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I am a girl in love with a God whose Story captivates my soul. My joy is the Sacred Mundane, because the details of life are the whispers of a Savior.

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  1. you have no idea how timely & much needed this is for me. see, the thing is, i KNOW this truth, yet somehow i couldn’t find it anymore. in my weary state of mundane, i couldnt feel it anymore. but this. this message speaks to me. He is speaking to me. i wrote just yesterday of being so weary i wanted to run away … away from my family. but a timely message, a fresh anointing, a different perspective has me running toward them. thank you.

    • Praise the Lord. Oh yes, don’t we “know” it but in the middle it’s so hard to just see that bleak wall day after day! Praying today, Tracie, you are given fresh energy to see His beauty in the mundane. Bless you!

  2. oh kari – thank you for this! for the perspective of why we train our minds, souls and bodies for the race he has set for us. needed this today friend. needed this.

  3. Kari- bless you for this beautiful message. I am weary. I feel as if my wheels are spinning in mud, the more I spin, the more stuck I feel. Thank you for this perspective which I too often forsake. This training is important and necessary…. Thank you…

    • Oh yes, the feeling is “stuck” but those muscles are growing so strong! By faith, we believe it. I pray you are blessed today, Kris, as you continue to train. I bet He has something wonderful in store. Thanks, sister.

  4. Oh, thank you for putting words on this feeling. Thanks for giving voice to this emotional place I know we all have been or are. I feel encouragement and a kindred hope in my race today. Grateful here. Blessings and thanks…..

    • Praise Jesus! Oh yes, we all know this place, don’t we? I’m praying encouragement for you today, Elizabeth!

  5. 2am, tears are on my cheeks, feeding my 4th, sweet precious baby. Your post today describes me so exactly, even more so because I have a treadmill facing the wall too! Please pray for me, this season has been hard and I often feel discouraged. Thanks for this, it was for me!

    • Well, I had tears in my eyes reading of the tears on your cheeks. Oh girl, 4th baby up in the night. You are most certainly training! I am praying for you, right now, and writing your name down so I can continue. Praying a fresh energy, strength. Praying you get to be outside some today and see God’s beautiful creation. Bless you, sister!

  6. Reading this helped give clarity to life changes and circumstances that I have not been able to grasp despite valiant efforts lately! Thank you for sharing transparently and allowing others to see it as well!

    • Thank you, Erica. Praise God that He’s giving you clarity! I pray it continues so you can clearly follow His voice!

  7. Oh, thank you. It’s a season of intense allergies, mystery pain, and waves of nausea in my house…makes staying on the treadmill so much harder. But it is worth it to keep running, it truly is, it will be…

    Thank you, Kari.

  8. Thank you so much for this message. I have been mentally and physically exhausted from doing the mundane tasks of my life. And, sadly, my attitude has shown it!! I needed this perspective…thanks. 🙂

    • Yes. Oh Dawn, I too am guilty as charged with the attitude thing. Praying for us both to let God transform our mundane and bring JOY in the midst. Thank you for sharing here, praying for you right now!

  9. I often listen to “Setting up the Pins” by Sara Groves when I’m feeling this way. I like your perspective from the treadmill, too, how we’re training when we’re faithful in the little things. And you may have heard this quote from Rich Mullins, how he expressed the idea in a Countdown Magazine interview, “A spiritual thing is folding your clothes at the end of the day. A spiritual thing is making your bed. A spiritual thing is taking cookies to your neighbor that is shut in or raking their front lawn because they are too old to do it. That’s spirituality.” I come back to this quote whenever I get that treadmill feeling. Thanks for sharing here today. You picked up on a good concept and wrote it well.

    • Thank you, Darcy. I’m taking down that quote–fabulous! Bless you in your sacred mundane today…

  10. Thank you Kari. I have had a hard year after my emotionally abusive husband left. The aftermath and the feeling of seeing that wall everyday has left me exhausted. But reading your post and others like it give me hope that I’m “in training” building strength for the future. God bless.

