Day 31 – YOUR ordinary beauty


We made it! We have reached the finish line for the #write31days challenge. Can I get a ‘hooray!’? I’m exhaling as if I’ve finished a marathon because I think we have!

We’ve had a month of looking at beauty, the ordinary kind that gets overlooked because we see it in our kitchen or backyard everyday. Like the dandelions that are weeds until a child plucks one and blows its wispy bits into the wind.

Now, it’s your turn to share. To take a look around you and find that one thing, or two, or three, that shares its ordinary beauty with you.

Maybe it’s your toddler’s sleepy-eyed morning hair or maybe its yours! Because your sleepy-face is a testimony of life itself and that. Is. Beauty. Snap a quick photo and post in the comments.


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I walked into our bathroom and saw my husbands black shoes. They’re the ones he wears everyday to work. He’s up by 5 every morning, quietly dressing in our bathroom so as not to disturb me. He places his shoes next to the tub each night. Two ordinary black shoes that have been worn to the point of comfort. They aren’t buffed with a high shine, they’re not those kind of shoes.

They’re nothing special. Except, like him, they are faithful to the task.

I noticed this peace of driftwood sitting on the side of the tub that has “shhhh” on it and I think how many moves this ordinary thing has made with us. And every house I put it on the bathtub’s edge to remind me of the gift of solitude.

There are ordinary things throughout our home that bring to mind family and friends and the memory itself is the real beauty.

A small, wooden duck sits on the back of my stove. We’ve lived in 6 houses since Barbara died and this little duck she gave me has made every move, becoming a part of the ordinary scenery, its beauty not lost on me reminding me of the gift of our friendship.


Most of us are living a rather ordinary life, marked by extraordinary beauty because we are marked by God’s grace, named His beloved, made in His image. He marks us with His beauty because we are His.

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More about Debby Hudson

Where do you find grace? Inside the church walls? Around the dinner table with your family? For years, grace was not much more than the prayer we said before meals or a biblical concept. Then I met a group of men who had, as we say, reached bottom. They welcomed me to Graceland. They showing me grace can be found in the darkest of places. I'm still searching and learning. I hope you'll want to come along.

9 thoughts on “Day 31 – YOUR ordinary beauty

  1. Gabriele

    Debby, ordinary beauty has been much less ordinary the month of October because of your writing. Let me congratulate you on finishing this writing goal. I certainly will continue to read along with you.


    1. Debby Hudson

      Thank you Gabriele, as I’ll be reading with you.


  2. Annie Rim

    I have loved this series!! Right now, a loud Halloween party is upstairs. Each time I try to go up, Elle fusses, so I am enjoying the beauty of a quiet, comfy chair and a sweet, snuggly baby.
    PS- Tried to insert a photo but can’t figure it out on my phone… πŸ˜‰


    1. Debby Hudson

      This neighborhood is crazy busy on Halloween and I know all these kids don’t live on our street πŸ˜‰ Henry likes handing out the candy and is having fun commenting on their costumes. It’s all rather sweet. Thanks for you kind words. I don’t think I could post from my phone either but thanks for the attempt. Hope you’re enjoying your time and have safe travels with no tummy trouble for anyone!


  3. Crystal

    Debby your post makes me think about the many things/people in my life that I may be overlooking as ordinary, when in fact, they are very well extraordinary. LOVED your message.


    1. Debby Hudson

      Thanks for stopping by Crystal. I need these reminders of God’s extraordinary goodness in our ordinary lives.


  4. Sheila

    Debby, congratulations on reaching your goal. Thank you for another lovely post! Love your thoughtful observations and beautiful spirit! ~ Sheila


    1. Debby Hudson

      Thanks Sheila. I need to get caught up with folks. I noticed there’s nothing in my reader since I changed to a self-hosted site and I keep forgetting to see if I can fix that. Hope all is well with you.


  5. judikruis

    Congrats on finishing well, sorry it took me so long to “catch up”.


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