Friday, May 21, 2010


Do you really know how God's mercy and love and grace drip from my soul? Can you see the trail of suds and bubbles that fall from my bucket, the one He put into my hands? I pray that something here at this ministry site is a blessing you...

You are God's very own precious daughter. He dwells within you and He yearns for you to open your windows and doors, to expose the mess within your soul's rooms and closets.

Are there any doors you leave shut or windows you leave closed, firmly trying to keep something locked away or neatly shelved or hidden from view? Why?

Recently a friend shared the following scripture with me. It really stuck with me, for it seems to have a variety of meanings tucked into its reassuring words. Today as I thought of those looking for peace and comfort and Truth, it came to mind again. Let His divine Words wash over you...

"The God who made the world and everything in it
is the Lord of heaven and earth
and does not live in temples built by hands.
And he is not served by human hands,
as if he needed anything,
because he himself gives all men life
and breath and everything else.
From one man he made every nation of men,
that they should inhabit the whole earth;
and he determined the times set for them
and the exact places where they should live.
God did this so that men would seek him
and perhaps reach out for him
and find him,
though he is not far from each one of us.
~ Acts 17:24-27 (NIV)

I am a new person in Christ. I knew that when I accepted the Lord as my Savior. But I admit, I didn't willingly invite Him into all of my rooms. Golly, no.

Why would I ask Him into my dingy and disorganized and disheveled places? Wouldn't He flee from me?

Uh, no. No He did not flee from me. Rather, He did the initial sudsing and mopping and organizing. Then God handed me the bucket of soapy water. And amazingly, He refills it with His powerful cleaning solution. Time and again.

When a friend let me show her all my nooks-n-crannies that were filled with clutter and junk, she actually enabled me to wildly fling open once-locked doors and stuck windows. And when I invited God inside, He just came a waltzing right into those dungeon-like rooms and simply flicked on the Light of His Truth and love and mercy and grace and forgiveness. Then He scrubbed the sticky places, mopped the confusion, and left a fresh scent of Truth. With God as my HouseKeeper, I am a new person. All of my doors are freely flung open. Everything is right in plain sight, for all to see.

And just like our real brick and wood and mortar homes, things can get all messy, even after we've invited Him in. But now I know that when the messy things (fear, doubt, depression, guilt...) of me get too big, I open His Word and reach for that which calms the chaos and directs the disaster. And if needed, I willingly (not begrudgingly, but willingly) call upon some friends, some sisters in Christ. They help me to organize and sort and re-shelve the mess that I have become.

Friends, it is Spring. A time of new growth and blossoms and sweet scents. Prop open your doors and lift up your windows and let His healing and renewing rush in.

For you are His house and He is the best Housekeeper you will ever find.

Let us humbly pray:
Father God, there are women today who need Your touch in their lives. And there are some who keep doors tightly shut and windows bolted down. As You fill the earth with the wonders of Spring, fill hearts with healing and minds with renewing. Enter our beings and make us new. Wash us in all that is Truth and love. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Can I pray for you today? Leave your request right here. I have my soap, bucket, and a sponge...but mostly, I have God.


Tracey Monroe said...

Your writing is so eloquent and moving. Your site really has been a blessing to me. I always prepare my heart before I read a post as I know it will be impactful and make me think. I think I have a couple dark closets I can open to him. You can pray for my attitude toward my husband. That I wouldn't take him for granted and pick him apart if he doesn't do exactly what I want. I'm struggling there. Thank you!

Jennifer said...

Oh how true your words are! I love that he just comes right in to clean us up! I have opened the doors FULLY to Him and my life has never been the same!!!

Love walking this out with you!!!

Darlene said...

Yes, Tracey, I will pray for you. And please know that your kind words bring grace and encouragement here.

Following is a verse that has helped me with my own struggles of micro-managing my husband.

1 Peter 3:3-7
"Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel—rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands"

May God bless you abundantly as you seek Him!

In Christ,

Darlene said...

Hey Jennifer,

Right back at you, girl!


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