As we start a new series this month called #MyHeart, I thought about all the special things in my life that make me happy and are closest to my heart. After all, it is the month of love. February brings a new happiness to my life, especially this year, because I am waiting for our new granddaughter, due on Valentine’s Day, to enter the world. I have my hopes set on a little redhead.

I also thought about how my heart beats to keep me alive day after day.  

It’s been three years now since I was hit with a surprise one day, a stress-induced (also called “Takotsubo”) heart attack at age 52. In a past post called, 10 Heart Attack Signs for Women, Takotsubo I shared what happened to me and what to look for if you feel you are having a heart attack.

Today I want to give you a few tips on how to prevent one.

How can we be proactive?

  1. Spend time with God.
  2. Rest.
  3. Control stress.
  4. Eat smart.
  5. Exercise.

How can we be prepared?

  1. Eat for your future.
  2. Take it easy.
  3. Ban smoking.
  4. Keep tabs on your blood pressure.
  5. Mind your blood sugar.
  6. Be smart about cholesterol. 
  7. Don’t wait to lose weight.
  8. Ask about aspirin. 
  9. Get a move on.
  10. Be social.
  • Be Prepared.

I believe we should not only be proactive in trying to prevent heart problems, but prepared.

How can we be prepared?

  1. Keep a baby aspirin with you.
  2. Watch for signs.
  • Be Prompt.

“When you make a vow to the Lord your God, be prompt in fulfilling whatever you promised him. For the Lord your God demands that you promptly fulfill all your vows, or you will be guilty of sin . . . be careful to fulfill your promise to the Lord your God.” (Deuteronomy 23: 21, 23)

When we promise the Lord or even ourselves that we will do better or try harder, then we need to actually do better and try harder. Promptness in fulfilling our promises keeps us from sin and stress. Focusing on doing what’s right helps keeps our heart at peace.

  • Be Pleasing.

    Finally, dear brothers and sisters, we urge you in the name of the Lord Jesus to live in a way that pleases God, as we have taught you. You live this way already, and we encourage you to do so even more. For you remember what we taught you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. God’s will is for you to be holy . . .” 1 Thessalonians 4:1-3

What does pleasing God have to do with preventing a heart attack?

If God’s will for us is to live holy as the scripture says and we are polluting ourselves with sin and self-satisfying foods that can cause us harm, we are not living a purifying and holy life. I am speaking to myself here. I know how hard it is to stay away from the “comfort foods” we want but may cause our bodies to be unhealthy. I am trying to cut back on some of these foods without completely cutting them out.

We might say, well, why does God care what I eat and what does this have to do with pleasing Him?

God loves you. He cares about you and the body that He has given you. He knitted it together in your mother’s womb and it’s the only one you’ll have this side of heaven. In order for us to live a life that pleases Him we have to live healthily. If we are sick it is harder for us to focus on serving God. I know, I have been there.

 

 

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It’s a heart that seeks to please God and serve others. We only have one heart. #MyHeart has more to do in this world.

How about yours? Leave us a comment of what is important to your heart?

 

 

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About Brenda McGraw

Brenda McGraw is the founder of Ask God Today Ministries where a team of writers share hope and truth with others. She has a God-given dream to reach the masses with the gospel of Christ. Brenda is an author and speaker who reveals how to discover joy beyond the clutter of life. She draws from her own life experiences in the #1 Amazon Best seller,“Joy Beyond, 28 Days to Finding Joy Beyond the Clutter of Life”. She has two new books released. Finished, Top Ten Steps to Finish Writing a Book and Living Uncluttered, An Abundant Life Bible Study. Brenda lives in South Carolina with her husband, Jeff and one of their five children. She is a survivor of breast cancer and a heart attack. Despite the challenges she has endured, Brenda found peace through her relationship with Jesus Christ.
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