31 Days to Clean: Having a Martha House the Mary Way (REVISED)
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“Whether you need to be more like Mary and approach housekeeping from a God-pleasing heart, or you need to be more like Martha and get your physical house in order, this book is for you! In addition to thoughtful, authentic reflections on the why’s of keeping a house up, Sarah Mae gives specific, actionable tasks each day to get you started. Do this for 31 days and not only will your soul be refreshed, your house will be sparkling, too!”
Angela, Homegrown Mom
Give me 31 days and I’ll help you not only have a cleaner home, but a vision for one.
31 Days to Clean is about the “why” and the vision and the heart for taking care of your domain. Each day you will be encouraged with some thoughts and ideas on the heart of cleaning, and then you will put those ideas to action.
After each reading, you will be given two challenges (based off of Mary and Martha in the bible):
The Mary Challenge: Something you do that encourages/engages your heart
The Martha Challenge: Specific cleaning tasks
31 Days to Clean is a faith journey towards accepting who you are and how you were made, while also helping you to rule, subdue, and create a place of peace in your home in order to love others well. It is about forgoing perfection and instead choosing imperfect, glorious life.
What do you think of when you consider doing laundry, washing dishes, and cleaning the dreaded bathroom? Are you discouraged? Do you feel overwhelmed? I have to say I feel that way…often. In all my live-long days I haven’t seen my home as a ministry. Can I serve Jesus and others as I clean my home? Sarah Mae proves I can. As a wife, mom, mother-in-law and mentor to teenage moms, I’m going to cherish this book and share what I learned. Cleaning is more than just fighting germs. It can be a ministry of the heart!”
Tricia Goyer, author of 25 books, including Blue Like Play Dough: The shaping of Motherhood in the Grip of God
What’s in the new revised edition?
I am so excited about the revised edition because it is so much better! I have added content, freshened up several of the readings, rearranged the order of some of the days so there is a more logical flow, and have completely redone ALL of the Martha challenges.
Sample Chapter: Kind Homemaking: An Introduction to the Revised Edition
Want to help spread the word about 31 Days to Clean?
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Copy and Paste Tweets:
- Dealing with a post-New Year’s mess? @SarahMae is helping me get my home back in order with #31DaystoClean. http://bit.ly/1ugecaL
- “Let’s make our homes a place of grace where mistakes & sins are not met w/ anger but w/ love and hope.” -@sarahmae http://bit.ly/1ugecaL
- I’m joining w/ @sarahmae to get my heart & my home in order w/ #31DaysToClean. Want to come along? http://bit.ly/1ugecaL
- “A clean home doesn’t equal good homemaking. Homemaking is about the heart & loving others well.” -@SarahMae http://bit.ly/1ugecaL
- “Your worth does not lie in your ability to clean well; your worth and value lie in Christ alone.” http://bit.ly/1ugecaL #31DaysToclean
About the Author
Sarah Mae is a writer who encourages and inspires women to keep on and enjoy their lives right where they are. She is the coauthor of Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe (Thomas Nelson), has written several eBooks, and is the co-founder of Allume, a national Christian women’s blogging conference. She lives in Lancaster, PA with her husband and her three children. You can find her at SarahMae.com.
Her newest book, Longing for Paris (Tyndale), releases in August 2015.
The original video made in 2011:
Reviews of 31 Days to Clean:
“31 Days to Clean – Having a Martha House the Mary Way (REVISED EDITION) is more devotional than cleaning guide. Sure there are cleaning steps for each of the 31 days but along with those there are scriptures, prayers, and reminders of why we clean and for whom. Pointing out that the reasoning for a clean home is not to impress the neighbors but to show love to those who dwell within it’s doors.”