Every time I look at it I think, this is it. This is what helps me fully understand Solomon’s groanings “Vanity of vanities.” The minute I finish the loads, I realize that I then have to expend the energy to put it all away. By time it gets put all away, somehow baskets are already refilling of new dirtied clothes. HOW? It is a maddening task. Yet, one that is truly a gift in so many ways. So in my absolute irritation at that vanity of laundry, I’ve been trying to think how I can do this act in a more God honoring way. I thought I might go through these with you today as the aim of our blog is to help redeem the ordinary for God’s glory.
Counting it’s many blessings
This may seem like a simple and obvious task, but we are often commanded in Scripture to not only glorify God in all things (1 Corinthians 10:31) but to be joyful (Philippians 4:4) and thankful (1 Thessalonians 5:18). There are so many blessings wrapped up in this ordinary act starting with the fact we have such an abundance of clothing to dirty to begin with. Not to mention that we have the means and resources to make these garments clean. Oh, what foreign concepts to so many worldwide.
Secondly, what blessings are the individuals who occupy these pieces of clothing! It is so easy to groan “How in the world do you kids dirty this many clothes?!” and to drift off into a daydream of a time when these little hands can do this task for themselves or of when the little years are gone and you return to doing the laundry of two. But, oh, I know for a fact from so many older women that this is not something we truly want. No, they would caution us to appreciate this time and enjoy it as it is very fleeting. Older mothers have encouraged me to be thankful for the many tiny onesies and toddler sized socks I get to wash on the regular as these are some sweet times I’ll look back on with great nostalgia as they will soon end.
If you’re like me, that reminder is always sobering. It is so easy to think that the grass is always greener on the other side and not be thankful for what the Lord has given me/where He has me today. I knew I needed some sort of reminder of this posted before my eyes in my laundry room. So my wonderful Feature Friday partners Kurtz Designs created a beautiful custom sign that I’ve pictured below:
I believe the sign is pretty self explanatory but I thought this was such a direct, needed reminder for the chore of laundry. I am always trying to find new creative ways to help myself and my home set our minds on things above more often and I believe this sign will do just that. It’s almost like I’m looking straight at these godly Titus 4 women when I see this sign and am confronted with an easy to forget reality.
Kurtz Designs tailored this sign specifically to my desired size, coloring and everything! While they are not an explicitly Christian company, I love this sign and that you can commission Kurtz Designs to do any custom pieces for you! Also, fun side note that one of the owners names is Macy (like me!) and she was a student in the student ministry I interned for back in college so she has a special place in my heart. She is offering our followers a 15% off code for this sign or any others if you just use the code CHRISTIANHOME at the link here. And as always, be sure and follow us both on social media for even more goodies!
Lastly, I want to briefly mention two other ways we can be more God honoring in the act of doing laundry
Use it as a time of meditation or Scripture intake
If my kids are not around, laundry is a time that I am striving to spend more time listening to Gods Word, a God honoring podcast, a sermon or anything else that will turn my thoughts to Christ. Though often my children are around as I force myself to wash and put away clothes, I can still take time to meditate on Gods Word. This is an excellent time to practice some Scripture memory or think through the scriptures you’ve been reading.
Involve my children
Even though my kids are little, I’ve found that they often feed off of your reaction to things. So if I say “guys! Do y’all want to learn to do laundry like big boys with mommy?!” Or something of the sort, I can use these moments to teach my kids some practical lessons and grow their love for helping. I can also take a page out of Every Moment Holy’s book and use it as a time to share the gospel with my children. I love how our favorite liturgy book helps us to view laundry
“Even as I draw the freshly laundered clothes from the basin, may the sight and the scent of a new cleanness remind me of the righteousness that is now mine, of the ongoing forgiveness that you extend of your work on my behalf which is both finished, and forever ongoing and necessary in this life. In Christ you have declared me righteous. Yet by your Spirit I pray You would ever continue to cleanse me, sanctifying me that my aroma, day to day and week to week, might be more and more like that of Christ.”
Friends, may this be our hearts as we look to another cycle of laundering. May a simple sign like the one by Kurtz Designs aid in our command to “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. And lastly, may God be glorified in our hearts and homes today.
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