be a clean towel (a post by April)

be a clean towel (a post by April)

As a mother of teenage girls, we get into lots of discussions about the future, life and expectations. I’m so thankful to have a relationship with my girls where we can and do talk about anything and everything.  One discussion revolved around “What does a guy want. What is he looking for in a woman?”  Girls are certainly surrounded by all the WRONG answers to this question. After a long talk, I later asked Brennan the same question.  In one illustration he summed it all up so well, I had to share this with other parents and teens out there. He said, “Well, when a guy hops out of the shower, he doesn’t want a dirty towel.”  There it was.
Young women, there’s so much value in your purity—hold onto it, protect it as precious fine china, not just common dishes. And if you are reading this and feel more like a used dirty towel on the floor, there’s awesome news—God can throw you into his washing machine! And we all love that warm towel fresh out of the dryer!! Jesus can make you NEW!! Just ask Him.
1 Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness;
According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity
And cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I know my transgressions,
And my sin is ever before me.
4 Against You, You only, I have sinned
And done what is evil in Your sight,
So that You are justified when You speak
And blameless when You judge.
5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
And in sin my mother conceived me.
6 Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being,
And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom.
7 Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Make me to hear joy and gladness,
Let the bones which You have broken rejoice.
9 Hide Your face from my sins
And blot out all my iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Psalm 51:1-10
“Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow. “  – Isaiah 1:16-17
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word,  that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.”  – Ephesians 5:25-27
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