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Heart to Heart
Devotional Thoughts for Women
Touch is a powerful sense. As humans, it is something built into us by our Creator that we not only desperately crave, but definitely need. Physical touch has the power to calm and soothe, ease pain, diminish depression, and express affection and love. It is so powerful that some research has shown that babies who are not held, nuzzled or hugged long enough will eventually stop growing. If the situation remains unchanged, it can even lead to the infant’s death.
The poet John Keats said, Touch has a memory. I can still remember how it felt when my babies started learning to kiss mommy on the cheek. I remember the feeling of my father tickling me when I was a little girl. I remember the hugs of dear friends during some of the most trying times of my life, and I remember the sweetness of the first kiss my husband ever gave me. Jesus knew just how important it was to touch someone whether they were afraid, needed help or encouragement, or especially if they had not been touched for a very long time.
Consider the miracle of Jesus healing the man with leprosy which we read about in Matthew 8:1-4. The leprous man asked Jesus to make him clean if he was willing. This man was an outcast from society due to his disease. He spent long, lonely days far away from the feel of another human being’s hands. How long had it been since he had been touched? Jesus knew how long, and as he spoke the words, “I am willing, be clean”, he reached out and touched the man. (Matthew 8:3) Can you just imagine what it must have felt like for that man to experience the blessing of human touch once again?
Consider the occasion recorded in scripture when the disciples were out in a boat on the Sea of Galilee as a wild storm raged about them in the night. As they looked out over the water, Jesus approached them, walking on the waves. Peter wanted to come to him on the water, and Jesus bid him to come, so out of the boat stepped Peter. As he walked toward Jesus on the water, he lost his focus. He took his eyes off of his Lord and looked instead at the crashing waves about him. Fear filled his heart, faith began to waver, and Peter began to sink. He cried out to Jesus, “Lord, save me!” Immediately, Jesus reached out his hand to grasp the hand of Peter. (Matthew 14:30-31) He could have just spoken the word and Peter would have been saved from drowning, but Jesus took his hand and lifted him up from the stormy sea. He reached out to calm a man full of fear through touch.
Consider another time when Jesus used his hands to gently wash the dirty feet of his disciples. (John 13:3-5) In the final days of his life on earth, he was teaching the disciples what it means to be a servant through his tender touch. Every time the disciples washed their own feet throughout the rest of their lives, I wonder if the memory of Jesus’ touch came back to them and if it reminded and motivated them to serve others as he had so lovingly served them. I believe it probably did.
There are numerous other occasions when Jesus reached out his hand and touched someone. I encourage you to do a study of every instance and note how much love, compassion, and encouragement Jesus demonstrated through the sense of touch. It is important that one of the ways we follow in the footsteps of Jesus is to demonstrate his love to others through reaching out and touching them. There are lonely people in nursing homes. There are sick and shut-in members. There are hurting individuals. There are precious little ones. There are dear family members and spouses…and the list goes on and on. Who can you reach out to and touch today? ~Heather Pryor
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Heart to Heart November 2017 – Featured article: Reach Out and Touch Someone Featured Recipes: Fruit Salsa and Turkey Vegetable Soup
Heart to Heart October 2017 – Featured article: Rizpah the Defender Featured Recipe: Caramel Apple Pie
Heart to Heart September 2017 – Featured article: Just Say “No” Featured Recipes: Lemon Garlic Fish and Sweet Potato Slaw
Heart to Heart August 2017 – Featured article: Becoming a Bible Student Featured Recipes: Fresh Tomato Pie and Tomato Cucumber Salad
Heart to Heart July 2017 – Featured article: Hang On, Help Is On the Way Featured Recipe: Chicken Pot Pie
Heart to Heart June 2017 – Featured article: Four Words that are Hard to Pray Featured recipe: Chocolate Pizza
Heart to Heart May 2017 – Featured article: Chosen Featured recipe: Scripture Cake
Heart to Heart April 2017 – Featured article: Do You Love Me? Featured recipe: Resurrection Rolls
Heart to Heart March 2017 – Featured article: Should I or Shouldn’t I? Featured recipe: Zucchini Ratatouille
Heart to Heart January 2017 – Featured article: Adjust Your Focus Featured recipe: Paul’s Chili
Heart to Heart December 2016 – Featured article: Talk to Me! Featured recipe: Pumpkin Soup
Heart-to-Heart-November-2016 – Featured article: Quiet Time Featured recipe: Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars and Better Than Anything Cake
Heart-to-Heart-October-2016 – Featured article: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Featured recipe: Biscuits and Gravy Casserole
Heart to Heart September 2016 – Featured article: Do You Know Your Bible? Featured recipe: BLT Chicken Salad
Heart to Heart August 2016 – Featured article: Called to Holiness Featured Recipes: Spanish Round Steak and Cherry Delight
Heart to Heart July 2016 – Featured article: When God says “No” Featured Recipes: Fruit-Infused Waters (6 variations)
Heart to Heart June 2016 – Featured article: Life is short, use the china Featured Recipes: Tarragon Tuna Salad and Raspberry Soup
Heart to Heart May 2016 – Featured article: What Will I Wear? Featured Recipe: Fresh Orange Scones
Heart to Heart April 2016 – Featured article: Hide and Seek Featured Recipe: Strawberry Rolls
Heart to Heart March 2016 – Featured article: Good, Better, Best Featured Recipes: Beverly’s Breakfast Casserole and Lemon Rosemary Shortbread
Heart to Heart February 2016 – Featured article: Conspicuous Christianity Featured Recipes: Broccoli Cauliflower Salad and White Chocolate Party Mix
Heart to Heart January 2016 – Featured article: Get Ready! Featured Recipes: Slow Cooker Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate and Hot Spiced Cranberry Punch
Heart to Heart December 2015 – Featured article: Luke’s Lemonade Featured Recipes: White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies and Peppermint White Chocolate Cocoa
Heart to Heart November 2015 – Featured article: Fasting and Feasting Featured Recipe: Cranberry Gelatin Salad and A Thanksgiving Tree
Heart to Heart October 2015 – Featured article: The Boo Hoo Award Featured Recipe: Pumpkin Rolls with Cinnamon Butter
Heart to Heart September 2015 – Featured article: The Student Who Taught the Teacher Featured Recipe: Zucchini Au Gratin
Heart to Heart August 2015 – Featured article: The B-I-B-L-E: Is that the Book for Me? Featured Recipe: Coconut Cream Pie Bars
Heart to Heart July 2015 – Featured article: Red Sea Moments Featured Recipes: Chicken Pesto Casserole and Homemade Pesto Sauce
Heart to Heart June 2015 – Featured article: Getting Back to Basics Featured Recipes: Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Pacs, All-Natural Grout Cleaner, and Summertime Air Freshener
Heart to Heart May 2015 – Featured article: Could God Have Chosen You? Featured Recipes: Yogurt Parfaits and Lemon Rosemary Scones
Heart to Heart April 2015 – Featured article: Bored by the Bible? Featured Recipe: Scalloped Potatoes with Ham
Heart to Heart March 2015 – Featured article: The First Five Minutes Featured Recipe: Stuffed Peppers
Heart to Heart Feb 2015 – Featured article: A Servant of the Church, Helper of Many Featured recipes: Sweet Lemon Chicken, Chocolate Almond Clusters
Heart to Heart Jan 2015 – Featured article: Is Your Diffuser Working? Featured recipe: Homemade Crunchy Apple Slices
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