The Rag

Today’s blog is short and sweet. Oh so sweet.

Last weekend I spoke in Palmer, Iowa, surrounded by wheat fields, cornfields, and soybean fields.

Combines worked through the night.

Lights beaming.
Engines roaring.
Men working.
Bringing in the last of the late harvest.

On Saturday, we experienced a harvest of a different kind.


I stayed in a little hotel in Pocahontas, right down the road a piece.

By the sink in my room, God preached a sermon as loud and clear as any I’ve ever heard. It was on a little note lying on an old scruffy blue washcloth.

The sermon sat folded neatly by the sink with the following note atop.

I’m nothing but a rag.
I am old, tattered and torn, but clean.
I can still be put to work.
I can still be used to
clean your shoes
remove your makeup
clean your car.

I am worn, but clean.
Ready to be used in place of a fluffy white towel.
When I’m grimy and beyond your use,
throw me on the floor to be cleaned and used again.
Thank you,

Yes, Lord, I prayed. I am the rag. I feel worn and tattered, but clean. Use me, Lord, even though there are newer fluffier options all around. I can still be used for something. And when I’m grimy, nappy, worn, and torn, cleanse me and use me again. Amen.

If that is your prayer today, to be used, cleansed, and used again, leave a comment as your prayer to say, “Use me Lord.”

I know He will.

It’s moments like these, when God speaks to me through something as simple as an old rag, that I call a sudden glory. God is speaking to you…everyday…and He wants you to recognize His voice and experience His presence. That is what the book A Sudden Glory is all about…experiencing God’s lavish response to your ache for something more. It also includes a study guide for those who want to go deeper.


96 Responses to The Rag

  1. Lynn November 15, 2017 at 4:16 am #

    Use me lord as I prayed about been a rag. Use me over an cover again lord

    • CLEMENTINE JONES September 11, 2018 at 6:36 am #

      Use me Lord.

  2. Sheree November 15, 2017 at 4:22 am #

    USE ME LORD!!!

  3. Gail Stoltzfoos November 15, 2017 at 4:38 am #

    Ragged, torn, worn out and tired –
    There was even that time I was fired!
    Retired, often ill and overwrought –
    thankfully, it was You I sought!
    Use what little of me is left, Lord.
    Wield me as You would a sword.
    I will rejoice in the joyous ability
    to raise my voice within this city.
    Ragged, torn, worn out and tired –
    but, wonderfully,
    thru Your love…rewired!

    • Cindy November 17, 2017 at 2:55 pm #

      🙂 That’s great, Gail! Thanks for sharing. May God continue to bless you richly!

  4. Gaivelle Carouthers November 15, 2017 at 5:05 am #

    Use me Lord!

  5. Suzanne Falcone November 15, 2017 at 5:06 am #

    Use me, Lord!

  6. Linda Chandler November 15, 2017 at 5:11 am #

    Use me Lord.
    Please and Thank You!
    This was beautiful. We are so often quick to discard things that are not perfect. This was a great reminder that just because something doesn’t look “new” doesn’t mean it’s not useful. Blessings!

  7. Karen Ellison November 15, 2017 at 5:15 am #

    I have used rags all my life will look them in more special care !

  8. Karen Ellison November 15, 2017 at 5:16 am #

    I too have used rags all my life they will be more special care now.

  9. Debbie Rothar November 15, 2017 at 5:32 am #

    Use me Lord today……You know who You are sending my way!
    May You be glorified!!!

  10. Tina Brown November 15, 2017 at 5:39 am #

    Use me Lord.

  11. Ramona goble November 15, 2017 at 6:06 am #

    Ise me Lord

  12. Ramona goble November 15, 2017 at 6:06 am #

    Use me Lord

  13. Kathy November 15, 2017 at 6:20 am #

    Use me Lord I pray🙏

  14. Christine Miller November 15, 2017 at 6:33 am #

    Use me Lord.

  15. Denise November 15, 2017 at 6:40 am #

    Yes! I’m the rag too! Use me, Lord. Thanks for Your Amazing Grace!!

  16. Lorraine A. November 15, 2017 at 6:52 am #

    My spirit is leaping in agreement this morning! Yes Lord! I’m worn and tattered! But clean and fit to be used by the Master! Use me again, Lord!

