Monday, July 6, 2009


So I'm sitting here thinking; what in the world I'm supposed to write about following a post that included the former President of the United States and poison ivy.

Great 4th of July deals at Target?

The various projects we completed this weekend using only duct tape?

It all seems a wee bit mundane and ordinary.

Or totally lame, either one.

Walking Scout early this morning - tripping (ok, seriously, that's an exaggeration. I'm actually VERY graceful.) over the broken beer bottles, fast food wrappers, and two crack addicts - I was reminded, once again, that there is way more mundane, or chaotically ordinary in my life - in most of our lives - than there is over-the-top exciting.

The kids are home from camp and my house is once again a mess. The laundry has already piled up and the fingerprints that had been cleaned from every window are back. How they do it, I don't know. To be sure, it's a skill.

But, this is how it's supposed to be. The longer I'm a mom, and a wife, and a seriously underpaid source of unsolicited opinions, I realize the way the Lord has constructed my life is exactly the way it's intended to be.

I was never supposed to live in the beautiful part of town, with perfectly manicured lawns, and pretty homes, famous Dallasites, and cars without 24" rims.

This crazy crew of children we have were no accidents. Each was intended to be born inconceivably close to his or her siblings so that people would question, often out loud, my understanding of how babies are actually made.

Dea and Darius have been moving in the direction of living under our roof for years, we just didn't see them coming. If I had, I might have used some evasive maneuver tactics I learned from watching season after season of 24.

The Lord's plans are to transform us into the image of His son and he uses whatever means necessary to do so. I've found that although His means are often messy, and unglamorous, and without hoopla or Secret Service, they are both effective and divine.

May we all delight in the ordinary of our lives today as we rest in the assurance that not even a breath or a heartbeat is given without the intentional, loving, forethought of the Lord of the universe.


Virtual Teacher Collaboration said...

So true! I never would have imagined where the Lord would take me and how he would shape me, but I would not change a thing!

Deidra said...

Great post. Although I'd have to argue that your life is far from mundane, girlfriend. The Lord knows the plans He has for us, doesn't He? Good thing He doesn't always share them with us in advance. We'd wear ourselves out trying to run away from our blessings!

Kim said...

I love everything you write but this post really resonates with my today.
I have learned that God is full of surprises and has a great sense of humor!
Who Me? Five children? Living in Hong Kong?
His plans were not my plans but they are indeed always best!
Love & Blessings,

Best Life said...

I thought it would be hard to follow the President Bush post, but you did it. This one was real, personal, right where you are. It's so true, I didn't end up where I thought I would either....I'm not in Hong Kong or the hood, but on a farm? With nine kids?! Homeschooling?!? It's crazy! My parents prepared me to live in a big house with servants and a media room! LOL! But God put me here, so on with the show! :) Lisa~

john putman said...

"A life lived with purpose is far greater than an empty life lived in luxury."

Holli said...

Thank you for this!
Being molded and not enjoying it much- GREAT reminder!!!!

Grateful for Grace said...

Honestly, I have been thinking, "How do you follow up with a post that has George W. praising God?"

You did just fine though.

Ummm... do you really have crack addicts right near you? Seriously? I don't find that mundane. Scary? Yes. Mundane? No.

Alicia said...

Thanks for a wonderful reminder to look for HIM in the everyday things.

Bill said...

It takes time to realize that the Author & Perfecter of our faith, "authors" all of our life story as well. Because He is infinite love and wisdom, His "story" is always better than the one we would script for ourselves.

Thanks for this post, Melissa.


Candy said...

OK! I posted as "Bill" but it was me!


emily said...

Isn't it amazing that He thinks so much higher than we ever dare to dream! Love watching your less than ordinary life over there.

Watching Darius rub his sweat all over you last night, just made me smile!

These Three Kings said...

wow!! AMEN!! I needed that!

Abby said...

Ohhh...seriously, I love this post. It just makes me take a deep breath and rest in the fact that God has given us each a purpose. It's our job to listen and obey. Love it. Thanks Melissa-

Becca said...

oh I LOVE this post. Love it.

Caroline said...

Thanks Melissa! This really encouraged me tonight!

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Sue said...

Melissa, I just love your profound thoughts interspersed with your humor. You are SUCH a delight to "know"!

God bless your "ordinary" life ;-) It's a good one I can tell!

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

I'm with Kim. You are a great writer and your heart comes through this post loud and clear without beating us over the head. Great stuff. You have a book in you; maybe you've already published and I just don't know it.

Sumer said...

Beautiful post. Thanks for reminding me of my blessings ~ the blessings of mundane chaos.