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Redefining Ordinary

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We need not be suspicious of what we feel in mountaintop experiences — but those feelings will fade. Instead, we must deepen our sense of wonder for the ordinary but uncommon gifts of God in all of life — especially the mundane. Ryan Griffith

I have a tendency to idolize excitement.

I love having good things to look forward too, whether it be lunch with a friend or a football game with family or a date night. Sure, that’s probably normal, but prioritizing only big, momentous, exciting things leaves out a lot of life.

Because let’s face it, the week is composed of a whole lot of ordinary.

And Satan is trying to beat me down with the lie that daily faithfulness, the teeny tiny choices I make, aren’t important.

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how I plan on living more fully

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I plan to take my camera everywhere and take a lot more pictures.

I already have a wild passion for capturing moments and taking photos of people, but I have barely scratched the surface. I want to carry my big camera around more often, instead of simply using my cell phone. I want to capture the beauty in the mundane, and capture clearly the smiles of my loved ones.

I plan to go on more walks with my people.

Especially with the weather cooling off, I have found this fondness for walking. With my husband around our neighborhood, with my mom around our church campus, with my friends around a local park — super fun to catch up and also get our heart rates up.

I plan to journal every day.

Whether it’s two lines or two pages, I want to give myself the space to write and think. Not type, but write. Doodle.

I plan to love my body better.

I inherited dry skin, and it get 5x times dryer in the cooler weather. So I plan to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. I also have this bad habit of never taking my makeup off. I don’t wear a ton of it, but it can’t be good for my skin. I also plan on combatting my sluggish feeling of late by saying no to sugar and processed foods for a little while. Here’s an article to back that up.

I plan to stop looking at a screen at least 30 minutes before I go to sleep.

I think it’s a proven fact, but the brightness of a screen cannot help my brain get ready for a good REM cycle, right? It’ll be tough for me, if I’m honest, but I think good for me.

I plan to listen to the Bible more often.

I have only done it occasionally, but the past few times I’ve been driving and listening to it, it took on a different meaning to me somehow. Is that weird? Possibly. Oh well, I’m going to roll with it. Let the stories of Jesus and people like Moses, and the beautiful Truth of the Psalms or a book like Ephesians wash over me like a river of light.

Seems like a lot of things, but they are each changes I can easily make, if I make up my mind.

“What matters is not what I have been, but what God is making of me. When I realized, I began to feel secure in God’s work in my life. I do not know future, but I know God. I know that He will conform me to the image of Christ in particular ways so that Christ will be glorified and my service for Him will be complete.” T.W. Hunt

Things To Give Up If You Want To Feel Happier

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Let’s cut right to the chase, shall we? These are pretty groundbreaking… things I (imperfectly, but valiantly) try to fight off… an effort to feel joyful, free, and light-hearted.

Complaining

It brings you down. It brings other people down. Complaining casts a shadow on just about any moment, don’t you think?  Maya Angelou said this, “What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Don’t complain.”

Negative self-talk

Sometimes we are our own worst critics. And majority of the time, what I’m worrying about (a bad hair day or forehead zit), other people don’t even notice. So instead of beating myself down, why not build myself up? Why not preach positive affirmations to myself? Why not remind myself of God’s beautiful and powerful promises, my identity in Him, and His love for me? Boom.

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Accepting Interruptions

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“Learning to accept that things don’t go as planned allows us to see the beauty of what isn’t perfect.” via

My inner Crazy Attitude Woman appears the fastest when my day gets interrupted. You know the situation, I’m sure…  You’re going through your day and something happens to interrupt — a client is unexpectedly rude, a project goes awry, a looked-forward-to plan falls through, disappointment sets in. Then Crazy Attitude Woman steps onto the stage. And we wrestle.

But then I get stunted by quotes like the above one. Or the Holy Spirit prompting me to joy and perspective. Most of the time, when something doesn’t go as I plan, it usually ends up just as fine. But in the moment I become burdened, and often negative. I’m challenged to find contentment in the simple things, to not cling to big moments that have to go perfectly for me to be happy. I read a quote by Shauna Niequist recently,

There may be a thousand big moments embedded in this day, waiting to be discovered like tiny flecks of gold. The big moments are the tiny moments of courage and forgiveness and hope that we grab onto and extend to one another. The big moments are in every conversation, every meal, every meeting. That’s the drama of life, swirling all around us.

This has quickly become one of my favorite quotes. The big moments can be the tiny moments. The small interruptions don’t have to disrupt my entire attitude. Putting the bummed out attitude energy into seeing beauty in imperfections will brighten the day incredibly. Hanging my satisfaction on ‘big moment hooks’ that maybe aren’t worth the hanging, this is what I’m challenged with today. Drama of life, that’s such a real phrase. I dig it. Life is unpredictable, sometimes unfair, and quite rich. Moments of courage and forgiveness and hope that we can grab onto and extend to each other.

#BestDayEver, am I right?

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