The traditionally accepted concept of a vacuum is that it sucks up unwanted debris from your flooring and should last on average, 8 years. Keeping with our families tradition of not being traditional we may or may not have gone through about 24 vacuums in the last 8 years! I don’t know how it happens truly we have taken extra precautions to read “how to care for your vacuum to ensure maximum longevity” instructions. I think we have gone even above and beyond their expectations to care for our vacuums! Each time we need to replace one we always vow this one is going to last at least the allotted 8 years, at least. But it never fails no matter how often we clean out the compartments and disassemble to reassemble after thoroughly dusting and making sure it does not over fill and the hose stays nice and unkinked its seem inevitable. Maybe one too many microscopic Lego pieces or Cheerieos… I don’t know. Despite our valiant efforts to maintenance our vacuums and I do mean valiant efforts we still have had more than our fair share. My husband and I have now concluded that our next home will have cement flooring that will tilt on a down graded angle toward a small funnel leading out the house in into the neighbors, I mean OUR, backyard! Problem solved with a simple hose down each evening once the kids have gone to bed! None the less our vacuum issue has lifted my eyes to Him and taught me yet another valuable lesson that it is better to blow it out than to keep it all in sometimes! For example in Ex.2:23-24 four times the Israelites express their hurt and four times God responds… The Israelites it says: groaned, cried out, cried for help, were groaning – God did: heard, remembered His promise, looked on them, was concerned about them. God didn’t miss a hearts cry even once. Let’s look at a few other examples of people crying out to God and we can see His response. Ex. 3:11 Moses says to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt? Verse 12 God says, I will be with you. In other words I never expected you to do it alone Moses, in your weakness I am strong (2 Cor. 12:9) For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Isaiah 41:13 Moses goes on to say in Ex 4:10-11 O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue. – How does the Lord answer…see verse 11 Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” -Jer. 17:7 blessed is the one who’s confidence and trust is in God right! God knew that unless a Mighty hand compelled Moses situation he would be defeated but God says in Ex. 3:20 So I will stretch out My hand – He is willing and able! Lets look now at Isaiah in chapter 6:5 Isaiah says Woe to me! I cried. I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among people of unclean lips…verse 6-8 Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs fro the alter. With it he touched my mouth and said. “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.” Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” He said Go.. Seems to me Isaiah cast his cares and he was forgiven and God still had a mighty purpose for his life! Look at Peter in Luke 5:8 he falls at the knees of Jesus and says go away from me Lord, I am a sinful man! Verse 10 Jesus responds don’t be afraid. – Jesus wants to be near us and asks us to come as we are, to cast all our cares at His feet because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:6). Do not let the enemies lies build up inside your head until you explode like my vacuums. Sometimes you just got to let it all blow out so that Jesus can fill you up with Truth. You are worth it, equipped, capable and built for a mighty purpose. God doesn’t ever do “just good enough” He does mind-blowing, breathtakingly beautiful every time, that’s you in Christ, so blow it out and let Him fill. Actually I’m beginning to think that our next purchase may not be a vacuum replacement but rather a leaf blower… yes, we can just blow our flooring off… blow that debris right out the backdoor!