One More

“For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me” (Psalm 51:3).

As a homeschooling family, does it seem like your laundry is an endless assignment that never gets completed? As my son and I finished the last load one morning before starting school, my daughter walked in with yet another basket of dirty clothes. With his sense of accomplishment deflated once again, my son turned to me and said, “I think taking care of dirty laundry is like fighting against sin. There’s always one more waiting to be cleaned.”

My son’s analogy may have seemed trite, but the more I thought about it, I realized how much he was correct. Until Christ returns, we will continue to fight temptation as we live in sinful, fallen bodies. Although the Holy Spirit dwells in every believer, the dirty ugliness of sin is constantly revealed in our lives. Like another basket full of unclean clothes, our sins must be confessed daily and cleansed before the Lord (1 John 1:9).

Is it time to start another load of wash in your spiritual life this morning? Even though the battle may seem to never end, take heart. One day we will receive glorified bodies and stand before the Lord washed in the blood of the Lamb. Praise God, there will be an end to sin and the dirty mess it causes! “So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:54-57).

Father God, how I look forward to the day when sin and death are forever defeated! Today, I cry out once again like David, “Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin” (Psalm 51:2).  In the name of Jesus, Amen.

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DEBRA L 09/02/2009 00:30:43

Praise the Lord...he does laundry with a joyful heart even when our basket is overflowing!! Now I know why I love to wash the laundry but putiting my kid's clothes away I will remember this. What a great analogy!

JOANNA S 09/02/2009 20:24:31

I loved this! So neat when our kids \"get\" a spiritual truth, esp. from reall life, and are able to share it with us! :^) God bless him, and us, as we persist in \"washing up the laundry\" each time it is needed!

JULIE B 09/02/2011 04:10:48

There is a wonderful website that will help all moms take one day at a time with ALL of their chores...it is called www.flylady.net...check it out.....it is full of wondeful tips and great encouragement that is sure to be inspiring to moms as they walk through their days, in the Lord(-:

LISA B 09/02/2011 04:38:46

Yes, I just want to add that one day my daughter had to take a liquid medicine. I asked her how it tasted and at first she liked it but then she didn\'t. She\'s 9 and said - \"You know, it tastes like sin. At first it tastes really sweet but then you find out it\'s bitter.\" Profound. But the post also reminds me of Shaun Grove\'s song \"Twilight\". It\'s about how we\'re caught between two things. How we\'ve got saint and sinner both running thru our veins and how he longs to be brought out of the twilight and into the day. Lovely, thoughtful article. Thank you.

BECKY L 09/02/2011 06:32:53

Thank you that little remind as I begin my day....

MAYA T 09/02/2011 07:06:46

I don\'t think about repentance everyday. I know I am a sinner everyday, but I don\'t think about it. I do repent when I know I have done something wrong, but to think about repentance everyday, I am truly humbled right now. I repent for not asking the Lord to forgive me as a prayer everyday. You would think as a Christian, that would be the first thing that I would do, but I will honestly admit, I do not. Thank you for this reminder. It is much needed.

AUDRA K 09/02/2011 08:03:06

What a great spiritual truth. Thanks for the reminder. This devotional blesses my heart everyday! God bless u all! Have a blessed day in the Lord.

KATHY S 09/02/2012 06:28:25

WE will never be \"SINLESS\", but we can try and \"SIN LESS\". This was in my church service last night (anyone who reads my comments, knows I just can\'t quote the Bible well, but, I remembered this, I\'m so happy!) I really think this is true, like the Author said, we all sin and need to repent. But like my Pastor Matt said, we will never be \"SINLESS\". Only Jesus is sinless. But we can repent and try and SIN LESS. So we must fight temptation as best we can and then if we do sin, we need to ask Jesus for forgiveness. And my Pastor also said we really need to spend time in prayer each and every day with our Lord. Thank you Jesus for gving me the gift of another day here so I can take care of my son. Amen

CAMY K 09/02/2012 10:14:44

This is my first time homeschooling. My brother just got custody of his boys. He is a long haul truck driver so I have taken on raising one of the boys. The other is one the truck with him. The mother a couple years avo decided to homeschool but now has these boys about 3 years behind in school. The boy that I have wants to go back to regular school . But as far behind as he id I don\'t know if I can get him caught up enough to put him where he wants. This child is now very angry with his mother. He was taking out his aggressions on anything that he could find. So we have done a lot of talking and I think I am finally starting to figure him out. He wants a normal life. So I am trying to catch up 3 years and have put him in football. In about a months time he seems to be happy again and I actually saw him stop a fight instead of join in. He is growing by leaps and bounds. But his dad talked about moving them. He said he can\'t tell his dad he doesn\'t wan to move because he has to make his dad and brother happy. He at 13 thinks he needs to be their protector. He knows if they move all he wants will be gone. Do I let him tell his dad or do I bring it up to my brother how his son feels? This child finally feels he is in a safe place and has someone he can talk to. I have tried to explain to him that he is 13 and needs to be a kid. But he has had to protect his lil brother for so long with his dad on the road he thinks he still needs to do it. What do I say to this child? Do I tell his dad how he feels?

KIMBERLEY SMITH 09/03/2013 13:26:37

Camy K - I would gently mention it and encourage him to talk to his son. Will pray for you and the family.

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