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Wash Day part 2

“Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”   2 Corinthians 7:1  

 How do you clean your home?  What is your method of attack?  As I said before, my first step is to find the worst room and go from there.  My worst room is ALWAYS the kitchen.  We cook constantly, whether canning, general preparation, meals for guests coming or just frommidnightmunchies.  Our kitchen is literally the HEART of our home.  So this is where I begin – the heart.  My heart needs continually to be examined every day and I need to pay close attention to not allowing it to be cluttered with the things that would cause it to be heavy and despairing.

 “The heart [is] deceitful above all [things], and desperately wicked: who can know it?”  Jeremiah 17:9

 “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”  James 4:8

As women, we are given to strong emotions.  Our emotions can truly be our worst enemy.  Of course, we all see the heart as the seat of our emotions, right?  I believe this is one of the main reasons we are the weaker vessel – yes, physically we are weaker than men but honestly, don’t you feel that your emotions can keep you in a state of turmoil if allowed to have their way.  A recent study has shown that women retain emotional connections 10 to 15% more than men, even years later.  For instance, in remembering and event of the past, women will feel the emotions of the moment much more than men will.  Men will, if they remember at all, recall the facts of the event, but women will feel the event all over again.  In the same sense we tend to remember all the hurts of the past and instead of dealing with them immediately they are kept within us and periodically we have them pop-up in our thoughts and they build one upon the other until we are unable to think clearly.  It reminds me of when something has spilled in the oven and I do not take the time to clean it up right then, but the next time I cut the oven on to cook something, before I realize it the house fills with smoke and the smell is so bad that everyone says, “What is wrong in there???”  Our emotions become so consuming that eventually everyone knows that something is not right.  It is much easier to clean up as we go!  When we don’t then it is a lot harder to really get things deep down clean. 

As wives, mothers, sisters, daughters, aunts, nieces, granddaughters, friends we must truly examine those areas of our heart where hurt and sin are hiding.  Shine the Light of the Word in those dark spaces and clean them out.  It may take more than just a little effort – it may take days of working on the area before you begin to see the effort paying off, but one thing is for sure – you cannot be used for the intended purpose of the Lord if you are covered with filth and stain inside. 

 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  1John 1:9

Lesson: Wash Day Part 2

 Study: For years every time I thought about dying I thought, I can’t die until I clean out my closet. I don’t want anyone going into my closet after I’m gone. I’m a fairly new Christian and lately I’ve begun to realize that, yes, my closet definitely needs to be clean out, as well as large parts of the rest of my house. But I think that, all these years, my closet has been a symbol for the muck I’ve stored up in my heart. Things like old resentments, guilt, feelings of inadequacy, that keep me from truly enjoying my new life in Christ. Just yesterday I was assaulted with a memory from twenty-five years ago. I know Satan is trying to keep me from letting go of these feelings. And, once I’ve come to realize that, I can ask God to banish them and He will. Thanks for the great study. Now it’s time to go clean out my closetand the rest of my “house”.

 Name: Jan

 Wash Day, part 2

Study: “Hi Angie, One thing that I learned when I was working as a janitor was that things were kept quite clean if they were dealt with every day. The hardest part was getting them good and clean in the first place, but once they were clean, just a daily wipedown would keep them that way. I guess what I’m trying to say is that we need God to do a BIG cleaning in our hearts at first, and then we need to go to him every single day thereafter to keep it clean or else it will get pretty dirty again. I know that when I get “sloppy” in my walk with Christ, things start to snowball on me and before I know it I’ve got a big mess going on again. Maybe you or someone can add to my idea…I’m not so good with wording my thoughts sometimes.”

Name: Lisa

Hi Lisa – I think you are absoutely correct.  We need to truly seek the Lord and give ourselves over completely to His Will and ask Him to show us each area where we are still lacking.  It takes time for Him to reveal these things but as He does we need to honestly and completely confess our sin and then make the necessary changes.  Once we “clean” these areas then we must  daily commit our way to Him and examine ourselves regularly to make sure that we are not harboring old ways, old patterns, old habits and old sins.  Our first effort is to confess to Him that we have failed. 

Proverbs 16:2 – All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the Lord weigheth the spirits.

1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Luke 9:23And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

 

  Hello Angie!

“I went through a very strange trial this last Spring and Summer by being deluged multiple times each day with memories from my early life. I was not attempting to remember anything – it seemed there were triggers, but I was not attempting to remember the past. It was puzzling, as I had no idea why it was happening. I knew I was at peace with my past. I asked God often to help me understand. But, the memories stirred my emotions fiercely and I struggled to not let it control my day. I think the reason the answer was delayed was so I would learn how to force myself to not let the daily attacks affect my overall judgment or cause pain to my family.”

Joanie

Hi Joanie,

What an excellent way to look at this!!  I remember a teaching one time that said  that it was better to not pray that your memories would be gone but that your heart and mind would be healed. The teacher added that when you could remember events in your past and not feel the pain any longer then you knew that you were healed.  This was very helpful to me. 

You are so right – we must deal with these things and not allow them to affect our family.  In our relationship Paul has helped me deal with many things that I had never shared with another human being.  But it took me several years into our marriage before I was confident that he would not use these things to hurt me later. I believe that is what is so important about this “cleaning” process.  We must seek out those things and get rid of them once and for all.

Thanks for sharing!

Study: You said a clean household is one of the signs of a Godly wife and I agree – This is really something that I’ve battled with all my life having a clean house. Is that an outer sign of something that’s going on inside? (maybe just lazy) I don’t know but I really desire to keep a clean house.  What is wrong with me? I know my husband ask the same questions when he comes home from work everyday. So I am looking forward to reading the next lessons.  Please keep me in your prayers

 Name: Angela

 Dear Angela – I think whenever we have an area of our lives where we deeply desire something but we cannot seem to accomplish it then that is a definite sign that it is something inside, hindering us.  We must discover what that issue is and deal with it.  The message the Lord gave my husband for last Sunday was on “What is the root?”  and it was all about finding the root of a problem and getting it out.  If you don’t get to the root then you will continually deal with the surface results.  Ask the Lord to help you pinpoint the cause of your messy house and  your inability to take care of it.

Much love –

Angie

 

 

 

 

Angelia

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"It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him." Lamentations 3:22-24

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