    • Wow, Marisa–I cannot imagine how exhausting your season must feel. My oh my, yes you are training and I bet you are so beautifully in shape and ready for whatever God has for you next, even if it is “only” His voice commending you on a job well done. Praying for you right now, sister. Thanks for commenting.

  11. Life has been in high gear for awhile and it’s taking it’s toll on my husband and me. Thanks for this today. It was a soothing balm to my soul.

  12. Definitely needed this today. Life is changing, kids are becoming young ladies, finances are out of control & I feel myself loosing my grip on reality. Thank you for your post…I definitely feel like I’m on a never ending treadmill here lately. The song by Casting Crowns “Praise You In This Storm” comes to mind. I know God will help me, as I keep training, every step of the way.

    • I love that song!! I have sung that song at the top of my lungs while driving and wondering where on earth God was! But you’re right, He knows. He is training us. And He’s changing us. Thank you for your words, Treva. Praying for you right now.

  13. Thank you! God has used your words to lift me up today! I was just crying out to Him about this very thing!

  14. Coincidence! My pastor spoke on this very topic last Sunday–doing our very best in everything for Him!

    I need daily-even hourly reminders of His presence here in the trenches to keep on plugging–cause he notices and will bless me and my work!

    I’m also i”in training” to do my first 5K run & I understand running on a treadmill with no scenery change–the miles add up & the speed gets faster & soon you’re ready–ready for the challenges that await you in the day & what He might bring your way–even the mundane little things like cleaning dishes or doing laundry again!

    Wonderful post & timely!

    • Yes, amen Beth. I love when God’s timing is so perfect. I did run my first race after writing this post and it’s true–I was SO much more ready than I thought! It was so easy to run on the beautiful trail after having trained on such a boring treadmill. Such great lessons. Thanks for commenting here.

  15. When I couldn’t run anymore I just kept walking, that’s how it has been with many areas of my life; it is just as you say “faithful in the small things every day” – just keep learning and growing and loving!
    Thank you Kari.

    • Amen, Liz. Walk, run, crawl…whatever it takes to keep. moving. forward. By faith. Bless you sister.

  16. Unfinished. This morning this has been my topic. Timely, no surprise, are the honest words you wrote. An unfinished notebook from a very dark time opened this morning becomes a place to start again. Training me up in the Scared Mundane of my treadmill with the wall that confronts me now. Learning the work of perseverance in the face of the giant that looms again to tell me I am a quiter. No. He has not left me to toil alone although the place I am seems to say I am alone. I am not alone. Thank you for words that direct me to the One who labors with me as I keep plodding ahead, training in faith and perseverance.

    • I have been thinking of you and praying for you … no “word” has come to mind, but yes, that there is something IN you He is still working as the scenery is not changing yet. I do believe that’s it….something is changing inside? I know you know that …easier said than run. 🙂 Love you.

  17. This was spot on, Kari. The race is the same everyday, but God’s voice in my life lately have been reasuring me that this is exactly the race that am to run. Right now, run it, enjoy it. And for the first time in a long time, I am holding onto that and loving it! Not questioning it, just loving and enjoying it. My life, right now, this is exactly where I am meant to be. Great words, Kari!

    • Hallelujah! Rejoicing with you, Meliss. What a sweet place to be! Can I come hang out with you, maybe you can rub off on me? 🙂

  18. Thanks for sharing. You spoke the words that I haven’t been able to find to express what I’m feeling. I’m a young mother of two exhausting kids, and I am exhausted. And I feel like what I’m doing doesn’t matter {even though I KNOW that it does}. I needed this encouragement today!

    • Yes, yes, yes. Especially with our little lambs, we need this reminder daily! So much physical exhaustion, and yet it DOES matter. I’m praying for strength for you today, Andrea. Thank you for sharing!

  19. Wow. Here’s another one that really hit home.

    You know, for years I have never thought about life this way. I struggle with the small things, the mundane things, on a daily basis – and always have. This post was such an eye-opener to me.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. This will surely help me the rest of my life – in the small things.

