Clean Heart Giveaway

Perhaps you’ve popped over due to the devotion I have running at Proverbs 31. If so, welcome! If not, to get caught up with the rest of us, click here. Don’t forget to come back for the giveaway and rest of the discussion!!


Cleaning before the cleaning lady comes! Is that crazy?


We all do it.

Oh, maybe not in our physical homes, but in other areas of our lives. Something in us just doesn’t want others to know the nitty-grtty details of where we sometimes pause our hearts and idle our brains; those places we choose to dwell and thoughts we choose to dwell on that are, well, less-than-lovely.

So as promised, here is a list of 10 heart-sanitizing scriptures for you to ponder and peruse; maybe even memorize, like we chatted about here.

Oh, but first…the giveaway! One commenter, chosen randomly, will win. Here is all that is included in this “clean heart’ giveaway :-)

~ A fun pair of cleaning gloves, for cleaning your home in style!

~A “ringdex” (yes, that is the real name of it) of 80 index cards with plastic dividers for jotting down verses you’d like to commit to memory. You can easily tuck it in your purse or leave it in your car for those times you are waiting in the carpool line, etc…

~ A copy of The Passion of Jesus Christ by John Piper to study how Jesus’ action in laying down His life made a way for us to be clean before God and gain entrance into heaven. If you have no clue what I’m talking about or you understand the concepts of religion and church, but don’t have a clear picture of what it means to have an actual relationship with God, click here to learn more!

~Some cotton blossom body wash by Bath & Body Works–for a clean body.

~Some fluffy, new white lounge socks to keep your newly cleaned feet from getting dirty again.

~A crisp, white votive candle in vanilla coconut for a fresh, clean scent in your home.

Okay…here are the verses for you!


Psalm 66:17-19, “I cried out to him with my mouth; his praise was on my tongue. If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; but God has surely listened and heard my voice in prayer.” (NIV)

Psalm 36:5, “Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.” (NIV)

Psalm 24:3-5:  “Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who may stand in His holy place?He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the LORD, And righteousness from the God of his salvation.”  (NKJV)

Hebrews 10:22-23: “… let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” (NIV)

Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” (ESV)

Psalm 51: 1-2: ” Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.” (NIV)

Psalm 51:7 “Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” (NIV)

Psalm 51:16-17: “You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.  My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart
you, God, will not despise.”

Hebrews 9:14: “How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!” (NIV)

Romans 8:1-2: “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.” (NIV)

Okay everyone….leave a comment today on any aspect of this devotion or post. Or tell us what Jesus first cleaned up about you when you came to Him. Or why you think we feel we need to “clean ourselves up” so God will accept us? Or, as always, if time is tight, just say, “I’m in!”. Winner will be announced Monday!

Cleaned-Up Blessings,

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  • I love this, I’m in!! I’m always in need of cleaning up spiritually and in my home too! Thank you for the reminder that we can’t hide from the dust bunnies.

    Love loving Him next to you ~

  • Thanks for the wonderful reminder that God loves me just the way I am, dust bunnies and all. And I’m going to join you in memorizing scripture. I always think about as my day flies by but just don’t make a concerted effort. Its time that I give my all to my Lord. Blessings,

  • I saw the Scripture about giving us clean hands in an entirely different way today. We had been singing this song in church (“Give us clean hands, give us pure hearts, let us not lift our souls to another.”) and I had never understood what lifting our souls to another meant. But you had this listed as one of your verses and it all came clear–we are not to lift our souls to any other than Christ. We are not to make idols of other things or people. I realize this is off-topic from your devotional today but I still wanted to share with you God’s revelation to me. Have a blessed day! =)

  • Hi Karen,

    My “heart-attude” is always in need of cleaning-up. Satan throws so many land mines our way and life in the saturated media/techno world we live in becomes diffult to navigate at times, it is stressful and can become debilitating. “Cleaning up” God’s way with His Word is just want I need right now!


    PS hope you received my email with my mailing addy. I was last weeks winner! Yea!!!!!!!!!!

  • I’m new to this site. But I couldn’t believe how right on target this was for me this morning. Going through alot of changes in my life right now and my life was feeling alittle out of control. I was trying to figure out where to start to get back on track. It’s my heart I need to start with. THanks!

  • Love this! I am going to share this with the girls at our new stay at home moms group. Thank you Karen. God Bless!

  • Love it! Just as I got up and hurried to clean my house before church…I stopped to read and reflect on the scriptures. Thanks!

  • What a reminder that we can never hide our “dustbunnies” from God although we may try to hide them from others and ourselves.

  • I love to just sweep it under the rug an leave it there!! I’ve always had the philosophy when cleaning that if I don’t see it, it’s not a problem but that’s not such a great spiritual philosophy!!

    It’s like trying to clean our house in the dark. We can’t. We can’t see the dirt and so it stays. I’ve decided I like the light and I like clean from the inside out!!

  • Pretty funny we try to spot clean before the One who see’s it all and isn’t surprised! But your devotion today is an excellent reminder how that’s just not necessary (or even good for us) to do.

  • The Word is the best way to have a heart that is purified and to havea proper home for the Spirit. Also we can apply the blood of Jesus for cleansing from our sins and to be forgiven. Daily maintenance is the best way apply the Word to make our lives fit for the Master’s use. This is a great devotional and so applicable on how to clean our spiritual “homes.”

  • “Create in me a clean heart, O God.” How often I say this when I know that I am beginning to falter in some area, especially when I can’t really pinpoint the “reason.” Thank you for the reminders.

  • When my household drains got clogged, my son reminded me that I needed to treat them occasionally with a dose of bleach to keep them clear and functional. Our hearts, like our household drains, need maintenance. A daily dose of the word and prayer will keep our hearts clean and open to our Lord. Good message and thank you for your inspirational kick.

  • I really have enjoy your writings. This is my first time to your website and will be back.. Thanks for taking time to help us learn the teachings of God.

  • There’s no cleaning on our part to do for God’s first entrance into our heart. He is the one doing the cleaning. We must be willing to let Him clean. thanks for the scripture thoughts.

  • Thanks for the verses- a great reminder to rely on Jesus to renew us. I’ve been struggling with that this week!

  • This is just what I needed to read this morning. Thanks for your guidance on how to handle those impurities of the heart!

  • Even though I walk with the Lord daily, I still need the reminder of asking Him to give me a clean heart each day! What an awesome reminder.