Living the ordinary-extraordinary

awakening to wonder PJ

My eyes are still awakening to wonder. A mind and heart engaged on an endless quest.

I ponder purpose and intent, meander around the messy middle of my days and so often still fail to see them for the sacred glory they really are.

Pain can pervade and pull our days out of shape; problems press in on every side and challenges abound.

But this ordinary life so many of us live has extraordinary revelation if we let it speak to us.

Pay attention to its message. Sense the essence of our days. Listen to what they’re saying.

I’m slowly unfurling my winter-weary soul toward the brightness of summer light as I embrace the new and the not yet of my existence, the tentative unfolding of plans which have been long-awaited.

And nothing brings me closer to awareness of God’s presence than to see Him active in the everyday.

Wearing worldly lenses can dull our senses, but spiritual one? They alert us to presence and purpose behind the pain, the ache of holy behind the familiar, the grace seen in hard places.

So this theme is ringing in my heart and I lean toward its refrain like one who never tires of its melody.

Because it’s a song God sings over His children unceasingly.

“The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing” ~ Zephaniah 3:17


God can be found in the everyday

ordinary-extraordinary of life

with all its wonder and ways

We count the moments because

moments count, and we count

blessings because we give freely

and they return easy – spilling

forth as gifts in the lap of time

Our eyes peel slow, waking

to wonder as we sip and savour

this coffee held in hand

this paper rustling conversation

this relating and waiting and enjoying

lost in the ether if we let it

become mangled by stress

tangled up in busyness

So we pause, catch our breath

release our reservations

snatch back each holy second

and see it for the sweet soul

sacred beauty and glory

mirrored reflection of

God’s story that it is

and we give praise


“By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me – a prayer to the God of my life” ~ Psalm 42:8

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10 thoughts on “Living the ordinary-extraordinary

  1. Joy, this post and the poem that follows it are achingly beautiful. There is a fragility there that is so beguiling. Thank you for a thoughtful and thought-provoking post.

    • Hi Joyce. It’s lovely to see you here! Thanks very much for your kind comment. Supporting, blessing and encouraging others in their life and faith journey is the main reason why I write, and it’s good to hear I’ve achieved my goal here. Honoured to hear from you, my friend. 🙂 Xx

  2. Longing with you to see each moment as “sacred beauty and glory mirrored reflection of God’s story.” I love this perspective, Joy. Troubles can so easily blind our eyes to this, but let’s hang onto this truth! Zephaniah 3:17 is so comforting. May we cling to His promises! Hugs!

    • Trudy, I can’t pretend to always remember this truth or feel like I’m marvelling at each moment. Much of life is simply lived and only valued retrospectively. But we can be continually reassured of God’s delight in us, especially as we see more of His sacred story being written into our days. Blessings and hugs to you too. 🙂 Xx

  3. Amen to ordinary extraordinary. It is there if we just take the time to look. Your words remind me of Emily Freeman’s new book “Simply Tuesday” that comes out August 18th. I think you would really enjoy celebrating your smallness in a world that craves bigger is better. Blessed you shared this at The Weekend Brew.

    • Hi Mary. Thanks for visiting and for giving me a new book to add to my ever-growing collection! I’ve read ‘Million little ways:Uncovering the Art You Were Made to Live’ and absolutely loved it, so I expect to feel the same way about Emily Freeman’s latest book. I’m blessed by your visit and honoured to link up with The Weekend Brew. 🙂

  4. I love Zephaniah’s word picture of God singing over us, and your word picture of the extraordinary in the ordinary. Enjoyed my visit here today – glad to be your neighbor on The Weekend Brew.

    • Hi Kym. Thanks for visiting! The verse from Zephaniah is one of my favourites. It’s a lovely image to think of God singing over us,isn’t it? I’m glad you were blessed by your visit. You’re very welcome to return again. 🙂

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