Why is everyone hungry for more? “More, more,” they say. “More. More.” I have God’s more-than-enough. More joy in one ordinary day. (Psalm 4:6-7 MSG)
That last line got me…
More JOY in one ORDINARY day.
I want to find joy in the simple satisfactions of every day rather than be always waiting, ever disappointed when the marvelous is mowed down by mere.
It takes extraordinary courage to find joy in ordinary days when the world is hungry for more.
It’s easy to do isn’t it? Chase after the massive monumentals; the bigger-than-life-itself stuff. The living with tomorrow in mind and miss the here and now. I don’t want to become so busy chasing after extraordinary that I miss the joy that comes with the ordinary.
I never want to tire of the wonder of an egg. How does a chicken make an outer shell with an egg inside? Not to mention the greens, blues and all manner of hues. And then there’s one yolk or two?
I never want to tire of the smell of sun-kissed sheets dried on the line. It makes for the outdoor to come in and my sleep so fine.
I never want to tire of watching bees work to make honey. They take nectar from a flower and turn it in to something worth more than money.
The smell of bread baking and apple butter making.
Georgia peaches that travelled so far, line my shelf in wide-mouth Mason jars.
Sunrises and sunsets and super moons that are blue, remind me each day to be grateful and true.
Old hymnals filled with songs I hold dear. They tell of grace and a cross and of Jesus who’s near.
I want to notice the forget-me-not so tiny and small as well as those who feel like flowers on a wall.
The snow as it glistens like diamonds in the sun. The hoof prints of deer making a path as they run.
The smell of a babe as you rock her to sleep is a joy in one’s heart forever to keep.
Sitting on my front porch swing listening to the frogs as they sing.
The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest. (Thomas Moore)
There’s nothing wrong with setting goals as long as we don’t get so busy racing towards the next thing that we miss the victory of today. There is more joy in an ordinary day when we s-l-o-w down enough to notice. Chasing after slow is a bit of all right too.
It does take practice. And determination. And courage. It takes a certain fearlessness and fortitude to say STOP in a world full of clamor and commotion.
We are so wired by technology to always be on, always be involved, always be in the know, that it takes a literal brain reboot to enjoy (in joy) silence and solitude and God’s more-than-enough.
Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. (William Arthur Ward)
There is so much to be thankful for, so much to be joyful about, so much to be blessed by…in a simple ordinary day.
Fiercely for you!