'You Gotta Have Heart.....and Hope!'
by Travis Wiginton
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This is written by La Moyne (my wife of over 55 years) as I wanted her to share her thoughts today.
One week ago about this time of day, I was in the hospital and they were having to 'jump start my heart' with the paddles!
Last Feb. 17th, I had a heart attack, so have been on heart medications since then.
But for the past month or so, my heart seemed to be running away with me.
In fact our eldest son said, "Well yes Mom... it WAS running away with you! It's like you've been running on a treadmill for 3 weeks!"
As it turned out, one of my heart chambers is enlarged, to which our son-in-law sweetly replied, "We've known all along that your heart is larger than most people's" :)
I wanted to share a couple of funny thoughts:
While skiing in Colorado recently, our Cardiologist Dr. Jeffrey Crook fell and had to have surgery on his right shoulder, so he's in a sling for 6 more wks.
(Travis referred to him as our 'One-armed Crook')
As I laid there watching them put the pads on my chest where they would place the paddles, my thoughts were mixed with some fears (and a few smiles).
While his nurse was prepping me, I noticed that she was 'large with child' so I asked ''When is your baby due?" to which she replied, "Any moment now".
I laid there thinking....
"Oh great! My right-handed heart surgeon has his right arm in a sling.....
and his nurse is due to deliver her baby 'any moment now'. :)
God KNEW that I needed some levity at that moment, didn't He?
There were several things about this hospital stay that brought 'fear' to the surface,
so in my lucid moments (and many other moments) I called out to God to please....
'Help my Heart.... and give me Hope!'
Due to the situation, they had to put me on Coumadin (which our Pharmacy Tech gr'son says MANY people are on) but for some reason I've shown a severe sensitivity to it. Thankfully they're checking my blood every other day and today we rec'd a better report! PTL~
In spite of the state of Oklahoma being under an Emergency order (due to icy roads and -2 wind chill), I've had to go every other day to have my blood checked.
Thankfully our daughter Kristin has been here to help us!
She teaches @ Texas Woman's Univ. but was able to come immediately to the hospital and is still with us, but hoping the roads will clear enough for her to return home tomorrow.
The stress/strain of the past year has resulted in us having to draw upon previous papers/thoughts, so our prayer is that as we share these, they will be of help to someone.
With Valentine's Day just around the corner (and our gr'son's wedding last Friday evening which Papa Travis officiated) we tho't we would share these thoughts/Scriptures.
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whosoever believes in Him, will not perish, but have Everlasting life (HOPE)."
"Hope is the conviction that God is love and that life is going 'some-where'....
and not 'no-where'."
The real trouble with the world is not that it is running out of physical resources,
but that it is running out of HOPE .
It is running out of HOPE because it puts HOPE in the wrong things....
physical resources for example." (Presbyterian Missionary friend, Sam Moffett)
Emil Brunner said, "What oxygen is to the lungs, HOPE is to the life.
Take away oxygen and death occurs. Take away HOPE and humanity dies."
HOPE is the light not only at the end of the tunnel, but while in the tunnel.
~ the sheep with the Shepherd in the valley...
~ the rainbow after the storm...
~ the silver lining with every cloud and ....
~ the friend Who sticks closer than a brother.
Present and future HOPE come because there was THE Resurrection...
after THE Crucifixion.
~remain firm in faith
~persevere in HOPE
~and let the Gospel of love penetrate and permeate your life.
Remember, God is in every tomorrow...
so do not be afraid for tomorrow, as God is already there!
~don't be faithless....
Build your HOPE on things eternal and hold to God's unchanging Hand.
Faith is how you know where you're going...
Love is how you get there...and....
HOPE keeps you going.
"That by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie that we might have a strong consolation who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the HOPE set before us. Therefore we have an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast."
"Know God's Word, make this known to your children and set your HOPE in God."
Jeremiah 17:7 and Psalms 146:5:
"Happy and blessed is anyone whose HOPE is in the Lord."
I Corinthians 9:10:
"We plant, plow and harvest in HOPE and God gives the increase".
"Christ in you, the HOPE of glory."
I Thessolonians 2:19:
"The promised return of our Lord is our HOPE, our joy, and our crown".
I Peter 1:3-4:
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in His mercy has given us new birth into a living HOPE through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead to an inheritance in life and reserved for you in Heaven."
Let us think of HOPE as our anchor and let us once and for all, drop anchor into Jesus (the Incarnate Word) and the Bible (God's inerrant Word)!
Author Warren Wiersbe says: "The anchor was a popular symbol in the early church.
At least 66 pictures of anchors have been found in the catacombs."
The Cross is a great symbol, but the empty tomb is a better one!
We anchor our beliefs and HOPES for abundant life....and Eternal life...in both.
The book of Hebrews depicts a time in the first century when many Christians were tempted to forsake their confession of Jesus Christ, by going back to the old covenant worship.
In Hebrews 10:23, He implores them by writing,
"Let us hold unswervingly to the HOPE we profess, for He who promised, is faithful."
Therefore, build your HOPE on things eternal....and hold to God's unchanging Hand!
You may ask 'why'?
Here are some good reasons:
God is love....................God is all knowing
God is truth..................God is all powerful
God is sovereign............God is eternal
God is Holy....................God is infinite
God is just.....................God is unchangeable
God is ever present........God is able and faithful
This 'anchor of HOPE':
~Cheers the dying hours of the Saints (John 14:1-3)
~Assures of immortality (Acts 24:15)
~Is a Heavenly Treasure (Col. 1:5)
~Anticipates Christ's return (Titus 2:13)
~Is the soul's sure anchor (Hebrews 6:18-19)
~Is grounded on a firm foundation (I Peter 1:3)
HOPE is a factor in full salvation and finds expression in endurance under trials....
while waiting for Christ's return.
I John 3:3:
"HOPE is a purifying power to keep us clean vessels for the Holy Spirit to use."
"Jesus is knocking at your heart's door."
Many people have not opened the door to Jesus.
Let Him in and you get all 3...Faith, Hope and Love!
The hymn 'Solid Rock' (words by Edward Mote) speaks of what this paper is emphasizing:
"My HOPE is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus' name.
When darkness seems to hide his face, I rest on His unchanging grace.
In every high and stormy gale, my anchor holds within the veil.
His oath, His covenant, His blood, support me in the whelming flood.
When all around my soul gives way, He then is all my HOPE and stay.
When He shall come with trumpet sounds, oh may I then in Him be found.
Dressed in His righteousness alone, faultless to stand before the throne.
On Christ the Solid Rock I stand,
all other ground is sinking sand.
All other ground is sinking sand."
Once again (as so MANY times in my life) as I laid there in the hospital, fading in and out of consciousness, I repeated this poem (as well as many Scriptures) over and over to myself.
"Be still, oh heart and calm thy fear
And just remember, 'God is near'.
There is no cloud that can bedim
The watchful, loving face of Him.
No night so dark He cannot see,
So that should be enough for thee.
So sweetly rest, O heart, be still...
Within the center of His will."
One of the Scriptures that God brought to my mind while I was in the hospital last week was Proverbs 4:23:
"Keep thy HEART with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life."
We would appreciate your prayers as we continue to seek to glorify Him.....
in every situation!
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Thank you so much La Moyne for sharing this beautiful article about having heart and HOPE! I know Tommy and I could not have made it these many years without the precious hope that comes from God. As a cancer survivor and Tommy who had one horrendous heart attack in the year 2000, we have had to live every day of our life trusting and hoping in God and His mercy. Both You and Travis's life show forth this same pattern in your lives and you both have been such a tremendous blessing. I love you, Sharon