Ordinary Places

Ordinary Places

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By Joan Kelley

“The discovery of God lies in the daily and the ordinary, not in the spectacular and the heroic. If we cannot find God in the routines of home and shop, then we will not find Him at all.”  Richard Foster

I just got home from a vacation in the lush forests, mountains and endless beaches of Oregon.  It was quite easy to see God every time you turned around in the extraordinary views and incredible landscapes.  I was literally tripping over his grandeur all day long.

Vacation ended yesterday. It was a bit more difficult this morning among the piles of email, laundry and an empty refrigerator to see God in the ordinary routine places.  I had to relearn how to find Him in the post office line, along my normal walking path and in the conversations with my family.  I learned the discovery was part of my growth this day. Somehow the hunt, the seeking and the exploring of what God had put right in front of me made the ordinary treasures I found today even more precious.

How might God be inviting you to find Him today in the ordinary moments, people, tasks?  What are you learning about God and his character in the ordinary?  How is it different from the extraordinary places we see God in more obvious ways?




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About the Author:

Joan Kelley is the Director of Facilitator Development for oneLifemaps and a facilitator and teacher using the “Listen to My Life: Maps for Recognizing and Responding to God in My Story,” a visual workbook to be used in small groups, mentoring relationships, workshops, retreats, classes, between spiritual friends, or individually to re-discover the storyline of the life they are authoring with God. More information is available at www.oneLifemaps.com or Email Joan Joan is also co-founder of a ministry called Sacred. (www.mylifeissacred.com) that helps people set apart space to be with God at guided solitude retreats. Joan also teaches a spiritual formation class on Thursday mornings at Willow Creek Community Church.

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