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Christian Living Healing

Stop the Bleed

During an assembly at my school, a kindergartener developed a nose bleed. Her teacher grabbed a super-absorbent piece of gauze and helped the child hold it over her nose. A few minutes later, the adult let go and the youngster was instructed to, “Keep holding your nose.”

But six year old’s are SO curious; the young girl just HAD to look. But when she took the gauze off her nose it began to bleed again. And the sight of her own blood made her totally forget about the, “Keep holding your nose,” part. In tears, she started bopping herself in the face with the gauze over and over–trying to make the bleeding stop. But it only made things worse. Her teacher came to the rescue with a fresh piece of gauze and began again. “Keep holding your nose.”

Have you ever had a problem you simply could NOT leave alone? Me too. God holds a bandage over my swollen snuffer during these times, but I keep taking it off. And it only makes things worse. Bleeding is bad enough, but re-bleeding–for no good reason?! Thankfully, our Father in Heaven is merciful. He comes to the rescue when we try to stop the flow (for the umpteenth time) and hands us a fresh piece of gauze. “Child, keep holding your nose.”

Here are a few of my favorite, “Stop the Bleed” scriptures. Please share one of yours, if you’d like!


“In mercy You have seen my troubles, and You have cared for me; even during this crisis in my soul I will be radiant with joy, filled with praise for Your love and mercy.” — Psalm 31:7 (TPT)

“For I will restore you to health and I will heal you of your wounds, declares the Lord,” — Jeremiah 30:17a (NASB)

“All the people tried to touch Him (Jesus), for power was going out from Him and healing them all.” — Luke 6:19 (GNT)


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Christian Blog Discipleship

Unless the Lord Builds

Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.

Psalm 127:1 (NIV)

As I’ve mentioned before, my wife and I are compulsive watchers of the HGTV (Home and Garden Television) network.

The other night we saw a rerun of Holmes Makes It Right that gave me nightmares! If you haven’t seen it, the show stars Mike Holmes, a veteran contractor and home inspector, who helps homeowners fix major issues with their properties.

On most episodes Mike runs into even greater difficulties than expected. Invariably, it turns out an unqualified person did work on the property that was not up β€œto code.” Such shoddy craftsmanship poses a hazard–hidden inside walls or under floors for years. “Just one spark,” says a scowling Mike, “and the whole house could have been ruined.”

Heaven has a reality show as well. It’s called, Unless the Lord Builds the House. On the show, God, the veteran creator and life inspector, helps people fix major issues with their lives. Invariably, His clients find more personal problems than expected. The Lord, however, is not surprised. The work was not done to Biblical code and has been a hazard–hidden inside hearts and minds for years. “Just one prayer,” says a smiling creator, “and your whole house can be saved.”

The apostle Paul was also a builder, of sorts. He told the Christians at Corinth they were “God’s building,” and that Jesus Christ was the foundation– (1 Corinthians 3:9b,11)

He also admonished them to be careful about their choice of building materials. The Corinthians could build on the foundation of Christ with high quality items (gold, silver and precious stones) or inferior items (wood, hay and straw). And the quality of each believer’s work would be tested by God on Judgment Day–with πŸ”₯ FIRE!πŸ”₯– (1 Corinthians 3:10-15).

This is where my nightmare comes in. After watching Mike find the hidden dangers caused by inferior craftsmanship, I dreamed that night about my own house–with gaping holes in the brick veneer. I woke up just after a home inspector told me the damage was due to substandard building techniques.

Of course, in my waking hours, I made the connection –remembering Paul’s builder analogy–and thought about my own spiritual house.

Yes, the Lord builds the house, but you and I have a hand in it too.

May we be competent craftsmen.


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Some material in this post was reused from Daddy Knows which originally published on June 16, 2019.

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Christian Living renewal

Lint Trap

Our dryer was on its last leg. Clothes were taking three cycles to get dry, and the tired old thing was leaving puddles of water on the floor. One day, while it was running, it smelled like something electrical burning.

Time for a new dryer.

We found a nice model, at a local big box store, brought it home and sat the old one out by the curb.

I was all set to install the new dryer, when my friend (an appliance repair man) cautioned, “It sounds like your exhaust vent is clogged.” Why didn’t I talk to him first?!

In short order I was up on our roof with a leaf blower to test the “Maytag Man’s” hypothesis. I took the cap off the exhaust vent and blasted air downward. My wife sat below with a plastic bag over the opening. Nothing. It didn’t move an inch.

A simple test with a weight tied to a rope revealed the clog was about 10 feet down the pipe. But how could I clear the obstruction? Two pieces of 8′ baseboard taped together did the trick. A gentle push from my end deposited a huge ball of gray sludge at the bottom. A final leaf blower test revealed the vent was clear!

Our new dryer works like a champ!


Please allow me to speak frankly about my own clogged up life. Perhaps you can identify?

Lately, I’ve been increasingly obsessed with engaging with others on social media. Occasionally liking and commenting on other’s posts has turned into an every-waking-moment marathon. And on the days I post I’m like a casino gambler who refuses to leave their favorite slot machine. Adult diaper, anyone?

Friends, in my off-line life I’m taking three cycles to get things dry. Melancholy puddles form under me every time I stop scrolling. In short, I’m melting. The “exhaust vent” of my psyche is clogged with digital sludge.

Kind reader, I sincerely enjoy engaging with you and other fine Christian bloggers here on WP.  Thank you for reading and commenting on my thoughts. It’s been a blessing for me to read and comment on yours.

But I must take a step back.

I’ll continue to post, but with commenting turned off–for the time being. Rest assured, I’ll still read and enjoy your offerings, but may not like and comment with the frequency I did in the past.

Thank you for your understanding and prayers, as I unclog my life.

πŸ™β€οΈ prayers and love. David


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