Ordinary

Posted by on March 1, 2013 in Five Minute Friday | 31 comments

Every day can feel like the same thing, the day rolls over on itself and we go through the motions and I say the same things, and we fight the same fights and nurse the same wounds–it’s typical, ordinary. Sometimes a hidden resentment builds looking at all this surface stuff, and a longing for something more gnaws bitterly at my heels.

Then she asks to paint and I say yes, instead of no, because she loves color and motion and painting is two loves in one for her, and her swirls are a sucker-punch in the gut of an ordinary afternoon, when my vision’s turned foggy and ungrateful.

I haven’t picked up my camera in weeks because of ordinary. It overwhelmed me–ate up my happiness and soured my mood but good. But for a few minutes, in the afternoon sun, her hair shines and she sings and spins the paint brush with such an inner joy that my crusty heart cracks a bit and I absorb her light like the sun I’ve been missing.

I’m warmed in her delight at ordinary watercolors splashing across a page and repentant of the way I’ve so often cursed the ordinary–for how I’ve seen plain, as-usual as something to be cast aside, forgotten and not treasured.

This is my life, a repetitive walk through similar days, washing the same clothes, and dishes and wiping up the same messes again and again and again. There’s so much grace in these moments of sameness. These are holy moments unfolding right in the middle of a day that looks a lot like the ones before.

I’d nearly forgotten.

 

Joining the other fabulous writers at Lisa-Jo’s place for Five Minute Friday

Encore Link Up

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  • http://twitter.com/graceglimmers Jennifer Cook

    So sweet. Our younger son loves to paint too. It’s not always easy to say yes to the mess, but in the mess we find the glory! God is so wonderful that way. <3 that you encourage her to paint, and oh how happy she (and you, and me) are when we watch them!

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      yes, it gives me great pleasure to watch her create. Holy moments, indeed

  • http://twitter.com/TheMaryBonner Mary Bonner

    Oh, Kris…I love this post. You have inspired me. I have let my writing lapse, not picked up my camera…and I am missing things that should be recorded. I am going to pray about a writing goal for the month of March. Thank you sweet friend. THANK YOU! (Thank for the link-up too – it reminded me of how little I wrote in February.)

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      Mary, i know these seasons, when you feel dry of inspiration. Praying your eyes would be open this weekend, and you would find glory in the little things–He really is everywhere. ;) Love you, friend.

  • Mia

    Dear Kris
    I cannot agree more with the holy moments that are clothed with the beauty if the ordinary. We find the still, small voice behind us and not in all the flashi display of splendor in front of us. Seems to me our priorities at times are out of synch! Over via FMF and delighted to link-up for the first time at your blog.
    Much love
    Mia

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      So glad you joined me here, Mia. I look forward to reading your post!

  • Elizabeth

    This is just so extra extra ordinary in it’s beauty. You refocus me on the sacred everyday. I’ve missed your words. Enjoying so much your book, Kris. What a love offering to the world during Lent.

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      Missing you too, Elizabeth. Thank you for your kind encouragement and friendship–you bless me so much.

  • http://jasonandkelliwoodford.blogspot.com/ kelli woodford

    one time i read a blog post about the beauty in repetition (maybe Kendal Privette?). that has returned to me over and over in those moments where i am tempted to disregard the ordinary.
    such grace that, though you nearly forgot, you didn’t. trace His fingerprint over that one.

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      Yes, I am so thankful for the many ways He reminds me to SEE, to open my eyes and embrace what He has given me, however ordinary it may appear to be. Bless you, my friend.

  • Sarah

    Beautiful post and beautiful little girl!!

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      :) thank you, Sarah.

  • http://www.morethanoptimism.com/ Liz

    Beautiful girl – beautiful post! Also, I’m in the middle of your book and really enjoying it so far. Just loving it…

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      Liz- Thank you so much for taking the time to encourage and share that with me. I am so grateful for your words and beyond thankful that the book is blessing you. That is all I could have asked for, God is so good, and always faithful.

  • http://www.alifesurrendered.com/ Michele-Lyn

    I love mama writes like this one that turn my heart toward both God and family… Love this, “These are holy moments unfolding right in the middle of a day that looks a lot like the ones before.” <3 Love you!

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      *waving* I pray you’re enjoying your weekend. I am so blessed by you, my friend. Much love!!

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  • http://myfreshlybrewedlife.com/ Barbie

    So beautiful!

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      Thank you, Barbie.

  • Amy Hunt

    yes, and Amen!

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      Indeed. Amen!!

  • http://www.asoftgentlevoice.blogspot.ca/ Rebekah

    I’ve nearly forgotten and that is my life too and thank you for the reminder of the grace in the moments of sameness–something to be treasured for sure, but not hoarded. Thank you. Thinking I may find something to link up!

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      Oh please do link up. I’d love to read your story. Thank you for saying hello.

  • http://crystalstine.blogspot.com/ Crystal

    “so much grace in these moments of sameness” – oh yes. you capture moments of ordinary and paint them across the page beautifully. you have an artists eye and a writers touch and i feel like you hold open the door to these little glimpses of your life and it makes me want to come hang out and paint, too :)

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      Crystal, your comment stopped me in my business. These words are so generous, I cannot tell you what a blessing you are. Really, and truly. Love you.

  • http://www.janiscox.com/ Janis Cox

    Oh what a lovely post. May you have a colourful, photogenic Saturday – even in seeing things brighter. I love pictures of children painting.
    Blessings,
    Janis

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      Hi Janis, thank you for your kind words. I pray your weekend is rich with the joy of Christ, and that you’d see His glory around every turn.

  • http://simplystriving.wordpress.com/ Nikki

    Oh the glory…yes. What a beautiful post…
    You do realize she gets that from you, right? She sees glory in mama form. on her everyday ordinary. And how He provides the grace to let light bounce just right and filter through our ordinary…may we never get over this glory right in front of us, Kris.

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      yes, amen, may we never get over it!! Thank you, Nikki. You are one who helps me see. XXOO

  • http://dailyrefined.blogspot.com/ Leigh Kay

    Love this. Love that you’ve picked up a camera again to click beauty to remember and name the thanks. To bless more than your heart in the process. An added bonus of uplifting the Body. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/lori.s.gray.5 Lori Sherman Gray

    “These are holy moments unfolding right in the middle of a day that looks a lot like the ones before.” Such a profound statement! this is what Mamas everywhere need to remember!

  • http://undergodsmightyhand.blogspot.com Caroline @UnderGod’sMightyHand

    This is gorgeous, Kris: “with such an inner joy that my crusty heart cracks a bit and I absorb her light like the sun I’ve been missing.” Gorgeous. Such grace-given gifts we have in our children.