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Will You Join Me?

By August 26, 2015December 7th, 2020One Comment

About two years ago, my daughter came to me with a crazy suggestion: “I think you should write a blog. My friends like talking with you and this would be a way you could connect with them.”

“Yeah right. Me?”

That was my response and I stuck to it.

My daughter, however, continued to plant the seed.

And some ideas began to germinate.

When I began putting my thoughts into written form, I found a continual thread: finding the extraordinary in the ordinary. The more I wrote down these snippets the more I found myself looking for extraordinary moments. Whether it is dealing with small children or co-workers or your spouse or deadlines or household chores or events or sorrow, there are moments of each day that are simply breathtaking if we are willing to look for them.

Why it’s important to find the extraordinary in the ordinary

Almost a decade ago, my world crashed. The fancy façade I’d built crumbled. For the first time in my life, I came face to face with my hidden fears, issues, and beliefs.

Part of my recovery process involved reading One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. Her words, story, and heartfelt emotions began my journey to look for the extraordinary in the ordinary in my life. Surely there were gifts in each day for me too. I had to find them.

You see, for so many years, I was blind to these gifts, these simple truths that bring joy and hope.  While I firmly believe there is something extraordinary in each day, you and I must heighten our senses to spot them. It’s a treasure hunt.

Our minds are bombarded with negative, depressing information, much of it dramatized for effect and ratings. What if, for one moment, you could stop and breathe in the extraordinary? Would you take the opportunity? Or would you rush past it?

Each day is a precious gift. Each person is unique with something to contribute to our world.

My desire is to create a space for beauty in our lives. To begin a conversation that leads us to think, ponder, and wonder over everyday moments.

My heart is for moms everywhere, who feel “less than” or frustrated or imperfect or defeated, to be empowered by finding space for the extraordinary in the midst of the ordinary.

Would you let me come alongside you with a few simple words of encouragement? Together, we will discover these gifts.

  • Kirsten D Samuel

    I empower Christian wives to discover they are seen, loved, and heard. These women find the freedom to be who they are beyond their partner’s struggles, and find hope that there is a life worth living.

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  • bethanypalmer says:

    Kirsten – thank you for your post – indeed, find the extraordinary in the ordinary. Love how you explained your intentions and will help me as I continue to read your great posts – way to go Kirsten – thank you for sharing, your heart and your words and for Making IT Happen!