Remembering #Mom's #Clothesline -- There is one thing that's left out. We had a long #wooden#pole (clothes pole) that was used to push the clotheslines up so that longer items (sheets/pants/etc.) didn't brush the ground and get #dirty.
I can hear my #mother now... THE #BASIC#RULES FOR CLOTHESLINES: (If you don't even know what clotheslines are, better skip this.)
1. You had to hang the socks by the toes... NOT the top.
2. You hung pants by the BOTTOM/cuffs... NOT the #waistbands.
3. You had to #WASH the clothesline(s) before hanging any clothes - Walk the entire length of each line with a #damp cloth around the lines.
4. You had to hang the #clothes in a certain order, and always hang "whites" with "whites," And hang them first.
5. You #NEVER hung a #shirt by the shoulders - always by the tail! What would the #neighbors think?
6. Wash day on a Monday! NEVER hang clothes on the weekend, Or on #Sunday, for #Heaven's sake!
7. Hang the #sheets and towels on the #OUTSIDE lines so you could Hide your "unmentionables" in the middle.... 8. It didn't matter if it was sub-zero #weather... Clothes would "freeze-dry." 9. ALWAYS gather the clothes @pins when taking down #dry clothes! Pins left on the lines were "tacky"!
10. If you were efficient, you would line the clothes up so that each item. Did not need two clothes pins, but shared one of the clothes pins with the next washed item.
11. Clothes off of the line before dinner time, neatly folded in the clothes basket, and ready to be ironed.
12. IRONED??!! Well, that's a whole OTHER #subject!
Last night as I was sitting down to prepare and pray over what God would have me to share today, the depth of pain and grief that I've walked through hit me like a ton of bricks. This month brings the last memories of my husband Patrick fresh to mind and the reality of the sting of death can be so great. •
It's amazing how grief can either fog your mind and perspective through the lens of pain or it can clear the clouds of life so that you can see the sun in a greater light. For me it strips away the things of this world and reminds me of what truly matters-Jesus. •
So often we spend our time energy and emotions on the comfort of this world instead of the things that truly last forever. We get so bogged down on what we look like, feel like, how others should treat us, if we measure up etc. I find when I am overwhelmed it's because I've been caring to much what this world says about me rather than what the Word of God says about me (just being real here.) It's when I fix my eyes on Jesus and lose the distractions and sins that can weigh me down that I can run the lane in life God has called me too, and not just run it but do it with endurance that God creates through suffering. •
Today I shared from a vulnerable and raw place, felt like God told me to throw the notes aside and shared from my heart. My life is woven with much joy and much sorrow but the greatest thing I pray people see are not those things but the Jesus who is the Author of it all. He has shown me His faithfulness and goodness in every season of life and He isn't stopping now. What a faithful Savior and I pray our lives always reflect that HE is the greatest treasure. •
#grief#pain#vulnerability#reallife#ihavenothingtogether#sothankfulforgrace#youngwidow#ministry#hopestillhurts#heaven#cantwait 📷@summerpendley 😘😘