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Enjoy the Ordinary
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We often go day to day, doing a lot of the same things over and over. Breakfast, work, lunch, home, dinner, bed. For me, it’s breakfast, laundry, cleaning, kid stuff, lunch, more cleaning, more laundry, more kid stuff, dinner, baths, and bedtime. Every. Single. Day! It’s easy to get lost in the mundane routine, but how can we enjoy the ordinary? How do we enjoy the simple aspects of our lives?

I started trying to figure out what I enjoyed about my ordinary days. 
  • I liked opening up all the blinds and curtains in my house each morning, inviting the sunshine to light up our home.
  • I enjoyed my kids with their bed heads in the morning and our sweet conversations over breakfast.
  • I enjoyed the sense of accomplishment when I got the laundry done or the cleaning finished.
  • The fun I had trying to figure out what to feed the kids for lunch.
  • The sweet quiet house when my youngest was napping (if I was lucky) and my oldest curled up on the couch reading a good book.
  • And the joy of making dinner with two happy and healthy children running around playing with no worries.
  • Tucking my kids into bed at night as their night lights softly make shadows dance on the walls.
Waking Up Each Morning

The joy in the ordinary is all around us every single day. We often overlook it because our days are so predictable. I dig even deeper to say, what about the joy of waking up each morning? Such a simple idea in our head. We will go to sleep and wake up tomorrow. How joyous a new day is!

“Take Lonnie, for example, who recently enjoyed his 103rd birthday. Lonnie sat in a rocking chair on his front porch, gently rocking back and forth as reporters asked him how he felt on this special day. He said he felt great because every day was special to him.”1 

So how can you enjoy the ordinary? Finding joy in what you do. Even if its small bits of joy, amidst a crazy, busy day. When you wake up tomorrow, see what ordinary things light up your day.

“Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life that God has given him, for this is his lot” (Ecclesiastes 5:18).

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By Erika Gladden. Copyright © 2014 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the English Standard Version ©.

1The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People by David Nevin, PhD p. 158.

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