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


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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Life is a Timeline. Where are you on That Timeline?

Have you ever thought about your life as a timeline? Think about it. We are each on a timeline. Just like you see for history, There are spots on the history’s timeline that shows significant points in history, like December 7th, 1941 would be on the time line as the attack on Pearl harbor.

What does your timeline look like? What are some of the significant facts that should be placed on that timeline? Did you make a decisions that completely changed your life? That should be on your timeline.

Now let’s think about how long the timeline may be. Obviously it will be longer for some than it is for others. We never know how long our timeline may be. God marked the beginning of our timeline, and knows exactly when it will end.

Time is an interesting thought.

God stopped the sun and moon for twenty-for hours  for Joshua. Could He gives us more time? Nope…. we have a set timeline.

Let’s say our timeline is three inches long. Where are we on the timeline? Are we down to the last 1/2 inch?

Isn’t it funny how we want TIME to speed up when we ask for something from God, but we want it to stop in our daily lives? We are in a rat race, and do everything we can to try to keep up. But remember, even rats rest once and a while.

Think on this:

  • God was there much before you were, is with you now, and will walk before you on your future paths.
  • Don’t waste TIME thinking about your past. God cleared all of that up by sending His Son to die for you. That is why Jesus said, ” It is finished,” on the cross. That means death is gone, and we are free from guilt once we accept Him.
  • Luke 12:25-26 says, “Who of you, by worrying can add a single day to his life?” See, you can’t even add TIME to your life by worrying. Don’t waste your TIME doing that.

King David talks about how God is with him all the TIME. Psalm 139:5 “You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head.” There is no TIME that God isn’t with you. He will never forsake you or leave you.

Plato once said, “It is as if we were floating on a river, carried by the current past the manifold of events which is spread out timelessly on the bank.”

As you are floating down the river of your life, what do you see on the bank?

Take an inventory of your timeline. You can change the outcome of the rest of your timeline. You can create a new legacy. Use the last few precious inches on that timeline to reach-out and change other people’s lives as well.

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All You Can do is All You Can do

Sudden Changes in Our Lives, can Cause us to Fall

We often have abrupt changes that occur in our lives. You may have lost your job; lost your marriage or lost your good health.

They all make you change. Circumstances cause us to adjust and do things we didn’t want to do.

Change always seems to come when we think everything is wonderful. You can plan for everything to be wonderful, but you can never be assured of that.

I saw this quote somewhere: “All you can do is all you can do.” Believe it or not, someday you may be able to look back at those changes and say they were positive changes. That is if you let God take over your life at your moments of change.

We need to acknowledge the past; accept the present, but look to the future.

Think of your life as being a long road you are walking. As you take another step walls form in behind you. You can’t go back; you can’t break down the walls. You have to go forward and forget the past.

I have experienced this myself. I have been at a point that I either changed or I wouldn’t be typing this right now. I was at the end of my rope, and it was unraveling.

It was then when I called out to God, and He changed my life completely.

You don’t need to feel sorry that I had to get to this point. I had enough self-pity to cover all of my trails at one point. I finally turned them all over to God, and I was free.

I am thankful for whom He has made me into, but I am still under construction. I have a long way to go yet.

I wanted something from God instead of wanting to give Him something. I have learned that God sometimes doesn’t give us what we want in order to give us what we need.

We have to live in a world that isn’t exactly friendly. Life isn’t Sesame Street, it is Criminal Minds, and we have to be alert to all the temptations, and traps that we will face each day. We must not change to this world we need to stay on the path that God has made for us.

Being a Christian requires pain and suffering 101 as part of the curriculum in God’s classroom. He allows them to happen not to punish us, but to mold us into living examples for others to see.

So if you face a sudden change, don’t give up. Never give up! That is not a choice. We need to stay strong, and learn from the change. We need to grow, and use the change as a witness to others that may be going through the same thing.


“Don’t be afraid. Do not be discouraged. For the Lord your God will be with you where ever you go.

Joshua 16:9


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