seriously, i think i could constantly pick up toys, do dishes, and rotate laundry and there would still be more to do. and i might be awesome in a lot of ways but i am not a woman who delights in the loading of the dishwasher.
and even though it does not come naturally to me, i've really been trying to do my mundane tasks with a joyful heart. and i've found something that helps! now don't get me wrong, most days i still loathe the laundry, but this trick helps.
so if you're looking for a little joy while you clean, pray for your family!
as you fold that laundry, pray for the person that it belongs to. those footie jams = a prayer for isaac henry. that button up (iron free, hallelujah!) = a prayer for bryant. those 87 burp rags = 87 prayers for grant. those yoga pants = a prayer for myself, because why the heck not?! these are the people i love the very very most and suddenly not only am i serving them by washing their clothes, the laundry feels a little more meaningful. is that dumb? i don't even care!
i recently went to a women's event at church and the speaker suggested praying these scriptures for your children [or yourself! or your spouse!] as you clean a specific room of the house. i think this is brilliant! i'm sure you could come up with more scriptures to pray but i'll share the ones she provided..
if _____________ confesses his sins, He is faithful and just, and will forgive his sins and cleanse him for all unrighteousness. 1 john 1:9
wash ______________ thouroughly from his iniquity, and cleanse _____________ from his sin. psalm 51:2
create in _______________ a clean heart, o God, and put a new and right spirit within him. psalm 51:10
may ______________ come to Jesus, he who labors and is heavy laden, and He will give him rest. matthew 11:28
may ________________ put on the whole armor of God, that he may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. ephesians 6:11
may _________________ stand therefore, having girded his loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod his feet with the equipment of the gospel of peace; above all taking the shield of faith, with which he can quench all the flaming darts of the evil one. and may ___________ take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit, which is the Word of God. ephesians 6:14
jesus said, i am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger. may ______________ feed on the bread of life. john 6:35
if any thirst, let him come to me and drink. may _____________ drink of the living water. john 7:37
just wanted to share this little tip with you. i hope you find it helpful. or maybe your kitchen is always clean and/or you are super duper joyful always and you don't need tips for cleaning joyfully. but y'all hear me out.. i pretty much am praying "create in my a pure heart" all the live long day. no shame in this game.
peace out on the hump day. dishes call. like always.