If I going to be honest here, life stinks. People are not always nice, and some mornings I do not want to get up and begin another chapter in this thing we call life. My to-do list is piling up and all I want is to do is avoid my to-do list and sleep while eating cookie dough at the same time. Yes, I know you cannot sleep and eat at the same time… but I wish I could. 

I have lately forgotten the beauty of the everyday adventure in the busyness of life.

I bet I am not the only person out there who has forgotten the beauty of each sunrise. Each morning I forget that it is a new day to worship the King of Kings. Each morning I forget that I have an opportunity to do life with the one who breathed life into me. Every day I forget that my life is filled with endless possibilities of joy, happiness and adventure.

There is more to life than business meetings, watching Netflix all day, and talking to strangers in the elevator about the weather. There is more to life than having your main goal being hitting 10,000 steps on your Fitbit. There is more to life than Pinteresting your goals while wondering what day of the week it even is.

Life is beautiful and meant to be explored. Life is meant for moments where you sing the lyrics to your favorite old songs with your friends while driving with nowhere to be. Life is meant for looking at the stars with good friends while having deep talks about life, exes and dresses. Life is meant for finding joy in the ordinary of life, and letting God know you enjoy where He placed you in the present.

I don’t want to wake up every day and talk about the same-old same-old stuff with the same people. I’m tired of talking about the weather and what is going on next Friday night. I want to do life with people every day. I want to find real community and form true relationships with my fellow brothers and sisters of Christ. 

I want my everyday God to look down on me and think “well done good and faithful one”. Every day I want Christ to see me giving my life as a sacrifice for Him who gave it all for me. I want to belly-laugh, jam out to old Hannah Montana songs, have intentional conversations, and smile a lot. I want to make all those who enter my presence feel the presence of their Creator. I want to find joy and to spread joy to others. I want God to become part of my everyday. While on this Earth, I want to praise Him through my actions. Every day, I want to leave a legacy of grace and love, so that tomorrow someone else can decide they too want to wake up and do life every day with God.

Every day I want to dance with the Lord. I want to follow His lead, wherever He may take me. I want to gently glide with Him through each trial with grace and vulnerability. Every day I want to dance with the Lord, forming an authentic and personal relationship with the One who hung the stars and painted the sea.

Every day can be tiring if you do not have the joy of the Lord in your heart. Walking with Jesus is not boring. It is about as exciting and crazy as a Whataburger run at 12:30 a.m., you never know what to expect. 

I do not know what to expect in this life. A lot of bad things have happened, and a lot of bad things will happen. In this life you will face death, break-ups and sickness. You will watch bad things happen to good people, and good things happen to bad people. You cannot get through your everyday without the strength of the Lord. You cannot get through heartbreak without the One who created your heart. You cannot wake up each morning and fully take on adventures without the One who was hanged on a tree for you to have joy and grace.

Find joy in the everyday by adventuring with Christ. Take His hand and dance with Him each morning. Life is meant for something bigger than acing tests and getting asked to a fraternity formal. Life is meant for bigger things than awkward elevator talks with strangers you will probably never see again. Life is meant to be adventured with the One who created the everyday. And that is the kind of life I want to live every day.

 

Written by Grace Valentine

I love Jesus, diet coke and sunflowers. I wish I lived in the mountains, but love the two states I call home--Louisiana and Texas. I can watch Criminal Minds all day and dream of one day owning an ice cream truck for fun. However, my main goal in life is that more girls will realize the worth they have through Christ Jesus--and with Him and Him only we are enough.

17 comments

  1. I will be reading this every day this week and quite possibly for the next year. This is EXACTLY what I needed to hear. WOW

    1. So glad you are encouraged new friend! Every thing I write is something God has placed on my heart and I too struggle with, therefore it comforts me knowing I am not alone! God bless 🙂

      1. of course you are not alone Grace.. i think we all are same in some way or the other and after reading your posts and the comments on them, i realized that how much alike we are.. it feels great to know that my friend 🙂
        Great posts.. well done 🙂

  2. Hi Grace,
    Thank you for sharing who you are and who you want to be with those who have ears to hear.
    I don’t know if you know who Beth Moore is but I think you just might be chosen as she was to share who you are by speaking to those who are seeking. You are wise beyond your years.
    Excuse me as I joyfully go about my day by the grace of God, sharing His love with each glance, word and action.

    Joyfully,
    Catherine Howell

    1. Wow I love Beth I saw her is Waco the other weekend! She is so unique and special in ministering to women, I am a huge fan of her therefore honored by this comment! I pray you Catherine adventure with Jesus, take His hand and let Him dance with you! God bless you new friend and sister!

  3. I have been reading your blog for awhile and I have to say I really appreciate it. I also would like to simply eat and sleep at the same time (perhaps a really lucid dream). But yes, I struggle with losing adventure,joy,and the wonder of being in a relationship with Christ in my work as a caregiver with a women with dementia partially because every day is practically the same. And yet even in that Christ is at work and there is joy. Thank you for this encouragement.

    1. It is so easy to struggle with this you are not alone, everyday I continually have to remind myself the beauty in dancing with Christ. I pray you are encouraged and have a wonderful week new friend 🙂

  4. Reading your posts make me happy when I’m sad. Your writing is amazing. Thank you for giving me strength to walk and believe in my Lord. Thank you for showing college girls it is okay to love Jesus. I am proud to say I love Jesus and turn to Him when I need Him most.

  5. I’m so glad that I found your blog! Every time you write a post I’m reminder Whose I am and how my life should look because of that. Keep writing girl, you’re doing a great job!

  6. Reading this reminds me that every part of my life is intentional; that jesus is so much bigger than I give him credit for. He can do all things without me but he lets me be a part of it. Thank you for encouraging me every day when i read your blog and expressing what the deepest parts of my heart can’t even say to itself.

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