After I happily announced that I was going to do the challenge and asked you lovelies to help me, I realized that I had stepped into some uncharted waters. Waters that are deep and I can’t swim and my life jacket is too small.
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‘The lesson for day 7 is all about the curse. What curse you ask? The curse of unproductive work.
Because of the fall of creation, Sara Mae suggests: “our domains rebel against us as we have rebelled against God. Our commands to rule, subdue, and be productive are all the harder to fulfill. Everything is heading toward decay, and we are striving against it. No matter how many loads of laundry we do, there will always be dirty clothes. No matter how many times we clean the kitchen, for as long as we live it will get messy again…and we will be tired. This is all part of the Curse.”
Although it sounds like a bummer, it is at least encouraging to me that there is an explanation for my frustration with constantly trying to keep things clean and fight the laundry dragon! Simplyleades me
At the end of each lesson, the author, Sara Mae, gives two challenges:
- The Mary Challenge -Something you do that encourages/engages your heart
- The Martha Challenge – Specific cleaning tasks
The Mary challenge for day 7 is to Read Romans 8:20-21
The Martha challenge for day 7 is to clean out the pantry. (YIKES)
Just after reading the required “homework” scriptures, I was reminded of one of my favorite bible verses:
Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
My inconsistent cleaning habits, my menu planning this week and then not for the next 2 weeks, my losing battle to dust, and the constant kitchen floor stickiness can all be worked for my good by a Great and Gracious God.
Here is my pantry clean out before and after! (At one point, I didn’t think I had the energy to finish but I did and I love it!)