Dear God, as I iron these clothes for my family, please make me aware not what a chore it is, but what a blessing:
That we have so many clothes to keep them warm. So many clothes to make them happy-pretty dresses, bright plaid shirts. Let me be thankful even for the trousers, hard as they are to press. Let me be thankful for having sons.
Thank you for this iron, with its simple yet marvelous power- heat and steam. Thank you for this sturdy ironing board. Thank you for spray starch, which has cut down my dampening time and makes everthing so sweetly crisp. Thank you for this tumbled treasury of garments and tablecloths and pillow slips.
Thank you for the strength to make them smooth. And for all the hours of my life that I have been able to do this job, however I have dreaded it or put it off.
Give me the patience, please to teach my own daughters this ancient art that every woman should know. And to teach my sons, as well, so that they, if they ever have to, can do their own.
And dear Lord, give me a spiritual strength to match this strength I bring to the smoothing of these clothes. As you have quipped my hands to guide this iron, please equip me with the wisdom to guide my children, to smooth out the wrinkles in their lives as well.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV)
Sometimes the future seems bright, and soemtimes it does not. Yet even when we cannot see the possibilities of tommrow, God can. As believers, our challenge is to trust an uncertain future to an all-powerful God.
When we trust God, we should trust Him without reservation. We should steel ourselves against the inevitable disappointments of the day, secure in the knowledge that our Heavenly Father has a plan for the future that only He can see.
Can you place your future into the hands of a loving and all-knowing God? Can you live amid the uncertainties of today, knowing that God has dominion over all your tomorrows? If you can, you are wise and you are blessed. When you trust God with everything you are and everything you have, He will bless you now and forever.
Challenge: Today take time to think about the need to trust God’s plans even when you don’t understand God’s methods.
*Daily entries taken from “Guys 365: Daily Devos about Stuff That Matters”
Bigger is not always better. If it was then Jesus would not have taught us some of the most important lessons using a mustard seed, a widows’ mite, and a single lost sheep.