S3, Mysteries and Change

Mysteries That Seasons Send

©  Michele Vidor Krile

What will become of Summer’s end? 
Oh, the mysteries that seasons send! 

Can wisdom follow the Autumn change, 
Then without fear, in hearts remain? 

Though in the chill of Winter we may wonder, 
Still, dreariness can be put asunder 

God will surely meet you where you are, 
As you entrust to Him each season of your heart 

Daily, Jesus walks with us, as Savior, as friend 
He gives us strength so we may live as God intends 

At last, our Hope and Joy, Who makes the Spring anew
Will truly bloom inside of you!

Ah, time with God and prayers around the bend 
Shed light on the mysteries that seasons send!


I love to see the process of the leaves changing throughout Autumn. Don’t you? Fall is my hubby’s favorite time of the year. God loves to wow us with His unlimited creativity! But I don’t like the impending cold and don’t always like change in my life. Or some of the mysteries of the future.

Mysteries. Surprises. Hopes. Change. Flexibility. Trust. God has given us seasons for two opposite reasons: constancy and change. Only God can jam those two things together! To be able to serve God to our fullest potential, we must allow Him to change us to the likeness of His Son, Jesus. Jesus has a constant, consistent character. Hebrews 13:8 reminds us: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Our life journey brings many challenges, and many blessings, and lots of change from season to season and within each season of our lives. Problems happen when we resist the good change that God wills for us. We get frustrated when we demand our will over God’s, or expect Him to adjust His plan to ours. We develop unhealthy fears when we don’t fully trust in God’s plan. God the Father loves us, His believing children, so much, that he disciplines us. He knows us and knows our tendency to stray. To become proudful. To fear. To stagnate. To falter. To become discouraged when we face struggles. No one is exempt.

But take heart, my friend, Jesus is right there with you in each season of your life. Through the good. Through what we see as bad. Then as we trust Him fully, we can fully appreciate how God turns what the enemy meant for bad, into good! God is our hope, our strength, our all. When we pray, He is our connection. Things we don’t understand, are all in God’s hand. Give every unknown, every sorrow to God, and he’ll turn it into hope and joy as you serve him! For the glory of God!  Change is good as long as it glorifies God!

Happy Autumn. Happy godly changes!



Lord, thank you for displaying Your magnificence in the seasons that You have created for us and for your glory. Thank you for positive change, even when we don’t like it. I pray that I and all who read this will put in Your hands our fears and doubts of the future; our frustrations, weaknesses and  false inadequacies. Lord, we know you want to lavish on your Children your wisdom, peace and joy, but you will not force it upon us. Open our hearts and minds as You will to work change in our lives. May we be continually available to serve You, our spouse and children, and everywhere we go; so that Your Truth and encouragement will flow to others in every season of our lives! In Jesus’ precious Name, amen.


Scripture To Guide You

Hebrews 13:7-8 7 Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. 9 Do not be carried away by varied and strange teachings; for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, through which those who were so occupied were not benefited.…

 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 7 To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations (For the sake of context, God showed Paul many visions and revelations.), there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong


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More than you can handle, Flickering candle?

When God gives you more than you can handle, that is to draw you to Him; to talk to him, read His Word, ask Him for wisdom and strength, to learn more about Him, to trust Him, to thank Him, to rest in Him, to glorify Him. If we could handle everything on our own there would be no community and no need for God! We need to let Jesus take the control, because we cannot handle everything. Oh be encouraged, for God knows what you can do and how to stretch you and how to bring you to your knees!  More on this soon… poem coming too…

The Messiah’s Death & Resurrection, Easter Devotional – A Chance

The Messiah’s Resurrection, Easter Devotional – A Chance 

A Chance
© 2000, 2009 Michele Vidor Krile

The time had come for Jesus, God’s Son
Who desired only the Father’s will to be done
Therefore, He took many lashes, oh not just one
He being merciful, took them in your stead and in mine
For every man’s stead He became the last sacrifice
Imagine all those lashes cutting deep into His back
Which no one would have taken for all, no not a chance

