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What’s ordinary?

The ordinary arts we practice every day at home
are of more importance to the soul
than their simplicity might suggest.

household chores monday is for the ordinary

answer e-mail
cook breakfast
do school
water plants
eat lunch
schedule appointments
have quiet time
do laundry
etc., etc., etc.…

monday is for the extraordinary

answer e-mail   touch a life
exercise   discipline your body
cook breakfast   meet family’s needs
do school   train your child
water plants   nurture His creation
eat lunch   taste His goodness 
schedule appointments   steward the time 
have quiet time   feast on the Word
do laundry   serve your husband
etc., etc., etc…. be with God, be with God, be with God...

nothing you do is ordinary
                                           if God does it with you

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Thanks, Laura, for the quote from your Friday’s Fave Five.


Dorothy said...

Amen! I couldn't agree more....although I don't wear heels and an apron while I am wielding a dust mop!

Laura@OutnumberedMom said...

I love what you did with this, Lisa!! It's great. You can quote me quoting somebody else anytime.

(You have a new look...I like it.)
Happy Monday!

Joanne : The Simple Wife said...

Thanks for a fresh perspective first thing on a Monday morning!


justcallmerie said...

That was wonderful. A great way to relook at every move we make.

bekahcubed said...

What a beautiful reflection on the meaning behind "ordinary." Makes me think of my lesson planning and quiz writing and living room vacuuming Monday's a bit differently!

Janet said...

I agree with the others. This is SO good -- and so true.

Editor said...

Hi Lisa,
Today's quote is actually, "The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest." It was written by contemporary American author and psychotherapist Thomas Moore in his best selling classic Care of the Soul, published in 1992. Readers interested in Moore's writing about spirituality may want to visit a blog dedicated to him, Barque, at Thank you for sharing this worthy quote.

Barbara H. said...

I've heard that quote before but I really love how you fleshed it out and applied it. Great food for thought -- and a reminder to me not to chafe under those duties but to truly do them as unto the Lord.

Lisa notes... said...

Thanks for the correction (it's done). I actually should have made the connection because I read Moore’s “Care of the Soul” and “Soul Mates” years ago and gained a new perspective from him on the value of seeking the sacred in the ordinary.


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