Laundry and the Gospel

Anyone else just {a tad} behind on laundry? Sometimes it’s comforting to know there’s another mom right there with you buried under the pile. So, here’s a reality picture for the sake of solidarity {and, yes, that print on the wall is crooked and too high}. For the past three days, this is the first sight my eyes have seen as I walk through my garage door into the house. No instagram filter can make it prettier. . .
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But the Gospel of Jesus offers beauty and rest {to my type-A-would-prefer-everything-neat-and-orderly-soul} in the midst of this chaotic mess that I just haven’t had time to get to this week.

Jesus’s purifying and cleansing work through the blood sacrifice of his own body on the cross is preeminent over the dirty [or in my case, clean but unfolded] laundry that is threatening to avalanche soon.” —-Gloria Furman in Treasuring Christ When Your Hands are Full. 

“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—-more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness [which clearly might be my family soon!] or danger or sword? . . . No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us! ———Romans 8:31-37

So, friend, whether you’re buried under a mound of laundry or a much, much greater mound full of sorrow, suffering, pain, grief or spiritual warfare; rest in the gospel today. If you are in Christ Jesus, you are more than a conquerer. What Christ has done for you, and the power and inheritance he has given you, blows any hardship { from the smallest to the greatest} out of the water.

Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God. ——Psalm 43:5

Hallelujah and amen!

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