When I started this blog in 2006, we were on the road for 6-9 months out of the year. I thought it would be great to write about our experiences and things I’ve learned along the way. But the Lord recently led us to start a church, and now for the past year, we’ve been stationary…even bought a house! Though I truly enjoy the extra room, there’s a lot about travelling that I miss. And a lot I’ve learned from being in one place. I’ve learned to find Beauty in the Daily Grind.
Sometimes I struggle with the fact that for now, we’re not travelling. It seems very odd to have The Courageous Journey living in one place now. After all, what’s so Courageous about being in one spot doing the same things over and over? We all miss traveling so very much, but we understand that right now it is God’s Will for us to be here in NC. So for now, The Courageous Journey is stationary.
Have you ever felt that way? Have you ever felt as though your Journey seems boring compared to someone else’s journey? I know it’s easy to feel that way, especially when we get bogged in the daily grind.
For me, it helps to remember:
1. God is a God of order. He has times and seasons for every activity. The sun rises very predictably every morning, and sets again in its appointed time at night. The seasons, each with their regular types of work, follow one behind the other in regular succession. And life itself follows a regular order – first we’re babies learning to crawl, then we get older, fall in love and have families. As sure as we’re alive, our children will one day have families of their own.
2. God sees beauty in the daily. No two sunrises are alike, and each sunset is painted with its own array of colors. Every spring, the flowers are different. No two are exactly alike, and even in the winter, God’s creative Hand designs each snowflake as a crowning glory of His handiwork. He creates and enjoys beauty in the daily round of life.
3. My life may be very predictable, but it can still be beautiful. Every morning, my meal plans can be an opportunity for my creativity and my knowledge of nutrition to meet together to be a blessing for my family. I can plan, create, and enjoy the works of my hands, knowing that I’ve done something for others. My constant rounds of laundry can be opportunities for me to pray over each person who wears that item. And doing the dishes can be a time to be thankful for all God’s amazing provision. (“What a wonderful meal You’ve provided, Lord, and Thank You for my man, who works so hard to provide this for us!”
The next time you’re tempted to be bored with your Journey, or compare it to someone else’s whose life seems so much more exciting, ask yourself these questions, “How can I find beauty in this job I have to do? How can I create something that I and others can enjoy?”
It doesn’t take travelling to be a Courageous Mom. It takes courage to do the same thing, day after day after dreary day…with a cheerful smile. It takes courage to daily give actions of love (see previous post) even when you don’t feel like it. It takes courage to get up early, when someone needs you during the night. It takes courage to get up and take care of the family, after going to bed at 2am because one of the young people finally opened up.
It takes Courage to find beauty in the daily.
Imagine what would happen in our homes – our whole world – if all of us lived a life of contentment, finding, creating and enjoying beauty in our daily Journeys.
What are some things that help you when you begin to get tired of your daily life?
Linking up with: Monday: Moms the Word, and A Mama’s Story Tuesday: Titus Two Tuesdays, The TimeWarp Wife, Messy Marriage Wednesday: To Love Honor and Vacuum