  17. Cathy Greif November 15, 2017 at 7:07 am #

    Thank you for the reminder. I was married at 19. Had a premature baby at 22. Divorced at 24. Remarried at 26, had 2 more boys. Widowed at 30. Remarried at 34. Brian and I were spirit mates and best friends. We served God together for 12 years (1 year befor we got married). I was widowed again January 12, 2016 on my 45 birthday. God has carried me a lot of the time. I’m trying to wait patiently for God to use me again. Psalms 31:24 keeps coming to mind. I know God has a purpose for my pain and he will use it. I just need him to finish healing my heart. Thanks 🤗

    • Cindy November 17, 2017 at 2:53 pm #

      Praying for you, Cathy. I am sorry for your losses. Thank you for sharing. May you know the presence and peace of our loving heavenly Father during these different times. May you be strengthened in your inner man to cling to Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Here are a couple verses I like: Psalm 63:7-8 (AMP) “For You have been my help, and in the shadow of Your wings will I rejoice. 8″ My whole being follows hard after You and clings to You; Your right hand upholds me.” Praise Him, Praise Him. Love, hugs and prayers, Because of Jesus, Cindy

  18. Debbie Cunningham November 15, 2017 at 7:07 am #

    Use me Lord.

  19. Celeste November 15, 2017 at 7:09 am #

    Use me Lord

  20. Ileana November 15, 2017 at 7:24 am #

    Use me Lord. The rag.
    Thanks Sharon!

  21. April November 15, 2017 at 7:24 am #

    Use me Lord!! In a time where I feel unsure of what will happen next, God keeps reassuring me that He has it, He has me. I am just a rag but willing to follow in His plan, I love Him for always being there even when I waver of His glorious plan.

  22. Lynette November 15, 2017 at 7:26 am #

    Use me Lord even though I’m old tattered and torn! I need You Lord!

  23. Wanda S November 15, 2017 at 7:28 am #

    Use me Lord!

  24. Karen Tackett November 15, 2017 at 7:47 am #

    We had a Sudden Glory and an answer to prayer a week ago on Sunday morning. We stop at a small cafe before church as we go early for an hour of prayer. We had been praying about a new primary care physician since our other doctor is not taking our insurance anymore. The cafe was crowded with no seats available and a sweet couple sitting at a 6 person table invited us to sit with them. In conversation we mentioned our need for a new PCP. The man recommended his doctor giving us name and number. We were so thankful. On Monday we stopped by the office, they were taking new patients and they did take our insurance. We confirmed all with our insurance and received an appointment from the doctor’s office for Wednesday. After 2 hours visiting with our new doctor and staff, we are so blessed to have a new PCP. We know the Lord provided for us. Yes, we want to always be as that rag, used by the Lord for His purposes and plans no matter how worn we are. He is our strength and courage. He leads us into divine opportunities and He answers our prayers. We had the privilege to pray with these folks over our meal and share testimony and witness of Father’s provision for we saw them again this week, same time and same table.

    • Sharon Jaynes November 15, 2017 at 10:09 am #

      That is so awesome! Thank you for sharing your encouraging story!

      • Cindy November 17, 2017 at 2:49 pm #

        Praise God, Karen! Thank you for sharing.

  25. Kathleen Hazlewood November 15, 2017 at 7:53 am #

    Use me, Lord, for Your kingdom’s glory!!

  26. Laura Ballew November 15, 2017 at 8:00 am #

    Use me Lord.. I am yours!#

  27. Julie November 15, 2017 at 8:03 am #

    Use me Lord!!

  28. Carla M Beam November 15, 2017 at 8:06 am #

    This is, and has been my prayer for many years. He does us us. Not in ways we might have envisioned in past years. But in the here and there ways if acts of kindness, kind words, and in the doing if jobs others would consider inconsequential.
    This is my calling. I’ve come to fit into it over the years. Is it the grandiose plan I had for “MY MINISTRY”? No, but it’s His plan, His purpose. So early each morning I ask Him for His plan for the day, for His guidance and for His light to shine into the lives into which He sends me. And He always comes through.

  29. Debbie Engebretson November 15, 2017 at 8:09 am #

    Love this!
    Also, I absolutely love Sudden Glory and am using it for our church’s next Women’s Bible Study in January!
    God is working mightily through you, Sharon!

    • Sharon Jaynes November 15, 2017 at 10:08 am #

      Thank you so much! It is one of my favorites!

  30. Tammy November 15, 2017 at 8:10 am #

    I had to leave my job of almost 20 years as a special ed assistant last fall due to not being able to physically keep up. I had major surgery and am recovering still. I have been feeling useless to anyone recently… PLEASE USE ME LORD!!!

    • Sharon Jaynes November 15, 2017 at 10:08 am #

      I know He will. Stay tuned!

  31. JoAnn Carter November 15, 2017 at 8:21 am #

    Use me Lord! Help me to always be thankful.

  32. Elizabeth Ochuko November 15, 2017 at 8:24 am #

    Use me Lord.

  33. Christy Bryant November 15, 2017 at 8:28 am #

    Use me Lord!!!

  34. La-Tica Watson November 15, 2017 at 8:29 am #

    Use me Lord!

  35. Chris from NH November 15, 2017 at 9:11 am #

    Please use me, Lord! Help me to clean up my messes & mistakes. Guide me to where someone is working hard and help me show them how they shine with your glorious light!

