Extra Ordinary

HAH-Blog-Hop-graphic (3)-1I love watching news stories where the reporter says something like, “Just an ordinary citizen, doing extraordinary things”.

It brings hope that someone like me, an ordinary mom, can do something extraordinary.

But what IS extraordinary?

Is it saving someone’s life? Donating money to a charity? Inventing a product that changes the world?

If extraordinary means doing something huge or heroic I think I’d like to stick with my nice, ordinary life.

In fact, I think I’d like to have a little EXTRA bit of ordinary in my day – ya know why?

Because if things are ordinary that means everyone is healthy, our needs are met and my life has a balance and purpose to it.

Ordinary suits me just fine. Not because I’m boring or because I don’t WANT to be extraordinary – quite the opposite!

I think extraordinary things happen when ordinary is okay:

1. When I accept my ordinary calling to work inside or outside our home = extraordinary peace

2. When I take time to plan the ordinary parts of my day so I can feel efficient and effective = extraordinary contentment

3. When I accept my ordinary child for who they are and not who I hope they’ll be = extraordinary relationships

4. When I am able to gather ordinary people around the dinner table, without technology, and connect with each other = extraordinary joy

5. When I stay disciplined and reach an ordinary goal I had for myself (physically, spiritually, financially) = extraordinary strength

When I think about ordinary I think about the disciples. You don’t get much more ordinary than a bunch of fishermen and tax collectors – and yet Jesus chose them to be His closest companions and partners in ministry.

God is using me, just like the disciples, to be fishers of men (or pre-teens, babies, toddlers, young adults) and I need to trust that even the ordinary moments can become extraordinary when He is orchestrating the moment. My job is to obey and trust – during the ordinary and extraordinary moments. God’s power is ALWAYS extraordinary, even during the mundane, ordinary parts of my day. When we tap into that power, you and I are changing the world one diaper, carpool and lunch at a time – we can be extraordinary even during the ordinary tasks in our day.

Keep going, ordinary citizen – YOU are doing ordinary, extraordinary things!

Kasey

 

Blog Tour Update

Here we are – the middle of the blog tour and I have to say, it’s been quite an experience.

I wasn’t sure how blog tours really worked and when my publisher suggested we do this to help promote Mom Essentials I thought it sounded like a great idea!

Then I found out some of the bloggers would be reading the book and posting their honest review of it – YIKES!

After working on this study for over 3 years I have become incredibly connected with the content and the vision God placed on my heart to have this study reach mothers of all ages across the United States. To think someone might not like what is written in the pages is a reality I constantly surrender to God – knowing I was obedient in what was asked of me and I can’t fret over how it’s used or who likes it.

However, thanks to this blog tour I’ve been able to read some honest feedback that reminds me – this is GOD’S PROJECT – not mine and He is moving and working through this project – praise the Lord!!!

Anyone who has participated in the tour, ordered the book, written a review on Amazon or Goodreads, given the study a rating, decided to use it as your curriculum for your mom’s group or just helped spread the word…

YOU ARE AMAZING!!!

You encourage my heart.

You bring me joy.

You are VITAL to God’s plan for our families and our communities.

In case you missed any of the great stories, reviews or connections from our tour – the links are below. These are some great moms with awesome perspectives. The tour continues tomorrow!

Follow me on Twitter and Facebook to stay connected – love you all!

Kasey

Kathi Lipp   (Podcast with Kathi too!)

AlexandraKuykendall

Channel Mom

Jessie Jo

Momsie Blog

Double Digits

kid with binocularsWhat is it about the double digits that seems so daunting? When our oldest turned 10 it felt like he was turning 20!

A decade had passed and I could see such growth and remember so many precious moments – I had to wonder what the next 10 years will be like.

Then I REALLY started to think about it and well…that wasn’t a good idea.

Ya see, in the next 10 years (we’re already 2 years into that season) my son will go to middle school and high school. He’ll graduate, hopefully go to college and that means he’ll leave our home {gulp}

This morning I took my boy to the church to leave for camp. He’ll be gone until Friday and this is the first time I’ve been away from him for this long.

