Matters of the Heart

It has been happening for the last couple weeks.

Pain near her heart, left arm feeling numb.  Not only has it been painful physically, it has scared her emotionally.  A few nights ago she ended up back at home… at 3:00 a.m…. waking us up and asking for prayer. She spent the night.

Just last night she called me again. Not feeling well… same thing… when will I be home? I knew I would be there in just a few minutes and left my coat on in preparation to take her to the emergency room.  She opted not to go; making a doctor’s appointment today instead.

They ran an EKG and everything showed up normal. The next call I received from her had nearly tangible relief in her voice. “The doctor said it is probably just stress,” she relayed.

This mother’s heart of mine felt the same relief. How is it that we can feel their pain and empathize with their conditions? Is this truly the way God designed it?

Ah, this daughter of mine. Not quite 21 but still has lived her share of mistakes, disappointments, and stressful events. This daughter has always been particularly sensitive. Her body feels the effects of her doubts, fears and responsibilities. Life’s journey seems much too convoluted for her these days.

I think about the verse that tells us that “hope deferred makes the heart sick.” I have seen the truth in that.

A new friend of mine found out yesterday that she will have to have heart surgery. What they thought was a breathing problem, they now have discovered is due to not enough oxygen flowing through the valve just below the aorta. They say she may need a pacemaker. For a month they will attempt to change some of the heart’s habits with medication.

Both my daughter and my friend got in for doctor’s appointments immediately when they relayed their symptoms. My daughter was told to come in “now” and my friend had an appointment for the very next day.

“Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.”  It seems these hearts of ours are crucial to our health in every way. Perhaps I should be just as quick to listen to the signals and symptoms that my heart is giving me. These quicker-than-usual poundings may be trying to tell me something. Those heartaches have also taught me much.  What about you?  How’s your heart?

Wanting to Be Heart-Healthy With You,


About debbierivers

I love to share what I can whenever I can. My goal is to live simply and love lavishly. I enjoy inspiring others with my writing. I am married to Steve and am the mother to two beautiful daughters, Hannah and Jenna, and grandmother to Kinsley. My desire is to encourage and to bless others through my life and my words.
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