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The second time in John 11:1-45 is the story of her and her sister mourning the death of their brother Lazarus and Jesus resurrecting him from the dead. We see ambitious Martha in verse 20 and 21, .... “she went out to meet him (and basically put the blame on him) .....if you had been here my brother would not have died.” Maybe by now she has mastered the priority issue she had, but another lesson she had to learn was her hope was too limited. In verse 25, Jesus tells her “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies.......He pointed out that he was not only Lord beyond death, he was Lord over death. Then thirdly in John 12:1-3, we see “Martha served.” Nothing recorded about her complaining here. Instead in verse 2 we read, “Here a dinner was given in Jesus' honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him.” So get this, her brother and others are laying around, relaxing and then her sister starts pouring an expensive, I mean expensive, like a year's worth of wages expensive, perfume on Jesus' feet and wiping his feet with her hair. She could have blurted out, “Now I'm gonna have to clean that up and Mary needs her hair washed”.....but instead nothing is written about her frustrated outbursts to Jesus. The fact that nothing is recorded, reflects Martha was silent. I like to think she found peace in her work and service toward others. I imagine she had started spending some time, like her sister Mary, sitting at Jesus' feet.

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Cleaning kitchens and preparing meals is a lot of work. At times it is frustrating. You can feel like you are the only one. God does not intend for us to be worried and distracted with many things to the point of frustration. God does desire time with us and that when we serve we do it as unto Him. My hope for all of you is that you can spend some time at Jesus' feet and focus on your heart attitude while you are cleaning the kitchen and preparing meals.

A quick and easy way to clean the microwave is boil a cup of water in it or just after you cook whole potatoes. While the walls and door of the microwave are moist so is the stuff stuck to it. This is the perfect time to give it a quick and easy wipe down. To keep your disposal smelling fresh, quarter a lemon, put in the disposal and turn it on. Pumice stones aren’t just for toilets. If you have a porcelain sink you can scrub most any discoloring or marks left from pots and pans right off.

If you have a stainless steel sink, after cleaning it spray a daily shower spray directly on the wet sink and forget it. It dries with a perfect shine. If it’s already dry, spray some Pledge furniture polish on it and wipe it out with a paper towel. Stainless steel is beautiful when it is shining! After cleaning it with an SOS pad, dry it off, spray some WD40 on a paper towel and wipe it to leave it looking brand new. You can also do that to your outdoor Bar-b-que.

When cleaning floors, if you use a mop, try this after you sweep up the dirt. You dip the mop in the bucket of cleaning solution, wipe the floor, and rinse the dirty mop head in the sink, ring it out and back to the bucket of cleaning solution. This way you are only applying a clean-cleaning solution to the floor. Run an empty dishwasher with vinegar, any kind, it will help break down the hard water deposits and keep it smelling fresh.

Chaim October 2011  

CHAIM shows you how to hear God, get organized, get fit, help your children learn, and GET RESULTS! Come find out how God loves you in a da...

Chaim October 2011  

CHAIM shows you how to hear God, get organized, get fit, help your children learn, and GET RESULTS! Come find out how God loves you in a da...

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