Friday, September 17, 2010

A Matter of the Heart

For many years I have had high blood pressure. The doctors tell me it's in my genetics.  They say a good diet and exercise help control it along with a little pill they prescribe for me to take each day. Well, for the last several months I just haven't been feeling good. At my yearly check up a couple of weeks ago, my blood pressure reading was a concern and I was referred to a cardiologist. My appointment was early yesterday morning (8:00 a.m.) and I was told to arrive at least 10 minutes early, which I did. I went to try to go in the building and it was locked. Went back to my car to call to see if any one would answer. Unfortunately, the answering machine picked up. Mind you, I need my BP to be normal, not elevated! Eventually someone showed up and let me in! While I was signing in I saw this sign "Good morning! This is God. I will be handling all your problems today. I will not need your help. So have a good day!"  I though to myself, "ok Lord I get the messsage, but I don't really like it! However, I know "YOU GOT THIS!" In just a few minutes my name was called to go to a room. While walking down the hallway the male nurse tells me he will be doing my Echocardiogram. He then tells me to strip down "up top" and put on this paper gown with the front open. So being the rule follower that I am, I did! He comes in and does my test then has me walk down the hallway to another room for my EKG while carrying my blouse, bra and purse in one hand and trying to keep "covered" with the other! I should've asked the folks working there and waitng in the lobby to throw me some beads since I was walking around topless!!!!! Isn't that how it's usually done? Flash'em and get beads??? So, the doctor came in and talked with me and told me my BP was normal ( I haven't have any meds since Monday) and my heart looks perfect! He decided to take me off of the medication that I have taken for thirteen years!!!! PTL!
The heart is an interesting subject. Everyone has a heart. Without any direct thought or effort on our part, it keeps right on pumping. A beating heart is essential to life itself. In His word, God speaks about the heart. He refers to it as the center of the person. He says the heart controls the way a person thinks and acts. To keep a heart pumping and healthy, it's a good idea to exercise and eat the right kinds of food. To keep a spiritual heart alive and in rythim with the heart of God, it must be guarded from the diseases sin and indifference bring to it. And most of all, it must be fed and exercised regularly with God's word, prayer and care and concern for others!
"Above all else,guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life." Proverbs 4:23

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