  36. Cathy November 15, 2017 at 9:13 am #

    Good Morning Sharon,
    I recently came across one of your devotionals and was inspired. You have a unique way of touching the heart and the mind of your readers. I am grateful, thank you. I’ve shared with my 2 daughters and daughter-in-law some of the “stories” you have written and how no matter what the topic we can relate and the message Gods is telling us through you is awesome and inspirational.

    Thank you again for the beautiful gift of YOU that you so willingly share with others,

    May you have a blessed day feeling God’s love surrounding you

    • Sharon Jaynes November 15, 2017 at 10:07 am #

      Thank you so much!

  37. Chris from NH November 15, 2017 at 9:20 am #

    Please moderate me…!

  38. Pattie November 15, 2017 at 9:26 am #

    Use me LORD.

  39. TD November 15, 2017 at 9:35 am #

    Use me Lord!

  40. Donna Stansberry November 15, 2017 at 9:49 am #

    Amen and Amen!

  41. Karla November 15, 2017 at 9:55 am #

    Use me Lord!

  42. Jenn Trenary November 15, 2017 at 10:02 am #

    Sharon, we were all so blessed by your ministry on Saturday. Lives healed, hope found, POWERFUL! I pray that the Lord will continue to use me to reach out and bring people to Him and His Glory.

    • Sharon Jaynes November 15, 2017 at 10:07 am #

      I loved being with you! HOpe to see you again!!!

  43. Janice November 15, 2017 at 10:06 am #

    Use Me Lord!!

  44. Valerie D Spiegle November 15, 2017 at 10:07 am #

    Thank You, Lord, for this lesson and for Sharon’s love in sharing the poem The Rag! Yes, I am Your rag and because I am Your rag, I can be used by You as You will and I will not be glorified or just hung on a peg to be honored by others! Thank You, Father, for using me! I pray, in Jesus’ name, that I can be always used by You for Your glory only! Thank You and praise You for opening my eyes to see You in all things! Amen.

  45. Melody Snyder November 15, 2017 at 10:29 am #


  46. Carol Mundy November 15, 2017 at 10:52 am #

    Yes, that is my prayer today and everyday, to be used and cleansed and used again! Love your devotions each and every day! They always speak a fresh word from the Good Word! No matter what my day is like or has been like, I can always turn to your devotions for inspiration and refreshing!

  47. Lena Mae deWolfe November 15, 2017 at 11:22 am #

    Use me Lord!

  48. Bonnie W November 15, 2017 at 11:26 am #

    Use me Lord! Oh Sharon, how God continues to use you to help encourage women like me! I had a little health scare that required a hospital visit for a few days. Now, as I am home recovering and being impatient for my body to get back to normal again, I have been struggling with this healing process not happening quickly enough for me. God is speaking to me thru “the rag”….giving me hope that He will use me thru it all! Thank you!! ❤️

    • Sharon Jaynes November 15, 2017 at 12:05 pm #

      Oh yes He will!

  49. CYNTHIA November 15, 2017 at 11:34 am #

    “Use me, Lord!!!!”

  50. Denise November 15, 2017 at 11:36 am #

    Use me LORD!!

  51. DeAnna Woeppel November 15, 2017 at 12:09 pm #

    Use me Lord torn and ruff around the edges to be what ever you want not what I think is your way but YOUR WAY ONLY thanks for loving me

  52. Christine November 15, 2017 at 12:12 pm #

    “Use me Lord.”

  53. Susanne November 15, 2017 at 12:14 pm #

    Thank you Sharon for a reminder that God can still use me even though I may feel a little weak, older or less than what I used to be. You are a blessing!!

  54. Nancy Griggs November 15, 2017 at 12:45 pm #

    Yes, Lord use what is left of this old rag. Then cleanse me to be used again and again.

  55. Candice November 15, 2017 at 12:46 pm #

    Use me Lord!!

  56. Rebecca L Jones November 15, 2017 at 2:15 pm #

    I feel like the rag a little, resting in His love, He uses me.

  57. Terri Medders November 15, 2017 at 2:15 pm #

    Use me up Lord and cleanse me and reuse me over and over and over again, Amen! Please pray for my family. We just put my 81 year old Daddy on hospice. He is in end stage Parkinson’s and recently had a frontal lobe stroke. Please pray that God will let him go peacefully and swiftly without suffering. Thank you, Amen.

  58. judy November 15, 2017 at 2:58 pm #

    Sharon, this touched my heart so deeply. Thanks for sharing. May I share it in an article I am doing for the January issue of Sophie Woman’s Magazine? Of course, I would give you the credit.

  59. Jill November 15, 2017 at 4:49 pm #

    I’m an old wineskin waiting for new wine …. fill me Holy Spirit . In Jesus Name, amen

  60. Shawnia Holler November 15, 2017 at 4:56 pm #

    Use me Lord❤️❤️❤️

  61. Miri November 15, 2017 at 5:26 pm #

    Oh,Yes.Use me Lord and mold me to be a better person as you want me to be.