    • Amen and amen! Girl, this is the theme of my life. Always. Every single day. We always need a reminder, and we’re in this today. Praying God blesses you in the little mundane moments of this day. Everything matters! 🙂

  20. Thank you for this, Kari. I am sick this week and things (work, cleaning, cooking, potty training) still need to be done, so I am definitely feeling the wall right now. Have felt it for awhile with a husband who has health problems and being the sole earner in our house. But finding God more and more throughout it all.

    • Oh wow, what a treadmill you are on right now! I too had the flu all week, girl. It is no small thing to add physical sickness and exhaustion to the list of things! Praying for you, for strength today, as you trust God and support that husband. Praying for you right now!

  21. As I raise a teen, tween, and preschooler in a home where my military husband is gone all too often…and as I struggle to homeschool the youngest two who both are brainy, but also have challenging personalities…and as I try to instill a greater sense of who they are in Jesus as they walk the rocky road of questions and confusion, doubts and disappointment, worry and pain…as I aim and attempt to be who He wants me to be, to find a balance between every role I have to play in this life, to rise above the harsh words and empty promises of the present: I look for God at the finish line of this long and challenging race. He is the prize, but only if I keep running the race, even as the track stretches circular ahead of me. Jesus runs along side those of us who take this challenge, always encouraging and pushing us to take step after step towards the Glory, always clearing the fog away so that when the finish line is obscured, and we get off track, we can always find our way again. Thank you for this fresh reminder that we are born to run and be victorious in this race that has already been won!!

    • Amen!! Can I post what you wrote instead? Beautiful! Amen and amen. Girl obviously God has got you on this treadmill and is giving you such strength and grace in the midst. Praying for you right now…I’m just in the start of my homeschooling journey and already it is hard. Bless you girl.

  22. Mundane is a gloomy sounding word but it can be the best soil God can grow us in. You know, too much water, too much sun can kill a plant for sure, but mundane might be where we grow the very best. Stretching ourselves up out of the mundane, that is our daily chore.
    I am a caregiver to a 77 year old husband who has just gone through surgery, rehab, then surprise!!! – a stroke. Out of rehab again and here I am in mundane. Sounds bad, huh? What will I do with all this nasty mundane? Somewhere out there is someone who is either going thru or living in it also. Don’t know what words or actions God will have me use when I find that someone, but I do know I can share. I can also feel. Jesus not only shared our sins and sickness but he could also FEEL them. I want to grow to be like Jesus. Just growing in the mundane.

    • Wow, amen and amen. Well you are reaching out RIGHT NOW and we are reading your words and being touched by them. Thank you for your beautiful example, caring for that husband. Thank you for clinging to grace and not giving up, for putting one foot in front of the other. You are part of the cloud of witnesses that is cheering us on, and we are cheering you on! Praying for strength for you today, Johnna. Bless you for sharing.

  23. Thank you, thank you, not only for the words and the sentiment but for the beautiful writing. You have a gift. A destiny of greatness was something I sought from a very young age – I was a singer. Then last year, I lost my voice and thought I had nothing. Little did I know the greatness was yet to come…in finding and trusting the Lord with the weaknesses, the little things, the monotony…as you call it, The Sacred Mundane (Love that). Thank you for the confirmation of what I know to be true…we are blessed in every little thing in life, we only need to acknowledge it. I will keep running and will praying for you to continue running as well. Love. This. Message.

    • Wow, thank you Cynthia for your kind words of encouragement. Amen–greatness found “in finding and trusting the Lord with the weaknesses, the little things, the monotony”…. YES! That is it. Thank you for your encouragement, praying for you as well.

  24. Oh sweet sister whom I’ve never met – such truth. I had to smile as the Lord gave you the word “training”. As a Mom who traded her graduate degree career for the privilege of motherhood, how often I feel this way, and question. The reminders of this truth grounded me as I ran a half-marathon race just last weekend, and have geared me up for another just tomorrow. I’ve been running with Him for 6 years now, and the same mental struggles still war. It’s not the easy road, but the one I choose. It’s worth it, He’s worth it, every time. Grace for the weariness. Grace for the victories. God bless.

