Thursday, June 20, 2013

Thankful for this Extraodinarily Ordinary Day

A journal entry from a few days ago:

Sitting here in the semi quietness of my home. One little baby is fast asleep, her sweet rhythmic breathing near enough to hear. The other little guy is in his room for a nap, but has instead been playing somewhat quietly for the last hour and a half. I'm stealing a few moments alone with the Lord. Reading my devotional, sipping on coffee and whispering quiet prayers to my Jesus - mostly prayers of thankfulness. In this moment, my heart is incredibly full as I am reminded of God's great faithfulness and amazing goodness. Such undeserved favor and blessings in my life.

When I think about my happy babbling toddler in the next room or my sweet, peaceful, sleeping beauty right next to me, or my handsome, hardworking husband who should be home from work in a couple hours, I am overwhelmed with love and gratitude. Oh the joy. And while these may be my greatest blessings, they are certainly not my only blessings and with that knowledge my heart is overwhelmed once more.

God is so good. That is a fact that I hold on to, on the ordinary and extraordinary days. A knowledge that keeps me going and reminds me to be thankful, during the best and worst of times. I know challenges and trials will come and I know some days remaining thankful will seem nearly impossible, but today, in this moment, on this very ordinary day, I say, "Thank-You, Thank-You, Thank-You, Lord!"

I am so thankful for this ordinary day, full of changing diapers, soothing cries, dishes, laundry, baby smiles, toddler giggles and enthusiasm, walks and playing outside, showers, baths, dinner, reading stories, a few brief moments alone with my man and the familiar bedtime routine. I am even thankful for the exhaustion that I feel as my head finally hits the pillow, because it was a full day. And this ordinary day was riddled with so many extraordinary moments. Moments that demonstrate my Savior's magnificent love and unparallelled beauty. Moments that make memories to be cherished for a life-time.

Today I am thankful for the right now - for all that it is and all that it is not. Today is the perfect today.