When ordinary is its own kind of brave. {Guest Post and a Giveaway}

It’s an exciting day on this little blog of mine…and a day to remind you that you are brave and glorious even in your ordinary and that you matter. My theme this week for every woman, wife and mother is YOU MATTER. So for the next few minutes be our guest and pull up a sofa, chair or toilet seat (if it’s the only quiet place you can find), grab a cup of coffee or tea or chocolate with milk (that’s what my girl calls it and I happen to like it) and let Lisa-Jo’s words settle in your soul today. You’ll be so glad you did…then check out the end for a special giveaway. 😉

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Most of my days look the same as the day before.

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And I wonder what to write about because, really, there’s nothing new.

The alarm goes off at 7:20 and I go into Micah’s room to rub his back and try to bring him awake on the right side of the bed. Jackson gropes for his glasses and walks through to use to the bathroom, never ever heeding my shrieks to, for goodness sakes close the door!

Zoe wakes up bright and chipper and her hair all standing haywire on end, straight up from her head.

Breakfast is bagels and cream cheese or toast or cereal or sometimes fried eggs and bacon if we have enough time.

And I have practiced, months and months of practice, of keeping my voice calm despite what my blood pressure is doing as the clock ticks toward the inevitable arrival of the school bus and the boys still don’t have their shoes and socks on.

But it’s ordinary. So very ordinary.

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I have meetings and deadlines and I write blog posts if I’ve got one that climbs up out of my head and demands to be written down.

I wear make up even when I’m working from home because it helps me feel awake; present in my life. I sit at the kitchen table in the pool of sunlight that streams in through the huge windows and I’m grateful for these small moment of ordinary glory.

But 8 hours tick by like that. Zoe goes to preschool every other morning and I’m left with my house and the dishes I don’t feel like unloading from the dishwasher and so many moments are simply the choice to keep showing up.

Meeting the kids as they get off the bus, figuring out snacks and math homework and new ways to trick Jackson into finding his reading assignments interesting.

The world spins by so slowly outside our windows.

I wonder what I got done and I stay up too late because I don’t feel like doing it all over again tomorrow.

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I wish for weekends away with just Peter.

I wish for movie nights out.

I wish for quiet conversations that don’t require kid-inserted subtitles.

That’s just the truth of it. That this season is very very slow and ordinary and I have to remind myself that this is what brave looks like for me. For us.

It doesn’t involve platforms or pulpits or speaking tours or social justice or passports.

It’s counting how many mornings this week I’ve held onto my temper and chosen to love my six-year-old toward a day of meaning for him. It’s showing up today and today and again today.

Because every day is building a lifetime of what they will remember about their mother and right now and here it’s OK to have late afternoons of lying under the grey blanket and simply stroking the hair of a boy who has outgrown his baby-skin by far. And still I pet his hair because he loves it. And me too.

And this? This is beautiful too. This is significant and necessary and real and I am loved not by the size of what I do but by the God who watches me do it. Today and today and again later today.

He makes all the things I do beautiful.

The ordinary glorious beautiful things.

{To see the video reminder of why all mothers are braver than they know, click here}.

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This guest post comes with love from Lisa-Jo Baker to our community in celebration of Mother’s Day. If you haven’t already – treat yourself, your mom, your sister, your BFF or your grandma to a copy of her new book, Surprised by Motherhood: Everything I Never Expected About Being a Mom.

No matter what stage you’re in when it comes to motherhood, we promise it will encourage. And remind you that you are braver than you think.

Now for the FUN STUFF…enter a comment below for a chance to WIN a copy of Lisa-Jo’s life-changing-meet-you-in-the-middle-of-your-glorious-ordinary-book, Surprised by Motherhood, courtesy of me, winner to be announced on Mother’s Day. And also be in the drawing for one of three signed book plates compliments of Lisa-Jo! Get. Out. Of. Town. How generous is that?! I’m beyond humbled at her generosity and support for all of us weary mothers, whether you are a mother of biological children or not…so many of us are mothers in so many ways and all of us share the same bond.

