Guest Post For Julie


The post below was originally posted as a guest post for Julie at Back To Basics blog - I'm just re-posting it here for my own records.

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First of all, thank you Julie for having me! I love reading Julie's blog, and I am so honored to be doing a guest post for her!

Ever since Julie asked me to do a guest post, I've been desperately attempting to come up with something to write about. Nothing was coming to me. I've never drawn such a blank when trying to think of a post.

I was thinking about it again one night last week, because my window of opportunity was quickly closing, and I asked my husband what he thought I should write about. He quickly said I should write about lint.

Lint? Obviously he was joking, and he did get a chuckle out of me. But since I'm desperate, I'm taking it and running with it. Except about laundry, not lint.

Laundry and I have a love/hate relationship. I really love doing loads of laundry - throwing clothes in the washer and dryer knowing they will soon be clean makes me happy.

Oh, but once they get out of the dryer, the hating begins. I hate folding laundry. Hate it. If you were to take a picture of my laundry room every day, you would see the "clean" basket gradually getting fuller and fuller, until it's overflowing, and still I do nothing about it.

I think I secretly just hope that my husband will notice and take over the folding duties - and he sometimes does. But sometimes I just have to buckle down and fold them myself.

Because of this hate for laundry folding, I am torn when coming to a decision about whether to wash something. You know how alot of new moms change their baby's outfit every time they spit up on themselves? Not in this household. My baby doesn't get out of the outfit he's in unless he makes a serious mess in it (if you know what I mean).

But then on the other hand, I'm a bit of a germaphobe. That's what working in the dental field will do to you. If there's even a possibility that some spit got on my scrubs, they need to be washed. And they need to be washed separately from the rest of our laundry, because I don't want to contaminate other clothes with the spitty-ness. I've even considered running an empty load between my scrubs and the rest of our laundry, with bleach, just so I can be sure there's no germs remaining in the washer.

Clearly I have issues.

As I was thinking over all of this laundry stuff, I started considering how this relates to my faith. Do you know that laundry is mentioned in the Bible? Take a look at these verses.



"All of us have become like one who is unclean,
and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;
we all shrivel up like a leaf,
and like the wind our sins sweep us away."

Isaiah 64:6


Even when we give our best, our righteous acts are like filthy rags when compared to God's righteousness.

I'm sure some of you wives and mothers can relate to the "filthy rags" part. Think the rags you use to clean your bathroom, or even better, cloth diapers. Yep.

But there is hope!

“Come now, let us settle the matter,”
says the LORD.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
they shall be like wool."

Isaiah 1:18

When we put our faith In Jesus, he will miraculously take those "filthy rags" and make them "white as snow", by covering us with His righteousness!

Infinitely better than any laundry detergent. Through Jesus, we have victory!

And my favorite . . .

"The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels."
Revelation 3:5

I love that if we believe in Jesus, when we get to Heaven God will give us white clothes to wear.

Rarely do I dare to wear white, especially with a new baby - something always stains it. But somehow I don't think it will be possible for our heavenly white clothes to get stained.

I like that.

Something to think about next time you have to fold those clothes.





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Mrs. G said...

I laughed when I read that you, too, don't change the baby's outfit unless it's really necessary. Aren't burp clothes meant for wiping off spit-up so you don't have to change? ;-)

Emily C said...

Sometimes I wish the dryer never stopped. I hate the folding too. Love the analogy! It's comforting to think that He cleanses us and makes us cleaner than any washer will ever make clothes:)

Melanie said...

Love this! I love your humor Callie! I have a love/hate relationship w/laundry too. Hate putting it away (folding doesnt bother me..just the literal putting it in its place is a DREAD for me!)..love getting that basket empty though! Isnt it great to know God has washed away all of our sins...He's the ultimate stain remover!!! :-D

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