instagram photo of someone’s home, I need to take my eyes of of myself and circumstances and look upon Jesus. This is not easy for me and I need a whole lot of grace to get through it.

Time and again, it is only when I look to Jesus that I experience His peace (John 14:27). But it is a daily surrender. The struggle happens all the time. However, the more I deliberately turn towards Jesus, the less of a hold the comparison, the dissatisfaction, the discontentment and the frustration has on me. I do slip into unhelpful thoughts at times but I am learning to pray through it (with a lot of support from my husband too!). I am thankful that Jesus gets it, He knows me and He loves me so much that He is showing me a new way to live.

What areas in your life do you struggle with? Today, be honest before the Lord and bring it all to Him in prayer. Breakthrough may happen quickly, but often it’s little by little, bit by bit, the ordinary moments bringing forth extraordinary transformation.  

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