The Frozen Heart Softener

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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. 🙏❤️






40 responses to “The Frozen Heart Softener”

  1. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you Manette Kay. I appreciate your encouragement. God Bless!

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  2. musingsofmanettekay Avatar

    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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  3. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Dawn. God Bless!

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  4. Dawn Avatar

    Amen David. We have to stay close to the Lord to avoid getting icy. Great analogy.

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  5. The Quiet Roarer Avatar

    Oh yes it does! Just not here in Brisbane!

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  6. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I forgot how close the Land Down under is to the equator, Jo. It never freezes in Australia?!


  7. The Quiet Roarer Avatar

    Just thinking about water pipes freezing is a whole new concept for me! 😆 But I definitely get what you’re saying David and can relate to the need to keep our hearts soft.

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  8. God Still Speaks Avatar

    Happy to brother!

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  9. davidsdailydose Avatar

    It usually doesn’t. This has been a particularly cold winter. You’re right, Matt. Fellowship with God and our fellow believers is like letting the water drip. Thank you for sharing!

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  10. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I hear you, brother Alan. Sometimes it easier to fix our eyes 👀 on Jesus than other things. But not always. I am grateful you stopped by today. God Bless!

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  11. Alan Kearns Avatar

    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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  12. jesusluvsall Avatar

    We need fellowship to help us in our journey in this land where we are pilgrims looking toward our heavenly home. I didn’t know Oklahoma got that cold 🙂

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  13. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Amen, Beth. It’s always better to let the Living Water drip. However, thawing out our hardened hearts is possible as well—thanks to God’s grace. Thank you for sharing!

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  14. Avatar

    a friend of mine said a car that always dripped a little oil had an engine that would last longer

    it’d make a mess, sure, but you’d always be adding fresh oil too

    Andy B

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  15. Beth Alisan Avatar

    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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  16. tamweary Avatar

    You inspired me today, as I dealt with my coffee pot. It was on the fritz and My eyes were open to see God in the midst of the mess. Thanks David!!

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  17. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I can relate, Tina. For me, the passage of time has brought wisdom, but also regrets. Thanks for sharing the link. I will watch the video. Blessings!

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  18. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Your thoughts could be a whole new post! You’re on to something here. As “the salt of the earth” we can help thaw out the world! Thank you for reading and commenting!

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  19. davidsdailydose Avatar

    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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  20. Tina Avatar

    My brain is about frozen this morning. Or maybe it’s my joy that’s stagnating. It’s probably a bit of both. Trying to get them both unstuck. You’re post reminded me of a song. This one here:

    Thanks for the reminder… this song might be a good start.

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  21. God Still Speaks Avatar

    And water softeners use a special salt. And we are to be the salt to the world, so salt will help us thaw our popsicle hearts too! Then we can be a special salt to those around us!

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  22. Don't Lose Hope Avatar

    “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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  23. davidsdailydose Avatar

    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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  24. Betty Avatar

    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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  25. tamweary Avatar

    I love it when our real lives reflect our walk with Jesus!! Keep Sharing the Truth😎

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  26. davidsdailydose Avatar

    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.


  27. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you for reading and commenting, tamweary!

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  28. Gary Fultz Avatar

    Wow, I can’t imagine putting water lines in an unheated attic. We really do have to guard our hearts don’t we. The Word of God is the Holy Spirit’s way of insulating us.


  29. tamweary Avatar

    Thank You for Writing and Sharing💕

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  30. davidsdailydose Avatar

    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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  31. Bridget A. Thomas Avatar

    “A pouty popsicle” LOL 😂. But sadly I too have had glacier moments in my walk. I am so thankful that the Lord never gives up on us! Thanks for insightful post. 🤗

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  32. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Bruce. A lot of what I write is telling the truth about myself. I’m glad you can relate. Thank you for reading.

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  33. Bruce Cooper Avatar

    Good post David, a lot of truth in there. Blessings!

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  34. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Blessings to you as well! I like learning new words too!


  35. BG Avatar

    Incisive means being direct and decisive with your words. Bumping my brain! Adding to my vocabulary. A time for all things I reckon! Blessings sir!

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  36. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I’ve never visited so early in the morning, BG. Trenchant is an adjective. It means “incisive or keen.”😀

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  37. BG Avatar

    Just being trenchant my friend!

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  38. davidsdailydose Avatar

    That’s very witty, BG! Cutting corners rarely works—especially when doing the Lord’s work. Thanks for stopping by. God Bless!

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  39. BG Avatar

    Thanks Dave! No cookie cutter answers! In my satire, I recently posted on Facebook: If you want to cut corners, become a pastry chef! There may be a knead for you!

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