    • Amen! Oh girl, isn’t running such crazy metaphor for this whole life? After I wrote this I ran my first 10K (Can’t imagine a half-marathon, wow!). It was SUCH a huge lesson for me, and He continues to speak truths through the long (hard) training process. Thanks so much for sharing. I’m smiling at you right now, can you see it? If you have a chance, stay in touch… (love your blog).

  25. This was exactly what I needed this morning. I even have a clogged sink. And by the way, I can’t wait to read your book when it gets published. 🙂

    • You sweet thing. You made me smile. 🙂 Well I am praying that silly clogged sink gets FIXED and that you are blessed and reminded all day of God’s gracious hand on your mundane life. Bless you, girl!

  26. This is so encouraging! I am going to write down “because you are training” on some note cards to place on the “walls” of my life to remind me of this thought. Thanks for sharing such a simple, yet profound thought.

  27. A much needed read today. Thank you for your amazing words once again. My prayer is for you to truly know the lives you touch through your words. Keep writing my friend. Off I go to my treadmill of life with a fresh perspective 🙂

    • Oh Kristin, thank you beautiful girl. I so admire your hard work on the treadmill of your life! YOU RUN WELL!!! It is a beautiful thing. Remember His voice, “Well done…” I love you!

  28. I am not sure how I wound up here but I thank you for being faithful and allowing God to inspire you to write this… I am so blessed to have read it and I am going to share it with my group of ladies.. I know they will be blessed by it too… God Bless You… Enjoy your run… I will enjoy mine…

    • Well I know how you wound up here! 🙂 SO glad that God directs our steps. Thanks so much for commenting, I pray you are blessed today.

  29. As a mother & a runner this really really spoke to me! Thank you! I am clicking over to your blog & will become your newest faithful follower. <3

    • Oh you dear girl! YAY! I can’t wait to interact more together as we grow as mama-runner Jesus-lovers! Bless you, sister.

  30. Some days the mundane is a blessing. Recently, God increased the incline on my treadmill by adding a second job to this single mama’s life, as well as an unforeseen diagnosis for my beautiful daughter. I know He’s training me for something amazing, and I try to remain grateful for the lessons, but some days I feel like I’m trying to juggle while running uphill. It’s helpful to remember that the balls are not mine to keep in the air and the treadmill is preprogrammed to never be more than I can bear through Him.

    (And have you tried pouring baking soda and white vinegar down the drain, followed 5 minutes later by boiling water?)

    • Oh Heather! Oh my, yes I would say that is certainly increasing the incline. Girl you must have been training WELL for God to entrust you with such a huge mountain. I am praying for you, dear girl. Do you have dear sisters around you for support? Please let me know specifically how I may pray for you; I’d like to. Thank you, girl for your words here and your beautiful perspective. And yes, I tried the vinegar/BS thing without success (it was a serious clog) but we finally called the landlord and got it fixed! 🙂

  31. Thank you for the encouragement! I graduated from nursing school in December and ever since then, all the doors of opportunity have been slamming left and right. So here I am five months later stuck on the treadmill staring at the wall in front of me. It’s such a hard place to be when you can’t make plans for the future and you just have to WAIT.

    • Oh wow. Yes, slammed doors. Walls. Roadblocks. Wait wait wait. It’s such a hard place to be. I always find myself tempted to DO DO DO instead of WAIT WAIT WAIT. I’m praying for you right now that he shows you some great little nuggets while you’re in the waiting place. Bless you.

  32. What an amazing and moving post! Please pray for me! I could so relate having spent 10 years of “treadmill life” feeling really like I’m going nowhere, then boom – changes come. And not in any shape or form I would have wanted, but I love your description of this period of time as training. How God has been moulding me, shaping me, preparing me – yes training me. You see, my 5 year old daughter was diagnosed with cancer at the beginning of March. She had emergency surgery to remove a brain tumour and we are now in treatment. So not quite the changes I had envisioned or prayed for, yet God’s glory and gifts are littered throughout this journey. And yes, I have been trained to walk this journey hand in hand with God and my daughter, so we can do it together without quitting. Thank you for your prayers or complete recovery! I’m believing for the miracle!

