The Secret of Ordinary

My life walks the line of ordinary. Nothing astonishing.

I haven’t traveled the world.

I haven’t spoken to thousands.

I haven’t written a best-selling book that changed lives (or any book, for that matter).

I haven’t given huge amounts of money or time to a life-altering cause. 

And I don’t have friends or family in high places (although they are wonderful). 

Each day sort of runs into the next. I do what needs to be done. It is easy to think such an ordinary life is expendable. 

But when I look at my sons, no longer babes, all eager to take on the world, my view changes.

  • When I hear their prayers …
  • When one relates the amazing ways he’s seen God work, another tells how he shared the truth with one lost, and yet another asks the deep questions that grow faith …
  • When I hear how my daughter’s smile brought light to an otherwise dreary day … 
  • When I take time to look at my life, not in light of my earthly accomplishments, but in what God is doing with such measly offerings … 

It is then I see:  the ordinary remains anything but ordinary in God’s hands.

with Rach

When done in His name, the Lord changes our measly to His majestic.

He does the extraordinary with the ordinary. 

What ordinary has He transformed in your life? 

 “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13).

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Find hope in your real-life struggles. We'll chase it together! I am a wife; mom of 4 (including a young adult daughter with special needs); miscarriage mom of 5; author & follower of Jesus Christ. I write, edit, speak and enjoy everything outdoors.

6 comments on “The Secret of Ordinary
  1. Rachel Beran says:

    I love how our ordinary lives can be extraordinary. It just takes an open heart and eyes to see all God is doing in our midst. Thanks for sharing, Julie. 🙂
    This post reminded me of one I just shared: Be Still, My Child: Something I Learned About My Father Through My Son.

  2. cafeaumommy says:

    “The Lord changes our measly to His Majestic!” I love this!

  3. Great insight Julie. It is in the ordinary we have extraordinary impact. Yesterday in my journal I wrote down the same habit you just made (not because I was doing it but because I was failing to do so!) …”When done in His name” … the Lord changes our measly to His majestic.

    It’s amazing how quickly another brother or sister in Christ like you sends me the same message I felt called to put in writing just yesterday!

  4. Another great post, Julie. I love this statement: “the ordinary remains anything but ordinary in God’s hands.” So beautiful!

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