Take My Heart, LORD

I still remember the day I found a foam orange heart in my washer. I knew in that moment God was speaking to me.

My heart needed a good washing. And God was giving me one alright.

Years later I’m remembering this moment all over again. Why? Because it’s been one of those weeks. I’ve had one thing after another come at me.

*A nail in my husband’s tire on a day he had to travel to Denver, leaving me with the job of going to get it repaired.
*A teenage girl rear-end my car on the way to buy my girl shoes. Luckily just a scratch.
*My son forgot his lunch on a day I had a writing deadline. Why today?
*Got a call from a family member informing me of a devastating, frightening experience. The news reopened a deep wound in me. There is such evil in this world.
*Then we discovered a crack in our sprinkler line. Again. After we spent $500 this summer replacing old parts.

You get the picture, right? All the makings for me to develop a dirty heart.

Anger. Irritation. Discouragement. Grief. Tears. Ranting and whining. Feeling helpless for loved ones. Tired and weary. Not in the mood for friends or family. Wanting to be alone and go back to bed. Ignoring my phone ring. Needing a serious break. Calgon, take me away.

The truth is I always need a good heart washing to keep me from growing bitter and cold. So today I pause to pray:

Father God, take my heart and wash it clean.
Remove my sins that keep me from experiencing life to the full.
Cover me with the fragrance of Your goodness and grace.
Rub away any resistant stain that makes me unclean.
Make me like new again.
Thank You, LORD, for always being willing to get Your hands dirty.
Thank You that my heart is safe in Your strong Hand.
Your wash cycle is gentle, never too abrasive.
Even though sometimes I prefer being smelly,
I know the best thing for me is a good heart washing.
Please help me submit to the process without complaint.
When dirt is thrown in my face, help me run to You for a good cheek wiping.
Don’t let my emotions muddy my view of You and Your Word.
Help me see You and others through the lens of love.
Dirty or not, my heart is always safe with You.
You accept and love me as I am.
Thank You, LORD.  Thank You for a good heart washing when I need it most.
Like right now.
I love You, Jesus.
Amen.

Soak me in your laundry and I’ll come out clean,
scrub me and I’ll have a snow-white life.
Psalm 51:7(MSG)

Tiffany, who always is doing some sort of laundry – Tea with Tiffany

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  1. Great post. Great word picture that you painted…will stay with me for quite a while…blessings.

  2. Amen, amen sweet sis.

  3. Hi Tiffany,

    I found this post to be not only reflective but an honest self-assessment. It’s very easy to ignore the emotions that get muddied dealing with unexpected situations that occur, but God gives us grace and peace so that we can come to Him; embraced by the warmth of His love.

    Blessings and peace.

    MTJ

  4. Amen! to your prayer,your processing and your beautiful heart, friend. Praying for all things concerning, dear one!

  5. Yes love this post, I agree. I do need my heart washed….Wonderful prayer

  6. I love that you found an orange heart in your washer! Unexpected trials can so often dirty my heart as well. Too often I get caught up in the why-me-attitude, but scrubbing it a way can be difficult.

    Thanks for introducing me to a new and fun place on the net. Can’t wait to look around a little.

  7. I love the verse that you found to go with the laundry room! God is so great to use the ordinary to teach us something extraordinary.

  8. So thankful that God has given you another outlet to share your beautiful heart!!

  9. Ah Tiffany, what a day you had. I love the story of your orange heart in the washer. I’m just starting to do a Bible study called “A Makeover of the Heart”. It sounds like it would go along with your topic.

    What a wonderful idea for this site. I’m loving it so far. Very creative way to get organized and yet put things into proper perspective.

  10. Precious friend…

    I can’t tell you how many times this might as well have been my story! A good heart washing is in store for times like these. I’ve had my own moments of frustration, anger, irritation, in recent days. I’ve missed the kindness and grace of God on many occasions, but just yesterday, I found my balance again. Do you know when it arrived?

    When I took time to sit before the Father in silence and in prayer.

    His peace. His promise to us. Every time.

    Love you.

    ~elaine

  11. Yes, LORD! Praise YOU. Amen and amen. I could always use a good heart washing. My flesh is so surrounded by dirty!

  12. Tiff,

    This was beautiful. Thank you for sharing friend. I don’t think my sponge could fit in the washer lately. Boy, could I use a good washing.

    But, I’m sure the Lord is already soaping up the sponge.

    Love you friend.

  13. Tiffany, I’ve had a few days like that, change the circumstances a little and it could have been my day yesterday. Thank God for his heart washing. Thanks for sharing from your heart, as always I’m blessed to read.

  14. Tiffany, I appreciate your open heart to the rest of us. You are truly a blessing to so many. Thank you for sharing. Blessings.

  15. Carol Lackland says:

    Tiffany, I’ve had the frustration of faulty internet access so just now getting caught up on AMH. Thank you for your openness. Grateful for the reminder to let Him cleanse daily the dust that gets kicked up and sometimes settles over our hearts. Blessings!

  16. Thank you precious friend for sharing a WORD from your heart and life and one we can all relate to I’m sure. I love you.

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