A New Heart

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As parents, we received the call we all dread. Our 32-year-old son had a massive heart attack. Unfortunately, the doctor’s report did not offer us much hope. So, we loaded up the car and made the three-hour drive south to be with him. Additionally, we learned that Henry’s heart only functioned at 10% due to the damage from the heart attack. Finally, Henry’s doctor explained that he might need a new heart to survive. We sat in stunned silence as we tried to process what was happening to our son. What did the future hold for all of us?

A New Heart

As with so many events in life, God walks with us. In such difficult times, I reflect on Psalm 46:1“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” And God did not disappoint me as I felt His presence in the hospital room. And my heart felt His peace as we waited on word on the process for a new heart.

The Lesson Learned

As time wears on, I see God use this situation to teach me other lessons. Soon, I see that Henry is not the only person that needs a new heart. As sin entered the world, it corrupted our hearts and destroyed our relationship with God. And, throughout the Old Testament, the writers foreshadow our desperate need for change in our souls. Let me share a few examples of these:

  • Ezekiel 36:26 (NIV); “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”
  • Psalm 51:10 (ESV); “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
  • Jeremiah 17:9 (ESV); “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?”
A New Heart – As sin entered the world, it corrupted our hearts and destroyed our relationship with God. Click To Tweet

Make Me New

Jesus’ birth, death, and resurrection in the New Testament points us to how we can obtain a new heart, one that becomes anchored in Him. As the Old Testament predicted, when we accept Christ as our Savior, He changes our hearts. Additionally, the Apostle Paul confirms this in 2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV)“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” In other words, Jesus renews us.

“For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.”

Romans 10:10 (ESV)

Peace With a New Heart

Accepting Christ does not make life easier for any of us. Instead, our new heart finds peace in the storms of life because of our Savior. The promises of God come alive for us, and they comfort us. If you find yourself in turmoil, here are some of those promises to help you find calmness:

A New Heart – Accepting Christ does not make life easier for any of us. Instead, our new heart finds peace in the storms of life because of our Savior. Click To Tweet

All Things Made New

The Bible assures us that all things will become new again with Christ. So as life struggles wear us down, we can look ahead to our future with Jesus. I find additional hope in Revelations 21:1-4:

“1 Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

Revelations 21:1-4 (NIV)

Henry’s New Heart

As far as Henry, we still wait. He has many doctors now, and they are working to determine the best way forward. Henry received an internal defibrillator in the interim. The experts want to try various medications to see if that will strengthen his heart first. But, a heart transplant is not out of the question in the future. Henry remains very upbeat but nervous. We trust God with Henry’s physical heart and his spiritual heart. 

As we approach Valentine’s Day this year and we see all the heart-shaped candies, let us ponder our own hearts. Do we need a new heart that is focused on Jesus?


Prayer

O Lord, who has mercy on all,
take away from me my sins,
and mercifully kindle in me
the fire of your Holy Spirit.
Take away from me the heart of stone,
and give me a heart of flesh,
a heart to love and adore you,
a heart to delight in you,
to follow and enjoy you,
for Christ’s sake, Amen

St. Ambrose of Milan (AD 339-397)

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14 thoughts on “A New Heart

  1. Nancy E. Head – United States – Writer and teacher Nancy E. Head was a single mother with five children under the age of 14 when she attended Penn State to earn a bachelor’s degree in English and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Her career took a journalistic turn from radio news to newspaper reporting, then education before she returned to the classroom to secure a master’s degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Currently an instructor at Penn State Altoona and Great Commission Schools, she also spent two summers teaching English in Asia and is a Distinguished Toastmaster. When not teaching or writing, she restores antique quilts, crafts projects for her grandchildren, and helps her husband lead a small group at their church devoted to ministering to the needy in their community.
    Nancy E. Head

    What an account, Yvonne! Bless Henry and your mother-heart! May he find healing without a transplant! God bless!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Nancy. We are praying for God’s healing hands to touch Henry’s heart. God bless

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thank you JD. We need all those prayers. God bless.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Melissa

  2. Ava Pennington – Ava has a heart for God’s Word and God’s people. She’s passionate about encouraging readers and writers. She began writing for publication after a 20+ year corporate executive career in NYC. Her publication credits include articles in numerous magazines as well as short stories in 30+ anthologies. Her one-year devotional, Daily Reflections on the Names of God, is being released by Revell Books this year in a gift book edition, titled Reflections on the Names of God, which includes content from the original devotional. For more information about Ava’s books, speaking, and writers’ services, visit www.AvaPennington.com.
    Ava Pennington

    Oh, Yvonne, what a hard thing to face for your son and all of you.
    May the One who replaces our spiritual heart of stone with a heart of flesh make it possible for your son to receive a new physical heart.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Amen and thank you Ava. God is good

  3. Melinda Viergever Inman – earth – Raised on the Oklahoma plains in a storytelling family, Melinda now spins tales from her writer's cave in the South. Her fiction illustrates our human story, wrestling with our brokenness and the storms that wreak havoc in our lives. Find her at http://melindainman.com.
    Melinda Viergever Inman

    What a beautiful message, Yvonne! When your request came out for Henry, I began to pray. Your new information was always a good reminder to pray. And then, all stopped as the wait for a new heart began. Thank you for sharing what is going on now. Your use of the Scriptures referring to “a new heart,” “a clean heart” are good reminders to continue to pray for a heart for Henry. God can work a miracle. He has done so many times before.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      And we believe He will again. He is a God of miracles. Thanks Melinda.

  4. I’m praying for Henry, Yvonne. You are right — so many people do need new hearts… both physically and spiritually. My friend’s dad received a heart transplant decades ago and it was such a blessing to their whole family. I pray for Henry!!!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Jessica. God is the greatest physician. God bless.

  5. Yvonne, this is so powerful. I’m sorry about Henry’s heart. I added him to my prayer journal when I first learned this news. What a wonderful analogy to our own hearts marred by sin. Thank goodness for the heart of the Savior who came to make our hearts brand new. Glad one day ALL things and all or creation will be renewed!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      I am looking to everything being made new one day. Thanks Karen.

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