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The Frozen Heart Softener

“See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness.”–Jesus, Luke 11:35

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This past fall we had a water softener installed in our home. A plumber patched into the main water supply lines and routed new ones— through our attic—-down to a cylinder shaped tank in the garage.

Fast forward to this winter: something absolutely chilling happened.🧊 When the temperature dropped well below freezing, the water lines in our unheated loft began to ice up.

A frantic call to our plumber brought the following advice, “Let the water drip.” I did, and it worked! But on frigid days I now daydream about our water meter spinning like a pinwheel.😳


If I’m totally truthful with myself, I must acknowledge that my heart–before God–is sometimes like those vulnerable lines in the attic. Frankly, there have been a few glacial moments in life that almost turned me into a pouty popsicle.🥶

Thankfully, by the grace of God, I “let the water drip.” For me, this meant looking to Jesus, rather than fixating on my own navel (Hebrews 12:1-3). Was this easy peasy? In a word, NO.

But it sure beat freezing up completely! I’ve lived long enough to know there are few “cookie cutter” answers. However, I found one that makes all the difference: “God is love.”– 1 John 4:16b (NIV)

But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sins deceitfulness.

Hebrews 3:13 (NIV)

Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️

By davidsdailydose

I'm just a regular guy who was
tempted to lose all hope but did not. It was God who made the difference.

40 replies on “The Frozen Heart Softener”

Great analogy! We must keep the Living Water “moving” through us. If we allow it to become static–have no activity we are in danger of damage from a hardened (frozen) heart.

Thank you for sharing your wonderful insight. David, the Living Water continues to move through you refreshing, renewing, and revitalizing others.

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Another great analogy David! How easily life before us can distract us from what is truly important in life. It can be too easy to feel sorry for ourselves in difficult moments, but if we keep our eyes on The Plumber all will be covered by His peace. God bless you brother.

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When I read the word “hardened” I usually think of a rock. I like how your post paints a picture of hardened in Hebrews 3:13 to be like ice which allows for melting to take place with repentance. Thank you David for giving us a sound warning not to ice over while at the same time encouraging us to live with the Living water flowing through us.

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I love your reference to Elijah. God’s response to Him was to the point—just like when the plumber said to, “Let the water drip.” His love is gentle, like you said. He doesn’t treat us as our sins deserve. Thank you for sharing!

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“A pouty popsicle”. What a great description!!! I think we’ve all felt like that at times. I love the way you move from this to the gentle love of God. It reminded me a bit of when Elijah was depressed, when he sat down in the shade of a tree and wished he would die. God’s response to him was so gracious and compassionate … as it is to us today, and always. Blessings on your day!

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Thank you, Betty. One thing I didn’t mention is that the plumber said the lines in the attic are made out of a pliable plastic called PEX. He assured me, that even if they did freeze, they would not burst. However, we would be without water until they thawed. I decided it was better to keep them from freezing in the first place. Enjoy your weekend. Wait a minute, you’re retired. Every day is a weekend!

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This post made me reflect a bit. It is wise to be aware of when our heart “freezes” or “hardens.” When this happens to me, it just seems I need some time before a thaw, but God’s love is there with tap, tap, tap along the way – kind of like the water dripping.

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It normally doesn’t get THAT cold here in the winter. The plumber assured me the uninsulated water lines would be fine. But when the temps dropped into the teens they began to freeze. You’re right about the Bible being great insulation, Gary. The world may say we don’t need it (thank you, Mr. plumper) but God knows best. I hope you have a great weekend.

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You’re welcome, Bridget. Thank you for reading. I am grateful, as well, that God’s mercies are new every morning. Most of my “popsicle” moment happened when I didn’t understand the situation from His perspective. God’s best to you! Thank you for reading and commenting.

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