Saturday, November 23, 2013

The Rebellious Act of Loving the Everyday

I'm a dreamer who sometimes feels like she's lost her wings. I live more grounded than is probably good for me sometimes. But I love the dreamer days. I love when life is full of excitement. I know how to get a little out of hand if I need to (emphasis on need, sometimes this is just necessary in life).

But more often than not, life is 'average.' I would rarely call life that though, but that's what people say. I typically look for adventure in anything, including seeing a tree lighting ceremony (technically we missed it) and fake snow. Fake snow in North Carolina is completely normal. Average even. Real snow would be extreme.

It is true that if I was making a graph of the extreme high days to very low days, life would include more average days. SOMETIMES and some seasons this is not the case and the theory goes right out the window. I think the fake snow has ushered in something new, at least for me anyway. Try it. Fake snow and Christmas scenes in November and old, ridiculous Christmas songs can be redemptive.

Recently my pastor talked about how our faith often consists of the average days and we need to look toward staying the course through it all, not just the flights or falls (to paraphrase). 

Even if the extreme outliers on the graph are the ones to put us in a tizzy or get us all excited.

We -- I -- must learn dependency when life is average -- or something like average -- not just when life is extreme.

I love this song. It's a tough one though.
Its lyrics and the truth behind it remind me of my need for God always.
as I walk through the valley of death and dying.
as I rest in fields of green.
as I live in your house forever.

"It's rebellious, in a way, to choose joy, to choose to dance, to choose to love your life. It's much easier and much more common to be miserable. But I choose to do what I can today to create hope, to celebrate life...I think just plain today is worth it." -Shauna Niequist

(found this quote that I love tucked into my journal, in yellow notepad fashion)

May we embrace everyday-ness. And remember that that is worth it, too.

linking up for five minute friday: fly


  1. This is so good to remember. Thanks for being real, and thanks for the reminder that God is in the ho-hum too. :)

    Visiting from FMF.

  2. I know you wrote this a while ago but I found your blog through Emily Freeman's blog today. LOVE this post. It's exactly what I needed to hear and I'm grateful that you wrote it. Can't stop listening to Jon's song now. So good.