by Carla McDougal
So, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
––1 Corinthians 10:31
Laundry… the never-ending household chore. As children get older, the laundry piles
grow exponentially. These mounds represent daily outfits, workout clothes, multiple
single socks, towels, friend’s clothes that somehow end up in the mix, and more.
The minute the clothes are washed, dried, folded, and put in their proper places, another
mound lurks from within the hamper. In all honesty, sometimes I want to…
throw in the towel when it comes to this job.
The anonymous “Single-Sock Mystery” hits every household. I haven’t met anyone yet
who hasn’t tried to solve it. Somewhere between the laundry bin, the washer, and the
dryer––socks just disappear. My children decided if the sock colors sort of match, it’s
okay to wear them.
Years ago I read a book challenging me to change my daily mommy chores into mommy
prayers. As a result, I began praying for my children as I wiped noses, changed diapers,
potty trained, prepared meals, filled bottles, washed clothes and hands, and more.
For example, instead of focusing on the dirty clothes that needed washing, I started praying
for the child who wore the clothes. This change of heart and attitude produced a fresh
excitement to accomplish all the mommy tasks.
How do we persevere through our daily routines? What can we do to make each
moment count for the Kingdom of God? Even the never-ending laundry saga is an
opportunity to draw nearer to Jesus. How? By putting 1 Cor. 10:31 into action,
…whatever you do, do it for the glory of God.
Turn your daily chores into prayers. Begin with the never-ending laundry pile. As you
fold each piece of clothing, pray for the peace of God to fill the heart of the person who
wears it. Have fun as you do everything for the glory of the Lord.
––My Prayer Chair by Carla McDougal
Award-winning author and speaker, Carla McDougal founded Reflective Life Ministries in 2008. Her true passion is her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It humbles her to realize His love, grace, and mercy go beyond her understanding. She truly believes laughter is medicine from the Lord that breaks down walls and removes the masks in our lives. As a result, God has taken her around the world to encourage others to live every day for Him. Her latest book, My Prayer Chair, won multiple awards in 2013 and is now available in Spanish. Carla and her husband, Fred, live in the Houston, TX area and have three sons, one daughter, and two daughters-in-“love.” She smiles to think of the experiences God has allowed in her life to teach and remind her “He is in control.”
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