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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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 wants to help stop those statistics. Be looking for more details about the new book.


Tired of the same things happening every day? Do you dread getting up in the mornings knowing that you are off to work once again, and you have to face all that traffic?

So many people live that kind of life. They look like robots. All going out to their cars in the driveway at the same time. All heading to their work place. Then they have to fight rush hour traffic on the way home.

We all know we need to provide for our families. We all know that if we don’t work hard our families will suffer.

That type of stress is hard to handle sometimes. We would rather be sitting on a beach in Hawaii, drinking a Mai Tai.

What can we do to make our days seem more exciting?

One of the things that gets me going every day, is the time I spend talking to my Heavenly Father. I give the day to Him and get ready to enjoy the ride He has provided for me.

Note that God doesn’t always provide a yellow brick road that leads to the pot of gold. There will be some storms, and trials.

Think back to some of His followers in the Old Testament. Moses, was a great lover of God, and yet he had to nearly crawl through the desert. Jonah did great things for God, even though he tried to run and hide from God.

In the New Testament, it didn’t get much better. Peter was crucified while hanging upside down. Paul had ailments, ship wrecks, snake bites, a thorn in his side, and many other walls that surrounded him.

Jesus, was the ultimate follower of God, in that He allowed God to use Him as an example for all mankind to see, and receive eternal life. But in doing so, Jesus had to go through much pain, agony and shame.

So, as we get up in the morning and complain that we have to do the same old things every day, we need to think about others that went through much more trials and storms we could ever imagine.


You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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What if Cain Hadn’t Killed Abel?

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I was reading the Bible in the Old Testament the other day. As I browsed through some of the books, I started wondering about different situations and what would happen if they turned out differently.

What is Cain hadn’t killed Abel? If he would end up with a big family how would some of them change the world?

What about Moses killing a Hebrew out of anger. What if that Hebrew lived on? What changes in the world would happen?

Think about Judas Iscariot. What if he hadn’t hanged himself, and kept doing his sinful things. How would that change the world today?

Even David was part of a plot to kill one of his soldiers so he could marry his wife. How would things be different if that soldier came home, and David didn’t get married to his wife?

All these events changed the world in some way. They changed it for the positive in some ways, but in other ways it was a sinful move to better someone.

All these stories have an impact on us and it was through death that they all made a difference.

Jesus is an example of the biggest change in the history of this earth, and He did it through death as well. What if He hadn’t gone to the cross? What if He didn’t come back to life three days later?

This world might not even be here right now, if it hadn’t been for Jesus’ sacrifice for us.

One day we had no hope for the future. The next day we had hope for eternal life. All from one man.

Through-out the Bible there are stories of death, and destruction, but they were all part of God’s plan. They all had to happen to fulfill the prophecy God shared thousands of years earlier.

There were many deaths that have shaped the history of this world, but only one that really matters. Only one can be used to provide eternal life for all of us.

You can be part of a list that have accepted the love of Jesus. Take time to pray for forgiveness, and you too will have a death that changes the world and many people around you.


You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.
And above all…never, ever, give up!


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Have U Been Betrayed By One U Trusted?

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Have you been betrayed by someone you trusted? Many of us have.

I have been there myself. I had a close relative who I thought was trust worthy, only to find they did something that not only made me lose trust for them, but damaged my own thoughts on trust.

I will not share exactly what happened to save embarrassment to the person and the rest of my family.

I now have to spend countless hours checking on this person to make sure that what they say is true.

Has this happened to you? Do you have a lack of confidence in someone you once trusted?

What can we do about this?

I have found that we all may have done something in our own lives that may have not been trustworthy. We may have stepped on someone’s toes to better ourselves.

I find it interesting what God does when it comes to trust.

David was a true hero. He was loved by many of his fellow warriors, and friends. He rose through the ranks and even became king of his country. Then he fell into lust and even had the husband of  a woman he wanted for his own sent to the front of the battle field where he was killed. You would think God would never trust him again.

David went through much turmoil after that, even to the point of having to live in caves for his own safety. He cried out to God, and God felt mercy for him, and help him through his storm. Then God said that David was a man after his own heart.

Judas, was one of the twelve disciples. He was the treasurer for the group. He not only kept money for himself, he turned Jesus into the Romans for money.  It was interesting that Jesus knew all the time  that Judas was going to do this, and yet let him stay and be one of the disciples.

Moses, even committed murder. He saw a Hebrew being beaten by a guard, and he killed him and buried him in the sand, and then went on like nothing had happened. God used him mightily after that to lead the Israel people.

Peter, denied knowing Jesus three times towards the end of Jesus’ time here on earth, and yet God made him the cornerstone of the churches of today.

There are many other stories from the Bible where a person wasn’t always trustworthy and yet God used them in a mighty way.

What does this mean? What about Judas? He didn’t ever find favor with god after he betrayed Jesus. What was all that about?

Judas was put on this earth to help fulfill prophecy. He had one purpose, and that was to hand Jesus over to the Romans to be crucified. he love for money overcame any other purpose in life. But he was need to eventually give us hope in the chance for eternal life through the blood of Jesus.

The rest of these examples were God’s way to protect and love His own people both the Jews and the Gentiles.

So, now we wonder on what the means to you and I?

We all can make choices. We all can do “our own thing.” We  can chose to ignore God and His plan for our lives, or we can pray and chose the path He has chosen for us. We probably will have bumps and holes in that path as we go along, including betraying some our principles, and even others.

Yes, e all make mistakes, but we can still serve God if we ask for forgiveness, and forgive those who have betrayed us. God will never go away and forsake you. He is always there with open arms to accept your pleas of help kike David did.

He can also use each of us like he did with Moses, David, and Peter.

Forgive those who have trespassed against you, and ask God to forgive your own trespasses. You can start with a clean slate, and be a mighty warrior for God like those dynamic leaders from the Bible have been.


You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never ever, give up!


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