I know he’s going to have a blast but it’s just not the same around the house and it’s only been 1 day!

Our kids are constantly growing and changing – that’s part of life.

But I wonder how many of us are truly ready for the next transition while still being able to enjoy the one we’re in – that’s a tough balance to keep!

Along with our children’s transitions, we too are growing and changing and that’s important. Sometimes I feel like I’m supposed to have all the answers or be a more “relaxed” parent because I have a kid in double digits – but that’s just not possible.

Today will bring as many “firsts” and “new” issues as I encountered the day I brought him home from the hospital.

When I look forward I find hope in the knowledge that God is already there. He’s preparing my son and ME to accept what is coming.

You see, I can be aware of our future but I need to resist the temptation to worry about it.

I need to put all my energy into TODAY. What my kids need right now, in THIS season.

I’m aware of the future because as I’m teaching them and caring for them I’ll keep in the back of my mind that everything I’m doing and saying is working toward their next transition and mine. Today will impact our future relationship, their choices and my hopes and dreams for them. But still, I don’t have to worry – even if I mess up. I can be certain that God is bigger than my flaws or mistakes.

Joshua 1:9… Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous.

Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

God is with your children, God is with you. You are not alone and you can be strong and courageous no matter what transition or unknown you are facing!

Hang in there Momma – you’re doing great!

Kasey

Tour Time with Dana from Momsieblog

mom essentialsDana Bowman is hilarious!

You’ll love her stories and I had a great time answering her questions about Mom Essentials.

Check out her blog and her take on this sometimes messy, but always wonderful job of being a mom.

Dana called Mom Essentials a “balm for your soul” and I think she is right – God has some wonderful truths to share with us and it all comes from the truth found in Scripture.

Share with your friends and help us spread the word about why Mom Essentials can make such a difference in your life, church and community.

You are wonderful!

Kasey

CLICK HERE to connect with Dana and Momsieblog.com

Tour Time wth Jessie Jo

mom essentialsHere’s the thing – mothers of girls amaze me.

I look at girls and it’s like my brain starts to short circuit.

I have 2 nieces and they are absolutely precious and adorable – but they are VERY different from my boys.

It’s been good for my boys to spend time with their cousins but it always brings up questions. My boys ask things like:

“Why are their voices so hi?”

“Why do they squeal and scream?”

“They love to giggle. I like making them laugh.”

Jenny Jo is a mom to 2 adorable little girls and she writes about life in a real and wonderful way.

She’s our stop on the tour today and it would be so great to show her some love and visit her site!

Check out her awesome products through her Etsy Store - she makes gorgeous things with crochet!

CLICK HERE to read her review and post -

Have a wonderful day and if you haven’t already, order your copy of Mom Essentials today!

Kasey

 

 

Tour Time with Channel Mom

mom essentialsI had so much fun recording TWO broadcasts with Jenny from Channel Mom!

CLICK HERE to listen live (4:30 MST) and you can check out past broadcasts and guests!

Even if you miss the live broadcast you can click on the link to listen anytime.

Jenny is giving away a copy of the book – you could win it!

CLICK HERE, like the ChannelMom page, like the post about Mom Essentials

and you’ll be entered to win!

Thank you for joining us on this Blog Tour – so fun to meet so many incredibly gifted moms!

Kasey

Tour Time with Alexandra Kuykendall

mom essentialsOne of the essentials we study is the essential of IDENTITY.

No one knows more about finding and defining your identity more than Alexandra Kuykendall.

She is a talented author, speaker, blogger and mom.

I had the privilege of meeting Alexandra when she spoke at MomCon  when it was held here in Kansas City.

Her book, The Artist’s Daughter, is a fantastic example of what it means to continually grow as a woman and a child of God.

Alexandra knows what it means to have questions and to trust God for the answers.

You’ll love getting to know her and I’m so thrilled she’s part of our tour and our Smarter Moms community -

CLICK HERE to read more!


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