  62. Kim Toloumu' November 15, 2017 at 6:49 pm #

    What a great reminder that I am am tired and worn but I still have gift to give 😍Made my day because I am tired friends !!

  63. Paula November 15, 2017 at 7:20 pm #

    Use me Lord

  64. Susan November 16, 2017 at 12:04 am #

    Thank you so much for this post … I have been feeling just this way lately!

  65. Beth Lawrence November 16, 2017 at 6:54 am #

    Use me Lord! I came upon this blog thru Girlfriends in God at the beginning of another day. I want to be used by God more. As I have given of myself in His service in the past, I want to continue even more to have Him use the gifts and talents He has given me.

  66. Darlene Parsell November 16, 2017 at 7:03 am #


  67. Nomazizi November 16, 2017 at 9:45 am #

    Use me Lord

  68. Toni Hess November 16, 2017 at 9:55 am #

    I want to be used Lord. Help me to answer the call when I hear someone in need or see a job that needs to be done. Amen

  69. Shay Watson Vitale November 17, 2017 at 9:00 am #

    Thank you Sharon! Such a powerful message…
    Use me Lord!!

  70. Cindy November 17, 2017 at 2:47 pm #

    Use me, Lord! Please! Thank you for sharing this Sharon. I appreciate it. May God continue to bless you richly!

  71. Andrée A November 17, 2017 at 11:36 pm #

    I am a worn rag. But I don’t know how clean I am. I know God can use me. I have not the confidence to apply His will well.

  72. Diana Blissmer November 18, 2017 at 8:59 am #

    Good morning…i just read “The Rag”…..thank you…that is me. I turned 70 last week and a month ago I became part of a small group for a new women’s ministry at my church….i want more younger women to be part of it as they will be the teachers of the following genefation….only one joined us….i am fighting sticking with it as I am getting burned out….feeling like I have done my part, done enough already….this article makes me feel guilty like I need to stay with it….i am not used up….i appreciate that but I also need prayers so I can make the right decision about this.
    I love Girlfriends in God and your blog….i am so glad I discovered you all.

    • Sharon Jaynes November 18, 2017 at 10:42 am #

      I’m so glad you’ve “stumbled” upon us too. Praying you will know exactly what to do.

  73. Karen Summers November 18, 2017 at 4:31 pm #

    Lord use me please! Love this message today – thank you Sharon!

  74. Tera L. Kirksey-Coleman November 20, 2017 at 9:11 am #

    Use me Lord!

  75. Laura McCubbins November 24, 2017 at 8:28 am #

    I am so thankful he uses me. Lord please let me see myself through your eyes and not another’s. I am enough for you. You will take care of every situation in my life. I need not worry when others would slander me. I know my heart you got this. I will not hide but continue to pursue you. May my life worship you even more when I am worn. Sharon I am smiling right now because I will never complain about cleaning again. Every time I grab that old rag to dust, I will be thinking, Use me too LORD! Blessings!

  76. Tami November 24, 2017 at 10:16 pm #

    Use me, Lord!

  77. ROSE BROWN November 25, 2017 at 10:46 pm #

    Yes Lord; use me Lord

  78. Vincent December 6, 2017 at 7:45 am #

    Yes Use me Lord. I am worn and afraid. I desire that deep intimate relationship with my Lord.

  79. Scheon; Gibson December 7, 2017 at 10:19 am #

    Yes Lord use me

    • Scheon; Gibson December 7, 2017 at 10:23 am #

      Thanks for the words of encouragement.

  80. Christina Nalian December 9, 2017 at 12:05 pm #

    Good morning Sharon at the age of 75 God is still using me to prepare a monthly women’s or breakfast which I enjoy doing very much I always feel inspired and joyful. But I do want to be used more by our Lord by our Lord in many more ways God is refining me again to do away with fear and doubt so my prayer is Use Me Lord use me thank you so much Sharon

  81. Netta December 10, 2017 at 7:13 am #

    USE ME LORD!!!

  82. TERESA M BECKHAM December 11, 2017 at 10:09 am #

    I feel like the rag, tired. worn, old, so not useful, but that is not what God tells me, He CAN use me, if I obey His voice. Use me Lord, Use me!

  83. Kay February 14, 2018 at 2:22 am #

    A few weeks ago I was feeling useless. After praying for weeks, it came to God wanted me to volunteer at the hospital I had retired from 4 years ago. I missed my job as a nurse and I missed the patients. I began volunteering with pastoral services with the Chaplain. It has been a blessing to me and the patients I visit. My God is an awesome God. Thank you Sharon for your encouragement and for A Sudden Glory. You inspire me.

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