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This is delightful book plate that Lisa-Jo will sign and mail to three lucky winners. 😀

Give her some love back and tell every mother you know about this book, after you get your own copy and one for the most important women in your life. And a copy for every baby shower in your future. And a copy for a weary mom you don’t know in the grocery store line. This book is that good. And you need it in your hands. We all do.

Blessings to you and stay tuned for a busy week here on the blog and a post later this week telling you more of my own story…Lisa-Jo has helped me find my own brave and I’m excited to share with you.

xoxo,
Meredith

 

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20 thoughts on “When ordinary is its own kind of brave. {Guest Post and a Giveaway}

  1. Great opportunity to have a new read. This book certainly comes with high remarks. I’m sure reading it will be inspirational.
    Mothers come in all shapes, sizes, and ages. Biological, foster and pre-adoptive are all wonderful stretches for me. I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.

  2. A great and encouraging post for a mom who sometimes gets exhausted and stuck in the mudane and ordinary. I, too, do not need to be included in the giveaway…I purchased “Surprised By Motherhood” for myself, and bought copies for my two sisters and for my mom for Mother’s Day. I just finished reading my copy this Sunday and loved every page, sentence, and word in the book. Lisa Jo paints a story worth telling. It’s really helped me to slow down and enjoy my three kiddos in this every day mundane…and I’m reminded and surprised again to find extraordinary and miraculous tucked deep into these ordinary pockets of life. My mom texted me today and said she’s on page 162 of Lisa Jo’s book…she is enjoying it and doesn’t want it to end. I told her I totally understood. I’ve been blessed by your blog and by Lisa Jo’s “less than ordinary,” deeply resonating, witty, poetic, raw and authentic words. These words, these stories, this sharing of heart, life, motherhood, sisterhood…it’s all making a difference and reaching far into places for glorious kingdom change. Thanks for sharing!

    • I completely hear you…I didn’t want the book to end, either! 😀 Thanks for reading and commenting today and I’m so glad you have already shared the gift of this book with your loves. ❤ I appreciate you, Amanda! xoxo, Meredith

  3. How exciting! I already own a copy of this wonderful book but I’d love to have another copy to give to a friend. 😉 It was such an awesome read. So grateful for that book.

  4. It is always so good to hear, to know that other people are immersed in ordinary, average life, just as I am. Thanks Meredith & Lisa-Jo! (I think you both are pretty good company to have here in the trenches of ordinary life!)

  5. Great idea, Meredith. I really love Lisa Jo Baker, but don’t often make it to her blog. But yes, I love that point about just showing up! We just have to show up, stay faithful, show up day in and day out, and God’s the one who pours out his glory. Even though we don’t see it most days. Maybe we ought to pray, “Lord, open our eyes!”

    The book is one I’ve been eying on-line for a few days, looks so wonderful. Best wishes to Lisa Jo for a great promotion of her book.

  6. Hi! I am not entering your give-away because I own a copy of the wonderful book, and would love for someone who DOESN’Town it, to win it. I just wanted to tell you how much I like your blog. You do a fabulous job with photos and links! I need to work on that with my blog! Have a great week!

    • Oh, thank you for the encouraging words this morning, Bonnie! I’m so glad you already own the book…isn’t it awesome?! Wish we could sit down and reflect on it together. 😉 Thank you for visiting and commenting. You don’t know how much it means…xoxo, Meredith

  7. I haven’t read this book yet, but I know when I do, I will be going, “Oh yeah! That! I remember that!” My kids are up and gone from home, in their twenties and on their own. But as I read these words today, I am reminded of all those days…those ordinary, everyday days…when I wondered if it mattered…if I mattered. I wish I knew then what I realize now. OH MY! How it matters! Every day is a gift, an opportunity to breathe the love of Jesus on our babies, our homes, our communities. Moms have a special calling…especially Jesus moms! So when those ordinary days start to feel mundane and insignificant, even now, I try to remember each act of love has the potential to rock someone’s world–for a day or maybe for all eternity! Thanks Lisa-Jo and Meredith!

    • “So when those ordinary days start to feel mundane and insignificant, even now, I try to remember each act of love has the potential to rock someone’s world–for a day or maybe for all eternity!”…yes, Sabra, yes! That is what it’s all about. Love you, Meredith

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