Someone soaped our front windows and it wasn’t even close to Halloween!
Spurred to action, I cleaned the scribbles off first, then took a thick orange bar and wrote “God Loves You!” across the front picture windows.

I asked my teen sons to clean the windows later in the month, but by that time, window washing would have been smearing ice over the glass because of the winter temperatures. Also the word “windows” was not in their vocabulary nor their agenda. They simply don’t do suds and glass.

The prominent message turned out to be useful. “Turn left on Center, then find the ‘God Loves You’ house on the corner!” Or, “Our house has bright accent colors and a ‘God Loves You’ message on the front windows.”

As weeks went by and winter turned to spring, my sons walked by the message daily, failing to notice. Wholesome outdoor activities continued in the front yard with friends while I was still at work. Soon I found a film clip starring my teens. One son had been jumping a bicycle over four other young men lying in the front yard like sardines. The “God Loves You” message was bright in the background. Soon after, I heard from angry, wet neighbors who had been squirted with a hose through their car window. I lectured about the “God loves you” mission statement at our house.

One of my sons brought up the topic of the windows.

“When are you going to clean them off?”

“Remember, I asked you to do it. Actually, I thought it was a great message in the neighborhood. Did you notice no one has tried to soap the windows since?”

“Yeah, but no one has washed them, either.”

“I wasn’t planning to wash them until summer. I am growing to like it very much!”

“Geez, Mom! You’re embarrassing us!” The two teens disappeared inside and came out with rags and the window cleaner. They worked until the picture windows shined like crystal.

Soon after, I was headed out the door to the dusty truck with an orange bar of soap. One of my sons stopped me to demand, “Where are you going with that?”

“I thought many in the community could benefit from a ‘God loves you’ message on the back window of the truck! Don’t you?”

I didn’t get a chance to soap my message on the vehicle. My young men washed the truck and shined all the windows, too. God surely does work in mysterious ways!

Motherhood is a job that deserves, but never gets a nomination for the Presidential Motherhood Medal of Honor. Moms are in the line of fire in enemy territory. Women learn that to stay steadfast in raising children is like trying to keep a car steady as when you just had a tire blow out. In Proverbs 20:11, Solomon penned these words: “Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right.”

Moms, stick to your agenda and your standards. The troops will come around.

[Jo Russell is a Christian teacher, speaker, author of many articles, contributor to several anthologies, and Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women, Intermedia Publishing, 2011. For more chuckles, check her weekly blog on]