Cleaning Up

A dear friend of mine was sorting through some boxes in her basement and came across a little "book" that I put together YEARS ago with the catchy title of Giggles and Grace.  She sent me her favorite page... thought I'd share it  (with a few revisions)... still true today, although it reminded me... I don't clean nearly as good as I used to... 😏

I was recently doing some cleaning - bathrooms, mainly, my favorite!?  Something very important was brought to my attention that I simply had to share.  There are three commodes in my home - two upstairs and one downstairs, and I noticed there was a distinct difference while cleaning one of the "thrones".  Recently I bought one of those new drop-in type bowl cleaners, and to my surprise... it really works!  I only bought one to give it a try, so my results were easy to compare.

Apparently, this little cake of cleaning power is strong enough to protect the bowl from allowing dirt and grime to attach itself forcing it to flush away with every use.  How DOES that work?
I figure it must be:
#1   the strength of the chemical,
#2   the coating of the chemical on the inside of the bowl
#3   the lack of resistance from the germs and grime, 
likely because of reasons 1 and 2

We know that often self-control is our decision NOT to allow the things of the world, the attacks of Satan, and the evil desires of our flesh to control us.  These evils also include what goes into our minds and what comes out of our mouths.  The protection comes when we strengthen ourselves with the protection of the Holy Spirit when we come to God accepting HIS grace to not only save us, but also to position Himself as Lord and Master over our lives.  The "coating" of that protection comes when we make choices based on the mandates and commands given to us.  So, maybe it looks something like this:

#1   We serve a Mighty God.  
Ah Lord God!  It is You who have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power 
and by Your outstretched arm!  Nothing is too hard for You. Jeremiah 32:17

#2   God has given the power of the Holy Spirit to protect our hearts and minds. 
 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, 
you may be able to stand your ground, 
and after you have done everything, to stand.  Ephesians 6:13

#3   His strength and protection allow us to grow deeper
 in grace and understanding of His ways.  
But He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, 
for MY power is made perfect in weakness."  
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, 
so that Christ's power my rest on me.    2 Corinthians 12:9

 Seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness automatically leads us toward obedience to God in all areas of our lives.

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