All the Laundry and a Mini Sermon

This is an actual picture of the laundry I’m not currently folding.  I will.  Just not now.

Also, I tore through it this morning looking for a shirt dress that was hanging up in my closet.  That’s why it’s all over my couch. So if you could imagine that transpiring, you’d probably get a good laugh.

Thanks  to an incredibly generous housewarming gift I have this pretty amazing washer and dryer.  They’re ENORMOUS.  (You can see the washer here and the dryer here.)  Their incredible size is great when you have 6 people wearing clothes everyday and even some people, very small people, who like to wear multiple outfits everyday.  Eh hem… my daughters.  Fashionista 1 and fashionista 2.  In fact, my 3 year old will occasionally tell me she’s “doing fashion.”  I mean really that’s the reason I don’t always get dressed, to keep the laundry volume down.  I have to, having a large washer means laundry less often, but larger loads and more folding all at once.

Anyway, sometimes I wonder how I ended up with these girls.  Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m not especially “girly.”  I mean, I wear dresses but mostly because they’re easy and I’m lazy.  Really very lazy.  And also I’m very tall so dresses wear well on my body type.  Oooo OOOOOO, I just thought of a great thing about Texas!  I can wear all my summer dresses pretty much all year round!  #winning Anyways, my idea of make-up is some ChapStick and a coat or two of mascara.  My nails are never done.  My toes are painted (badly) by yours truly but that’s only because you CANNOT go out in sandals with bare toes.  It’s awful.  If you are someone who is breaking this rule, you must IMMEDIATELY head to your local Target (because unlike me, you probably have one) and buy your self some Essie nail polish and a good top coat.  You can thank me later.

I guess the point I’m trying to make here is that I am not girly and as a result I don’t know how to handle these GIRLS!

I’m a boy mom to the core.

This post is kind of gonna end up all over the place here but I’m trying to avoid folding laundry, so bare with me.  My sister just sent me a text.  To give you some background, my sister is 15 years old and in 10th grade.  This is the text I receive, “you should give me a good summary of Luke 4:13.”  To which I replied, “why? for why?”  I meant to say “for what” but I messed up and for authenticities sake I’m telling you my typo.  She then says, “it’s for English.”  So here’s my gripe.  I have no issue with the Bible being taught as literature; it is indeed a piece of literature.  But if we’re being honest here, and we always are, the Bible is the ONLY book that, when being studied as literature, educators teach out of it’s full context.  It’s infuriating.  No one would be teaching To Kill a Mocking Bird or A Tale of Two Cities by picking one line and say “summarize this.”  I mean really! “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”  Okay, go!

If you’ve never read anything else about or from A Tale of Two Cities, this quote could be referencing literally anything and anyone.   Truly.  This could be referencing the political climate in America!  You get my point.

Luke 4:13 is found at the end of the recounting (by Luke) of Jesus’ temptation in the desert.  The entire encounter Christ has with Satan is significant; not just for contexts sake but for the entire Christian faith!  (I could totally get all theological over here but for the sake of time and your sanity, I won’t.)  Luke 4:13 says, “And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time.”  My sister was asked to summarize this verse.  Though we do learn something about the devil here, without context, we don’t even know who the “he” is!  I know my sisters knowledge of scripture.  It’s little to none.  I’m not saying this to insult her.  She’s 15 and she’s been to church 12 times her whole life.  But that is EXACTLY my point.  Other than the fact that the Bible is thought to be by Christians, the inherent Word of God (and maybe they don’t even know that), I’d say most 15 year olds have no idea about any information surrounding the entire Bible, let alone one verse in the book of Luke that some teacher thought sounded rad (I’m assuming this teacher is a young hipster who thinks Austin is rad too) and ominous.

Okay, my rant is over.

But lets head back to A Tale of Two Cities for a second.  Isn’t it incredible that we, humanity, are having some of the same issues today in 2018 that they were having in 1859?  I mean if that doesn’t speak to the depravity of man and our need for a Savior, I don’t know what does!  The parallels are just remarkable.  159 years of forward progress and we’re exactly where we’ve already been.  Government can’t save you, the president can’t save you, revolt can’t save you, politically motivated protests can’t save you, being nice can’t save you, giving to the poor can’t save you, helping out your neighbor can’t save you.  Neither can going to church, tithing, serving on a church board, loving your children, loving your spouse, taking care of your elderly parents, adopting a child, saving the environment or the whales or a million other “good” things we could do.  Our depravity is too great and even our goodness has selfish motives.  We are a tainted, jaded SINFUL people who need a perfect, loving, sympathetic Savior (thanks to what it says in Luke 4).  Thank you Jesus. Amen, amen, amen.

Today I’m just running on Jesus y’all!

Ugh, I forgot about the laundry…

 

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