Sin separates us from God, yet His love is oh, so great
So Jesus submitted His will to the Father’s will, soon to be done
He then carried many crosses, not just a wooden one
With compassion for all, He carried yours, He carried mine
For everyone’s cross, the burdens stacked high
Imagine all those crosses piled heavy upon His back
Which no one else could bear, no not a chance

Jesus’ will, the same as the Father’s, spoken and done
Conquered all sin, not just for the soul of one
He conquered your sin and conquered mine
For every man’s wrongs is why He suffered, why He died
Imagine Satan defeated and his deceitfulness exposed
Because of grace all have a chance for eternal life with Christ
Through the cross we are forgiven because Christ arose!

When we accept the atonement, we leave nothing to chance
When we believe Jesus as our Savior, we leave nothing to fate,
When we live the Truth, it is not by chance, but by His Will and ours
We can carry our spiritual cross because He makes the burden light
When we trust Him, we put our lives into His powerful, eternal hands
A chance, a choice, a spiritually abundant life, on thru Heaven’s gate!
Hallelujah! Praise the risen Messiah, Who gave us the chance!


I’ve been thinking, what exactly is the Passion of Christ? Is it not Jesus’ great passion for us? Surely it is His great love and mercy toward us! God loved His human creation so intensely and that passion did not wane even after man chose to sin and turn from Him. Oh, how our Creator ached that people would turn back to Him. Though our sin deserved His righteous wrath, He made a way, the only way for the restoration of our desperate, wretched hearts. We have read many times this account: His Son had to take our sin upon Himself, causing intense pain on them both.

The Father turned His face away while Jesus bore the weight of the sin and hurt of all the world (John 3:16).  But, my friend, that pain, that burden was not nearly as intense as His deep love for us. Hebrews says  “Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood, He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.” (Hebrews 9:12) Yet it pleased the Father to pierce Him because He became the last and Final sacrifice! In Isaiah 53 it was prophesied, “…by His wounds are we healed.”  WOW! He loves me THAT much??? Yes, He loves YOU that much! That was His passion all during His 33 years He lived among us. It still is. Your heart realized that when your eyes were first opened, that day when your heart was drawn to belief and trust in Him.

When we ignore His authority in our lives, when we reject His will, when we forget His statutes, when we give God none of our time, it hurts Him, yet he extends His hand of grace and draws us back to Him. Please listen to the Voice of passion and holiness calling to guide your life. His passion for you never dies. As a Christian, you have the Holy Spirit (John 3:3; 1 Corinthians 6:19) within you and you have the capacity to live passionately and righteously for Christ. (Titus 2:11-15; 3:3-7) My friend, celebrate Christ’s passion and live it!


Scriptures to Guide You

Isaiah 53: 4 Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.  11 After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light [of life] and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. 12b. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Luke 22:39-46  39 Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. 40 On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” 41 He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, 42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”

 43 An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. 44 And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. 45 When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. 46 “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.”

Luke 23:32-34  32 Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. 33 When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals–one on his right, the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

Galatians 3:13   “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree’).”

I Cor. 5:21   Jesus died that we might become the righteousness of God….

Jesus made this promise: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.”  Matthew 5:6  NKJV    Do you hunger after righteousness?

Jesus lives that we might live abundantly in Him and reflect the Father and glorify Him.


 1 Thessalonians 13-18 

13 Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. 14 We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18Therefore encourage each other with these words.



Heavenly Father, we ask that the Easter story become more alive in our hearts. In fact, we ask for your help and strength that we might live your grace and be the continued work of Jesus to encourage and challenge each other in the truth, to draw closer to You and to reach the lost and dying. Thank you for giving us Your dear Son, thank you for giving us mercy. Now we give the rest of our lives back to You.


