Behold, upon the mountains, the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace! Keep your feasts, O Judah; fulfill your vows, for never again shall the worthless pass through you; he is utterly cut off. Nahum 1:15
I’m blessed beyond measure. God has truly given me grace and favor by providing me a laundry room that has a door! Our washer and dryer isn’t in the garage, or some awkward pantry but it has it’s very own actual room, with a door, that I can close whenever I don’t want to face the mountain of whites, reds, sheets, and colors staring me in the face. I must admit that I find folding laundry to be quite relaxing, but with four kiddos and a busy schedule sometimes I don’t get to the folding as quickly as I’d like to, and the inevitable happens… THE MOUNTAIN!
I have decided to look at my laundry as a mission field, because honestly it kinda is! My husband works in the medical field and wears scrubs everyday. He interacts with patients, prays with them, and gives them an encouraging reminder that God has not forsaken or forgotten about them even in the midst of a medical storm. As I hold his scrubs to fold them neatly I pray over them. Lord, give Erick a fresh word for your people. Use him to demonstrate your power in that clinic, and let his job be an opportunity for divine appointments every single day.
Our oldest daughter is a first grader who loves The Lord, and never hesitates to pray for someone in need. She goes to a Christian school where prayer is a huge part of her day. As I fold her polo uniform shirts and khaki skirts I pray that God will use her as a vessel to send out the gospel on the playground at school. That our sweet girl will be the brightest light not just for her pupils, but for the staff and teachers at her school. 1 Timothy 4:12 reads;
Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.
Although she may carry a pink Barbie lunchbox, and wears a Disney Princess backpack as she bounces out of the car each morning, she is already a powerful woman of God! She has a word for God’s most precious people.
Our second daughter is fast approaching 4, I think her clothes are the cutest 🙂 she dresses like a little lady and already has her favorite items in her wardrobe. Her Frozen tutu is what she would wear everyday if she could because it reminds her that she too is a real princess! I can’t help but hope that even a grown up lady will be reminded when they see my little princess that they are royalty too! As I fold her array of princess tshirts, socks, and dresses I pray that she will always remeber that she’s the daughter of a KING, thee KING. The one that reigns supreme over all things. That she too will be a mini minister at the park, and on play dates to all her preschool age friends.
My only son has a special place in my heart! We had a special gender reveal photoshoot when we were expecting him. I remember the moment all those blue balloon came flying out of that giant cardboard box , that I instantly thought I can’t wait to see him in his football uniform one day 🙂 I’m so excited to Shoutout grass stains from his pants, I can hardly wait! For now my terrific 2 year old has the largest amount of clothes in each load of laundry. He gets the most dirty each day, and I so enjoy seeing him discover the world around him! My prayer as I fold his tiny guitar or monster truck tshirts is that his same curiosity for the world around him now, will be the same curiosity he has about God’s word later. Just as he now wants to turn over and pick up every rock, stick, and leaf from the ground, he will want to uncover the stories written in scriptures about God’s plan for us, His undying love for us, and the promises He has for all believers.
Our adorable 8 month old daughter has items so small they often get lost in the laundry. In fact of the nearly 40 pairs of baby socks she once had, there maybe 12 pairs remaining lol. Where they are I have no clue! I must admit though everytime I fold one of her little onesies I think to myself “we could have another one no problem”. Then I quickly come to my senses, thank God for our four, and remind myself to enjoy them now and worry about having more later. Her little items in the laundry basket remind me how awesome and supernatural God is. So many amazing things have been spoken into her already and it won’t be long before she is doing great works for the kingdom! My prayer for her as I fold her little onesies and small bloomers is that she brings a perfect peace to everyone that peeks in her infant seat as we walk through the grocery store.
Yoga pants, tshirts, and nursing bras are what you would find from me. Sounds quite ordinary but I assure you I’m doing the extraordinary! I wear the uniform of a stay at home mommy! Fancy? No. Fantastic? YESSSS!! I pray over my yoga pants that while I am walking though our wholesale club store with coupons in hand that God will use me to show the world what a proud Titus 2, Proverbs 31 woman looks like. That I don’t get too frazzled (although I sometimes do) that I show my husband respect, and put our family and home at the the tippy top of my my priorities. Lord, let me be an example, allow me to teach, not only my children but your grown up daughters God, that you made something special when you created Women. Thank you for giving me the biggest, most beautiful pulpit and platform in the world to spread your gospel, by being Erick’s wife and mothering your children in the Earth relm.
Titus 2 Women, I understand that folding a mountain of laundry is probably not your idea of fun. I also understand that you may not be in a season where you can pick up and move to Africa, or go on a two week mission trip to Haiti or Honduras. But the next time you go to fold your mountain of school uniforms, Thomas the Train pajamas, dish towels, or undershirts for your husband, think of the endless outreach, and mission opportunities that are piled up in that laundry basket!