Prayerfully Speaking

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Finding Joy in the Routine

These thrill me: spontaneous trips, surprises, varied jobs, new friendships.  Adventure! Yes, I’m one of those—a weirdo who thrives on change.   I often get this itch to get in the car and start driving, see  something new and switch up the routine.

But here’s the catch: I’m also a stay-at-home mom of two toddlers.  My life is inundated with monotonous maintenance. Clean up the kitchen, put away the toys, fold the laundry, change the diapers, vacuum the carpet, read the book, stop the fighting, listen to Dora, fix the snacks, again… and again… and again.

After a while, it’s easy to start feeling like a robot—a dusty, rusty robot in need of an oil can.

Life feels dry.

But because of Jesus, I can choose joy and hope and fulfillment through those dry seasons of life.  Because of Jesus, I am enabled to get my eyes off myself and my situation and look to Him and remember that He has blessed me with an abundant life—even when it feels small and routine.

Because of Jesus, my life isn’t dictated by

my circumstances


or disappointments.

Because of Jesus, my life has purpose.

And even though wiping a runny nose or reading a story feels mediocre at times,

I have a great opportunity to live a life of sacrifice and glory, and what better adventure is there than that?


Kristin Hanley is an online English professor for Regent University.  She loves to hike, mural paint, cook and write in her blog:  Her husband Aaron and their two children make their home in Branson, Missouri.

Because of Jesus is a weekly blog series designed to show how a relationship with God’s perfect son transforms a life. Enjoy reading the inspiring posts by others whose lives are much different than they could be because of Jesus.

About Jennifer O. White

I'm a simple wife who has discovered God's amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you've ever imaged.