{ Clean }

 

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I don’t dress like this when I clean the house.

 

I like a clean living space, but, cleaning is not a cherished hobby of mine. I generally value clutter-free over dust-free.

Years ago, my Spanish friend Ana invited me into her small apartment. I was amazed at how shiny-sparkly-clean it was and I commented on it.

“Yes, I like to do this!” Ana bubbled enthusiastically. I’ve never forgotten her radiant response; scrubbing the home spotless was a happy thing for her.

My Norwex-selling friend recently educated me on the stunning benefits of micro-fiber cleaning.

I’m totally not going to have a Norwex party, but I appreciated her zeal and knowledge; I really learned something.

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For a recent birthday, my daughter gave me a cleaning tote, stuffed with Mrs. Meyer’s sprays and other goodies. Was this gift a not-so-subtle hint, because she knows my housecleaning flaws? Hmmm….

Anyway, cleaning is more fun, now that I have Mrs. Meyer’s help.

I will now awkwardly transition to some brief thoughts about spiritual cleaning.

I was reading my Bible the other day and I cannot remember exactly what I was reading. I didn’t feel spiritually dirty and didn’t set out be to be purposefully “washed” that day, but suddenly I truly felt God’s words cascading over me, cleansing me.

As I have chewed on this the last few days, I have felt that reading God’s word is a powerful spiritual cleaning agent because:

  • It reminds me whose I am
  • It purifies my life perspective
  • It shines a loving light onto my heart
  • It pours hope down on me
  • It showers comfort over my soul
  • It cleanses festering wounds
  • It removes destructive thoughts and damaging lies.

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“…wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.” Psalm 51:7

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“The Gospel is a cleansing agent, for it is the good news of Christ’s atoning death at Calvary. The Word is a cleansing agent also for sanctification. That’s why it’s important for us to read and study the Scriptures; they are a cleansing agent in our lives. It’s amazing what the Word of God will do with people when they read and study it. — John MacArthur

 

Bible photo:  Aaron Burden

{ My Psalm 30}

 

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Sitting at my desk at dawn /  putting Psalm 30 in my own words /  making it a personal prayer / talking to God this morning/

I will enthusiastically praise You, LORD;

You have drawn me and lifted me up.

You haven’t left me to the mercy of my enemy self, flesh, devil.

Instead, you healed me.

You rescued my soul.

You resurrected me.

Praise God, fellow saints: brothers and sisters!

Give thanks to our God!

God was angry for a time [because of my sin]

Now, His favor stays with me eternally.

Sadness…now joy!

 

You strengthened me with Your favor and grace.

When I do feel distant from You, I am discouraged.

But You always turn my DOWN into UP

You relieve my grieving and fear

You cover me with joy — I can’t take it off, and I don’t want to.

The joy is there so that I will sing your praise.

It’s inside, bubbling out and will not be suppressed!

 

O Lord, you are MY GOD.

I will give and keep giving thanks to You forever

and ever and ever and ever and ever…

 

Photo credit:Paul Gilmore

{ It’s 4:30 a.m. }

I set the alarm for 4:30 a.m. this morning.

I can sew, cook, walk and eat with wordy, happy people surrounding me.

But, I cannot write in that busy atmosphere.

Mrs. M asked my husband and I to give a little speech at the family bridal shower tomorrow.  I am supposed to condense 27.5 years of marriage wisdom–my trials and errors and occasional victories–into a concise little devotional talk.

My husband suggested we tag-team. I will speak to the groom, and he will announce to the bride what makes men happy.

It’s a FAMILY bridal shower and all will be G-rated.

In one early tiptoeing trip, I brought everything I need to the kitchen table.

Lots of extra noise and movement would wake people up. 

I don’t want little bodies stumbling into the room, thinking that kitchen noises and illumination equals breakfast time!

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At 4:30 a.m. in a quiet house, I feel like I have all the time in the world.

As pictured above, my table is covered with items for the speech-writing plus enough to fill up a day’s work.

So here I sit with coffee at my fingertips and a library of resources within reach:

  1. The Elements of Style (thanks, Sara.) I finished the foreword by Roger Angell and the introduction by E.B. White — surprisingly entertaining!
  2. Hymnal.
  3. Belated birthday card for Sally, ready to write and send.
  4. Springs in the Valley, daily devotional book.
  5. Writing journal.
  6. ESV Bible.
  7. Journible: Psalm 119. (Thanks, Brenda.) 
  8. Cell phone.
  9. Laptop. (Oh yeah….that’s what I’m doing here.  Supposed to write the speech.)

I hear someone stirring.

I’m going to ignore it for now.

© Lisa M. Luciano

Inspiring quotes:

"Purpose is an incredible alarm clock." --unknown

"The early morning should be dedicated to praises; do not the birds set us the example?" --C.H. Spurgeon

"An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day." --H.D. Thoreau

"Early morning cheerfulness can be extremely obnoxious."-- William Feather

"The early morning hath gold in its mouth." --Benjamin Franklin



Word prompt of the day:  ATMOSPHERIC