Part II

I love the song, “The Wondrous Cross” I read the full lyrics recently and it just meant so much to me that I wanted to include it here. I posted this in my blog last Easter also. Please read it, slowly. Feel the humility and awe. Know that He has chosen you, called you to experience fullness of grace. Know that our boldness of faith must stay in Him, lest we become arrogant with grace, and misuse it. Perhaps you might even sing this song, with awe of Christ’s purposeful lowliness, love and grace in taking our sin, even the whole world’s sin, upon Himself. Are you yet in awe of the Father’s mighty power over death and sin to bring Jesus back to life again? May we never forget or take it for granted that ONLY through Christ’s sacrifice, by our faith in Him does he redeem! By His wounds are we healed!


When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Isaac Watts   1707 Public Domain

  1. When I survey the wondrous cross
    On which the Prince of glory died,
    My richest gain I count but loss,
    And pour contempt on all my pride.
  2. Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
    Save in the death of Christ my God!
    All the vain things that charm me most,
    I sacrifice them to His blood.
  3. See from His head, His hands, His feet,
    Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
    Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
    Or thorns compose so rich a crown?
  4. Were the whole realm of nature mine,
    That were a present far too small;
    Love so amazing, so divine,
    Demands my soul, my life, my all.

Galatians 6:14 14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.


In doing a search for a way to help us bear in mind what Christ went through for us, I happened upon an article on the Catholic devotion/celebration called Scriptural Way of the Cross introduced by Pope John Paul II  on Good Friday 1991. This was his attempt to make the previously written Stations of the Cross, more Biblical. (Yet it did not replace it.) Though I have no Catholic background, I think this list helps us keep perspective.

  1. Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane,
  2. Jesus is betrayed by Judas and arrested,
  3. Jesus is condemned by the Sanhedrin,
  4. Jesus is denied by Peter,
  5. Jesus is judged by Pilate,
  6. Jesus is scourged and crowned with thorns,
  7. Jesus takes up His cross,
  8. Jesus is helped by Simon to carry His cross,
  9. Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem,
  10. Jesus is crucified,
  11. Jesus promises His kingdom to the repentant thief,
  12. Jesus entrusts Mary and John to each other,
  13. Jesus dies on the cross,
  14. Jesus is laid in the tomb. But, praise God the story didn’t end there, May I add…
  15. In three days Jesus arose again to life!
  16. Jesus reappears to Mary and His disciples
  17. Jesus promised to send the Comforter, the Holy Spirit
  18. Jesus Ascended into Heaven
  19. Jesus is with the Believer each day
  20. Jesus will return again to reign as the King of Kings that He always has been, yet this time in all His glory!

What Fills Your Heart?

So then, What Fills Your Heart?

.                  Jesus?                            Family?

.       Joy?    Sorrow?                      Love?      Hate?

. Hope?    Peace?                              Regret?    Chaos?

.Forgiveness?                                          Unforgiveness?

.  Chocolate?                                                   Jewelry?

.    Loneliness?                                         Friends?

.           A  Dis  con  nec  ted     Rel ation ship?

.                     Jealousy?             Anger?

.                            Thankfulness?

……………………….     Worry?      ………………………

Is something missing?

A Better job?

A significant other?

Nicer Car?

More Jewelry?

More Chocolate?

More Jesus?

Perhaps.    And just maybe, possibly…

C O N T E N T M E N T !

Be content in the greatest love, the love of our Lord, Father, and King!

Godliness with Contentment is great gain 1Timothy 6:6

Wherever your treasure is, there your heart and thoughts will also be. Luke 6:21  NLT

Do you realize how unique, wonderful and loved you are? No one else in the entire world can replace the soul behind your face!

Jesus loves you with an everlasting love. Let Him love you, then can you truly love him back? Let Him hold your heart in the palm of His hand! He will never push you away, abuse you, deceive you, hate you or even tire of loving you, not even when you do reject Him. Read His Word daily to hear His heart beat for you! There is no love more faithful, more strong or more satisfying! Anything on earth fades in comparison to His glorious love for you!

