Our family embarked upon a 2 1/2 week road trip earlier this month — sort of an extended “early American history” tour of the east coast.
In fact, we are still in the middle of it, even as I write this post in the wee hours of the morning from my hotel room.
We’ve seen a lot of key sites and made many wonderful memories together (so far), but all those long hours spent crowded into our van with seven children, two ice chests, a mountain of luggage, a box of math books and Spanish CDs (this is a learning vacation, after all), and a crockpot (our new van has a plug, so we’ve been cooking as we go) has served as a reminder that our sin natures came along for the ride, as well.
As much as I wish we could have left those things at home, they’ve already reared their ugly heads a time or two (or three or four), so that we’ve also gotten lots of practice in apologies and prayers for forgiveness. Prayers such as this:
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, And my sin is ever before me. Against You, You only, I have sinned.
– Psalm 51:2-4, NASB
A hot bath at the end of a long day can get our bodies clean, but only God can wash and purify our hearts — and will, if we ask Him.
So that’s the verse our family is memorizing this week. Want to join us?
Psalm 51:2 is included in our first set of Scripture Memory Cards. Click the image below to print: