Blame it on the washing machine.


Have you ever been caught with your hand in the cookie jar?


Oh! That’s right, we Christians are supposed to be perfect and don’t do things like that. Let alone admit to it.

One of Papa ten Boom’s most famous quotes, “Just because the mouse lives in the cookie jar, doesn’t make him a cookie,” always reminds me of my fallibility. He knew the truth.

It was the washing machine.

Slowly removing my hand from the cookie jar, under the unmoving gaze of the Editor, she states in perfect English, “No wonder your shirts don’t fit.”

Quick as a wink, Papa ten Boom’s quote comes back into my head, “It was the washing machine.”

Like so many times, I have seen that adorable face crinkle in absolute unbelief.


“It was the washing machine. Everyone knows that when the shirts manufactured from Acetate, Lastex and Spandex mixes with Ozone from the electric motor, duplicates an untenable complex reactive polymer contained in Kevlar and Rayon. Then the shirt shrinks.”

By this time she is reaching for the ‘Milo’. (A wooden spoon used to adjust naughty children’s attitudes – that’s where the term, it’s amazing what a difference Milo makes, comes from.)

I imagine the long line waiting at the immigration desk to the Pearly Gates and wonder how many people will be blaming it on the washing machine.

I hold the card in my hand as the line slowly draws closer to the desk. Glancing down I see, Jesus’ credit card, free entry, written across it and below that, Jack Dey, forgiven in full.

Do you have Jesus’ credit card? Or are you going to blame it on the washing machine?

Paradise Warrior available now in ebook and next month in paperback.

Aunt Tabbie’s Wings – coming in June.










Jack Dey, born to adventure, lives in the tropical rainforest of North Queensland, Australia. He has three loves in his life: Jesus; the Editor (his wife of 30 something years); and writing adventure novels. He is the author of MAHiNA; Paradise Warrior; Aunt Tabbie's Wings; The Secrets of Black Dean Lighthouse; The Legend of Ataneq Nanuq, The Valley of Flowers; La Belle Suisse (co-authored with Dodie La Mirounette); Zero; Naive; and Brindabella's Prophet. His latest book, Apostate, is currently being researched and written - and you can follow the story along chapter by chapter as he writes in real time! Jack writes only to please Papa God and considers his writing a ministry, demanding nothing from the reader for his e-books. If you like Jack Dey’s books and would like to support his ministry, please consider praying for the team at Jack Dey and telling your friends about his titles. New books are written with the intention of being a pencil in Jesus’ hand and bringing joy and encouragement to you, the reader.

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2 comments on “Blame it on the washing machine.
  1. Kathy says:

    LOL! Ah Jack. Ewes not fat, ewes fluffy! (me too!)


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