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It is time for a new bottle of Joy

Praying for Andrew

I keep a bottle of Joy dish soap beside my sink. The dish soap Joy, isn’t any better than another brand. I could buy Dawn or Palmolive, I just need soap to get the dishes clean  But my friend’s name is Joy, and I buy the brand name Joy, to remind me to pray for her.

The label on the  bottle I have been using has worn off. I forget to pray if I don’t have a reminder.

Joy had asked me to pray for her son, Andrew. Andrew was born with an extra chromosome. The extra chromosome he was given, makes him smile more, and give hugs more freely.   Andrew’s running hugs on Sunday mornings at church were what I missed most when we moved from Minnesota.

In a few minutes I have to go and wash all the pots from supper last night.

I don’t like dirty dishes. I would rather be writing or painting than scrubbing a pot.

Perhaps I need to change how I look at the dirty dishes in the sink. Instead of dreading the sink and the rubber gloves, I will think of the dirty dishes as an opportunity to pray.

 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24

 All of my pots are dirty. Andrew will be covered in prayer.

I will enjoy the dirty pots today. I have a new bottle of  Joy.

About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • Sue Sutherlin

    Pamela, you are an artist! Paint your dish soap bottle (and refresh as needed), with whatever reminder you need. (Then you can refill from the Costco-sized bottle of dish soap; you said it’s not the soap, it’s the bottle). I know you wrote this over a year ago, but I enjoyed the reminder today.

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  • Beautiful. I love prayer cues! And, back in the 70s, I loved Joy. Even tho they took away the delightful fragrance, I still use it most of the time. Now when I see it, I can pray for Andrew, too. Thank you for a little more prayer time at the sink 🙂

    • pamelahodges

      Thank you Debbie for offering to pray for Andrew. I had a lot of prayer time today at the sink.

  • Sue

    I think that even though the label wore off, that bottle was still a reminder to you. What a neat idea – so precious! I won’t look at my dish soap bottle the same again . . . .

    Those dirty dishes are also a reminder of God’s wonderful provision for your family (I have a HUGE pile of that reminder right now!).

    When I wake up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep right away, I often (I’d like to say always, but alas . . . ) think, “Lord, there must be someone you want me to pray for right now” and I just start praying . . . for as many as I am able, before falling back to sleep. I have a friend whose husband worked in law enforcement (night shift) and I would especially pray for her and him in the middle of the night. He’s retired now . . . they don’t need those same prayers anymore :-).

    I find that driving is sometimes a ‘reminder’ to pray – especially for the person driving the car in front of me, with all the ‘witch’ bumper stickers on it (I always wonder if those people can ‘feel’ me praying for them). Sirens are another reminder, too.

    • pamelahodges

      Hello Sue, thank you for sharing all of the ways you are reminded to pray. I pray you had a day filled with joy as you washed all of your dishes.

  • I keep a little toy dog on a shelf in my bathroom. It belonged to my foster daughter and it reminds me to pray for her and all the other foster children I’ve loved in the past. Wishing you the joy of clean dishes and valuable time spent with your Father, today.

    • pamelahodges

      Janelle, how sweet you have a little toy dog on a shelf to remind you to pray for your foster daughter. I did have joy today washing the dishes and praying. Thank you.