The Usual of the Day

Life has been unusually busy as I’ve spent extra time with specific individuals who are faced with unusual challenges. I woke up this morning praying for each of them to experience the usual of the day.

When nothing is the same, when everything feels like a crisis, when something hard is the first and last thought, one usual day is no longer mundane but, a gift.

The usual in our life, the things we experience most every day, often defined as ordinary is hardly ever celebrated or rarely elicits gratitude. Yet, there’s something which shifts within our heart and mind when we see the gift for the seemingly unremarkable usual days.  Jesus was clear how we manage life reveals our personal truth of what really matters: For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matthew 6:21, The Voice).

Jesus’ words pierce through the unimportant and unnecessary, a divine reminder to pay attention to what really matters. These words given reason to spend time with God in the beginning moments of the day, meditating on the Word which guides and directs, surrendering it all, giving thanks for every detail, including the usual of the day. There’s something about making a commitment to find the treasure of the usual during the Lent season, the days leading up to Easter.

When we pause and take notice, it’s startling to see the usual of the day as treasure, a blessing from God and a reason to celebrate and give thanks

I’m determined to learn and memorize these words spoken by Jesus, to become more aware of the importance to evaluate what the heart reveals, taking note and making a list of the usual things, giving thanks for the treasured usual in this season of Lent.

Enjoy the usual today and tomorrow.

Learning to Kickstart the day with God,

(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2013 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)



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