But, for those who don’t yet know the Lord, or know Him that well, please remember that He will not force His love on you. My friend, If you believe in Jesus and accept his pardon for your sins, let Him transform you into a new life; if you put your life in His hands, your pain at His feet, your gaze at His face, the love He gives you into others, oh what wholeness you can have and what a reward you will receive in heaven!

Friend, be content in His love!

Happy (everlasting) Valentine’s Day!

S2, #11, Christmas and New Year Prayer

Christmas and New Year Prayer

© 2007, 2012 Michele Vidor Krile

As we gather with friends and family to celebrate the birth of Jesus
We can be quite busy at Christmastime
May we not lose our God-given spiritual sight
Of why we give and receive
May we not get caught up in things on earth
But know that God’s Presence only can make our lives complete

May we remember why God’s Son was given to us
May we not keep the Savior in the manger scene,
But let Him be the triumphant risen and ascended Lord over our lives

Though tangible gifts be some
Of the happiness we know and share
May God’s gifts of truth, His forgiveness and real love;
Which bring true joy, true peace,
Live in your heart and rule your home
This is for you my Christmas prayer

May you allow the possibilities that will come
To draw you closer to God, our Light
May you learn more of His ways and wisdom
And know that when yielded to Him, He’ll guide
You through both the laughter and the tears
For each experience in the coming year

This is for you, my New Year prayer

S2, Devotional #9 – Think on Healing

This devotional is not as tightly paired this wk. Please allow it to minister to you however it applies.

Write, Poet, Write!
© 2005, 2012 Michele Vidor Krile

A poet was consumed by a secret scar
And by the haunted sounds of a fear
So sad yet so silent,  so severe
That even diamonds and roses were gray

Alas, truth and mind grew apart
Passions of the heart lay quietly at the door
The desire for freedom wasted away
She found no charm, all was dull
Alas, the poverty of a soul!
And a poet writes no more

My heart was moved,
Hers needed to be soothed…

Poet, come and cry.
So awful, that thief of dreams.
Poet girl, so mad at the world
Poet of the cold city streets

Poet, please embrace the Truth.
Poet, feel. Poet, dance. Poet, taste.
Never let a given moment lie in waste
Lay your fears in the ashes, not your soul
Poet, breath. Poet, smile. Drink in the rhyme.
Open the door to joy and the Son will shine

A healing time had passed;
She gave up her hurts to God
And continues to let Him
Whisper sweet truths to her heart

This poet, glad at last, trusting in the Lord
Those ashes made into a powerful balm
Ah, truth blossomed in her heart now full
Live in truth and freedom, by God’s power!
Write, poet, write!

(Writing as Ponderer) in the Drops of Poetry section of The Poet Sanctuary

When we let the past and our fears of the future shape how we think, we cripple our spiritual development. We hold off Gods power in our life. God loves you and wants you to know his power in your life! Power over defeating or sinful thoughts. On the other hand, when we continually let God teach us to “hold every thought captive” God will free our minds to think more like Christ. Ah, that is living in obedient freedom!

Philippians 4:8 RHE
For the rest, brethren [sisters], whatsoever things are true, whatsoever modest, whatsoever just, whatsoever holy, whatsoever lovely, whatsoever of good fame, if there be any virtue, if any praise of discipline: think on these things.  [my inclusion]

2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

S2, #8 Resting in God

Rest in Me

© 1993, 2012 Michele Vidor Krile

Rest in Me my child, rest in Me
For I am your true and complete Source
I have purposed everything about you, all you’re made of
I cared for your needs long before they arose
Just rest in My love

Rest in Me my child, rest in Me entirely
If I can set the whole universe on its course
Surely, I can give you strength that no one can oppose
Let go of worldly frustrations, hold tighter onto Me
You can rest in My security

Rest in Me my child, rest in Me
Offer up your dreams for tomorrow
And I will give you a vision, a holy passion
That the world can neither take away nor borrow
Open your heart to joy, in the heavenly fashion!
You can place faith in Me, even unto the end

Rest on Me, my child, Rest on Me
For there is purpose and mercy even in the pain
Lean on My shoulder with your every burden
And I will comfort you with My perfect Peace
Oh beloved, rest in Me, your true Hope

Rest in Me my child, rest in My grace
Talk with Me and I will talk with you
Seek earnestly My ways and I will show you My face
Walk closer with Me every moment of every day
Come My dear child, come, and rest in Me!

