Kate Motaung
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Kate Motaung grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan before spending ten years in Cape Town, South Africa. She is married to a South African and together they have three children. Kate is the author of the e-book, Letters to Grief, hosts the Five Minute Friday blog link-up, and...

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  1. I love that we don’t have to (can’t) do the ironing ourselves. The Lord has already taken care of it. All we have to do is clothe ourselves in Him. Well said, Kate.

    • This is my favorite part, too! The recovering perfectionist / works oriented person in me wants to then try to “iron harder” when the point is that we can let go and let God. When we let Him in, He does the ironing for us. Loved this post! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Such a timely reminder. I recently was asked by God to iron out some wrinkles of unforgiveness and bitterness. And by His grace, I have been working to do so.

    • Praise God. May He continue to sustain you and give you sufficient grace to press on toward the goal … Blessings to you.

  3. Not for the sake of those that can see but for the one who can see it all.

    Enjoyed your post and find our God able to handle our wrinkles but yes, able to iron in ways we can’t see or don’t take time for. Thanks for your ministry of words.

    • Thanks, Bronwyn… and may He continue to use you and your words and stories to help others grow to see and love His Word more and more …

  4. Can I just say WOW!!! God brought this to me today in a very unique way…and delivered the exact message I needed to hear!!! P T L !!!

    • Praise the Lord indeed. His ways are above our ways, and His timing always perfect. May the Lord bless you and keep you.

  5. Great post! I’ve been ruminating a similar post actually. I used to have this Christian sticker that mimmicked a Mtn Dew label. Except it said “Who are YOU…when no one’s watching.” And that’s exactly what we do. We make ourselves presentable in certain times and situations, trying to hide the “unironed” parts…but we forget that the only one who matters is in the closet with us anyway…He sees it even if we try to hide it.

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Thanks for your feedback, Crystal. So helpful to remember that He is ‘in the closet with us anyway’ … may He strengthen each of us to live for His glory. Blessings to you.

  6. What an incredible image!! I love this!!!
    And, I’ve totally been there, but replace under shirt wrinkles with a giant stain!!! 🙂
    Blessings. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Thanks for your feedback, Kaitlin. Praise God for His ability to wash all of our stains, and make us as white as snow in His sight.

  7. had this sermon been preached in the Baptist church of my youth, the response to the call would have been “make it plain!” So well said, Kate. Amen!
    Keep chasing Grace and Peace,

  8. Convicting and challenging. This makes me want to spend some time with God talking about the secret places of my heart. Thank you, Kate!

    • Thank you for sharing this, Kim. May the Lord continue to use the ministry of words in each of our lives … Blessings to you.

  9. Brilliant metaphor! Brought me right back to my HS days when a friend told me that she usually ironed only what would show. It honestly never had occurred to me. I also never adopted that practice. As genius as it may have sounded at the time, I know the Holy Spirit told me , “Folks who will hide something as small as a wrinkled shirt are likely to conceal more important things, too. Take the time to let your real self shine.”

    • What a blessing that you learned that lesson early! 🙂 May the Lord continue to use His Spirit to lead and guide you in paths of righteousness …

  10. Great post. I used to be like that person. Trying to hide the wrinkles of imperfection, & sin in my life. Feeling like I didn’t live up to others expectations.

    Now I quit trying & show the real me. I want God & others to help me with my life. want it to shine for His glory!