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21 June 2013

Laundry Basket Prayers

So many times had I heard of great ways to bring prayer into your daily life. So many times had I heard about praying over your laundry, but it was not until tonight that I actually did it. What an active way to pray, because you're not praying for God to change someone or some situation that isn't working in your favor.


Laundry Basket Prayer

As I was folding my laundry, Josh and I share laundry duties with him doing the "hanging" and me the folding, I realized how I hadn't talked to God all day. How sad as I'm about to go to bed. I needed a way to rectify the situation and in my mind I was already doing something that honored him by being a homemaker and "tending to the affairs of my home" (Proverbs 31:27).

So as I picked up my husbands socks, let me tell you how much of a thorn they can be, but not for the normal reason that he "leaves them everywhere" no, he has vastly improved from when we were first married and that's he didn't turn them right side out when he took them off, but because of how sweaty they can get I didn't want to touch them so then I had to turn them all right side out as I was balling them up, just a waste of time. Now he's very good at it. Back to the socks, I was holding them in my hand and realized that he wears these socks everyday (clearly not that pair) but I wanted his feet to be blessed in the paths he takes in life. As the next sock came I prayed that his footsteps would be guided on the path towards Our Lord.

As the laundry went on my prayers became so personal, as I know the innermost workings of the struggles of our family as most wives and mothers do. So as my clothing came up, the prayers about body image and weight loss came. As I folded the towel that I dry my hair with, I prayed that I would realize the blessing of my hair as some can not have it. As my jeans came up I prayed that I could learn to be more modest in my dress. My last article of clothing was a jacket that Joshua loves to wear and I prayed that it would not only keep him warm physically but also at times where he doesn't feel loved and filled with warmth emotionally and spiritually that he would know the Lord's love and my love from him.

I know it seems crazy but I know I'm on autopilot when I'm folding laundry and what a great time to spend time with the Lord and bless your family! It's a win win situation!


"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing"
1 Thessalonians 5:16,17

 

16 comments

  1. Oh! This is a great idea Abbi! Thank you for posting. I can't wait to go home and fold my laundry... well almost.
    But praying your way through, definitely makes it a more bearable event.

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    1. It does make folding laundry a bit of a bearable event! I was floored by how good I felt afterwards, to know I prayed over each family member with prayers that meant something, it felt good!
      Thanks for visiting.
      Abbi

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  2. Thanks for sharing, that is so beautiful and encouraging!

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    1. I'm glad you liked it! Thanks for visiting.
      Abbi

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  3. I love this Abbi! Long time no talk I am so sorry I have been out of town and trying to keep up with everything, but dude that's hard! (0; Anyways love you girl I am still so thankful for you! I hope you are having a wonderful and blessed week! The laundry prayers! I almost cried well, I did actually! It is so beautiful how the Lord can work in our lives and use ANYTHING to bring Him glory and to remind us of His wonderful love! I love love love this post!
    Love and Blessings,
    Lacy

    www.lacymeeker.com

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    1. Lacy I'm so glad you liked it!! It was truly the Lord just inspiring me to pray over each item of clothing! I can't wait to do it again today (hello laundry)!
      Abbi

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  4. Thank you so much for linking-up at Pin It Monday Hop#14. We appreciate for taking the time to share your post with us. If you have extra time, please stop by and check what other Bloggers are sharing. See you

    Judy
    Pursuit Of Functional Home

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  5. O My Goodness!!! I love this!! It brought tears to my eyes!!! I am obsessed with wanting/trying to be the best Proverbs 31 wife I can be (I fail daily)!! You have seriously opened my eyes to doing laundry in a whole new way!! Thank you so much!! I found you through the link up at A Glimpse Inside! I can't wait to read more!!! Happy Thursday!

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    1. Kristen! I fail daily also to be a proverbs 31 wife! I'm trying to not let the idleness eat me alive.
      Thanks for visiting!
      Abbi

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  6. I love this! I'm featuring it as one of my favorites on the pin-it party this week, so be sure to add something else this week! Thanks for being a part of it!

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    1. Thanks so much for featuring it!!
      Abbi

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  7. Thanks so much for sharing this. I too have just started praying through the time when I wash the dishes. Once a chore I didn't enjoy so much, now a few minutes where I get to spend time with the Lord. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Love it. Definitely pinning this for my readers too!

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  9. LOVE this post. Such a personal and beautiful way to pray. Thanks for linking up at Pin It Tuesday. ~ Pary Moppins

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  10. So glad I found you at Two Girls and a Party! This is an awesome idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. This is a great idea... an easy way to fit in some extra time with the Lord!

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