This is the story about strawberry jam and Wednesday night parenting.

Because this is the story about how our podcast got it’s name. Buried deep in the thick of the most ordinary things we could think of was the surprising discovery that everything we valued most might easily be described as ordinary, if not even boring on some days.

It was an unexpected person who pointed out to us the obvious name for our show that we’d totally missed. Which in turn inspired us to start looking at these small, seemingly ordinary traditions as landmarks in a family.

Because we believe that ordinary life is inherently more than enough to make a difference at the cellular level of our lives. In a culture that worships bigger, faster, more, here is the story of how we aim to push back and dig deep into the spiritual truths that the Kingdom of God has always been best reflected in a grain of wheat, a mustard seed, a widow’s mite, a small jar of oil, five loaves and two fishes.

We want to offer our listeners permission to find value in their everyday lives again.

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Out of the Ordinary

The podcast for anyone who’s ever felt the nagging frustration of wondering if her life is too small, too boring or too ordinary to make a difference. Lisa-Jo Baker and Christie Purifoy, longtime friends and bestselling authors, explore the surprising ways that cultivating ordinary life leads to extraordinary stories.

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Christie Purifoy

Christie Purifoy

Co-Host

A writer and gardener, her favorite ordinary things include strawberry jam, homegrown flowers, and old books with someone else’s notes in them.

Find Christie’s books here.

Lisa-Jo Baker

Lisa-Jo Baker

Co-Host

A reader and writer, her favorite ordinary things include hot tea with milk and sugar, a good movie, her mom’s hand-me-down books and Sunday afternoon naps.

Find Lisa-Jo’s books here.

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Today at church after our prayer of confession, we sang “Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy,” just those words over and over. My younger son poked his elbow in my ribs and whispered, “Mom, are these really the only words in this song?”
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The Greek word for mercy has the same root as oil. Mercy isn’t only forgiveness instead of punishment, mercy is healing, soothing oil. Lord, have mercy, we pray, which means, Lord, soothe me, comfort me, take away my pain, and show me your steadfast love.
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What other words do we need?
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Anyhow, I mostly show up here to share some of what I’m thinking about and some of the beauty I’m noticing, but sometimes? I need to stop overthinking and show my own face and simply say, “Hello! I’m glad you’re here. Thank you for receiving my new book Garden Maker so well. I’m glad you like it. Aren’t gardens the most glorious things? 🌿
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