Wednesday, January 14, 2015

TRIFECTA

My life long friend contacted me recently to tell me she is having a stint put in the back artery of her heart.  I was shocked---she does not look like or act like she has heart disease.  The condition of the heart is difficult to determine when looking at the outside of a person.



I have several good friends who suffer from heart disease. The physical condition of our hearts is important to our physical well being.  If our hearts are not functioning 100%, we find our lives and activities directly impacted by the degree of the damage.  We all know we need to eat right and exercise consistently to maintain a healthy heart.  Our genetic make-up also impacts the health of our hearts.  How my non-runner friends loved to point out the famous runner and author of books about running, James Fixx, died from a heart attack.  I have left those running days behind, but still exercise my heart almost every day.



The emotional condition of our hearts is directly related to our ability to love.  My broken heart vowed, at one point, to never allow anyone to touch my heart again.  I erected a tall wall---built a steep moat---and put up a razor wire fence around my heart to protect it from pain and injury.  With time--my heart has healed---but the scar will remain forever.  The wonderful thing about our bodies is that scars build stronger connective tissue.  As I slowly began to stretch out the scar tissue and flex the love muscle by opening my heart to new relationships, I discovered a wonderful thing---with my willingness to love--my ability to love has grown to new heights.  By adding the weight of new relationships, my emotional heart has grown stronger and my capacity to love has expanded to new levels.  What I would have missed, if I had kept the bandage on and refused to heal!


 
The spiritual condition of my heart is the most important aspect of a healthy heart.  By opening myself to a deeper more intimate relationship with The Father, He has shown me how to strengthen the emotional condition of my heart.  The creator and author of love has taught me new depths and heights of this thing called love.  The condition of my heart is a reflection of the greatness of His love.  As I look to Him, I pray He will continue to show me, teach me, and grow meto a new level of heart health---as I love Him as He first loved me.


I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
Ezekiel 36:26

6 comments:

  1. Indeed my friend..we had no idea that our son was sick, when he was 6 he had open heart surgery and had to have his aoerta (sp?--I am to lazy to use spell check, lol) re routed...anyways...I always look forward to reading your blog every morning...how you tie things in with each other is beyond me...wink. Blessings

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    1. That must have been unbelievably frightening! I cannot even imagine. One of mine had hernia repair as a tiny baby and I well remember how I felt when they took him back for his surgery. NOTHING to compare with what you must have gone through. So happy you are enjoying his presence in your life today! LOTS of young people his age have flown the coop! As for how my mind works---if I ever get it figured out I will let you know! One of the mysteries here on this earth! LOL!

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  2. Hi Lulu! What a beautiful transformation in your heart. I followed along with all of your analogies, and loved each one. I am so proud of you! How hard it is to open yourself up again after feeling so hurt. And you feel stronger! What a great example of the kind of healing and rebirth that can happen with faith, and with trust.
    I pray that you, through Our Lord, will find fast friends and fun times. A heart like yours needs to love and to be loved. I trust that God knows that very well.
    Blessings and hugs 'Braveheart'!!
    Ceil

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    1. Ceil- --you are too kind and generous! I have feet of clay---but have those feet stuck out into the "Brave New World"!
      Asking that He use me for His Good Purpose--and THAT will be more than enough!
      Blessings!

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  3. What a beautiful post with such wisdom.

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    1. Thank you, Judy! Lessons learned along the path we call life!

      Blessings!

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