By Brenda Kay Howard
Tired from a trip to the dentist at Paris, I hadn’t been home long when the phone rang. A glimpse at the caller ID showed the number of a friend. Thinking she was just calling as she usually does, just to check in, I was startled when in tears she said her husband was on the way to the hospital by ambulance, having trouble breathing. Turns out he’d had a heart attack! After many prayers, a medical procedure, and being put on a strict diet, he is home recovering.
February is Heart Health Awareness month. February brings us St. Valentine’s Day, too. The heart is a symbol for love. Valentine’s Day means heart-shaped boxes of candy, red roses, cards, balloons, stuffed animals, and Hershey Kisses. The Bible has much to say about the heart. Proverbs 4:23 - Keep thy heart with all diligence for out of it are the issues of life. Proverbs 17:22a – A Merry heart doeth good like medicine. Proverbs 23:7a – For as he thinketh in his heart so is he. Of course the heart is mentioned in these verses speaks of the soul. Even David in Psalm 51:10a cried out “Create in me a clean heart O God”. He was speaking of the sin in his heart. A clean heart before God is to the spiritual life what a clean physical heart is to the body.
Go to the doctor and the first thing they do is check your weight, blood pressure, pulse and they check your heart with a stethoscope. Lose weight, exercise, don’t smoke, eat healthy, to keep the heart healthy. Turn on the TV and you’ll see commercials for over the counter heart health products, or call and order this product in the next ten minutes, even cereal and other foods.
I’m not a doctor so I can’t give medical advice. I can say what I do or don’t do. I don’t smoke, never have. I don’t drink alcohol, never have. I don’t drink caffeinated soft drinks. I drink water, 100% grape juice, decaf coffee, use an over the counter heart health product. My favorite food group is vegetables. But eat lots of unhealthy foods too. Exercise a little but not enough. My advice: Take care of both the spiritual heart and your physical heart. Your life depends on it!