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February 2010

    

To Our Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, From Dar,

Tomorrow is St. Valentine's Day, the day that nearly every girlfriend, wife, mom, and gramma in America will receive something with a red heart on it somewhere.  This is also heart month, which was probably chosen because of the big holiday being associated with the heart.  But instead of researching and writing about the holiday, I thought it very appropriate to write about the heart.  You'll understand more about my reason as we go along.

A study of the word heart in the Bible leads us to different definitions.  Strong's concordance says:  intestines, abdomen, sympathy, a vest, stomach; The Online Bible:  inward parts, internal organs, place of emotions, distress or love; Nelson's Bible Dictionary:  the inner self that thinks, feels, and decides; Random House College Dictionary:  the center of the total personality; the center of emotion, and on and on.  So now we know why everything for this holiday is heart-shaped, and Cupid has put his arrow through a heart, and the lovely verses in the greeting cards speak of hearts doing or feeling various things.  The "mind" or "spirit" just doesn't have the same ring or eye-appeal, does it?

I'm sure, as Christians, we can all think of scriptures and songs and devotionals and Bible studies written about the subject.  For example:  "Near To The Heart of God"; "Create in Me a Clean Heart, Renew a Right Spirit Within Me"; "David was a man after God's own heart"; "What is the heart of God?".

If we've accepted Christ as our Savior, studied the Word of God, and walked with Him and talked with Him, then I think we know what "having a heart for God" means when we see that in a person.  It may be difficult to describe, but very easy to recognize.  Can you think of someone?  I can.  My husband Jerry has a heart for God.  I am with him nearly all of the time because we work from home and minister together in the long-term-care facilities, so I see how he "really" is.  Our loved ones can be our greatest critics, but can also be our greatest fans.  I can say honestly that I am his fan, hopefully his greatest.  "God looks on the heart", is another familiar phrase, but what does He see?  Let's be reminded at this time of year to check our hearts for their spiritual health as well as the physical.

The subject of this letter is timely for another reason.  We wanted to tell you our latest news.  Some of you know already, but most do not, and I ask you to please forgive me for not contacting all of you personally.  Jerry is recuperating from a heart attack he had on January 17th.  He had successful surgery to insert a stent in an artery that was 95% blocked but, due to the heart damage, has had to take some time off to rest.  He will get back to work by next weekend and probably feel better than he did before.  Of course, he'll be on a regimen of medications and exercise for the rest of his life and we trust the Lord will allow him to continue to be a blessing.  We would appreciate your prayers for his full recovery.  Also, Jerry has no health insurance, so we are applying for a discount with the hospital and associated charges. 

God has been so good to us through this whole episode.  We have reason to be thankful beyond words.  We're also very thankful for all of you who so faithfully pray for us and support this ministry.  You are in our thoughts and prayers.  Please stay in touch and let us know what exciting things the Lord has been doing in your life.  Remember, every heartbeat is a gift.

Blessings,
 
Jerry and Dar

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