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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Got Peace

We are blessed this week to have as our guest, Debbie Griffith. Debbie has a radio and speaking ministry, Her radio program is entitled “Everyday Matters”. I pray you will be blessed by her post as I was……..

“What if we can’t pay for the medical costs because we don’t have insurance right now? What if it’s not Joey’s appendix but something more serious? What if I have a nervous breakdown? Well what if?” “Yes, what if Debbie,” I heard the Holy Spirit speak to me, “What if you stop worrying for just a second so you can hear God speak to you from Philippians 4:6-7; ‘Don’t worry about anything but pray about everything!’ God has peace to give you no matter what the circumstances may be. It’s a peace that passes understanding to guard your heart and mind.”

God had been sharing so much with me about what it means to have His peace rather than the peace the world gives that I was really excited to get going and share this news at a retreat I was scheduled to speak at in Wisconsin. I was packed and ready to drive the five hour trip just as soon as I got my four boys off to school. As is my habit every morning before they head out, I quickly laid my hand on each of their heads and individually prayed for their success, protection and future wife but afterward my third son, 9 year old Joey, stopped me, pointed to his groin area and whispered, “’Down here’ hurts Mom.”

He and I then proceeded to the bathroom for an examination and because “the area” didn’t look red or swollen and he said it didn’t hurt to pee I sent him out the door. But walking back into the bedroom I confessed to my husband Dan, “I’m worried.”

Almost immediately I heard God say, “Don’t be.” And He spoke to me from Philippians 4:6; “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell Me what you need.” And so I prayed to receive the peace He gives and not the fear I felt which was precisely the same message I would be delivering in Wisconsin.

“But what if…?!!!!”

But as I fixed my thermos of tea to take on the road my mind started swirling with “what ifs”… “What if Joey has to have an appendectomy? What if I’m making a mistake by leaving to speak at a retreat? What if my cell phone is out of range and no one can contact me about a possible surgery? What if we can’t pay for the medical costs because we don’t have insurance right now? What if it’s not Joey’s appendix but something more serious? What if I have a nervous breakdown? Well what if?” “Yes, what if Debbie,” I heard the Holy Spirit speak to me, “What if you stop worrying for just a second so you can hear God speak to you from Philippians 4:6-7; ‘Don’t worry about anything but pray about everything!’ God has peace to give you no matter what the circumstances may be. It’s a peace that passes understanding to guard your heart and mind. You need to stop “what if-ing” and instead do some lifting.” “What?” “Lift up your concerns and cares to God and praise Him for who He IS regardless of what might happen.”

Nothing like a refining crash course on the key verse for the retreat, John 14:27…“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” This is such a great verse of truth; we don’t have to pray to get peace because He’s already given it, regardless of whatever the circumstances may be. But the world only gives peace when everything is smooth sailing…there’s enough money in our check books, all our kids are healthy and well behaved and our spouse is considerate and thoughtful. But even though I knew this I still thought, “Well right now I want the peace the world gives. I want to go to the computer and google; ‘nine years old boy with groin pain’ and get peace from some Internet Dr. saying it’s probably just constipation pain and everything is going to be fine.” Of course there’s nothing wrong with wanting Joey to be alright and googling information but I KNOW I should receive God’s peace from Him and not from the google god.

God Gives Peace

Because God says He gives peace even IF Joey were to need an appendectomy. God has peace to give when our circumstances are worrisome or awful but the world only gives peace when everything and everyone around us is pleasant and favorable. Our responsibility then is to not be troubled or afraid… no matter what. We need to choose peace and not rely on what we see or feel.

Okay. I get it. I got it. I took His peace and moved on.

Psalm 94:19 says that when my anxious thoughts multiply within me God’s Word delights my soul. But if I don’t know His Word how then can it feed and comfort my soul? It can’t. The most frequently asked question, after I speak at a conference or retreat, is, “How do you know so many scriptures, how do you memorize it all?” I suppose being a theater major and having had to memorize numerous lines for plays has helped me. But because I need His Word to survive and because I want the joy and peace He has to give, I need to think about and memorize His Word because that’s how God speaks to me.

