"In everything give thanks." (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

The ordinary, ho-hum everyday, something that's so easy to take for granted. Mountain-top experiences are wonderful but life is lived in the plains and valleys. It's practically impossible to overestimate the ordinary everyday.

Perhaps among those might be a familiar scene out a window, or thick clouds and a gentle soaking rain, the glory of a sunrise or a spectacular sunset, a child's loud, joyous laughter. Or reading a morning newspaper, coffee in hand. A field of wild flowers, studying your Bible, making a sandwich. Washing dishes or doing laundry. Going through the mail. A phone call or text from a friend. The sound of city traffic. A warm smile from a cashier you don't know. A tail-wag greeting from your neighbor's puppy.

Today's the best day to come to a holy halt, slowing it down just a bit and enjoying the day. An attitude of gratitude will take us a long way, and ordinary is truly beautiful.

Thank you, Lord, for the mountains and peaks, and thank you especially for the valleys and plains - the gift of our extraordinary ordinary everyday.

Inspirational Messages, Sally I. Kennedy