Friday, January 1, 2010

Clothesline Conversations with God

Hi, my name is Tori and I hope to introduce you to my life, my faith and my family through this blog. So now…an explanation for my blog title, “Conversations at the Clothesline.”

As a young mother, I constantly felt overworked and insignificant. I wanted to do big things for God with my life, but I found it difficult to spend very much meaningful time studying the Word and praying. I felt like I was failing in my spiritual walk because the menial tasks of raising a growing family took up so much of my time. As I went about my tasks one day, I poured out my heart to God about this frustration of wanting to serve Him more. “Will I ever have time to serve you better, Lord?”

And then He spoke.

He broke through my drudgery and spoke directly to my heart when He said, “Tori, you are doing exactly what I want you to be doing right now.” What I was “doing right now” was hanging out laundry on the clothesline. How could this task—this necessary job---be pleasing to God? As I contemplated this question, God spoke again in His small gentle voice at the clothesline. He said, “Tori, when you serve your family, you are serving Me. You are fulfilling the role I have given you and that in itself is pleasing. You are doing the most spiritual thing you can do right now. You are doing what I designed you to do.

Needless to say, this conversation at the clothesline blew my mind…and changed my life. I now understand that my role as wife and mother is a pleasing one to God. The world might beg to differ, but I think I’ll stick with God’s opinion.

When I am doing what God designed me to do— and right now, for me, in this season of my life, means being a wife and mother---then I am being “spiritual”. I am serving God by understanding and accepting his will for my life. If I am fulfilling His purpose for me, I am bringing Him glory---and that is my chief aim.

“I cry out to God Most High,
to God, who fulfills his purpose for me. “
Psalm 57:2


  1. When I saw the name of your blog, I thought of this story. I'm glad you started out by telling it.

  2. Jan and I are enjoying your blog in Mn