That's a good looking laundry room isn't it? Clean, spotless, orderly; and absolutely not mine. The fact is, I am so ashamed of anyone seeing my laundry room that I sought out a beautiful photo representation from the web instead of snapping one of my own. It's bad y'all! I have to admit that I'm organized in my heart but I fail at putting ideas into practice. We are all a work in progress though, right? Right. Moving right along.
As I dried off after my shower this morning, my first thought was, "We need new towels". Then for some reason, I laughed at my 20 something-years-ago self and how excited that bride-to-be was about picking out towels in a certain color scheme. They had to be BLUE. Blue was our theme color! I want to go back and tell that girl, "Save yourself some time and go with solid white. You can wash them all together with bleach and you will just have to buy new ones in a couple of years anyway." Ah well; live and learn.
I started thinking about those towels and how they are like our lives. Stay with me here. Think about it. We start out all fresh, clean and new. Then as we go through our everyday lives, the world starts wearing on us; makes us dingy if you will. Sometimes we make mistakes, get a stain, and try like the devil to get that spot off so no one sees it. You see the stain, but no matter how much you try, the stain doesn't quite go away, there is still a remnant. Pretty profound thoughts for 6 AM right? The mind is a mystery.
The good news is, God can completely erase those stains. He makes us brand new, shiny and clean! Here's how:
If you are a believer and DO know what I'm talking about. Keep in mind that we are spotless before HIM. Sometimes I need a reminder. The devil wants us to see our lives like the stained, never-will-be-white-again towels when God want's us to remember he cleansed us. MADE US SPOTLESS. That's fantastic news all day long.
I love❤️ when my "Life" and "Bible" section overlap! It means I am more mindful of God in my everyday and am actively noticing His hand in my life. I feel like that is a growth marker in my spiritual life and it makes me happy! This shirt (photo above) was one of those moments when I felt God was trying to get me to listen. Let me tell you why...
Every once in a while, my mind has a way of hijacking my life. There may be a clinical term but basically, a thought crosses my mind, I obsess about it, it grows into multiple other thought tracks and before you know it, I am full out worrying or bluesy at best, depressed at worst. It can last for days or weeks until my inner dialogue works it out. It's exhausting and a time-suck. The thing is, I usually don't notice until I'm looking back. Anyway, work in progress right?.
Last month I had one of those times. Something crossed my mind and before I knew it, I was worried about a series of possibilities ( well if x happens then I have to be ready for y and z, how do I get to y and z ?!?!? ) I could not snap out of it. I was good while I was busy with work or kids but when things got quiet, the devil went to work. One day scrolling through my Instagram feed, I came across a post from @crosstrainingcouture that caught my eye. It was a photo post ,( part of their #featuremectc promo), of a new mom that was feeling down about her new mom body and how her "Be You Tiful", CTC shirt that she put on that morning made her feel better and put things in a better perspective. It's really a beautiful post, you should follow them and read it. I clicked through to the Cross Training Couture website to look at their other offerings and the above shirt just spoke straight to my soul in that moment.
Based on Proverbs 31:25 - " She is strong and respected by the people, She looks forward to
the future with Joy."
She laughs without fear of the future!
I know, I KNOW, that there is no use in worrying. God does not want us to worry and HIS Word tells us
I bought the shirt! I am so glad I did. It is a reminder that I am not in control and if I live in HIM, I can face anything. So lets laugh without fear of the future and remember what Jesus said in John 14:1 - " Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God and trust in me."
My name is Joni...