Ordinary. Mundane. Quotidian. Does that describe your days? Your weeks? I’m here to tell you, ladies, there is nothing at all wrong with that! The very ordinariness of our days can form a liturgy for worship if we will allow it.
“To lift up the hands in prayer gives God glory, but a man with a dungfork in his hand, a woman with a slop pail, give Him glory, too. God is so great that all things give Him glory if you mean that they should.” (Kathleen Norris)
I’ve been out of my home more often than I like these last few weeks. It was necessary, and with all of us working together, we were able to keep up with the basics and more. However, this week sees things changing back to normal, which means I am spending most of my days in my home. I’m so thankful!
Dani spent quite a bit of time today in the kitchen, making five batches of Peanut Butter Bars. We host a study group from our church a couple of Thursday nights each month, and Corin and my grandbabies come out on Thursday afternoons. I can count on Dani to make a special treat for each of those occasions!
This morning on Facebook, I mentioned that my project for the day was to tackle my ironing pile. I posted a “before” picture on Facebook, which drew a hearty, “Ack!!!”, from my friend Lisa B! The ironing basket got out of hand during these last weeks when I was gone so much. My goal today was for there to be nothing poking up over the top of the basket by day’s end.
I didn’t want to stand in one place and do all of that ironing at one time, so I ironed a few pieces and then worked on other things, ironed a few pieces and then worked on other things, ironed a few…..you get the idea! By dinner time, there were only a few cloth napkins left in the basket, and they were not peeking out over the top of the basket.
I took advantage of having that basket out of the laundry room to spray and wipe down the tops and fronts of my washer and dryer, along with the drawers underneath. The machines look great and that almost empty ironing basket makes me very happy!
The boys worked on school assignments (no spring break for us this year), but that doesn’t mean everyone stayed inside!
My little desk in the school room benefited from an hour or so of work last night. After tossing several things, and filing several more, I took everything else off the desk, cleaned and polished it, and then put everything neatly away. I have such a lovely place to work. Dani’s orchid is in full bloom, and the window puts me at eye level with the branches of the Sycamore tree in the back yard.
With all the yard work happening around here, we’ve been tracking a lot of stuff into the house. My family’s most oft used entrance to the house is through the garage, up the back steps and into the back hall and kitchen. I realized today that the back steps were covered in dirt and grass and that the door mat at the bottom of the stairs was filled with debris. No wonder so much was getting tracked into the house!
I swept the steps, twice, and then cleaned the door mat up, too. We have a progression for our door mats, and this particular mat has made its way from use at the front door, to use now in the garage. It’s not pretty anymore, but it does the job!
The ordinary work we do in our homes – the cooking, cleaning, laundry, gardening, homeschooling – can bring glory to God, if that is the attitude of our hearts. Every day is a gift God has given you. The place you are in, in your family and home, are where God wants you to be. If you work with a grateful heart, desiring to glorify God in your efforts, then you bring Him glory, even in the quotidian things of life.
Are you remembering to glorify God in all that you do?
God bless you as you look well to the ways of your household!