Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Conquering Mount Washmore

It's about the last thing
most women want to be doing
on a sunny day,
or even a rainy day,
or any day.

I have some strange genetic disorder,
I like doing laundry.

There is something about that satisfaction
of seeing and smelling fresh clothes
that motivates me
to wash those same clothes
and over
and over
and over
and over
and over
and over.

Behind every working woman
is an enormous pile of unwashed laundry.
Barbara Dale
Marriage is about the most expensive way
for the average man to get laundry done.
Burt Reynolds

Have you ever taken something out of the clothes hamper
 because it had become, relatively, the cleanest thing? 
 Katharine Whitehorn

What I like about laundry is the chance to make everything fresh and new again.

The sox can be crusted into lefts and rights, the shirts displaying part of every meal (spilling down the front is another genetic disorder in my family), and the jeans can have crusted mud clumps hanging on the raggedy bottom edges, but I  usually can get the stains out. 

I know how to scrub, spray, rub and get almost every kind of stain out.  If I don't know the answer to a particular laundry challenge, there is always another woman who does.

But for sure, if I can't get a stain out with the first wash, I re-wash.  Heat will set the stain, only washing can remove the stain.

Everytime we wear our clothes, they get dirty and  must be washed.  Sometimes, when the kids are younger, they change several times a day. Sometimes, when they are older, they can get a few days out of a pair of jeans or a sweatshirt before they spill down the front.

It's like laundry maturity when something can last longer than one or two or even three meals.   But, no matter how mature you get, there are always those stains, always that lingering smell, always that stretched out feeling of overuse, that sends all the clothes back to be washed.

Just like our laundry, we always need washing. We come to Jesus to be washed in His blood for our salvation, but with daily use we always have a little stain, a lingering smell, that stretched out feeling that sends us back for daily washing.

Psalm 51:2
Wash me throughly from mine iniquity,
 and cleanse me from my sin.

Psalm 51:7
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean:
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Let's conquer all our Mount Washmores!


  1. I have a gigantic pile of laundry that is calling Grandma Mindy's name!! And two grandbabies for that matter ;) We have to skype soon!

  2. I was thinking like Jana.... you can lend us your experience anytime.

    I'm excited for laundry maturity to hit. We are at the several changes a day stage. If it isn't food, it's mud:-)

    I'm the one who spilled something on my shirt today, though. Still working on that maturing thing... :-)

  3. Didn't think I would be inspired to do laundry of all things today! You gave the courage to tackle my hefty heap! Thanks for the sweet scriptures and for visiting my corner of the world!

  4. I love the application of everday chores to the precious words of scripture.
    Aah, washing!


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