Today is Day Eighteen of 31 Days of Encountering God! If you missed the kick-off, you can go HERE and find the Introduction as well as each days post! (I will be adding every day as the month goes on!
Encountering God on a (Five Minute) Friday...
I was in and out tonight for the #fmfparty... I've missed the party but my bossy lists won't get done in time if I don't stay on top of it... plus - I needed new phone lessons from my girlie soooo... Tonight, once again, I am attempting to combine my #31Days series on Encountering God with Lisa-Jo's Five Minute Friday...
Today, the word prompt is: LAUNDRY
Oh but - first - the fine print: if you don't know what FMF is! Five Minute Fridays are hosted by Lisa Jo Baker. It is open to anyone, so to learn more about it - and to jump in yourself (the more the merrier!) or just to find a linky to see what everyone is writing about today - click HERE! The idea is to simply write... for Five Minutes flat... no editing, no deep thinking - or at least REthinking, no spell check - just write! Let it flow! We all write using a prompt that Lisa posts at 10pm Thursday night (EST.) I'm loving the community of amazing bloggers and the creativity that flows from these magical Five Minutes!
So - here goes: Five Minute Friday -Laundry...
It's not the washing and drying part of Laundry that I despise... no - I don't mind the gathering up and the sorting and the transferring from one machine to the next... one load, then another... (then another)
It's the piles of clean laundry stacked in baskets that need someplace to go. I admit to letting them sit in there, all wadded up, for days. Digging through what's clean to find what I need.
And then on Tuesday there was Lisa-Jo and sisters in South Africa and the need to have a pump and a water storage tank so they could do laundry 'easier' and suddenly what I despised more than the chore of putting clean clothes away was the reality of how much I can take for granted. The excess... of clothes, of amenities, of accessibilty to water - anytime, all of the time and how is it that the cost of one or two bottles of laundry detergent can really change the world?
As I dig through piles of clean clothes... I dig through pockets and purses...
My eyes are opened to a bigger vision and I join in... with what little I have... and in 8 hours, we change the world! Maybe not the world at large, but we partner up and we put on Christ and we act like we really believe that we are His Hands and His Feet and we let Him love through us - through our meager offerings - and we change the world for sisters in South Africa and what is not wonderful and amazing and incredible about that?
I find the reason I don't like all the putting away is because, in all honesty, I have too much. Not enough storage - that is what we in America would say... but in reality - who really needs piles and piles of clean clothes with no where to put them, when all around us - here in our cities, and across oceans, there are people with nothing to put on their backs or their feet?
I am on a mission to scale back... to pare down... to simplify... all because what I really want is an excess of His Love... His Grace...
...and I want freedom from things that pile up, so I have freedom for Him to pour out!
Five Minute Fridays gives us the chance to dive right in and share what He puts on our hearts! Click here to read what others have to say about "Laundry"
Linking up with The Nester and 10o0s of other #31Day Bloggers!