Do You have a Heart Murmur?

I am so honored to be with you each day sharing hope. The outreach has grown at a tremendous pace. There are over 50 new subscribers a day. The site just past 106,000 in followers. That’s because people are searching for hope and we provide it.


We are starting a new promotion tonight. The person who is our 110,000 followers will win some great prizes. As you can see it goes fast. Don‘t miss out. 


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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Why do we deserve More Than the Man Begging on the Corner?

Do you expect your do rights? What are your do rights? What do you deserve over others? Why do we deserve anymore than the man standing on the corner begging for enough money to buy his next meal?

I was driving down a street and at the light there was a man with a cardboard sign begging for food. He looked like he hadn’t bathed in weeks, and he had sores on his face and arms.

I drove in by him.

After I had driven for a short distance, I wondered why I didn’t reach out and give the man a buck. Who am I to stick my nose up at him?

 I thought of the moment I first saw him. I realized I felt disgusted for him. He was so dirty and badly dressed I bet he smelled beyond description. I also thought that he probably would use the money to buy another bottle of wine.

I then felt very ashamed. What right did I have to shun this man? How did I know that God hadn’t planted this man to teach people to help others in need?

Now when I see a man or woman standing on the corner, I give what ever change I have to them. Even if they are going to use it for something that may not be food, it is not for me to turn my back on them. It brightens up their day for a couple of seconds, and they usually say, “God bless you!”

I can use all the blessings I can, and I get one every time I reach out to them.

How about you? When you see those beggars on the corner, what do you do?

God loves the poor just as much as he does others. Actually there are hundreds of scriptures that say the poor are special to God.

Think on this:

  • The disciples all left their jobs and followed Jesus. They would be considered poor. They only ate when people provided them with food where ever they went.
  • Paul certainly wasn’t a rich man. He was before he was converted to Christ. He left all the glory and money behind, and walked through several countries preaching the gospel. He also had to count on people to provide food and shelter for him.
  • What about John the Baptist? He lived in the wilderness, and ate locust. He didn’t have a dime to his name.

There are many stories in the Bible of people that lived from day to day seeking enough to survive. How did they do it? They prayed to God for the food, and He provided it.

The biggest example is when the Israelites wandered the desert for forty  years. God had food waiting for them each day when they got up. Manna wasn’t exactly a steak, but it kept them alive for all that time.

He also provided quail, and other food.  

If you are feeling like you aren’t sure where your next meal is coming from, ask God to open doors for you. He did it for the people of Israel, and He can do it for you.


I want to put in a plug here for our next guest blogger, who will be posted tomorrow night.

Her name is Cleo Roberts, and this will be her first blog. I have read her blog, and it is something I think you will want to read. It talks about having hope when things seem very dark.

She will be using Isaiah 40:31 as her verse. “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not be faint.”

It will be posted on Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. Pacific time , and be up on the site all day Monday. Hope you will check it out. Leave a comment for her if you like it.

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