Helpful Hints from the Housewife’s Diary

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     Shower walls streaked with soap scum screamed at me, “We’ve been Neglected”.  Dreading the job ahead, I donned an ugly pair of shorts and a shirt now dubbed “for cleaning”.  Armed with sponges, cloths, cleanser, and a blue bucket half full of water, I shored up my confidence and attacked those walls with all the wisdom of an imaginary “Helpful Housewife Hints” book.
     Squishing the rectangular sponge in the water, I liberally covered it in the foaming cleanser.  With vertical and horizontal motion, I scrubbed the bluish-white cleaner all over the first marble-like wall.  At first glance, it appeared to have removed the sticky film.  Until I looked closer. This would take more work than anticipated.
     My first thought was to jackhammer the project and call in someone who could build a new shower.  Then I became rational and realized the secret was in the dreaded elbow grease, rubber gloves, and an all purpose rag.  My hands would become one with the wall as I rubbed away the dirt with my fingers.
     One hour later, the shower smiled back at me. Left behind, though, were the marks of dried droplets of sprayed water. Only a marble cleaner would make these walls shine and SEAL them against future invasions of soap scum and water marks.
     As I scrubbed hard, the Lord  brought to mind the scouring of my own soul. How He removes the dirt, time and time again. He never gives up on us.  Never wants to throw us out and build a new model.  He patiently cleans us again and again.  And He has sent His Holy Spirit to SEAL us so that nothing can harm our finish–the guarantee of eternal life (better than a warranty on your shower).
     What makes you want to throw in the towel (pardon the pun)?  What sins do you have that you think God cannot remove?  Have you ever felt like just giving up? 

     In Scripture, the Lord says, “Come now, let us reason together,” 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 NIV

     “Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory.” Ephesians 1:13b-14 NIV



12 thoughts on “Helpful Hints from the Housewife’s Diary

  1. Great analogy!! I love the scriptures you put with them!

    From my friend, Karen

  2. Kaye–Praise the Lord for His encouraging Word. Thank you for stopping by. Have a blessed week as well.

    Stephani–So good to hear from you again. I don’t know if any “elbow grease” would work on me. I make a worse mess that soap scum in the shower. Praise God for His cleansing, grace, and peace.

    Richard–Thank you for the additional Scripture that reminds us that sometimes we may need a hard cleansing (discipline) from the Lord. It’s not fun to be on the receiving end but then maybe the Lord doesn’t like scrubbing us any more than we like scrubbing the shower. It’s probably similar to us not liking to discipline our children.

    From My Heart to Yours,

  3. I sure like a clean shower, and a clean soul. Although as you showed so well, the cleansing process is not always easy or pleasant for either. Sometimes the Lord really has to scrub me hard. As Hebrews 12:11 says, “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”

  4. Thanks so much for sharing Janis. Isn’t it great that we don’t have to depend on our own “elbow grease” to cleanse our souls! How discouraging that would be to face such an impossible task every day! ~ Grace and peace!

  5. What a powerful illustration! I enjoyed this, so much truth. Thank God for His redeeming blood in our lives~

  6. Oh Kevin, thank you so much. I’m glad that the Lord revealed something new He wants to do for you. It is easy to get caught in the trap of “Blessed Forgiveness”. Allowing Him to overcome requires more surrender.
    From My Heart to Yours,
    P.S. And to think I was getting set to change the title of this post, when the comments started coming in. Praise God–it’s totally HIm.

  7. Thank you Denise and Bobbi for stopping by. I must admit that when I wrote that post last night I was not familiar with Word Filled Wednesday. Amazing how the Lord put it together. Not sure if the title does it justice. I was just about to change the title and re-post when I saw your 2 comments. I hope it fits with the WFW theme.
    From My Heart to Yours,

  8. This has been your best one that I have read. I’m not criticizing anything that came before, but this was awesome!!

    I don’t have a problem with knowing that Jesus can remove my sins. My problem is taking that forgiveness for granted.

    I seem to struggle with the same thing time after time. Instead of allowing God’s strength to help me overcome, I just go ahead and give in, knowing that God will forgive me. But thanks to what God has laid on my heart (and your post), I know that God can overcome.

  9. I love the thoughts God brings to my mind as I clean the house. Smiles! Nice to know I’m not alone…Anytime, you want to clean a shower again…I’m game! HAHAHA!

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