Monday, September 20, 2010

Quiet Moments With God -- There Is No Such Thing As Ordinary

Throughout the years, I've shared a speech about gifts. Not the kind you expect, all tied up with beautiful wrapping paper and bows, but the kind that come in plain or even unattractive packages. Yesterday reminded me of those kinds of gifts.

For those of you who follow my blogs you know I've spent the last couple of months homebound, healing from a back injury. I've so wanted to get out and be "normal" and yesterday was my chance. I attended church (yay!)and then went into town to do some grocery shopping. Since I've been laid up, my husband has been trying to keep the shelves stocked with necessities, but we were woefully low on basic day-to-day items.

After church, which I thoroughly enjoyed by the way, my husband drove us to town. Our grandson, Corey, in the back seat chattered about plans that he has for our small farm. He made me smile all the way to town.

Once in the store I rode on a cart (that was a milestone)and instructed Corey which grocery items to get off the shelves. He loves to help. He placed them in the cart while my husband pushed, ran after forgotten items and paid the bill. My two boys loaded the groceries into the car.

It was a pretty ordinary day --NOT! It was a mermorable day! You might wonder why, when nothng particularly spectacular happened. Well, that's the secret--all kinds of spectacular things did happen.

First off the world seemed bright and interesting--I haven't seen it in eight weeks so I noticed all the greenery, interesting people and loved the feel of the breeze and smell of evergreen scented air. And my grandson gave me a bazillion hugs and "I love you's". I REALLY liked that. He chattered away, talking about life and smiling all the while. It felt as if I were hanging out in the sunshine. My husband was kind, patient and helpful. More than once I felt his touch on my shoulder or arm, just a reminder that he cares. And when his eyes met mine they held extra tenderness.. I felt cherished. There's nothing ordinary about that.

Feeling loved is definitely not ordinary. It's extraordinary.

When was the last time you made an ordinary day special for someone you love? Do it soon, you'll love it and so will that dear person whose part of your life.

Grace and peace to you from God.



  1. When we went to North Dakota last April to say a possible final goodbye to my husband's grandmother (who's still alive and kicking) he expected something extraordinary to happen. That she would open up and give us amazing pearls of wisdom. That he would share deep and meaningful things.

    What actually happened is that we talked about the bats she had in her attic, the sheep she raised on her farm, and we played Scrabble.

    As we drove away, Dave had a realization. Most of the time, the routine, ordinary things that you've always done show the most love and there's no need to do anything extremely different. You showed your love a hundred times by playing Scrabble, so why not have one more game that you'll always remember.

    I'm not sure if that's where you were going, but I thought hubby made a good observation.

    Glad you were able to get out and do ordinary things!!

  2. Kristen, thank you for sharing this beautiful story. The game of scrabble -- definitely not ordinary.

    And so glad to hear your husband's grandmother is still "alive and kicking". *smile*



  3. I am so glad that you are feeling better, Bonnie.

    Your husband shopping reminded me of Jeanne Roberson's Humorist Video--DON'T SEND A MAN TO THE GROCERY STORE.
    I hope you enjoy the video as much as I did.LOL
    God Bless You!

  4. rbooth, thanks so much for the video. How funny. This morning started out rough and I needed a good laugh. I'm going to retype the address so anyone else who'd like to watch it won't forget to add the .com at the end.

    Thank you so much.

    And by the way, I'd love to know your first name. I really feel odd calling you rbooth. :-)

    Bless you.


  5. Bonnie, It's Rebecca. Glad you enjoyed the video.
    God Bless You!

  6. glad to hear that ya had a good day out! :)

  7. So nice to know your name, Rebecca. You'll have to remind me, though. My mind is not sharp when it comes to names. ;-)

  8. Thanks,Jel. I'm looking forward to lots more of those special days.