18 January, 2015

These Ordinary Days...

Recently I've been thinking about finding beauty in the ordinary, simple, little things of life. Often I tend to slip into a my-life-is-not-exciting attitude. It's not that I don't enjoy my life, or want it to be busier, but compared to everybody else's it seems so mundane, so ordinary. When it comes time to write about what I have been doing, in letters to pen-pals for example, I just sort of say something like "Not much. Just schoolwork mostly, and music practice, etc.” I mean, doesn't that sound uneventful to you?

But, the other morning I was reading in Deuteronomy chapter 28. At the beginning God is telling the children of Israel all the blessings he will bestow upon them if they obey him, followed by a selection of curses that will happen to them if they disobey. After reading the other books of Moses before Deuteronomy, a list of blessings versus curses, was fairly expected. They all begin with something like this one did: “If thou hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments...” followed by a list of blessings. Same, same. But then, when it got to the reason they would be cursed, it says this: “Because thou servedst not the Lord thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things;” (Deut 28:47) Wow. I hadn't read anything like that before. The Israelites would actually be cursed if they didn't serve God joyfully, and gladly. The reason they were to do that? Because God had given them an abundance of all things.
And God still gives us an abundance of all things today. All things - not just big things, but little things. ...I think God is trying to teach me to look for beauty in the tiny things that happen everyday; to enjoy every little happiness, and to actively look for the miniature blessings in life, not just the hulkingly obvious ones; to serve Him joyfully, for the abundance of good things he gives me, and you. Because, it's about enjoying every moment, and finding joy in the journey; not just the expected destination.

What has God been teaching you lately? 

You know, sometimes it's hard to be real on the internet. It's so easy to just talk about the good stuff, and forget the plain, normal, ordinary life. Without even trying, I seem to appear a little too perfect, and a little fake. I want to be honest, I want to be genuine, I want to be real, even, or especially, right here on this blog. It's my blogging new years resolution... So, I just want to say, I'm sorry if I've come across as a deeply spiritual, mostly mature, fairly perfect girl who knows everything about blogging. It's not true; I mess up every single day, I embarrass myself constantly with how immature I am, I'm still at the beginning of this road called life, learning to trust, have faith, and know God. And, I don't even know the first thing about blogging.


  1. Hey dear girl! Some very true statments on here :) I find that especially through the little, sometimes mundane, things of life we get greater blessings... Keep looking to Jesus! I love your honesty friend :) I have really been blessed by your blog this last year, and I enjoy seeing what ideas are running through your mind; but also really resonate with how it sometimes feels that I am showing only one side of myself... Many blessings and love! ~Shan.
    P.S. Oh you also asked what God has been teaching me... Definitely the need to spend more time with Him - through prayer and Bible study. #alwaysmoretolearn :D

    1. Thanks for your encouraging comment, Shanna. :) And, I know God will bless you, as you seek to come closer to Him. :)


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