"Come and listen…and I will tell you what He did for me." Ps.66:16

Book GiveawayCleanse me of my wickedness with hyssop, and I will be clean.  If You wash me, I will be whiter than snow.   Create in me a clean heart, O God; restore within me a sense of being brand new.  (Psalm 51:7, 10)

“A young couple moves into a new neighborhood. The next morning while they are eating breakfast, the young woman sees her neighbor hanging the wash outside. “That laundry is not very clean; she doesn’t know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap.”

Her husband looks on, remaining silent. Every time her neighbor hangs her wash to dry, the young woman makes the same comments.

A month later, the woman is surprised to see a nice clean wash on the line and says to her husband: “Look, she’s finally learned how to wash correctly.  I wonder who taught her this?

“The husband replies, “I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows.”

And so it is with life. What we see when watching others depends on the clarity of the window through which we look.”  (Source Unknown)

Pass the squeegee!  And the Windex too!  My heart needs a few swipes of the squeegee with a few sprays of Windex.  You may want to bring a new roll of paper towels while you’re at it for the creases in my heart that need a touch of elbow grease!

As I read the story of the young couple, I couldn’t help but think of the dirty film that often covers my heart – the dirty film that separates me from God.

Sometimes, it’s the film of pride.  Often times, the film of jealousy.  Every now and then, the film of gossip.  A lot of time, the film of selfishness.   Most of the time, the film of doing instead of being.  And, frequently, the film of  (_______).  Go ahead and fill in the blank.  I’m sure I’ve been there and have done that film too!

What dirty film covers your heart?  How do we get rid of the dirty film?  How do we restore intimacy with God?

1 John 1:9 tells us if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  Please note, we act first.  We must confess our sins.  We must reveal our dirty films.  Then in His faithfulness, He forgives.  He cleanses us of our wrong doings! He removes the dirty film covering our hearts.

Our squeegee becomes the Word of God.  God becomes our Windex – our hyssop.

Are you ready for your heart to be squeegeed?  Are you ready for a clean heart?  Will you join me in a prayer of forgiveness?

Lord, thank You for your faithfulness.  Create in us clean hearts.  Cause us to seek your forgiveness.  Forgive us of our pride, our jealousy, our selfishness.  Forgive us of anything that comes between our hearts.  Remove our stained and dirty film. Thank you for the gift of forgiveness.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

My dear friend,  Rivera Douthit’s new book “Intimacy” just hit the shelves of book stores and to help Rivera celebrate the work that God has done in and through her and “Intimacy”, I will be giving away two copies of her new book.  Please leave a comment below for your chance to win.

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Comments on: "My Heart Needs A Squeegee!" (32)

  1. C Shepard said:

    Donna,
    I love this. I love that God is the squeegee, Windex, and paper towels. He is the One who does all the fixing and cleaning. Thank you for these amazing words,
    Blessings,
    Catherine

  2. wendyblight said:

    Donna, God has given you the gift of painting a picture with words and bringing a powerful lesson alive through them. I will forever remember this image of my heart and ask myself what film covers my heart. Thank you for such a thought-provoking post today.

    And thanks for sharing your friend and her new book with us. Always the encourager. I love that about you! :)

    Blessings,

    Wendy

    • Wendy,

      Thanks so much! Your encouraging words always always bless me so!

      Rivera is a She Speaks Graduate and attender! She also attended the Intensive Training sessions and Renee was her coach or group leader. I had the privilege of meeting Rivera at my first She Speaks Conference. Love how She Speaks brings so many women across the world together and how so many are using their gifts for His glory and kingdom purposes.

      Love ya!

      Donna

  3. Wow… I am so blessed by your message, Donna! You’ve painted a “picture” that will hard to forget as I ask God to reveal to me the “dirty windows” I am looking through :-)

    This is my first visit to your blog, but it definitely won’t be my last! May God bless you in your ministry! “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” (Luke 6:38).

    In His Love & Service…

  4. pathwaythruthewilderness said:

    Love,love, love this blog entry. This stepped all over my toes and was so needed. Thanks for your obedience.

  5. Hi, Donna!

    I just wanted to stop by to tell you I absolutely LOVED this blog entry!!! The Word is our squeegee; God is our Windex. BRILLIANT!

    I am also a friend of Miss Rivera’s! I have my copy of “Intimacy”. So glad to see you will be blessing others with a copy!

  6. I always love your posts! You are an amazing writer and an amazing lady! ♥

  7. This is wonderful — oh Father cause my heart to see as you see and cleanse my heart !

  8. Love, love, love this dirty window story!! Pick me, pick me, pick me for Rivera’s book!!! Sounds amazing :)

  9. Love me some DBo–so it’s easy, I’m gonna love me some Rivera!!! Nice to meet you :)

    • Lisa, so nice to meet you:)) Blessings!!

    • Lisa, Lisa, Lisa ……

      You crack me up!! I miss you! I’m hoping Renee’s life with calm down a little in the near future so we can do another “Go To Meeting”! Missing the team!

      Love ya,

      Donna

      P.S. You will love Rivera!! She rocks the Jesus mission!

  10. Elizabeth said:

    Thanks Donna for your article. I too ask God to cleanse my insides from the shame of abuse. Ps 51:10 God restore within me a sense a being brand new! Thank you God!

    • Elizabeth, I just happened to read through these comments! I really hope you get a chance to read “Intimacy.”
      Blessings,
      Rivera

    • Elizabeth,

      Thank you for sharing your heart. I was molested as a child and I know how hard abuse is to share and I know that feeling of shame all too well. Praying for you as God restores you and fills you as only He can do.

      These verses were shared with me by a friend with Proverbs 31. I would suggest that you take them and hide them in your heart.

      You are a chosen [woman], a royal [priest], a holy [daughter], God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:9)

      Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the
      wasteland. (Isaiah 43:18-19)

      You may also want to read Psalm 139. I was also challenged to read it each day for 31 days. And it also helped me when I look at these scriptures as God’s promises. And God always keeps his promises.

      Praying for you,

      Donna B

      • Elizabeth said:

        Thank u Donna for your prayers and for the scriptures I’m mediating on them. When will u decide who receives a copy of Rivera ‘s book? Blessings Elizabeth

  11. Christina Auman said:

    Great devotion & oh so true. Search my heart oh Lord, reveal my dirty windows in need of your forgiveness & deep cleaning

  12. Donna your writing always blesses me. Such thought provoking ideas you come up with. Love your talent. Love you! Debbie Williams

    • Debbie,

      Oh, how I miss you!! Thank you so much for your amazing words. The ideas are ALL God’s. Its all Him and He must increase and I must decrease.

      Love ya and praying for you,

      Donna

  13. Donna! You are such an amazing woman of God! My heart has been touched a million times by your encouragement. No squeegee needed for you. I love you and your beautiful heart! Love, Love, Love, Sheila

    • Sheila,

      I so love you and your amazing heart! Your prayers touch my heart like crazy. Love how you pray God’s truth and will. Thanks for taking the time to read my blog and I have much to learn from you and your prayers.

      Love you,

      Donna

  14. Rachael wants a copy!!!

  15. Caroline McGinnis said:

    Loved reading this, God is our squeegee never looked at Him this way. Thanks for sharing.

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