    • Oh my! Kate, what an amazing ordeal God has entrusted to you. You must have been training WELL for Him to give you such a challenging course to run! I am praying for you right now; are you surrounded by a good team of sisters who can support and pray for you? I will certainly be praying for your daughter! If you’re comfortable, please “contact” me and let me know her name and any other specific things we can pray for. I’d be honored to pray for her. Thanks, Kate. Bless you girl!

  33. May His grace and mercy be will all of us to see the purpose of the sufferings and trials we encounter in our daily life.
    I was reminded by Rom 8:28-29 that “all things” work together for our good because we love God, thus He can fulfill His purpose of conforming us to the image of His Son, Jesus Christ.
    May this vision governs our lives so that we can praise the Lord in any circumstance and in this way defeat His enemy and transcend our environment so that His will be done in us, with us and through us.
    Amen!

    • Beatriz! I saw your email also, and would love to talk to you more. Praying for strength for you! Thank you for your words here, and for reaching out and connecting. Bless you, sister!

  34. Kari,
    I was in tears today from the exhaustion of my treadmill routine as a teacher of extremely challenging students, politics getting the best of those who do not deserve it, raising my own children with no help, and the pain and confusion of it all. Reading your post gave me strength to remember that there is a reason and God knows and is there for us. Thank you for reminding me that I am not alone in this and giving me your encouraging posts to keep me going. This year has been a huge struggle and growing experience for me. Prayers for peace, health and comfort where I am lacking.
    Blessings to all…..

    • Wow, so glad God had this in perfect timing. Praying for you today, sister! Thank you for reaching out here and letting us pray. Will you stop by later and let me know how you’re doing? I’d love to hear from you! Praying! Your sister, Kari

  35. Thank you for this post! I just recently stumbled upon (in)courage and I’ve been so blessed by the posts I’ve read from all the other writers. However, this message points out exactly where I am and what I’ve been struggling with for the past year. I’m so encouraged even by the responses from other women who have been there or who are there right now. I feel like I’m not the only one who thinks or feels this way! Again, thank you so much and God bless!

    • Welcome!! SO glad you are here, what a joy! Also so glad God had this post for you and can use it as encouragement. Certainly you are most certainly not alone! Goodness sake, we understand! Praying for you today, Tina. Thanks so much for reaching out. Your sister, Kari

      • Thank you for the prayers Kari! I felt the Lord answering them today. It is teacher appreciation day and some of my students wrote things to me that I would have never ever expected them to say that brought me to tears of joy. They warmed my heart to know they understand what I am doing and why I am doing it. They reminded me that I never gave up even with all the behaviors I have to tolerate— as they said. Then I realized they are not the only ones reminding me that this struggle has a purpose, the Lord was reminding me as well. Thank you Lord! Continued prayers…..

  36. Thank you for this post! I just recently stumbled upon (in)courage and I’ve been so blessed by the posts I’ve read from all the other writers. However, this message points out exactly where I am and what I’ve been struggling with for the past year. I’m so encouraged even by the responses from other women who have been there or who are there right now. Glad to know that I’m not alone:)

  37. Just came across this post tonight. Perfect timing. So very very thankful. I am finishing up my first year of teaching inner city middle and high schoolers. I feel as though I have been running since September and am wondering if life will ever slow down, even just a little.

  38. What a great read..something new to ponder. I have been sharing with my dear freind, Monica, how I feel like I am going in circles….like I am going nowhere. NOWHERE…she contiuously reminds me that our God hears us and is with us, as I know. She reminds me there is something more…I just feel like I am going nowhere. I do look back on the terrible events of a year ago and see progress, though small, I have seen changes in myself…I seek God’s will. I try to be faithful but sometimes hopelessness sneeks in with the unknown, my world is so different now, relying only on the knowledge (with reminders from my dear friend) that God will provide.
    Funny how the verse Jeremiah 29:11 kept coming up in random conversations and readings “I know my plans for you….not to hurt you, but only for your good”. I want this to be plastered on my wall until I feel strong again, so I can have some visual reminder….I guess it is there in the cross already!
    Oh, my thanks be to God!

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