This is the story of how to keep doing your ordinary work without feeling discouraged during the Christmas season.

The wonder of the holidays can be diluted when we have to balance it with the work we do that makes gifts and celebrations possible. This week Lisa-Jo and Christie unpack the reality that everything doesn’t stop just because it’s December. Instead there are still deadlines and work commitments and maybe that’s actually OK too. Maybe we don’t need to believe the Hallmark premise that everything stops around the holidays in time for hot chocolate and mistletoe. Maybe for so many of us the courage to keep providing for our families in the midst of the meaningful season is itself a good and generous gift.

This week we celebrate the holiday season that has to find a way to fit hand in hand with our ordinary, daily work. And we recognize that different lives have different rhythms of work and rest and there is no one perfect pattern. And we discuss how the work we’re doing here on earth will likely bear fruit in the kingdom to come.

So, lean into your own timetable this season and let Christmas unfold slowly, and let your family and friends off the hook and give them permission to be themselves in the way they work and the way they rest too.

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.

Visit our official podcast page!

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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Sunday morning still life.
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I had eggs for breakfast. My hands are stained with pollen. This vignette looked so beautiful. Because I have a camera, and Instagram, I can share it with you.
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I am grateful, content.
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I’m not sure I’ve ever worked so hard to keep the tears back as I did when recording today’s new episode of Out of the Ordinary Books. You don’t have to be a mother to feel gutted by any story of a child’s pain.
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But at the end of this story is an invitation. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me.” AND WE CAN HELP THAT HAPPEN.
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I’ve been a bit sick with allergies/asthma but summer cosmos are good medicine. I find I cut more flowers in July and August because it’s hot and sticky and the garden as a whole feels a bit overwhelming. Playing with flowers indoors helps me focus on the gifts of the garden rather than the griefs (there are always griefs).
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There’s quite a bit about cosmos in my book. Hopefully that means a few more of you will be picking cosmos with me next summer! 🌸
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I don’t typically share on my personal IG feed about each month’s new issue of Paper&String, the digital care package I help make with a whole community of artists, writers, pastors, cooks and bakers, and … well, I could keep going. It’s a wonderfully creative group. But this month’s issue?? I pretty much read the whole thing with my jaw dropped and open. The theme for this July issue is enchantment, and WOW. It worked. I am freshly filled with joy and wonder and light. ✨ Friends, If you don’t yet subscribe, this one is too good to miss.
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There’s a link in my profile where you can learn more or subscribe. It’s only $5.99! Are you already a subscriber? If so, I’d love to hear your favorite thing from this month’s care package. Or maybe you are only getting started? This is definitely one to savor.
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Thank you @kimberlyacoyle @kriscamealy @lisajobaker @annakocherart @serendipimoose @elrenaevans @tonyasalomons and everyone else who lent your love and voice and talent to this special issue. 💜
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@kimberlyacoyle your feature essay??? Had me like this 😭😍😭
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I’m a less-is-more kind of girl, and summer is too much in every way.
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Too much heat. Too much humidity. Too many gorgeous garden flowers asking to be cut.
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Too much pollen dropped on all the furniture. Too much sun on our cheeks, too many fire flies late at night. Two many watermelon drips. Too much time together.
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And I’m trying to keep up. Trying to open my mouth wide. And wider. (Psalm 81:10)
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I’ve lived a lot of life with this birthday boy. He was and is my best birthday gift. Has it only been 15 years of double celebration? And how is he 15 already?
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Time is a gift. It gives us good boundaries. But it’s also like an ill-fitting outfit we weren’t really meant to wear. We are always living an experience that doesn’t quite fit within the minutes and the hours and the days.
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