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Sarah Mae has a past that would be her present if it weren’t for Jesus. A blogger, author, and co-author of Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe, she’s currently writing The Complicated Heart, a book for broken-hearted lovers of Jesus. Learn more at @thecomplicatedheart on Instagram or...

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  1. Sarah Mae,
    I guess it says something when my heart began to beat faster when I read ” 6 months of free house cleaning”. I have always envied people who actually like to clean. Give me any other job and I will sink my teeth into it for hours…but cleaning? Your bullet point really struck me…Consider the eternal value of your work. Often times cleaning seems futile. As soon as you get all the laundry done and folded, someone throws a dirty pair of socks in the hamper. The Bible does call us to do everything (including cleaning) unto the Lord. I try to make cleaning my sacrificial offering unto the Lord. I do it because I am thankful that He’s given me a home to clean. I do it because it calls me out of my lazy/selfish ways. I really needed this post this morning!! Thank you…
    Blessings,
    Bev

    • I know that feeling. Get the wash downstairs, and started in the wash, I go back upstairs there is more in the hamper. It’s 2 flights down and the basket is heavy. Good exercise though and hubby sometimes carries it down for me.

      • Mary,
        I’m half tempted to get a fitbit just to see how many steps around the house I do; up and down flights of stairs, in any given day lol. I have a sweet hubby who helps too…

        • I have a fitbit and going up and down the stairs, exercising, and doing housework puts lots of steps on my fitbit.

    • Girl, me too! It is hard, but it’s not futile. God will use all of our efforts, even if they are just to make us more like Him. 🙂

  2. Oh my, this was convicting…I was literally praying about these things on my way in to work this morning. You see, for me it’s not the cleaning; since I work full time and am away from home 11 hours every day, the title of this in my mind is “For when you DON’T want to do anything but….sit in your LazyBoy at night and watch your favorite cable shows”. Ugh. I did that last night…I literally chose (there’s that choice; it always starts with a choice) to watch a second hour of TV instead of turn it off and spend some time with God. I was confessing that this morning, and then this post appears. Sometimes I’m legit tired, but sometimes it’s just me being legit lazy. Thanks for this, as I’m taking it as a direct word from the Lord to order my evenings with better choices.

  3. Sarah, thank you for this posting. Praise be to the Lord that He convicts gently and without condemnation. I pray that the Lord shows me my blind spots (I have lots :P) so that I can confess, chose better, and act on the good choices He gives me. May each of us be an overcomer today in His truth, grace, and strength 🙂

  4. Well I found this post at the just the right time…dishes to be done and laundry to be sorted, but I’m sitting at my computer and trying to decide whether to take a nap or not, at 9:30 a.m.!!! I’m in a terrible productivity funk, so I’ll read your post again, and get to work. Thank you for the kick in the pants! 🙂

    • It never ends, does it?! And friend, sometimes just do one thing, and that one thing can lead to one thing babies and you’re off!

  5. Sarah Mae, what a great post. And I completely agree, selfishness is at the root of the laziness within us. When I first read that, I thought about one of my boys and how i might help him understand this. But God . . . He reminds me of the areas in life where I’m lazy too. Ouch.

    Thank you for the reminder that keeping my home is a way to pour out love on those I love the most.

    I loved this: “Remember, the mission is love, and through our home we can love ourselves and others well.” This is what I want to do. 🙂

  6. I absolutely love this. I am not a cleaner. I even told my husband in our marriage vows that the house would be messy but I’d always try my best to clean. I just would rather be doing other things on my list or lazing on the couch. Oye. This is super helpful and that’s what I’ll be doing tonight!

  7. First, I think it’s great that you sleep so well. So many women don’t. I used to be one of them, and I’ve written a lot to help others learn to rest in the Lord. Housework is just akin to drudgery, I think we feel like Cinderella. And in some cases, the husbands or children won’t notice what we do until there are no clean clothes or no dishes to eat out of. Sitting in front of the television and asking for the remote when it’s right there is lazy. A five year old who throws laundry under the bed rather than the hamper is lazy. I don’t think Jesus meant us to be either overworked or lazy. A family effort on housework, makes for more family time. Be blessed, sleep well ladies. It is necessary to healing and health.

  8. Sarah Mae,
    Great intriguing post! We are commanded to do everything as unto the Lord–that includes cleaning the house! I agree that a little music helps get me going, doing and then finishing up!! We should think of cleaning as a form of exercise-getting two things done at once! Keeping my home clean and serving home-cooked meals is important to me. I want my working hubby to come home, relax and enjoy the fruits of his labor!! I have a “fetish” about not wanting to appear or be called lazy. While I don’t work outside home anymore–I still volunteer a lot at church, cook meals & clean some for hubby & take care of my aging father in assisted living! I want to hear “Well done thou good and faithful servant”-that will be my success!!
    Blessings 🙂

  9. Thank you for sharing Sarah Mae! I love myself a nice cup of tea! I don’t like to clean my home but listening to music or an inspirational podcast does help a lot! God bless!