If you follow my instagram account, you know that every week or maybe every other week, I pull out my iron and ironing boardto iron my husband’s work clothes. He wears business clothes to work Monday through Friday and they need to be clean with crisp creases.
How to Iron
Personally, I do not enjoy ironing. Well, until recently, I did not. It seemed to take a long time – time that could be better spent doing something else. Until recently, I did not see the beauty of serving my husband this way. So, I began praying that God would teach me how to love ironing.
First, I began to realize that by ironing, I was saving approximately $100 a month. Right now, with the increase in gas, water, and groceries – it’s important that we save any pennies we can. So, that ends up being a savings of $20-$25/week.
Second, I researched the chemicals used in dry cleaning facilities. I’m not going to go into a long and laborious account of the many hazards the dry cleaning chemicals bring into our homes and bodies (even if we do let our clothes air out in the garage, which one book/website recommended), I’ll give you the freedom and opportunity to do that on your own.
Third, this has become a beautiful time of worship for me. While I iron, my daughter reads to me. She has never enjoyed reading. However, her love of words is growing and this gives us a beautiful time to share the book she is reading. We use this time to grow our bond and she is even starting to ask questions about ironing (wink, wink). Not only do I listen to my daughter read, I spend this time singing my favorite worship songs or listening to podcasts of sermons. Right now, I am enjoying listening to various sermons by John MacArthur on my Grace To You app. I also listen to John Piper from Desiring God You can listen to either of these men (and many others) using your computer or many other devices.
How to Iron and Love it
So, let’s sum it up. This is how you can iron and love it!
- Have a child read to you
- Sing Worship music
- Listen to a podcast of a favorite theologian
- Consider the savings
- Remember, it is healthier for your husband and your family
What Ironing taught me
All in all, ironing has given me another opportunity to see how God loves me. He listens to our prayers. He listened to my prayer about ironing. There are still days when I don’t ‘want’ to iron – until I remember this list. Then, I can’t wait to drag the clothes out of the closet and iron away!
What do you need to learn to love doing in your home?
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