Julie who posted September 15 at 8:14 p.m. is the winner for the Starbuck’s gift card! Please be sure to email me your full name and address and I’ll get it right out!
I’m a freak about being clean; especially when it’s hot (which it still is here!) If I’m working in the sun, I get dirty; sweaty…stinky! When the work is complete, water is the first thing I seek. Water cleanses; refreshes.
It is not unusual at all for me to shower twice a day in the hot months. I feel so strongly about feeling clean; sweat is not my friend!
I had to ask myself recently: I feel that strongly about washing my heart several times a day?
Ephesians 5:26 – 27 says: “to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.”
Our worlds expose us to all kinds of messes: media, relationships, work environments. Sometimes we get dirty; filthy even. Stinky attitudes, smelly viewpoints. We’ve got to shower! We have to set aside time, in the middle of it all, to be washed and refreshed by God’s word. It may be a notecard by the sink. Perhaps your Bible laid out on your desk allows you to take a sneak peak. What about “bookending your day” as Ann Voskamp calls it; beginning and ending your day in God’s Word?
We have to be continually washing ourselves in His word. Cleansing our hearts. Then, we can begin to wash our children’s. They too need to be cleansed of their environment smudges with God’s truth. Through conversations, reading His truth together and through prayer they are made holy. Maybe not right away, but I believe, no, I know, that His word will not return void. It is the hope I believe; the hope I cling to.
I believe that not only will I one day be radiant, without stain, wrinkle or blemish, but that He will work His Word into my precious children and they will be as well.