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Friday, May 20, 2016

Laundry ... Yes, This is a Blog Post about Laundry

*Posted on Facebook by Simply Real Moms

Laundry—I’m sure someone out there enjoys doing it, and if it’s you, I have the number of a good psychiatrist. J Joking aside, keeping up with laundry seems an almost impossible task. It’s something that has to be done and on a regular basis. And for those who say all jobs can be done as to God, I agree. We are serving others when we do their laundry. However, menial jobs are best done quickly and efficiently to leave us time to do the weightier things in life (although wet laundry is pretty weighty).

Everyone has to figure out a system that works best for himself or herself or the couple-self. In the case of a couple, perhaps they decide the wife will do the laundry and the husband will take care of cutting grass. The trick is to work out an equitable system for you.

When my children were younger, I did a load of laundry every single day. I’d often throw a load in the washer in the mornings before work and dry them when I got home. *Warning--wet clothes in the washing machine will soon sour. Don't leave them too long. Don't ask how I know.* My sons, and often my husband, helped me fold the clothes and each person put their own clothes away.

In the last year or so I’ve changed my routine. I decided to do the laundry in one day—on either Friday or Saturday.

For fold up clothes—towels, pajamas, t-shirts, etc., I or my husband wash and dry several loads and dump them all on the couch. That night, we watch TV and fold the clothes. This system has its drawbacks. Dumping them all on the couch will cause wrinkles. Any clothes that I don’t want wrinkled, I’ll grab and drape over the top of the couch. This is the fastest, easiest method I’ve found. Clothes like shirts, dress pants, and skirts are washed, dried, and immediately hung up.

If I don’t get them out fast enough to avoid wrinkles, my dryer has a steam cycle that does my ironing. Works for me. 

We recently decided to move our laundry room. There are two rooms side by side. The first room, we were told, was an office. The room on the outer wall was the laundry room. Recently, we decided to switch the functions of the rooms. The office became our laundry room and the laundry room became my office. This is the finished result:
Added a shelf to feed the cats on and a bar to hang up clothes straight from the dryer.
The cabinets were already in place!

New office (once the laundry room)

This has increased the efficiency of doing laundry. And I'm loving the office. The words above the window says it all--God is our light even when we do the laundry!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Bible Verse of the Week, Fingernail Polish, and the Emasculation of Men

Jenna Tatum recently posted pictures to Snapchat of her husband removing nail polish from her toenails. The pictures soon went viral. Most of the women's comments lamented the fact that their boyfriends or husbands would never do such a thing. But some of the comments condemned Channing Tatum for being "unmanly." One commenter went so far as to say that Tatum was contributing to the emasculation of men. 

Is this really an unmanly thing to do? Is it, perhaps, unbiblical?* 

We've all seen the verse: Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.~ Ephesians 5:22. However, how many of us notice the preceding verse which says we all are to submit to one another--this includes husbands to wives and vice versa. 

As always, Jesus gives us the ultimate example. He washed the feet of the apostles as we read in John 13. 

Washing feet or removing nail polish--both are pictures of service. Being a servant is never unmanly. 

Let's all exercise our faith, express our love, and extend our hand in the bond of fellowship. Remember that no man is as tall (or manly) as when he stoops to help another--even when it's to remove nail polish. 

*(Note: I am framing this as a reference for Christians whether the Tatums profess Christianity or not. I have no idea what their religious beliefs are.)