Washing dishes, folding laundry, wiping countertops... whether you live in a hut, house, or high rise, these are all tasks we deal with daily.
I don't know about you, but often... no check that... daily... I get weary in my labor!
So today I want to share with you some of my favorite things, that not only make the job bearable, but keep me focused on my Savior while cleaning house.
An Object Lesson
Some of us hate house work, others thrive on it. I fall somewhere in the middle.
For example, I absolutely dread cleaning the bathroom... especially the kid's sink. It is constantly streaked with globs of used tooth paste, soap scum, and germs (Moms out there with little ones, you know where I'm coming from!).
But as much as I hate the task, there is something so gratifying about taking a sink dirty, stained, and gross... and wiping it clean, making it shine and sparkle to it's former glory!
Here's the metaphor...
Our hearts are disgusting, full of sin. They are smeared with selfishness, tarnished with pride, and stained with every sin imaginable. They are dirty, messy, and awful to look at. But then Christ comes in. His grace and mercy are the elbow grease required to clean us. The great housekeeper of our souls, Jesus makes what was once vile, pure.
So the next time you have a cleaning job that is nastily overwhelming, remind yourself that your heart once looked much worse to God. Think of the task as an immediate object lesson in the gospel for you in that moment!
A Crazy Long Audio Que
You already know the many reasons why I just love podcasts. (If not read my previous post). But seriously, I can no longer imagine my days without them. Many afternoons you can find me folding laundry or unloading the dishwasher while listening to my favorites.
Podcasts are especially helpful because they provide me a timeframe for my work. I can choose a 45 minute sermon, or an hour long interview, and it is an instant timer and motivator. I push play and I have exactly 37 minutes to do work around the house. It is amazing how much higher my productivity is when I have a deadline... and something enjoyable to listen to while I work!
So here are my recently most played podcasts:
The Briefing by Al Mohler
(see my previous post for more info)
Inspired to Action by Kat Lee
Just the intro and outro to her podcasts bring much needed encouragement to this Mama's heart and tears to my eyes EVERY TIME!
"I hope this show is the pep talk you need as a mom. A reminder that what you do every day is life-changing and it matters more deeply than you could ever imagine. Out of all the women in the world God chose you to be the mother of your children, because you are special and amazing. He has called you and he will equip you. So thank you for serving your family, for loving your children fearlessly, and for fighting to be a great mom."
"You're a Mom. You're kind of a big deal. Now go be awesome!"
The Art of Simple by Tsh Oxenreider
I came across this podcast after listening to an interview of Tsh on Inspired to Action. I then started regularly listening to her podcasts, following her blog, and reading her books! The art of Simple is simply that - encouragement to live simply and purposely.
The Village Church's sermon audios
If you know me you know I am a big Matt Chandler follower. His preaching is biblically based, theologically sound, and relatable to the average Joe. I love his down to earth, keeping it real, narrative style. The sermon series on Manhood and Womanhood has seriously been rocking my world lately! So after keeping up with my Pastor's latest sermons, I am sure to listen to the Village's weekly podcast.
Ask Pastor John
Just as the name implies, this podcast is a 10 minutes or so window where Pastor John Piper answers questions sent in by listeners. They cover a huge variety of topics and the last I checked there were almost 1000 interviews! There is a free Ask Pastor John app that includes a tool bar where you can search the interviews by topic or key word, or you can listen on desiringgod.com
Revive Our Hearts
Lastly, I am sad to say that I am just now following Nancy Leigh DeMoss's Revive Our Hearts. A radio show that "explores women's issues from a biblical perspective" is a must listen for all gals!