Bible Study for Ministry, Christian Women, and The Pastor's Wife ~ I Am Glad, Part 5
Psalms 9:1-2. "(To the chief Musician upon Muthlabben, A Psalm of David.) I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works. I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High."
I feel The Lord's leading in using the phrase "with my whole heart" today.
Yesterday, I scrubbed the filter in the dryer. While we empty the lint out every time after a load of laundry gets dried, I don't scrub it but maybe once a month unless I forget. After I removed the lint, it looked okay.
But was it really? Or just in looks?
The test for that is to take the filter (minus the obvious lint) to the sink and run some water into it where you just removed the lint. If water just runs through, the filter is okay. If the filter catches the water and the water pools up, the filter is not okay, regardless of how the appearance is.
There is a fairly simple solution - just take some liquid dish washing soap, put a few drops on, and then scrub the whole screen with a brush. Rinse the soap out and then test it again. Where ever the water pools, the filter needs more scrubbing attention.
I had another filter that also needed attention. My husband has his coffee pot and he makes his own coffee in it. I have a similar coffee pot that I only use for making my special spice tea. (Yes, literally made from spices and spice seeds.) I noticed the tea was awfully pale looking in color. It had not been that long since I cleaned out the whole pot with vinegar.
So, I looked at the filter area. It has it's own, permanent filter. It was the color, but only way darker, than the tea. It was blocked. The solution was to scrub it with the brush and soap. The next pot of tea was great.
In both cases, the blockers gradually built up. And even though the drier filter looked okay, it wasn't. The coffee filter obviously needed attention.
Of the two, the one hidden was far more dangerous and could even be deadly. It is my understanding that most fires caused by clothes driers are caused by the filter being plugged with invisible scum (usually from the softener sheets we use). I suppose the dryer overheats, causes the visible lint to catch on fire and then catches every thing else on fire.
Likewise, there might be some very obvious things that obscure our whole hearts. But there could very well be hidden things - and they are probably more deadly.
If you are having trouble right this minute with praising Him with your whole heart, then what needs scrubbing? Is it visible or invisible?
Be blessed in The Name above every name, Jesus! I know I am!
Linda L Culbreth
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