Do You have a Heart Murmur?

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Heart murmurs…

 

* are extra heart sounds caused by turbulent blood flow, sufficient enough to produce an audible noise, ranging from very faint to very loud.

* are due to functions and activities of life or of living matter (physiologic conditions) outside the heart.

* are a treatable and preventable condition. If not serious, medication will improve the condition. If more serious, surgery may be in order.

 

But what if it is spiritual rather than physical? Are those heart sounds, from faint to loud, due to conditions outside the heart?

 

Israel had this heart problem. What was it? Murmuring and complaining. And God was grieved and disgusted with this whiny bunch.

 

God once said to Moses and Aaron, “How long will this evil congregation murmur against Me? I have heard the complaints the Israelites murmur against Me.” (Num. 14:27 Amp)

 

What were the outside conditions that caused their murmuring? They deplored their situation. Israel “grew impatient along the way, and they began to murmur against God and Moses. ‘Why have you brought us out of Egypt to die here in the wilderness?’ they complained. ‘There is nothing to eat here and nothing to drink. And we hate this wretched manna!’” (Num. 21:4-5 NLT)

 

David said that “they despised the pleasant land, having no faith in His promise. They murmured in their tents, and did not obey the voice of the LORD.” (Ps. 106:24-25 ESV)

 

The results of too much whine? The book of Numbers should be a red-flag warning to all of us. Because of their murmuring and complaining, God implemented numerous forms of punishment, among them…

 

1) fire

2) plagues

3) fiery serpents

4) death for the entire congregation except for Joshua, Caleb, and those under the age of twenty.

 

God chastised Israel, saying to them, “Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joyfulness of [mind and] heart [in gratitude] for the abundance of all [with which He had blessed you], therefore you shall serve your enemies whom the Lord shall send against you, in hunger and thirst, in nakedness and in want of all things.” (Deut. 28:47-48a Amp)

 

That was the Old Testament, you say. But has God changed?

 

The English translation of The Received Greek Text says in 1 Corinthians 10:9-11a, as Paul exhorts, “Neither overtempt Christ, as some of them tempted, and perished by serpents. Neither should you murmur, as also some of them murmured, and perished by the destroyer. And all these things happened to those as examples, and it was written for our warning.”

 

All these things happened as object lessons for us – to warn us against whining, complaining, and not being grateful because of life’s adverse circumstances – that we might not receive God’s discipline. He may use different methods today, but His righteous anger has not changed.

 

Is a murmuring heart a treatable and preventable condition? Yes! To maintain spiritual health, we replace the whining that destroys the proper functioning of the heart with the remedy of praise and thanksgiving. However, if we do not work on our heart condition, God certainly will, using His own special type of surgery.

 

If Proverbs tells us, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life” (Prov. 4:23 NLT), and Jesus said, “Whatever is in the heart overflows into speech” (Luke 6:45 TLB), then we need to heed those words, for “He who watches over his mouth guards his life.” (Prov. 13:3 Lynn’s Version)

 

All Israel had to do was step through the portal of thanksgiving, but their murmuring, disobedience, and impatience slammed the gate shut, barricading the entrance to God’s promise. For forty years, they lived next door to that land of milk and honey, but almost all of them never lived to set foot on it.

 

The wilderness takes its victims while they are yet wandering in their complaints. To live in the Land of Promise, you must step out of the wilderness of murmuring.

 

Does your heart pour out too much whine or pulsate with praise and thanksgiving?

 

~Lord, my prayer is this, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” (Ps. 19:14 NLT)~

 

Blessings, Lynn

 

lynnmosher.com

 

Heart murmurs come in many forms. What kind do you have?  

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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I Have Pain, but Others Have Much More

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Doug Bolton, the founder of Signs of Hope, has written a new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” It will be reaching out the many military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, and the many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides ever day. That is almost one every hour. Doug wants to help stop those statistics. Be looking for more details about the new book.

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Every day I go down to the infusion clinic to have my daily dose of antibiotics. This includes weekends. I am battling an infection in my spine.

As I go into the area where they hook you up to the IV, I walk past many other very ill patients. Some have feet that are slowly rotting off. Others have serious infections on their arms or legs from an injury.

I think about my own ailment, and it seems so small. I am blessed. My infection can be cured. I will be up and running soon. But there are those in the room that will not make it. The infections look to overbearing.

One of the young men I sat next to is in dire straits. He had a permanent IV called, a PICC put into his arm. He had so many sores and bruises from where they tried to find a vein in his arms. I also have a PICC. It sounds much worse than it is. It is a true blessing, because I too was bruising up and even started having an infection in my arm.

The young man started talking to me. I asked what he did, and what problems he was facing. He told me he was having surgery on the 12 of July to try to save his pancreas. If that didn’t work he will need another surgery on the other side of his stomach. He said there was a possible four surgeries he is facing in the next few month.

I told him I would be praying for him. His eyes welled up a little and he smiled, like he need to hear something comforting. Please pray for Keith and for complete healing.

