10 Things that Make Me Happy on Ordinary Days

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

I originally got the idea for this post here. I loved it so much, I thought I would put my own spin on it!

I've felt like there's a trend in my own life (and in everyday American culture) that forces us toward distraction. We stare at our iPhones, we aren't held accountable for much, and we focus more on what we don't have than on what we do have. I don't ever want to be pulled so far by that tide that I can no longer see the shore. I want to live with a full awareness of extraordinary joys, despite my incredibly ordinary life. There are a hundred little things that bring me joy on the most mundane of days. Here are just a few.

Here are 10 Things that Make Me Happy on Ordinary Days:

1. Daily text strings with my friends Kitty & Kristi. They make me laugh. They make me think. They encourage me daily.

2. Anticipating the moment my daughter walks off the bus and runs to me for a hug. 

3. Stopping at Wawa to get a fountain Diet Coke. I'm not a coffee drinker so this is my daily ahhhhhh.

4. Listening to my favorite Spotify station while I prep dinner.

5. Going for a run and trying out a new route.

6. Taking a long shower at the end of the day, then curling up in bed with a new book.

7. A fire in the fireplace and a blanket on the couch.

8. Taking my little buddy to get a soft pretzel, just the two of us.

9. Editing photos, writing a blog post, and sharing my heart.

10. When my husband and I get the kids to bed at night, and he looks at me, smiles, and says, "Sit with me?"

And as a reference, here are the verses that are keeping me accountable lately. They come from Romans:

"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. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out." - Romans 12: 1-2 (The Message Translation)

What makes you happy in the midst of an ordinary day?


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