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Happy Easter! To celebrate, I want to share my ebook with you for FREE this week. A collection of short reflections from the blog, Look Through My Window invites readers into my journey of finding the profound in the simple and the beauty in the mess. I'm also very excited to announce that Spirituality of … Continue reading Free Ebook “Look Through My Window: Glimpses of God in a Mother’s Heart”
We are excited to announce that Spirituality of the Ordinary is moving to a new site! If you are one of our loyal WordPress followers, don't fret - you can still be notified of all our new content by signing up for our newsletter. As an added bonus for joining, we will send you the … Continue reading We’re Moving!
“If you want world peace, go home and love your family.” - Mother Teresa When I first stumbled across this quote several years ago, just a few months into my marriage, I found it comforting, inspiring, and even a little sentimental. “Is that all?” I remember thinking. “I feel like attaining world peace is much … Continue reading Devotion in a Time of Pandemic
Twenty years ago, I curled up in the backseat of my parent’s Nissan Quest and spent an eight-hour road trip with only one book: Little Women. By the time we returned home from visiting my grandparents in North Carolina, I loved the four March sisters as if they were my own. Over time, the exact … Continue reading Embracing Vulnerability in Motherhood: Lessons from “Little Women”
I love the quiet, the stillness before the sun rises and little feet patter down the hall. This time is my gift to myself and to God. It is the time when the coffee is still hot and my soul is more contemplative than chaotic. This time is a treasure, bought with reluctant obedience to … Continue reading An Empty House
Any woman who’s ever been visibly pregnant knows that her baby bump is an invitation. Whether she likes it or not, friends and strangers alike regard the bump as a signal. It alters the laws of social interaction, eliminating the concept of personal space surrounding the protruding area. The bump also elicits a flood of … Continue reading The Bump as Invitation
I found myself crying in the dressing room. All I wanted was to find one thing I felt beautiful in, one thing that I could slip into and become that confident woman who used to lure her husband with a pair of stilettos and a bat of her lashes. Now, the mascara from those lashes was … Continue reading The Art of Allure in Marriage
“I was in prison and you visited me…” (MT 25:36) “Thanks for visiting me.” There’s nothing like the gift of someone’s presence. In my experience, this is most powerful when I’m struggling, whether it’s because I’m sick or upset, depressed or doubtful. It’s always a gift to have someone there beside me lending an empathetic … Continue reading The Transformative Power of a Visit: Reflections on Prison Ministry
I believe that motherhood is a ministry as well. Don’t I? I believe that God called me out of teaching to be fully present to my husband and children, to attend to their needs and joys with the fullness of God’s tenderness. So why am I still asking myself if this is enough?