Do You have a Heart Murmur?

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


I am very excited to announce we have a new guest blogger. Michael Thorin is joining us each month on the third Sunday of each month. He has some inspiring thoughts and ideas to share. His first post is about PTSD, and how he found his way out of the fog of this world. 


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


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


You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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Time to Whine and Complain Again!

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Doug Bolton, the founder of Signs of Hope, is writing  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, PTSD, 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. Doug Is also seeking military who would be willing to do an interview. It will be part of the book. Sharing by actual soldiers will help many others.


I bet you get tired of me whining and complaining. I started this blog in 2009, and it has been one post after another where I share my ailment and adversity.

Well, I have had comments to this in that many want to hear about someone struggling and how they overcome it. Others like the guest bloggers who bring a fresh and new approach:

I love my guest bloggers:

1st Sunday of Each month-Taylor Wilkens-Salem, Oregon

2nd Sunday of each month-Lynn Mosher-Tennessee

3rd Sunday of each month-Dennis Booth-Australia

4th Sunday of each month- Linda Clare-Eugene, Oregon

Each of them has their on approach and style. Each one shares hope, which is what this blog is all about. Thank you guys for staying on this ship and guiding me.


Now, back to the whining and complaining.

I had some testing done last week to check out my neck. I am having tremors in my left hand. It is very annoying, and painful at times. I can’t hold a glass with the left hand. It is also very hard to type.

The test results were: Severe Stenosis of the spine in the neck area. That means there is severe narrowing of the spine at that spot. I will see a neurosurgeon next week to discuss the options.

The unknown is hard, at best, to handle.  Wondering what will happen next causes more stress than the actual outcome.

I cling to God’s Promises on this:

  • I will not abandon or forsake you. You are never alone.
  • I love you because I made you in my image.
  • I will be there when the storms come to help calm them.
  • I know the pain you are going through. My only Son went through more pain than any human could imagine.

So, He will always be there for us through the terrible trials we have to face. He will be there holding our hand. He knows or pain, and feels deeply for us.

Never take on this world alone. I advise you to also cling to God’s promises, and stand strong.

Let me repeat:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all….never, ever, give up





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Don’t Use Excuses to Justify Failures

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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 wanMants to help stop those statistics. Doug sent off his mini proposal, this week, to an agent who is very interested in his concept. We will update you when we hear more.
Well. I told you in my last post that I was off to send a few days fishing with my two sons, son-in-law, nephew, and best friend.
I am back and refreshed. It was  great weather except for some wind on the first day on Diamond Lake. We had to get off the Lake after only three hours of fishing. We did catch some fish and still enjoyed the day.
Yesterday we moved to a different lake. It was East Lake, which had no wind and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. A beautiful setting and we caught lots of fish. My eldest son did extremely well he limited out before noon. He also caught the first fish, the biggest fish, and was a joy to be around.
The most fish caught went to my nephew. You fly fishermen will love this. He was in a floater, and kept coming by our boat kicking his feet pulling in another fish. He created his own flies, and chose the right ones both days. He had 14 fish for the two days, and remember he only had three hours to fish the fist day. (Do you think that he is an Alaskan Native American had anything to do with it?) Me too!
I always have good memories when we all get together like this. The fishing is part of it is fun, but the times shared together after the fishing day is over is extremely important as well. We all laughed, and watched sports together. We had some wonderful homemade meals. There was the hot tub, and a campfire after dark.
Do you spend enough time with your family? Do you do things together that are relaxing with no decisions, or heavy discussions going on?
You need to have times of just enjoying each other and drawing closer.
I think back to the gathering of the disciples that Jesus did. He went up to strangers and asked them to follow Him. They all did and they became a closely knitting unit of God fearing, loving spirit kind of people. They changed the world through their actions.
You can change the world yourself.  No excuses. No complaining. Just genuine love and outreach coming from your heart. You can’t spend each day making up excuses of why you didn’t call that friend who was hurting. You can’t use excuses of why you didn’t go to see your son play football. You certainly can’t make any excuses for thinking that God is far away and you are bitter because of it.
God is always close. He is always there to help you if you ask Him. God loves you. He created you in His own image.
There is the saying, with God on my side, who can be against me?
The quick short for that question is, No one!
You are never alone.
You are never forsaken.
You are never unloved.
And above all…never ever give up!
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Want to Come to My Pity Party?

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* 08-27-13 …Update on our new book, “Your Signs of Hope: For the Weak Days.” We have sent many devotions to the editor. We will have 100 when we are finished. We have a ways to go. My co-author Dennis Booth, is hard at work getting some wonderful devotions just for you

I have begun to work on the preface, forward, table of contents, and appendix. I will also start looking for people who might endorse the book.

+ I received an email from my editor and she said she was caught up with editing what I have sent in so far. Back to the keys, and pushing hard to stay ahead of her.  

(Keep  Looking here for more updates. We will eventually want your input as to what cover we should use, and have you share ideas with us as to what you want in the book, etc.)


You are invited to my pity party. There will be tears, complaints, and whining.

I have had one very hard month. August is suppose to be a great month for me since it is my birthday month.

It all started out with me having numbness down both arms, and down my left leg. I had tests done, and there is a bone spur in my neck.

I met with the surgeon and scheduled the surgery. It was to be August 28th. (Tomorrow in the Pacific time zone.)

Then I feel at the post office, and skined up my knee. Should be a simple recovery right? Wrong! I got an infection in the knee and was in pain for three weeks.

Then I started having pain in my left groin area. Tests were done and I have a hernia in my left groin area. I will be scheduling surgery for that.

This would probably be enough for most people to have reason to complain, but I am not done yet!

Last Thursday I started have pain in the upper half of my right jaw. Tests were taken and I had an abyss tooth! I had to have a root canal this morning.

Because of the infected tooth my neck surgeon canceled my neck surgery scheduled for tomorrow. This was after I had to take daily painful injections to do a bride over from stopping my Warfarin pill to keeping my blood thin, and yet still be able to do the surgery.

All those painful shots are wasted, and I will start over doing them again.

OK! I am done with the whining, and complaining. I have been put through the wringer this month, but I am still optimistic. You are probably asking, “How could that be? You have had too many trials and storms?”

It may be hard for you to understand, but I have become the poster child for God. He is using me by having all these storms come into my life, and I am using them to help others who are going through the same things. I can truly say, ” I have been there and done that,” for many afflictions people have faced.

I have shared many of my ailments over the past few years, and the list is too long to share in this post, so I will just leave it at what I went through this August.

The bottom line is that you can do one of two things;

  1. Curse God and turn your back on Him.
  2. Use the trials and storms to help others.

The most famous person in the bible that went through many hardships and storms was Job. I challenge you to read that book in the Bible. Job went through many more things than I have, but in the end he stayed true to God.

Another person went through much more than I have. Jesus was spit upon, beaten, had thorns for a head cover; was nailed to the cross, and died a slow death.

If Job and Jesus can go through severe torture and hardships, the more it means to me to not let daily thorns in my side stop me from serving the Lord.

If you have had you own time of hardships, and tragedies, remember what Jesus did for you, and cling to the promise that we will all be in heaven with new bodies, where there will be no pain, or death.


You are not alone.

You are not forsaken.

You are not unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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