An Ordinary Life

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Today, my son turns nine. We’ve blown up balloons, and are excitedly looking forward to when daddy arrives home so a few presents can be opened. Bookshelves have been organized, and my oldest daughter took the little guys on a picnic outside.

Yesterday, I spent a bit of time planting a couple of climbing roses and seed potatoes. We did some school work in between a trip to the grocery store and violin lessons.

The day before that, we worked on our lessons and worked through our chores. The day was gloriously warm, and we spent some of our day outdoors!

I have quite an ordinary life. I’m a house wife and stay-at-home mom. My days are usually pretty similar. Once upon a time, I used to wonder if what I did truly mattered. After all, I’m not a “boss babe,” or “mom boss,” or whatever the hip thing to call working moms is nowadays. Sure, I have an Etsy store, but that isn’t my job. My true calling in life is to be a wife and mom.

I encourage. I kiss boo boos. I teach children how to read. I organize. I sometimes fail or get discouraged. Then I get back up and do it all over again.

I’ve realized that working diligently within my role as a wife and mother is glorifying to God. It honors Him when I joyfully accept my lot in life. My lot is to be a wife and mom. And it’s a good one. Having a small part in raising children for the Lord is a big deal. They are His handiwork, created in His image. They deserve all of my time and attention.

Being a suitable help meet to my husband is also a big deal. Our marriage is a picture of the Father’s love for the world. Putting my own needs aside and serving my husband is an offering to God, and mirrors the service the assembly is to offer Messiah.

All of the little moments in life spent serving our families form into a beautiful picture of God’s love for us. So relish the little moments, mamas. Enjoy the ordinary.

Paul David Tripp says, “Our lives are comprised of 10,000 little moments and maybe only three or four dramatic ones.” How much we would miss if we skimmed over the ordinary, hoping for a glimpse of a “big moment.” God is present in the ordinary. God is present in the little things we do for our families.

Being a housewife and stay-at-home mom isn’t a sacrifice. It is a glorious honor, bestowed upon us by the King of Kings.

So yes, I have an ordinary life. I wouldn’t want it any other way. How about you?

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the LORD, not for human masters,

Colossians 3:23

Thank you for stopping by, ladies. It has been such a blessing to chat with you.

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9 thoughts on “An Ordinary Life

  1. Marilyn says:

    Wishing your son a day of joy and fun. Have a year filled with love,happiness and blessings. God Bless. Enjoyed your post.
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY
    Marilyn

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  2. Diana says:

    This was an absolutely lovely post, and you are so right!! One of my favorite Bible verses says (in a newer version), “To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life—this is indeed a gift from God.” That is what I pray every day – that I would not be impatient, or irritable, or wanting to skip over parts of my life – but that I would accept it and enjoy it! And life is so much better that way!! 🙂

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  3. Angela Johnson says:

    There is no such thing as an ordinary life. Even as stay at home moms and wives, we make a huge impact on the kingdom of Heaven. You my friend, are growing the kingdom of God through your life as wife and mother. Others are watching and taking notice. Do not get discouraged and do not miss the impact you are making. Thank you so much for sharing this! So glad I found you on Modest Mom Monday Linkup.

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