Hearing and Listening…How is Your Heart?

By Rev Dr Huntley Brown
It’s amazing how fast this year is going. There are many people in different seasons. Some experiencing joy, some sorrow, sickness or pain. Today, we want to encourage you to ask God to help you to not only recognize the struggle of others but also to be a balm of healing in their lives. 
A successful foundation, ministry or life is always characterized by focusing on others. To do that, we must pay attention to the unseen and unsaid. 

In the Bible we read a very interesting verse. 

Nehemiah 2:2 NIV

“so the king asked me, “Why does your face look so sad when you are not ill? This can be nothing but sadness of heart.” I was very much afraid,”

This was a king who was paying attention to the unseen and unsaid. Are you alert to the unseen and unheard around you? 

Listen: What are you hearing? 
Look: What are you seeing? 
Did you hear the crack in the person’s voice as they spoke?
Did you see their tear stained face? 
Did you get that look that tells you they are scared? 
Did you hear a sigh? 
Hearing something that’s not said, and seeing something that’s not seen, calls for hearing and listening in the unknown realm. 
This calls for intentionality on our parts. 
We look and listen everyday but there are many things we don’t see or hear simply because we are not intentionally looking and listening. This is a season of hurt and pain for many people and they need us. Can God count on you to listen for the unsaid and look for the unseen? Listen with an open heart.
Are you Heart Smart?
With Valentines Day just around the corner, let’s talk a little about the heart. The heart is the large muscle in our bodies that pumps blood through the blood vessels throughout the circulatory system. This blood carries oxygen and nutrients to the body, while also carrying metabolic waste such as carbon dioxide to the lungs. The heart pumps about 5.7 liters of blood in a day and beats on average 100,000 times per day. Not only is the heart one of the central organs in our physical bodies but it is the place where emotions and desires originate, driving us to action, creating our behaviors.
With what we see going on in the world these days, you might say that humanity has a heart problem. Our spirit life begins in the heart. When things may not make sense to our hearts, Proverbs tells us to “trust in the lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.” We alone cannot control the circumstances around us. Let go, let God. Trust Him and have confidence that He is in charge – thus, no need to stress out.
What other things can we do to strengthen our hearts? Research shows that getting out in nature helps relieve stress and anxiety, improves mood, and boosts feelings of happiness. Have you taken time to look around in awe and wonder at the beauty of the stars, the sun, the moon, the land, the trees? God’s creation is awe-inspiring and should stimulate our senses to recognize that we are part of this amazing universe that He created. How much time have you spent outside lately?
What can we do nutritionally to strengthen our hearts? Much of the heart disease problem is related to inflammation, allergies, lack of nutrient-dense food intake, and an overabundance of chemicals and sugar in the typical SAD (standard American diet) which cause stress and inflammation in the body. Consuming a diet that has a low toxic load and is easily utilized by the body is key to heart health. This means consuming fresh, organic foods when at all possible including vegetables, fresh protein sources such as fish, beef, chicken, as well as high fiber gluten-free grains such as sweet potatoes, quinoa, legumes, and brown rice, etc. Food is our life source. Ingesting terrible, poor-quality food and expecting optimized health is not wise.
Heart disease incidence is climbing, and people are showing signs of it at much younger ages. Why? Poor nutrient intake. Increased incidence of anxiety and stress. Increased cell phone use and facedown lifestyles that lead to instability in the cervical spine, thus cutting off vital nutrient supply to vital organ systems, as well as blocking the vagus nerve which can then affect the heart.
The choice is ours. We live in a beautiful country! We have access to fresh food. We can walk freely outside. We can choose to be positive and show love to one another. Our heart health is in our own hands. Let’s make it good. 
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As we move into 2022, we are excited to see what the Lord has in store for the foundation. Our hope is be able to provide some scholarships and musical instruments to those in need, as well as start the planning of some workshops. Your prayers are much appreciated, and we are truly grateful to those who have given to the ministry so that we can help others.
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