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.
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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