‘Manna’ Book

Since 1995 I have been consistently in God’s Word, writing His words of encouragement to me in a little 3 x 5 spiral memo notebook, which came to be known as my “manna” book. God gave the Israelites manna as they journeyed toward the Promised Land, giving them precisely what they needed each day and, if they stored more than they needed, it was stinky and maggot-infested the next day. I learned that the same is true for me. I can’t harvest and store all of God’s Word I need on Sunday mornings at church or even at a really good Beth Moore Bible study on Thursday nights. I need to feed on the truth of His promises EVERYDAY. Otherwise my life will be stinky with yesterday’s day-old worries. I carry my “manna” book or a note card around all day so I have the truth God lays on my heart, the something He wants me to know and memorize.

Jesus is the Word who became flesh and dwelt among us, which means His Word is living and active, too! That’s powerful! With all that I’m been through in my life, the one thing that carries me through my marriage, parenting, my extended family and friendships, our basement flooding, health problems, financial concerns, etc. is the fact that there is a God who is alive and well.

Trust the Heart of God

I’m at the place where “I get to read the Bible” and not “I have to read the Bible.” Now, not only do I talk to God, but I can hear Him answer me from His Word! And when I call on Him He’s always there. It’s because I know and trust the relationship that I have with Him that I want to follow the plan He has for me, His way, His rules, His Bible.

Yes it’s true, I may not always understand the mind of God because His ways are higher than mine but I do trust the heart of God and when He says, “Don’t worry, talk to Me, praise Me,” I can and I will because there’s nothing like getting the peace He gives that passes understanding, guarding my anxious thoughts and hurting heart.

And of course I praised God when I found out later in the day that Joey’s groin pain was gone after he had went to the bathroom but regardless of what I heard I had peace and that’s something to be super thankful for!

“Got Peace?” I hope your answer is “YES” because all you have to do to get it is open your heart and mind and say, “YES Jesus I receive the peace You give!” It doesn’t matter what you’re dealing with or how you’re feeling for He is the great I AM. And with His everlasting love He wants to let you know; “I AM everything you need when you need it with peace to guard your heart and mind…everyday.”

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Your Secret Name

Douglas and I are very pleased to annouce that this week we are honored to have Kary Oberbrunner as our guest blogger. He is a pastor, author, speaker and life coach. Kary has written books such as “The Journey toward Relevence”, The Fine-Line and others. Here is explains his journey and attempt to address the needs of our currennt society and how we are impacted by it when we should be impacted by what lies ahead in eternity.

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it. Revelation 2:17

Secret, Secrets, they’re not fun:

Secrets, Secrets, Hurt Someone.

My brother, sisters, and I used to chant this little phrase as kids.  I was more of a joke than anything.

My firm believe is that most leaders do not know who they are. And if they’re honest, they’re deathly afraid of their followers discovering this truth.

So  my Question to you is:


I used to write names on my arms and legs with a knife.

Back then, I was a pastor.

But I was also a self-injurer.

Completely unsatisfied with the names the world gave me–names like pastor, seminarian, and counselor–I craved a deeper name, a name that more accurately reflected who I was created to be.

Still, all I could come up with were shameful names, cuss words to be exact.

I failed to realize that I couldn’t carve out a different name on my own.

Rather, I needed to hear my Secret Name from the lips of another.

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it. NIV Revelation 2:17

My life changed when I discovered my Secret Name.

The cutting stopped, and the negative self-talk ceased.

We all have one–a Secret Name that is. The Bible tells us so. Yet few of us know ours. Ignorantly, we’re stuck, caught up in the “Name Game.”

Using the story of the biblical patriarch Jacob as a backdrop, I am calling you to stop accepting the world’s labels and start wrestling with God to discover our true identity. Jacob spent years living out the meaning of his earthly name: “deceiver.”

Caught up in pretending to be someone he wasn’t, he was unaware that God would build a nation through him, unaware that Jesus would be one of his descendents, unaware of the lands he would inherit. Then he heard God speak his true name and the future God had for him unfolded. 

I also wish to  remind you that we’ll be unable to discern what God wants to build through us until we discover how God has seen us all along. In Your Secret Name, readers will find the courage to abandon what they know in order to become who they were born to be.

Homesick for a place you’ve never been.Fumbling your way back to the One who made you.

I invite you to join me on a journey March 15, 2010. I’ll reveal how you to can discover Your Secret Name.

For now, I leave you with a video that I think will shed some light on the mystery. I’ll look for you in a week at


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