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Ahhh, to rest! Some of us moms and busy people can’t easily find time to truly rest the body, refresh the mind, renew the sprit. But rest we must by taking daily quiet time (and even occasional naps!) to keep healthy and sane! Or we and our family will feel our unrest. (I know, I struggle with this very thing!)

I have learned the last year or so that our adrenals can only be recharged by sleeping during the hours of 10:00pm and 12:00am midnight. To never or rarely sleep those important 2 hours can contribute to adrenal fatigue. Spiritually speaking, to not take time to rest in God some each day (at least once a week) will result in spiritual fatigue. Many of us are running on empty both physically and spiritually.  Let go for a time of the unnecessary “plug-ins.” Rest your emotions, relax your body (responsibly care for it, too) and let God refresh your spirit; not by meditating on the things of the world, but on God. We must rest in God to hear His still small voice. This can be done only by wholeheartedly resting in God. And this can only be done by totally trusting God in everything. Trust His Word. Trust His plan for your life. Trust Him in the turmoil of current world events! Trust, rest, rise up in strength, obey!

Jesus tells us not to worry, not to fear and not to be anxious. Worry is a type of unrest.  Science supports Jesus’ many exhortations to us to not worry. Concern is good, and paired with prayer produces action, even if that action is no more than prayer and trusting God (which is a lot more than we can do on our own!). Concern can keep us open to be compassionate and careful. Worrying, on the other hand accomplishes nothing except frustration, fear and stress.

Most everyone knows now that excessive fear and worry leads to excessive stress. This causes many physical and emotional health problems. If worries, fears or frustrations have become overwhelming, rest everything in Him. Give it all to Him. He’ll help you keep it all in perspective as you see it all in His hands! Scripture reminds us many times not to worry, that God cares for us, and that suffering and struggles have a purpose.

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Scripture in Context to Guide You

Matthew 11:28-30
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

1 Peter 5:7-11    7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 8 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.

Matthew 6:25-34
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life ? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Isaiah 40:26-31
26 Lift up your eyes on high, And see who has created these things, Who brings out their host by number; He calls them all by name, By the greatness of His might And the strength of His power; Not one is missing. 27 Why do you say, O Jacob, And speak, O Israel: “My way is hidden from the Lord, And my just claim is passed over by my God”? 28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. 29 He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, 31 But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.

Isaiah 26:1-13  1 In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: We have a strong city; God makes salvation its walls and ramparts. 2 Open the gates that the righteous nation may enter, the nation that keeps faith. 3 You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trustsin you. 4 Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal. 5 He humbles those who dwell on high, he lays the lofty city low; he levels it to the ground and casts it down to the dust. 6 Feet trample it down– the feet of the oppressed, the footsteps of the poor. 7 The path of the righteous is level; O upright One, you make the way of the righteous smooth. 8 Yes, LORD, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts. 9 My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you. When your judgments come upon the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness. 10 Though grace is shown to the wicked, they do not learn righteousness; even in a land of uprightness they go on doing evil and regard not the majesty of the LORD. 11 O LORD, your hand is lifted high, but they do not see it. Let them see your zeal for your people and be put to shame; let the fire reserved for your enemies consume them. 12 LORD, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us. 13 O LORD, our God, other lords besides you have ruled over us, but your name alone do we honor.


I found Isaiah 26 to be an interesting passage somewhat parallel to our times. Read the whole chapter of Isaiah 26 sometime, and see what God speaks to your heart.