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5833538790_a991b3744a_oA place of encouragement for women featuring a monthly Heart to Heart ladies’ bulletin. Each bulletin includes an article, Search the Scriptures quizzes, and recipes.

 

Heart to Heart

Devotional Thoughts for Women

Just Say “No”

My husband and I are one in many ways, but this week we added a new dimension to the list: we are now one in the low sodium diet realm. Yeah us! After a surgery removing one of my kidneys earlier this year, I had to adopt a drastically changed diet. My husband was sympathetic but didn’t sympathize with me to the point of actually joining me. After a scary ER visit which revealed his very high blood pressure, he is now willingly on board with me on this low sodium thing. He was initially a little down about not being able to eat some of his favorite things (like Chinese food!), but we talked about it being a matter of perspective. I understand how hard it can be to “Just say no”, but I told him that when I am tempted to eat something I know I shouldn’t, I don’t look at it as some wonderful pleasure I’m being denied, but rather, I look at it and think “dialysis.” That pretty much does it right there. I suggested to him to try the same strategy – looking at the “naughty” food he wants and thinking “stroke.” When we both realistically view those high sodium foods as something dangerous and painful to us, we are able to overcome the temptation and shun the things we know would cause us great or even irreparable harm.

All of these reflections made me make comparisons to how we look at sin. I’m afraid that we sometimes look at temptations and feel frustrated that we’re “not allowed” to give into it, but must reject it because it’s “supposed to be what’s best for us.” When we think that way, as if we’re being deprived of something wonderful, we are looking at sin with the wrong perspective. It is true that sin is pleasurable, or we wouldn’t be tempted to do it. (Hebrews 11:25) But when we see sin as God sees it, that pleasure is completely overshadowed by some important truths:

  1. Sin is always harmful. Satan loves to deceive us into thinking no harm will come if we give into temptation. He began using that argument at the beginning of time with Eve in the Garden of Eden, and we all know the sad outcome of her believing that deception. Back to the food analogy – My husband and I could eat one really high sodium meal and it wouldn’t automatically kill us right then, but it would start causing damage in our bodies that would reach a point of no return if we continued down that path. Sin is always harmful, and we must look honestly at the damage, both short term and long, that it will most certainly do.

  2. Sin hurts. If we would only stop and consider the pain our sin will cause – to ourselves in long-lasting consequences, maybe to others who will suffer because of what we’ve done, but ultimately to God the Creator who is being rebelled against by His creation. When Joseph was being tempted by Potiphar’s wife, he wasn’t lamenting or struggling with the fact that he knew he shouldn’t lie with another man’s wife, but instead cried out that he could not do such a great wickedness and sin against his God. (Genesis 39:9) Joseph didn’t see pleasure being denied because he was looking at the pain that would result.

  3. Sin cost God dearly. Because of my sin and your sin, God gave the very best He had, the blood of His dear Son. It cost the life of Jesus Christ. There is always a price to be paid for sin. No one has ever or will ever “get away with it.” Romans 6:23 reminds us, “The wages of sin is death…” It was our sin that caused Christ to leave the splendors of heaven and humble Himself here on earth as a man even to death on a cross. (Philippians 2:5-8) How can we look at any temptation and see a pleasure denied when we see Jesus hanging on that cross for us?

Satan will continue to try to tempt us with those things he thinks we strongly desire, but God has promised each of us a way of escape. (I Corinthians 10:13) He is faithful and will not let us be tempted in a way that we cannot overcome. It is up to us to fight the temptation and seek the way of escape by taking a good hard look at sin for what it really is. It is harmful, it is painful, and it cost the lifeblood of Jesus Christ. Looking at sin rightly is a powerful motivator to just say, “No.”   ~Heather Pryor

     (To see this month’s bulletin in its entirety, click the link below.)

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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8 Responses to Women’s Corner

  1. Heather Pryor says:

    Thanks, Bobbijo! I totally agree – the parent/child relationship helps me see so many parallels in my relationship with my heavenly Father and that is a blessing in many ways.

  2. Bobbijo says:

    Oh how I just love parables! I truly enjoyed reading your Hide and Seek parable. Throughout my years of parenting, even to the point of having adult children , the parallels in these relationships always help me in my relationship with God To understand his love for me, his disappointments in me, his forgiveness, and even the joy that I may occasionally bring him. Thanks Heather for sharing your talent,

  3. Heather Pryor says:

    Thank so much, Karen. I’m glad you made it to India safely, and may God bless you (and Ron) in all the ways you serve Him. You are such an inspiration to me and so many others. Thank you!

  4. Karen Clayton says:

    Heather – I am writing from India and have just now had time to read the article in this month’s publication – “Getting Ready”. What a great lesson for me, but I would imagine that it is a great lesson for many of your readers. Thank you for the time you put into all that you do to help others in their desire to learn more of God’s Word and the importance of sharing His Word. Love you, and may God bless you in all that you do to serve Him.

  5. Heather Pryor says:

    Thank you, Beth! Love you too!

  6. Beth Copeland says:

    You do such s great job Heather! Love you!

  7. Heather Pryor says:

    Thank you, Susan!

  8. What a fantastic article! Thanks for sharing this, Heather. It really made my day and gave me a lot to think about.

    Susan

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