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Heart of Stone

Ezekiel 36:26-27 says “I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you.  And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”

This verse in the Bible has come to my mind many times since I was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure this past July 2017.  My doctors inform me that my heart is stiff and enlarged due to Chemotherapy treatment I received ten years ago when diagnosed with Breast Cancer.

In these verses it is referring to God speaking to His people about His relationship to them.  Though we may think we are running our own lives we can be quickly reminded, as I was ten years ago, and have been again recently, that we are not in control.  So that leaves one left to conclude one of two things: Either 1)there is a God who made us, sees us and works in our lives to bring about His desired results or 2)  we are here by happenstance (however that works) and there is no rhyme or reason for our existence and no plan for our lives.  Things just happen to us and we do what we can to influence a desired result.

At this point it is probably obvious that I wholeheartedly believe that there is a God and that He wants to know me intimately and has a plan for my life.This viewpoint does require faith and trust in the fact that God will give me a new heart and spirit.  This is referring to the fact that everyone comes into this world as a “sinner”- or what I would like to call a “hot mess”.  Argue if you want to but it doesn’t take long to see that no one is perfect and most of us are far from it!  So we are in need of help and unable to live a life of perfection which is what God intended for us.  Sin came into the world through the first man and woman which separated us (mankind) from Him.  So God made a way through his son Jesus to enable us to be reconciled to Him again- to have that intended relationship.  In doing this we are able to receive a new heart (made of flesh-metaphor for soft and pliable and alive or healthy) in exchange for our old heart (made of stone-metaphor for hard and brittle, dead or unhealthy).

So as I sit here today having been in the hospital for 14 days waiting on my literal heart of stone to be exchanged for my new heart of flesh,  I find myself contemplating my spiritual state and am so thankful that God looked down on me and saw my hard heart toward Him and chose to sacrifice His son so that I could know Him and have a renewed life in Him!

 

Comments

  1. Carley: I can only guess how you must be feeling now and I want you to know that it must be tough just sitting there day after day waiting and anticipating what the next day or the next hour will be like, knowing that your name could be called at any moment. I know that you have peace and contentment and that all will turn out according to God’s will! All I can say is “keep the peace that you have at this moment! We are asking God to wrap his arms around you and hold you close! He will take care of you. I have full faith and confidence that He will do exactly that! Bless you and your family!

    Cousin Jim Cone

  2. May the Lord of all Creation perfect that new heart of flesh that He is going to arrange for you, Carley.
    I pray comfort and God’s Healing Touch in your body. I pray that you have many years ahead of you to tell the world what miraculous thing our God can do in our lives. God bless you and you family as you wait upon the Lord.

  3. This is so you Carley! From the little girl I once knew to the beautiful woman who trusts and know God is in control. Praying all the time for the right new heart!
    ❤️ You,
    Celia

  4. Wonderful message from your heart for others to be blessed! Carley Mom and I are VERY proud of you for sharing your faith.

  5. Carley, You are truly an amazing woman, one who knows that God will give you the desires of your heart!!!!! That heart will come, and I want to say how AMAZED I am at your testimony and your resilience because you know, that :”Delight yourself ALSO in The Lord; and HE will give Carley Naramore the desires of her heart!” Psalm 37:4. Because you rejoice in HIM, HE is going to give you your heart of flesh.

    Love,
    Ron and Denise Tart Vandermey

  6. That is a beautiful reflection of a new heart Carley, and we are praying and giving God glory for that new heart ❤️ with you. I was just reading in Romans 4:19 this morning about how Abraham considered not the deadness of his own body and deadness of Sarah’s womb, then in vs 20, he was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God. We will continue to stand on your behalf for your own new health and give God glory for all he is doing in your life and all those you touch around you! Blessings and peace and love to you and your family!

  7. You continue to have an impact on my life. You always have.
    Your maturity level in high school
    always amazed me. Your spiritual maturity and sincerity at our present age with this current circumstance have made me stop and think every day ‘Is this where I should be giving my time and effort?’ Someone thanked you for being transparent. They need to know you have always been as real as they come. I have always loved who you are.

  8. Carley, we are praying for you! We thought you were in Mayo, Rochester, MN but Joe told us you are in Mayo down in Florida. We were going to come see you since we are up here in Minnesota but obviously we are a long way from you down there. Know we are lifting you up daily. Love, Brian

  9. Hey Carley,
    Praying for you and your sweet family….that the Lord would be glorified at your expense. Challenging as that place in life is for us! I will be praying Psalm 20 over you!

    And will you also please tell your precious Mama that I said hello and still think of her often and hope she’s well! Yall give each other a big squeeze from me!!

    Tiffani (Meade) Long

  10. Beautiful! I just know God will give you a new heart. I pray for you alway. God is using you for his glory. Stay strong. Love you girl!

  11. Carley,
    I am praising The Lord for the gift of faith he has given you. You are a shining example to so many of us, who are facing all kinds of trials. May you be blessed with comfort and peace as you wait for God’s healing. Praying daily for you and family.

    Joy in Jesus!

    Tim

  12. Carley, I have been so blessed in reading your testimony and the comments from friends and family. This answers the question so many ask…”What does it look like to follow Christ?” Trust …Ephesians 2:10 sheds light and expresses that “you are His workmanship” (Greek connotation – ‘work of art’).- God’s purpose and planning is evident….He is faithful and will see this work completed…..just keep TRUSTING …”FIXING YOUR EYES ON JESUS”…Heb. 12:1-3.

    Marilyn Willis

  13. Carley – Your words are truly an inspiration ro me – keep that attitude and just “keep on keeping on.”

  14. I had no idea you had been through so much these past few years Carley! I am praying for you and your sweet family during this time. I know the road isn’t easy, but I am so thankful that you know that your Father is by your side. Only He can bring true peace in times of uncertainty. Thank you for being salt and light!

    Debbie Shiver Pekary

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