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The heart of the problem—Proverbs 4:23

What I’m memorizing:
Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.
Proverbs 4:23

I was watching her feet. They were getting bigger. The nurses were watching, too. When they got worried enough, we took her to the doctor.

Turns out, it wasn’t a foot problem after all. congestive heart failure

It’s a heart problem.

Mild congestive heart failure. Because her heart isn’t pumping efficiently, her kidneys aren’t getting enough blood to excrete salt and water like they should. Thus, fluid is building up in her feet and legs.

Instead of primarily dealing with edema, we now knew the real problem lay elsewhere.

Same with us.

Sometimes we put more attention on trying to cure our anger or impatience or worries, when the real problem is elsewhere.

It’s a heart problem.

Proverbs 4:23 says take care of your heart first.
It affects everything else.

Look back to Proverbs 4:20, 21, 22. It starts with His words.
Read ahead in Proverbs 4:24-27. It turns into our actions.

* * *More Memory Monday

Have you ever chased symptoms, 
leaving the root problem untouched?

How did you figure it out?

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1 comment:

Joanne : The Simple Wife said...

Lisa, I always appreciate your insights so much. Thanks for making me think, for encouraging me.
And to answer your question--yes. But how I want to let God get to the root of whatever is going on rather than chasing symptoms myself.


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