Sunday, December 9, 2007

Diagnosis: Ugly Heart Disease

Proverbs 4:23
Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.

I stayed home from church this morning with our 6 year old daughter, Alivia E'Lise, who we had to take to the ER last night because she was having difficulty breathing.
Her chest x-ray came back negative for pneumonia so we were sent home with 3 new prescriptions. It was 1:30am by the time we returned home and so I gave her the meds and quickly tucked her in. I failed to read (until today) the bold letters on one of the bottles TAKE WITH FOOD OR MILK. That explains why she awoke feeling nauseous, or as she said, "Mom, I feel cautious". Poor thing...thank God He steered my wheel in the opposite direction of pursuing nursing!

I was thinking about the chest x-ray this morning. Yesterday, for my husband Gene and I, it was one of those days where we looked at each other and wondered if we are really God's gift to each other or some form of punishment. I can't imagine if I had to have a chest x-ray done during one of our arguments that let Gene see my heart. So much ugliness, it's embarrassing to even admit. Unfortunately, God sees all my junk that I think I'm hiding. He sees my chest x-ray & just like the doc did last night prescribes me with some medicine that if I take correctly, will heal my Ugly Heart Disease.

The medicine He prescribes to me is found in His Word. Sometimes, for some unknown reasons, I choose to take a home remedy instead of getting my prescription filled that the Great Physician has ordered for me, so my condition worsens. When I don't guard my heart and I allow negative thoughts to manifest, pretty soon they come out in my speech leaving Gene hurt.

Sometimes I open God's Word to read the prescription God's given me and I pick out the parts that I want to apply to my life. When I don't apply His Word correctly it only causes other problems to arise-just like last night. When I gave Alivia her medicine, I gave her the meds with a glass of water instead of with food or milk. By not taking the time to read all the words on the medicince bottle and administer the med correctly, I missed an important instruction which caused Alivia to suffer negative symptoms. I need to not only read God's Word, I also need to apply His Word to my life correctly.

Well, I need to get to reading so by the time Gene gets home this ugly hearted girl can ask for forgiveness and bless his socks off. I'll begin his blessings with giving him a warm plate of food & nice tall glass of ice water as soon as he walks through the door...

Proverbs 25:21-22
If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you.

Okay, so we may need to take another trip to the ER this afternoon to treat the burn wounds on the top of hubby's head, but oh how I love rewards!!

~Many Blessings~


Lizerd said...

Your blog continues to bless my heart! Keep it up!
Liz in Texas

Susan said...

This was precious!


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Deb said...

I love your spiritual discernment and how you apply God's teachings to everyday happenings.

Thanks for sharing this, I really enjoyed the post.