I may see him more time today as we all come about the same time. I will try to reassure him that He is in God’s hands and to have peace.

Have you ever faced raging trials like this young man is facing right now? It doesn’t have to be so devastating as what he has to face, but maybe you lost a loved one. Did you lose your job and your heath insurance?

These are all adversities many of us have to face. The raging winds pound our faces. We think we can’t go on. We ask “Why me?”

The one consistent factor in all of this is that God is there. God is in charge. We do wonder why He allows so much suffering in our own personal lives, but for me, I seemed to be more blessed each time I conquer another storm. I am stronger than before it hit me.

My current dilemma is pretty overwhelming, but I cling to hope. I cling to the robe of God. He will see me through this as He has so many times before.

You should always turn to God as well. Never go through life alone. Lean on Him and let Him guide you to the rights paths in your life, even if it may be scary, and painful at the time.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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Have a Family Talent Show

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Doug Bolton, the founder of Signs of Hope, has written a new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” It will be reaching out the many military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, and the many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides ever day. That is almost one every hour. Doug wants to help stop those statistics. Be looking for more details about the new book.

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I just got back from a weekend with family at the Oregon Coast. I had all three of my children in one spot for the whole time. This hasn’t happened for many years.

It was a time of much fun and catching up. My oldest son and I even got in a speed walk around the area. It was very hard on me, but seeing my son walking next to me took all the stress away.

One of the nights we had a family “talent show.” There were thriteen of us there plus two dogs. Even the two dogs performed.

Each of us got up in front of the family and did something we had made up in the few minutes after we knew we were going to be “on stage.”

Some of the family did some pretty weird things. One family member showed that he could use a tooth pick to pick his nose using only his lips. Another family member was able to curl her tongue up in away that no one else could do.

The two dogs did neat tracks that got lots of applause.

One of the granddaughters did a seal sound imitation that was near perfect.

It came to my turn. All I could come up with was to tell knock, knock jokes. I told four or five of them and got a big ovation from the grandchildren, who all love knock, knock jokes.

The last knock, knock joke even had one of the grandchildren’s name in it.

Knock, Knock

Knock, Knock, who?

Hannah

Hannah who,

Hannah a partridge in a pear tree.

My granddaughter Hannah loved it.

The “judges,” gathered in another part of the house, and we all waited anxiously.

Finally the head judge, announced the winners. Each person who performed got an award. (Good idea.)

They got to the big award, and announced, “And the winner of this year’s talent show is….Grandpa!!”

The five grandchildren screamed in delight. That is who they wanted to win.

This shows it pays to love your grandchildren. They return the love in very unusual ways.

Before one of the meals, my son said we need to say grace before we eat. Our granddaughter Kiara, (Key-R-uh) who is only six years old jumped up and down that she wanted to do it. My son wasn’t so sure about that, but he allowed her to do it. It was one of the most beautiful prayers coming from a little child I had ever heard. She prayed for the family. She prayed for the world, and blessed the food in a special way.

I guess you are wondering why I bored you with my weekend story.

It should be your story as well. We all should be having precious times with our families. We all should love each of them equally, and then the same amount of love will come back like it did for me.

Never take any of your family members for granted, from the youngest to the oldest. Each of them need your attention. Each of them have some love problems from time to time, and need your love to see them through the dark times.

Plan a big family get together soon. Have fun things happen like we did. Hug every one there sometime during the gathering. That one hug could be the turning point for that person.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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Are You Poor in Spirit? Rejoice!

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Are You Poor in Spirit? Rejoice!

 

” Blessed are the poor in spirit, for

theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 5:3 (NKJV)

The poor in spirit…

What does “poor in spirit,” mean? The word poor in Greek means to crouch, a beggar (as cringing), pauper, asking arms, needy, and lacking in anything.

The one who is poor in spirit is lowly in heart, convinced of his or her spiritual poverty and pleads as a beggar to God to be replenished.

The poor in spirit one has emptied himself or herself of all pride, selfishness, and ambition through humility, gratitude and submission to God.

…are blessed…

Blessed in Greek means happy, supremely blest, fortunate, well off, and that which is the highest good.

…for theirs is the kingdom of heaven…

The Greek word for kingdom means royal power, kingship, dominion, rule, the territory subject to the rule of a king.

Without recognizing one’s lack of spirit, one cannot realize God’s fullness. 

Grace cannot be poured out to one oblivious of his or her necessity for it. The poor in spirit have the fulfillment of heaven’s kingdom dominion.

The one who is poor in spirit is blessed with the kingdom abundance of riches. “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33 NKJV)

Scripture tells us that we share in God’s kingdom because we are His children,

“For {God’s} Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that were are God’s children. And since we are His children, we are His heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share His glory, we must also share His suffering.” (Romans 8:16-17 NLT)

Are you poor in spirit? Then shout because you are blessed. The riches of Christ are yours. The kingdom of heaven is yours. Hallelujah!

FROM HIS FEET, LYNN

http://www.lynnmosher.com

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