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Heart Check

Heart Check

One of my favorite things with my three kids is listening to them play. They invent elaborate characters and conversations as they imagine castles and princesses and ninjas and anything else their minds can create. Sometimes they will even include me in the fun. I’ve played both the good guy and the bad buy many a time.

But one of their favorite games is “doctor.” Over the years, we’ve had several play doctor kits with all the medical instruments. Nothing makes them giggle more than listening to mama cry after getting a play shot. When my twelve-year-old daughter, Faith, was around the age of four, she would listen to my heart, take my blood pressure, check my temperature, give me shots and cover my boo-boos with Band-aids. But usually she would end by giving me a sticker, just like she would get at her doctor visits.

One of my favorite doctor stories is from when my younger daughter Grace was three. Grace was playing doctor with her dolls, and I was in the kitchen making lunch. I told her when lunch was done, we would need to go out to run some errands.

“Okay!” Grace called from the playroom. But a minute later she walked in the kitchen, stethoscope in her ears, holding the listening end towards me. I bent down so she could reach my heart. She placed the end on my chest and squinted her eyes as she listened.

I waited a moment and then asked, “Well? Can you hear my heartbeat?”

“I’m just checking your heart to see if it says you are going to take me to Toys R Us and buy me a toy,” Grace told me.

I laughed so hard I lost my balance and fell over in the kitchen floor.

Your attitude, actions and words all originate in the heart. It’s a good idea to have a check-up ever so often. It may be time for one now. What’s your heart saying today?

A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.Luke 6:45 NIV

By: Carol Hatcher is a former elementary teacher turned writer. This sassy, southern author and speaker lives with her husband and three children in Georgia. Come visit her at

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