How does God conquer the dirty laundry of our hearts?


Doing the laundry is not one of my favorite chores. As soon as you get everything washed, someone throws in another article of clothing and it is time to begin again. It is a never-ending job.

A few years ago, I stopped complaining so much about this task. What changed my attitude? Watching women in other countries do their laundry changed my opinion. My process is simple compared to their ways. I throw things into a washing machine and press a few buttons, and then I sit and wait. In many developing countries, the laundry takes several days to complete. It starts with collecting the water from the river. Sometimes the water is so muddy that all the white items turn a dingy brown. All things get washed by hand, rinsed, wrung out and then hung somewhere to dry. The task is backbreaking.

John 13:12 (NIV) “After washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, “Do you understand what I was doing?”

Jesus also experienced some washing during His ministry. In John 13:12, we see the account of Jesus washing the feet of His disciples. He labored over this chore. A basin of water filled from a nearby river. Our Lord bent over to wash each foot and then rubbed them dry. The account provides a beautiful picture of a chore done in love. Jesus’ example offers me another reason to use the laundry to demonstrate love for my family as I wash our clothes.

Titus 3:5 (NIV) “he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.”

After His death and resurrection, Jesus offered us another washing. As shown in Titus 3:5 above, Jesus washed away our sins. His death on the cross provided us the ultimate cleaning. This cleansing requires minimal effort on our part; we just have to ask the Lord to forgive our sins and enter our hearts to wash away our sin. We do not need to do any backbreaking work to receive this gift of His great mercy. We just need to repent of our sins and allow Him to wash us clean. Today is a good day to begin again. Once God does the laundry, it never needs to be rewashed.


Yvonne – blogger, speaker and author

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”


The Resurrection Plant


The Sahara Desert remains one of the most inhospitable places on our planet. The temperatures in this desolate area can range from 32 degrees at night up to 120 degrees during the day. This desert in Africa is the hottest and driest place on the record. The massive desert covers over 1.7 million square miles of the African Continent. Flying from Kenya to London provided me the only opportunity to witness this enormous desert, and I found the sheer size of it very awe-inspiring.

Recently, I learned of a plant that survives in the Sahara. The plant is called the Resurrection Plant. This plant can go years without water as it gets blown across the vast emptiness of the region. Some experts believe it can survive as much as a hundred years in the dormant state. But once it finds even the tiniest amount of water, the plant will come back to life and begin to bloom again. The resurrected plant may only last a few days before it dries up once again.

John 4:14 (NLT) But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”

The story of the Resurrection plant reminded me of the Christian faith. Like the plant blowing around the desert, we appear dead without the living water of Christ to bring us back to life. Once we accept Christ, His living waters flow through us and sustain us. We begin to bloom again. Once we die to this life, the living water of Christ will give us eternal life in heaven.

The Resurrection plant survives in a hostile environment with extreme ranges in temperatures. Our time on this planet will present us with many harsh situations also. The heat of anger or the cold shoulder of disappointment will fill our days. But the love of Christ will enable us to survive our hostile world. Christ will make us bloom again.

John 11:25 (NIV) Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;

Whenever you feel yourself blowing around in the winds of this life, remember the desert Resurrection plant. If God can resurrect a plant from the Sahara desert even after it has been dead for years, He can revive you from your problems too. Just plug into the living waters and refresh your soul.


Yvonne – blogger, speaker and author

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

A Damaging Ice Storm


The National Weather Service issued the first winter storm warning of the year. The notice included the threat of the dreaded freezing rain. Road conditions would quickly deteriorate as the temperatures fell. A few hours later, the twenty-degree drop in temperatures signaled the beginning of the storm. We hunkered down with a roaring fire burning to chase away the chill.

I watched helplessly as the tree limbs sagged under the weight of the building layer of ice. I prayed for the trees’ survival. Each tree appeared draped in icy diamond beads. A quiet beauty shrouded the city in sparkling crystals. The picturesque scene hid the dangers of the ice-clad world. The incredible beauty mixed with astonishing hazards. Only the warmth of the sunshine would reveal if the trees survived the damage from the ice storm.

Psalm 147:18 (NIV) He sends his word and melts them; he stirs up his breezes, and the waters flow. 

The frozen trees gave me a snapshot of many people in our society today. The world is full of hearts encased in ice which are bending and breaking under the weight of sin. A frosty soul becomes hidden beneath a superficial charm. Only the warmth of God’s word will help melt the cold heart. But how does the Son shine spread and warm the lives of others?

Romans 10:15 (NIV) And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

Matthew 28:19 provides us an answer to the question, all of us are responsible for sharing the Gospel. Sharing the word of God will help melt the hearts of our family and friends. We can pray for those still lost in the chill of their sins. We can share our stories with others, allowing God to warm the soul. We can let the Holy Spirit kindle the roaring fire within our spirit to share the Good News.

Matthew 28:19 (NIV) Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

The ice storm of sin weighs down many people today. God is calling you to be a part of the thaw.


Yvonne, Blogger, speaker and author

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”