Monday, August 27, 2012

I Did NOT Want a New Clothesline!


I did NOT want a new clothesline! Hanging out clothes always got my lower back out of whack and I had stopped doing it several years ago. But my husband suggested it would be a way to help cut back on our electricity bill, so I reluctantly agreed to give it a try.

We went to Lowe's and picked out the line to use. I wanted it to be smooth feeling and just the right diameter. (My last clothesline was made from a cable and was almost too large for the clothespins to clip on right!) It felt good being able to help pick out just the kind I thought I would like.

After the line was bought, Benny put up some wooden posts in the ground out in the back yard close to the garden.  I didn't much like the spot at first but I have to say that it grew on me.  I was still a little hesitant about the whole thing because of the issue I had with it hurting my back with all the bending and stooping it required.  But Benny fixed that problem by turning a large plastic tub upside down for me to set my clothes basket on.  It made all the difference in the world.  Has not seemed to hurt my back much at all since I don't have to bend over every time I get laundry out of the basket to hang it up.

The clothesline was put up in the very early spring just about the time we planted the garden.  As I hung out the clothes every few days, I could watch the progress of the vegetables growing and budding and blooming and finally producing.  The chore that I was dreading and griping about before I actually started using the clothesline has become a very relaxing outdoor activity for me this summer!

Sometimes something like this happens in my spiritual life.  Through prayer or Bible study, God suggests I do something different. Maybe it's something that looks difficult.  Or maybe He wants me to make a big change in my life and it's scary. Then I may reluctantly agree to follow this new plan.  I may be afraid that I will get hurt.  Or I may feel unsure of what will be expected of me. But if I go ahead and follow God's instructions, whatever it was that He asked me to do turns out to be for my good in the long run.  It may even turn out to be a very relaxing and/or enjoyable thing in my life!

I found a wonderful quote from one of my favorite authors...Elizabeth Elliot...which says this:  "Throughout the Bible...when God asked a man to do something, methods, means, materials, and specific directions were always provided. The man had one thing to do: obey."

God seems to be leading me into some unknown territories just now. I would ask that as God brings me to your mind, you will pray that I do the right thing at the right place at the right time!

God bless you my friends!

Marilyn


5 comments:

mississippi artist said...

I love line dried clothes, they smell so good. Of course they might get blown away in the next few days. Praying you and yours stay safe in this hurricane.

martha goolsby said...

I love reading your blog. It always makes me feel better, like I can be a better person. Thank you for being sensitive to God's leadership.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

I've always wanted to have a clothesline...

A new way to do an old thing. We'd all do well to keep stepping forward into this season, keeping the old but being willing to do it a new way. There's an entire generation out there, waiting to hear the message of the Gospel. It may not come to them in the same way it came to me, and I need to OK with that.

There's something wonderfully sacred about moving with the times, while holding on to our history.

peace~elaine

Leah @ Point Ministries said...

I guess I am odd...I do not like the way clothes smell that were dried outside. I have a huge drying rack and Greg keeps wanting me to put it out on our deck to let the clothes dry. I resist because I don't like the way they smell.

Bless you,my friend. HOpe you weather (pun intended) Isaac well.

Belinda Jo Adams said...

Hello,
Did you see my post about my clothes line? Friday, August 10, 2012. I move mine around in my little red wagon. :)