Finding Beauty in the Daily Grind

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.

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Finding 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

 

11 comments

  1. Joanne Viola says:

    What a great post to read especially on a Monday morning. It takes courage to do that which God calls us to do – some of which may seem mundane. So funny to read your post as I wrote a post in which I shared learning that it truly all matters. Everything we do. Thank you for sharing these thoughts as they added to what I am learning 🙂 Blessings!

    • Lisa says:

      Thank you, Joanne! You’re right – it is funny to thnk that you would write about roughly the same thing. It’s so important to realize what truly matters in life, and to invest ourselves where it really counts! Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Cheryl Smith says:

    Hi, Lisa! This is SO true, and you words are so edifying! It truly does take courage to stay in one place and not desert the post of duty where God has stationed us. Sometimes those seasons can seem never-ending, then after change comes, we miss being where we were. God, our loving Shepherd absolutely knows what is best and whether we need to be led by “still” waters or whether we need to be on the move experiencing many pastures. He is so faithful to our souls! I so enjoyed reading this post…it was very much-needed. Thank you for being faithful and obedient to God’s prompts! Love to you, Cheryl

    • Lisa says:

      Thanks, Cheryl! I guess for myself, I enjoy the swifter moving waters – the babbling brook, the gentle waterfall, and the mighty ocean waves. The still pool seems so stagnant to me, but there are still duties there and grace to meet those duties.

      I’m so thankful for God’s faithfulness, in teaching us to be thankful wherever we are. He is so good to me!

      Hugs to you, Cheryl!

  3. Vicki Crawford says:

    You are so right Lisa. When our activity level slows down and isn’t so demanding we have the opportunity to find joy in the small things and to actually take pleasure in everyday activities instead of rushing thru them as a necessaty task. As I get older the theme of stopping to smell the roses is actually doable— I just have to seize the moment for the gift that it is!

    • Lisa says:

      Getting older sure has its perks, doesn’t it, Vicki? I think I like it more than being younger! 😉 But God often has to grab me by the collar and slow me down…I don’t slow down very willingly. But it’s a good thing He does! I’m so thankful for His faithfulness!

      God bless you, Vicki! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Lisa Cour says:

    You have a beautiful blog and personality. I found you through an old link on To Love, Honor & Vacuum and I spent much of last night reading through your blog.

    My husband and I will be celebrating 20 years of marriage this year and I love marriage. Thank you for speaking up about how amazing it can be and being an inspiration to us less experienced wives and mothers.

    • Lisa says:

      Thanks, Lisa. God has been so good to us and helped us learn some things along the way…most of it the hard way! 😉

      I want my blog to be an inspiration to those who read it, rather than an irritation and discouragement. There is such potential in our roles as wives and mothers that I feel gets buried by the “me, me, me”-cry of the feminist movement. God is gracious to lead us into embracing His Will and finding our fulfillment living for Him.

  5. Beth says:

    I don’t know that I feel bored very often, but I do feel discontent at times with my life and fall into that comparison trap more times than I like to admit, Lisa! Your questions are so helpful and refreshing. They really cut through the clutter and challenge us at the heart level. Thanks for this inspiring post and I’ll pray for you in this new church venture! My husband and I started a church back in 1991 and buried it in 1996! Even though it might have been the hardest task God has ever called us to, we learned so much! I pray that your experience is full of blessings and things that only God can do through you and your hubby!

  6. Lisa says:

    Thanks, Beth. Ouch, that would hurt to have to bury your baby, but we’ve had to do that before, too, and spent a few years licking our wounds. But God is gracious, and continues to encourage us that we still can do something for Him! Thank you so much for your prayers and encouraging words!

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