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Embrace the Extraordinary


“You know it, deep down- you’re not made for ordinary. Your life is meant to be an adventure, fueled by grace and inspired by big dreams to make the world a better place. But, stuff gets in the way. Whether it’s people who tell you to be practical, a version of a faith that keeps you small, or a few bruises that take you out along the way– we all have a longing to break out of the status quo and get after the life we’re meant to live.” – Bob Goff

That quote came from one of my favorite people in the world, Bob Goff, author of “Love Does.” He has a new website:


Today’s black eye

I may look like those bruises took me out along the way with that eyelid swollen and the bruise running down my cheek, but I am far from “taken out!” Instead I am thinking this is an “extraordinary” bruise from an “extraordinary bang” and I am blessed not to have suffered a concussion! My knock on the head is not stopping me from planning some extraordinary days ahead!

Likewise, the fires in CA and the flooding on the east coast and the hurricanes in Haiti and the war-torn people in Afghanistan may have stopped some people from feeling like they are living the “life we’re meant to live,” but such catastrophes cause us to also to thank God for our survival. They cause us to evaluate what’s ordinary and what’s extraordinary – what’s essential and what’s fluff.

Don’t look down and say, “Poor me!” Instead, look up, and thank God for the blessings that are still yours! That’s what I am trying to do today as I put a hot compress on that goose egg that still sits on my forehead – and plan for an extraordinary trip to England to meet our blogging friends, Derrick & Jackie in person, and to travel on to Switzerland to see our daughter and her family there. We haven’t been able to do that since COVID raised its ugly head. Waaay too long between visits with our DollyWolly!

As Bob Goff said, “Life is too short to just go through the motions.” Embrace the extraordinary! Be extraordinarily positive! Look at the bruises and the challenges – and remember, “whether its the people who tell you to be practical, a version of a faith that keeps you small, or a few bruises that … along the way,” they don’t have to pull you down. They don’t have to keep your dreams small. As Bob Goff says on his website and in his books, “Dream Big!”

Smile the bruises away.
Ignore those who put you in a box.
Embrace the faith that makes you extraordinary!

What are you planning for your future that will keep you living those “Dream Big” ideas?
Whatever it is, keep leaning on the One who answers your prayers!

The Fire Update in CA

Our son and his wife in CA still are safe from the Caldron Fire. They still are housing a family of 8 children and their mom who were evacuated from their home. They are living an extraordinary life right now, buoyed by all our prayers.

Our granddaughter in S. Lake Tahoe and her husband, Faith and Kyle, who were evacuated from their home, still are safely relocated for now in southern CA with their other grandparents. Today they received the gift of passes to visit Disneyland. It’s Kyle’s first visit there to the “Happiest Place on Earth.” The fire took a right turn just a mile from their house. Only God can control the wind! Answered prayers have saved their neighborhood. What an extraordinary God we have!

Continue to pray for extraordinary bravery and safety for our fire fighters.

Faith & Kyle

Please continue to pray for Faith and Kyle and their neighborhood…
and for Ty & Monika and their big hearts
which are open to such Christ-like help for their friends.

Monika and Ty –
an extraordinary couple

Thanks for visiting JanBeek today.

See ya tomorrow (God willing)

Stay tuned!
And continue to be the extraordinary person God created you to be!

Comments on: "Embrace the Extraordinary" (16)

  1. Extraordinary post! and Amen!

    • Thank you, Debby. I appreciate your “Amen” and your prayers for those whose health, homes or livelihoods are in danger. <3 Bless You!! <3

  2. There are GOOD people everywhere. We /they just don’t stick out like the troublesome ones. You are one of those “Good” guys, my friend.❤

  3. A great post Jan! Why be just ordinary when you can be so much more! Very good advice.
    Your black eye is looking so much better. Glad to see that Bob is on the mend as well.
    So many things to be thankful for if we just look around us. Glad you children and grandchildren are safe as well.
    Take care,

  4. So kind of Monika & Ty to take a family in. I’m happy to hear Kyle and Faith home has been saved. What a way to celebrate at Disneyland.

    Your eyes are looking better!!!!❤️

    • Thank you! I am feeling relieved – and almost back to normal when I look in the mirror. Thanks for your kind comment!

  5. Hoping your family all stay safe and you lose that bruise soon X

  6. I am sure you will enjoy your visit with Derrick and Jackie!

  7. Extraordinary moments dot our life, sharing precious ribbons of love and friendship. Lord, always remind us of the goodness around the world which is sometimes forgotten.

    • Seeing, recognizing, receiving, and being grateful for “the goodness around the world” is one of the keys to happiness, don’t you think?

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