My family calls me “the midnight baker.” It’s true that many times our kitchen is alive with the smells of baking, as it is tonight. Along with the joy of baking comes the not-so-joyful task of cleaning dishes. Many, many dishes. As I wash and rinse, I am reminded of how cleansing it can be to wash away the dirt.

How do I cleanse my soul? By trying to do things I love to do as often as possible. There are days and weeks when this is not possible, however the times I can fill my life with joy help to sustain me when my life goes through periods of drought. These are the times I call on God, knowing I will soon be filled again with joy.

Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a willing spirit. Psalm 51:12

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