Don’t Let Your Heart Get Broken
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Its February and that means Valentine’s Day and that means hearts. Just a tid bit of information: Did you know that the Egyptians believed that the organ which we call the liver was really the heart? Can you imagine singing “I left my liver in San Francisco”? Another tid bit. One of the first Parish nurses was a woman named Phoebe whom Paul writes about in Romans 16. Some believed she held a high position in the church in Cenchrea and ministered to Paul and the Faith community. In exactly what manner it is not known but even if it was with her presence, it was acknowledged as a ministry. Sometimes that is all that is needed.
Now more about the heart. The heart is just a small organ about the size of your fist. It’s not much to look at really….kind of a flesh colored bell pepper. But people have been writing love songs and poems about it for a very long time. That’s because people used to believe that is where our emotions came from. (At least they were getting away from the liver). But we know that our emotions come from the brain. Basically, the heart is a pump that circulates blood through your body. But what a pump! It circulates over 2,000 gallons of blood per day and it pushes that blood through 60,000 miles of arteries, veins, and capillaries in a single lifetime. Your blood carries oxygen and nutrients to your cells and these supplies are what keep your cells alive. You ARE your cells. Without blood your cells would suffocate and starve. But don’t worry, your heart is good at keeping you alive. In fact, it pumps your blood with enough force to move it all the way around your body and back to the heart in just one minute! What an amazing designer we have in our Father God! Since February is the “heart month”, here are just a few suggestions for maintaining a healthy heart, and anytime you see me available at church I will be happy to check your blood pressure.
- Everyday Heart Health Tips
If you’re not convinced about the need to develop an exercise program for your life, you can at least try following some of these tips in your everyday routine. Take advantage of any opportunity for exercise. Try some today.
- Take the stairs instead of an elevator or escalator at school or the mall. Just start with one flight. Soon, you’ll be ready for two.
- Park your car at the far end of the parking lot. The short walk to and from the store or school helps your heart.
- If you ride a bus or subway, get off a stop before your destination. Walk the rest of the way.
- If you can, spend a few minutes of your lunch break taking a stroll around the campus grounds. It should help you stay awake after lunch.
- Think of housework as an extra chance to exercise. Vacuuming briskly can be a real workout.
- Mowing the lawn, pulling weeds, and raking leaves are chores that can be done yourself as a chance to exercise.
- If you have a dog, think of the dog as an exercise machine with fur. A brisk walk with the dog is good for both of your hearts. Make it a part of your daily routine.
- If you have a family, schedule an after-dinner walk. Make it quality time.
Why not include prayer as part of your walk or exercise routine? Walk and pray. Whether we are exercising or not, this is our “walk” with God. Include your Father.
Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NLT)
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice – the kind he will find acceptable.
Romans 12:1 (NLT)
Paula Hanson RN, FCN