"O taste and see that the LORD is good." Psalms 34:8a

Friday, February 17, 2012


There are two types of dinnerware:  everyday china and fine china.  Fine china is more expensive and typically requires a lot more TLC than the everyday stuff.  Everyday china, on the other hand, is tougher, easier to care for, and less pricey.  Although most of us only see our fine china a few times a year, if we're lucky, we enjoy our everyday china all the time.  It often gets banged around, dropped on the floor, thrown into the microwave, crusted with leftovers, and shoved hastily into the dishwasher.  We take it for granted, yet we couldn't do without it.

Since becoming an ordinary Mommy in 2007, I've gotten beat up by the everyday; things like diapers, mincing food into tiny pieces, wiping up spills, repeating myself a million times....Many stay-at-home Moms experience the same frustration and monotony of focus.  Things to which we never even payed attention before we had children now take center stage as our day-long battles; and, before we know it, we find our minds and emotions stuck there, in the bathroom with our potty-training toddler.

Lately, I've felt the Lord urging me to purposefully step outside the everyday battles and notice the extraordinary in the everyday things, the daily miracles I overlook because the mundane frustrations of existence are shouting so loudly in my face.  Yes, life is mundane, messy, and often painful, but little joys wait silently in the background of everyday.  Lord, help me to notice them and rejoice in Your daily care for me!  Thank you, Lord, for life's "everyday china."  Psalms 34:8 "O taste and see that the Lord is good!"

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