Monday, March 14, 2011

Looking For the Miraculous In the Mundane

Years ago, there was a worship song I really liked entitled "More of You".  It went something like this:

More of You, More of You,

I've had all but what I need is just more of You,
Of things I've had my fill and yet I hunger still ,
Empty and bare, Lord, hear my prayer for more of you.

Most Christians would quickly say "Yes, I want more of You, Lord" and when beautiful music is playing and our hearts are in tune to the Lord, praise pours forth and fills our heart with worship.  But what about when we open our eyes, leave the church building and on Monday morning real life hits?  Sure, we want "more of God", but who has time to stop, absorb and lose their selves in worship experience again? 

But thinking deeper, why should the Christian life be separated at church and home?  Something I wrote down at the beginning of this year to work on is being "genuine".  Pure, from the heart, the same at all times and all places.   A recurring theme I'm reading about through several choices that keeps stirring my heart are things like...
  • cherish the moment
  • finding the holy in the ordinary
  • seeing the miraculous in the mundane
  • God's presence is always with us
  • open our eyes and see reflections of His beauty
Now I don't have all the answers, just a simple desire in my heart for these things.  A few steps that are helping me are looking for a paying close attention to daily blessings - no matter how large or how small and writing them down.  Working in the daily tasks and looking for God's beauty, His gentle voice in my heart and His opportunities.  When I am busy, stressed and placing my attention in too many areas, I miss out on these things.  But by focusing on what and where God has placed me - right here and right now, it blesses my heart and fills it with gratitude.  If I purposefully express that gratitude in a quick prayer or writing it down to cherish, my heart expands in love and appreciation for Him....and I see...the holy in the ordinary...the miraculous in the mundane...and feel closer to Him. 

This week I want to take on a few assignments to help me find "more of Him".  At the Well challenges wives this week to "look for the things our husband does that we don’t thank him enough for, and then show him thanks!"  A Holy Experience offers the opportunity to share in A Multitude on Mondays where those blessings found through every day life can be shared.  Will you join me in some simple ways to love, cherish and appreciate the dear ones in our lives and ponder God's miracles found through the mundane days?  When we fully understand how blessed we are, we can greater be a blessing to others!

But as it is written:  “ Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man. The things which God has prepared for those who love Him." But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.  I Corinthians 2:9-10

Making your home sing Mondays



8 comments:

  1. A quote I read last week that has stuck with is: "Don't miss the supernatural looking for the spectacular." {Damon Thompson}
    This is kind of a theme of mine right now :) I enjoyed your post!

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  2. I have a heart to see those things as well, especially so that I can be more of an encouragement to my hubby.

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  3. it's sort of like praying for patience... if people really knew what it entailed I don't think we'd pray for it so much!
    Great post!

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  4. Those are my favorite kind of blog posts! I've written several on that exact topic. I believe in show appreciation for all the little things that are really very big in my heart because he does them with such love for me and our family. I love showing my husband how much I appreciate him.

    You are so right about showing him...it will touch his heart in ways we can only imagine!

    Building Home with Him,

    Mary Joy

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  5. Great post! Sometimes just writing something down can cause us to be more focused and more aware, and it's a great encouragement later to read it and remember God's faithfulness to us.

    Thanks for linking up to Making Your Home Sing Monday!

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  6. Hello! I just found your blog, and I just recently joined this wonderful commission to post 1000 Gratitude gifts from the Father. I'm hoping to meet and share mutually with others in this journey. May God richly bless you as you seek only Him. :)

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  7. Such a great post! And believe it or not, I have that song, More of You, near the top of my playlist on my blog. I've always loved that song and it speaks volumes to me. I, too, have found that writing down my gifts and blessings have helped me to see even more. I'm one who always looks for the big things, and in so doing miss all the little things. And in finding the little things, I'm finding out they aren't so little after all. . . .!!!!!

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  8. This is so beautiful! I missed it on Monday...was busy going through trials. Now,d I wish I would have taken the time to read this. Your thoughts are so precious and encouraging to me!

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