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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Is There Hope if lives Are Collapsing?

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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.

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In church yesterday the Pastor asked people to raise their hands if they needed help with prayer. I looked across the congregation and there must have been thirty or forty hands up out of about three hundred.

That is pretty sad when all of those hands were hurting people for one reason or another.

I wondered, how can God’s people keep hope alive when their world is falling apart?

Are you in the same boat as all those who rose their hands?

Have you been at a place where you couldn’t go forward anymore? Couldn’t go backwards? Trapped? Did you feel you couldn’t predict what tomorrow will bring?

I have learned that the following will give me hope:

  1. Always remember God’s promises. He will not forsake you. You are not alone. God keeps in touch with you. He knows your every move, and cares for you.
  2. Recognize God’s discipline. When the storms come God allows them, but He is there to help calm them. He often allows them to have us depend on Him, and helps us to grow at the same time.
  3. Refocus your view on the big picture. God has a plan for your life. He made you in His own image. He is working on using you for His glory. It may not happen for several more years, but He will use you according to His timing not yours.

I have also learned that my best opportunity to help others is when my heart is broken, and when I am in my deepest pain. I am very sensitive to others needs, because I know what they are going through.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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Love God and Enjoy the Ride

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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, 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.
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During my devotions today I cam across some versus from Proverbs that woke me up. The first one tells me to trust God no matter what and I will be fine:

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.

These two versus would be enough for most people if they truly believed it. God is in charge, and He knows what is best for us.

The second versus that helped me a great deal were

Proverbs 3:11-12

My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline,
    and do not resent his rebuke,
12 because the Lord disciplines those he loves,
    as a father the son he delights in.

When we face trials. When the storms come. When we feel God is distant, is when He is working the hardest for us. He is allowing things to happen that helps us grow and mature.

As it says in 3-5, it is hard to understand why God allows to face pain, adversity, walls that form, but he is preparing us for harder days ahead. He knows what in ahead in our paths.

Don’t be angry with God for “things,” that happen. Learn from them and grow.

I have been on the pity boat with many others. I wondered why. I questioned God, but He has showed me that He knows what He is doing, and now I just enjoy the ride.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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We All Need One Word to Focus On

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I lead a devotional this morning. I was worried that I didn’t have a good structured one that the men would relate to and respond.

The topic was for each of us there to come up with one word that they use to face life with. I had sent out an email ahead of time asking them to come with that one word.

I started the devotion, still not sure what was going to happen, and then one man said, “I just couldn’t come up with one word. My two words are commitment and discipline.” Another man spoke up and said, “Those two words go perfectly together, and shouldn’t be separated.”

All around the table each man said his word and explained why he thought that word was important to hm. The final list of words that came up were:

  • Commitment
  • Discipline
  • Delight (In the Lord)
  • Appreciation
  • Simplicity
  • Love
  • Follow (Two men had this as their word. It stresses that we follow God.)
  • Confidence
  • And my word was perseverance.

Each of these words have special meaning in different ways to each of the men. I will explain my word in more detail for you so you can see how some of the conversations went.

Perseverance is a word I have had for  many years. I say it to myself when anything scary, and “sticky,” comes my way. I remind myself that perseverance is  a word God loves as well. (There are over twenty references to the word perseverance in the Bible. My favorite is Romans 12:12. “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”)

I shared with the men three examples of how the word has spread to other members of my family.

  1. My son Greg and I had lunch recently and he brought up how he thought I was such a good example to others because of my perseverance. I, of course, was somewhat perplexed, because I wasn’t sure what I was doing that showed that.
  2. My daughter sent me a text once that said, “Dad, you are a tremendous example to my two daughters. You persevere through all pain, and trials you face.” I again was wondering what I really do to show that.
  3. My other son and I were on a fishing trip. He is a retired colonial from the Army. “Dad, you are one tough dude! You always hang in there and persevere when you face storms in your life.”

I guess I finally got the message! If all three of my children, on separate occasions think I am good at persevering there must be some truth to it.

They each also shared how I was strong through six major surgeries. They felt it was important when I was upbeat, and the one who was consoling others when I was about to go into surgery. They mention how I reached out to people who had gone through the same things.

Perseverance.

Webster’s dictionary says:

To persist in pursuing something in spite of obstacles or opposition.

What is your one word? What word do you focus on to help you through each day? Think a while about this, and write down your one word and abide by it. Never waver. Never think it doesn’t work for you. Stand strong with that word, and you will be able to use it to reach out to others who may be struggling.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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