of a kind to be expected in the normal order of events :routine
< ;an ordinary day>;
2 : having or constituting immediate or original jurisdiction; also: belonging to such jurisdiction
3 a : of common quality, rank, or ability < ;an ordinary teenager>;
deficient in quality : poor
< ;ordinary wine>;
Being ordinary in this time and age is very, well, ordinary (in the negative sense). People are compelled to excel, to be special, to stand out. If you are ordinary, you won’t get noticed, you won’t get hired, you won’t win. And that is a fact of life on earth!
But, for God, ordinary is good. He called the ordinary people to minister. Jesus called ordinary guys to be His disciples. The ordinary people allow God’s extraordinary power and glory to shine.
Acts 4:13 (NIV) 13
When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.
In between life’s milestones and birthday celebrations are the ordinary days that are not captured by the camera. Ordinary days are subjective, of course. What’s an ordinary day for me?
- Waking up bleary-eyed and still sleepy from my baby’s midnight feedings.
- Helping my eldest get ready for school and letting her kiss me, her shoti (little brother) and shobe (little sister) goodbye while blowing a kiss to Aubrey the dog. But, I’d miss this at times when I wake up past 8.
- Planning what to cook for lunch. If inspired, dinner, too!
- Breastfeeding on demand.
- Kissing boo-boos.
- Brushing the back of my hand against Cayla’s softer-than-cotton skin. Stealing kisses and head bumps. Bathing her. Looking into her eyes. Wiping tears, boogers and poop.
- Playing with Caleb and savoring his laughter, his funny expressions, his hugs and pulls on my leg. Trying to understand what he communicates.
- Receiving cute drawings from Elle. Drawing princesses and animals together, before or after we do her homework. Playing on daddy’s computer or with their toys. Listening to her chatter about anything.
- Organizing (trying) the clutter of our house and my mind.
- Having snacks. My favorite, as of the moment, is Gardenia wheat bread with raisin dipped in chocolate milk.
- Chatting with Rix over lunch and dinner.
- Blogging and clicking. Reading blogs and Twitter timeline.
You know what? I think I really should read the Bible more.
Ordinary days provide some peace, some routine, some sanity. It is in ordinary days that love and family togetherness are exemplified. Some day, my ordinary days will change as the children grow. For now, I’m trying not to rush time and milestones (but, sicknesses, please move along and never come back!).
Even from the very ordinary days of a stay-at-home wife and mommy can inspiration be drawn, and where God’s love is magnified through family. And, this is the essence of cymplified.com.