Finding joy in the mundane

What a joy it is to sit on the Big Red Sofa with you guys for a chat. How was your weekend? Mine was delightfully mundane. After traveling last weekend for the holiday and for Cambrie’s birthday, then a busy week at work trying to catch up, I was ready for some downtime.

So I ran errands. You know it’s time to go to the grocery when there only stuff that needs to be thrown out in your refrigerator.

And I cleaned. I don’t love chores but a clean house and freshly made bed is a special kind of joy.

Joy in a freshly made bed

I spent some time working on the blog and a couple of other writing projects I have due. And I spent some time on the sofa watching all three Bourne movies. Yes. All three. Because who doesn’t like Matt Damon as Jason Bourne? I also enjoyed a Sunday afternoon with some fluffy reading on the sofa and some good trail mix.

Joy in a restful afternoon

Since I went to the grocery, I did a little cookin’ too. I don’t do a lot of that, but it’s nice to get a few things prepared for the week ahead.

Joy in simple cooking

Of course, I had to do the requisite homework too. The life of a grad student is forever spent in a book or on the computer. But I turned in two assignments and worked on the bigger project that’s due next week.

Joy in completed projects

You know, I love an exciting life. As an extrovert, I love to be around people and on the go. But after a while, I’m finding it’s nice to just be a homebody for a couple of days. There’s a graceful rhythm in tending to the ordinary things of life. It’s the joy to be found in the mundane that  remind me of God’s great mercy on me.

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.

Romans 12:1-2 MSG

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Thanks for creating community here with us! The Big Red Sofa Series is about the things I see in life that make me go hmmmm. What God teaches me in scripture. The ordinary things that God can use to drive home spiritual lessons. The questions I sometimes ask. The stories we can all share. So pull up a cushion and join me on the sofa. I’d love to hear from you!


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