Invest in the Ordinary

We did it girls! We survived.

Survived dance recitals

Graduations

Open houses

Field day

Class parties

Holiday weekend and

I survived car shopping..

We decided upon a 2013 charger. I may be having a mid mom crisis I was thrilled about how non momesque it is!

Sometimes life is about surviving, putting one foot in front of another and making it across the finish.

But I don’t think that is the plan God has for us. He gave us the Holy Spirit to bolster us when we are weary. He provided his word to rejuvenate our tired muscles. Even in the waiting he doesn’t intend for us to only plod along. There is joy to find in the ordinary waiting.

I write this boldly to myself because I have found myself struggling with envy and plodding through the ordinary. I see young women being appointed by the Lord to step into ministry roles and I compare. I see my waiting to mean not needed. I see my blog as not enough. I see my 34 years and still not a clue of what I want to do when I grow up as partial failure.  I know, I know it’s my season, it’s not without purpose. The rational portion of my brain knows these things. The midnight laying awake portion of my brain likes to argue! And to have the same argument over and over!

How do we combat these thoughts because please tell me I’m not laying awake at midnight arguing with myself alone.

How do we run our race well, so that when we cross the finish line we hear well done good and faithful servant.

In the ordinary waiting that is life we must see the beauty.

The ordinary waiting that is life we must see the beauty | Me, Coffee & Jesus
The laughter that fills a new car on its first road trip.
The twinkle in our sons eye because he is so thrilled to now be taller than mom.
The giggle of your daughter as you tell her stories from when she was a baby as you enjoy your scrapbooks together.
The joy of nieces and nephews being chased by their big cousin.
The smile of your friend across the table.
The smell of coffee and conversation with your bible study girl.
The new life of flowers.
The smile lines around your husbands eyes as he tells another goofy joke just to see you smile.
The utter enjoyment of your daughter experiencing the elegant chocolate shop, with pinkies up, drinking ice water, and eating amazing cheesecake.
The delight of reaching the end of an amazing book.
Watching a bride and groom exchange shaky vows and loving glances as their lives change and intertwine.

We have to look before our waiting so we don’t miss life. We must not live for the one day or someday and we must start investing in today.

Cultivate a friendship.
Play a game with your kiddo.
Go for coffee.
Go on a date.
Celebrate the little moments.
Hug intentionally.
Be kind when you want to be grouchy.
Open a book.
Eat a fancy chocolate

Enjoy the life you’ve been given, don’t focus so intently on the big picture goals you miss the little relationship moments.

Deeper meaningful relationships are what the Jesus life is about. What would Jesus’s ministry have looked like if he had not used the ordinary waiting of life. He on several occasions didn’t want those who experienced his miracles to tell anyone else. He wanted to stay in the ordinary as long as possible so he could grow deeper in relationship with his tribe. He needed to prepare and teach them for what was coming.

Invest in the ordinary. Invest in your tribe. | Me, Coffee & Jesus

Invest in your tribe.

Invest in your ordinary.

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  1. Thank you for hosting the link-up! I really loved your post! Those sweet moments of life made me smile! Thank you for the refreshing reminder to take a deep breath in and see those special moments in life that are happening in the “now”. Love!

  2. I’ve realized that the most important part of living is in the wait of a prayer sent out. I do a lot of taksey-backsies with God – I give him the battle and then grab it back. Slowly, I’m learning to let him keep it longer – I have much more peace at night now. I had to stop over-thinking and just trust God with it! Shalom, friend!

  3. Love this! And, I could really go for a fancy chocolate right about now!! Blessings!

  4. You are so NOT the only one arguing with themselves into the late and wee hours of the morning – I am often with you in….YAY for a charger and surviving car shopping – my least favorite thing to d. I think you definitely need to post a picture with you behind the wheel… these two sentences you wrote totally spoke to me, and are very powerful: We have to look before our waiting so we don’t miss life. We must not live for the one day or someday and we must start investing in today.”

    We must start investing in today! YES!!! So, so good. I love reading your stuff and just want you to know yo are an inspiration to me. You are my tribe! Much love and blessing to you

  5. Thanks for this! I sometimes have to put relaxing on the list.
    we loved watching the Warriors win tonight while texting our daughters (and their boyfriends!) (: Thanks for hosting.

  6. Such wisdom in living fully in the moment – the little moments that make up our days. All a gift from God! Thanks, Winter, for your warm welcome here.

  7. Winter this is such an inspiring post. Living in the moment, living life fully while in the little moments is what SHOULD NOT keep us up at night. To bask in the simple fact we were given another day to shine for Jesus is enough to make one want to fall asleep in His arms. Thanks you for your party. Enjoy and relish in your Monday.

  8. Hi Winter! I really do believe that amazing things happen in the ordinary everyday mundane moments of life. I really do believe that “ordinary” is the new extraordinary. Thank you so much for reminding us of this truth today. And thank for hosting. Have a great week!

  9. Such a good reminder for us all. I have battled these same thoughts lately. In sharing them with my mom (81 YO) she replied, “You are right where God wants you to be.” Mom is always an encourager and her words truly struck home. Right now IN this very moment, I am where God wants me to be. Otherwise, I would be somewhere else 🙂 And the same is true for you, Winter. May we both live in this moment fully so as not to miss what He has for us today. Blessings!

  10. Yes, yes, and YES, Winter! It’s in those moments. Those moments of ordinary! Feeling the joy to the depths of our soul in those precious moments our mighty God has gifted us. Life is full of waiting and there always seems to be someone doing that next step. Oh, how easy it is to compare! But that person, at that step that looks like it’s so much better than our step, is looking ahead of themselves, too, and waiting for their next moment. So in the meantime, I”m with you! Lets invest in our ordinary!!
    Hugs, my friend!!
    Lori

  11. Okay, girlfriend, get ready for some Titus 2!!! I am 65+ years old and I still don’t know what I want to do when I grow up. So, you know what I’ve decided? I’m not going to grow up. I am just going to GROW IN HIM and keep doing the NEXT THING He tells me to do!
    Ah, the PEACE.
    Ah, the REST.
    Ah, the SLEEP.
    Love this linkup and thank you for your faithfulness.
    xoxo

  12. I love the ordinary !

  13. Oh, how I could relate to this post! Just beautiful! Thank you so much! So glad to be back to blog hopping again. Blessings to you!

  14. You’re definitely not alone! It’s a common struggle. Even when God allows us to serve Him, it’s easy to think it isn’t enough and to yearn for the next thing you wish you could do. We truly do need to learn to find contentment in the present ordinary things of life. Thanks for sharing your heart and for hosting. Blessings!

  15. Invest in your tribe. YES!!! Love this post, it is a lovely and gentle nudge in the right direction. Be blessed, Winter!

  16. Hi Winter, it’s in the ordinary that we see so much of God’s beauty and all the blessings He gives us. Thanks for sharing at Mom-to-Mom Mondays.

  17. Reading this again, Winter, and loving it just as much as the first time. ‘In the ordinary waiting that is life we must see the beauty.’ Thanks for the encouragement and for so openly and beautifully articulating what so many of us are feeling. Blessings to you as you continue to see the beauty in the ordinary.

  18. Loved this post. Invest in your tribe. YES! Have a great week. Be blessed. xoxo

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