what you can find in the ordinary moments

“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. Ours is to be a symphonic piety in which all the activities of work and play and family and worship and sex and sleep are the holy habitats of the eternal.”

Richard Foster, Prayer

These words of Richard Foster’s in his chapter called Praying the Ordinary resonated with me this morning so I thought I would share them with you. You’re welcome.


His words also remind me to remind you to come back here tomorrow to share some of the ordinary (and perhaps not so ordinary) things you have learned during the month of June. Here are some tips to write your post if you need them. I plan to have the linky up by around 10 am EST. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!


  1. says

    A whispered echo of words between your place and mine today. Sigh. I posted something earlier this morning that sounds like it has synchronicity with yours. I will be back tomorrow to link. And I adore Richard Foster. Now I have to go to Merriam Webster and see what synchronicity really means. :)

  2. says

    Love the quote.

    While I generally think there is a “Steel Magnolias” quote for every situation in life, I happen to think this is one Shelby got wrong: “I would rather have thirty minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special.”

    I think a lifetime of wonderful consists of a lot of “nothing special” ordinary moments viewed in their entirety. If we spend our lives only looking for the fireworks and shooting stars we are going to miss most of the magic happening around us all the time.

  3. says

    You know, even after all these years, PRAYER is still one of my very favorite books of Richard’s. It reveals so much of what moves him–and invites us to come along with him on a journey straight into the heart of God. Just looking at this paragraph makes me realize that I need to read it again. “The holy habitats of the Eternal”–wow!

    Speaking of Richard, have you heard about the new Renovaré Book Club? The first book we’re reading is one of Richard’s favorites–A Testament of Devotion by Thomas Kelly. Kai Nilsen is hosting the club and is doing three podcasts with Richard. I listened to the first one the other day. It was great to hear Richard talk about this book that’s meant so much to him.

    Love you, girl!

  4. says

    I just picked up Richard’s book at Half Price Books in Dallas/Fort Worth. Score! I can’t wait to dive in. Love the quote. Another good read is Embracing Obscurity by Anonymous. It flies in the face of Christian celebrity-ism and the personality cult of our current context. What a joy to find the glory of God in the ordinary, the mundane and the minuscule. When you find Him there, they become filled with wonder, splendor and glory.

    Practicing His Presence,

  5. Mindy Seekfo says

    I wish I had book of all your posts, to look through. So I can remember to remember;)
    Thanks Emily!

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