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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.

 

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Devotional Thoughts for Women

The Patience Song

Do you have a favorite song? There is a song that I sing that is not the favorite of anyone in our family, because it is called The Patience Song. It is usually sung by me when someone is showing particular impatience about something, and they need a gentle reminder to take a deep breath. After several years of hearing the song, all I have to do now is ask, “Do I need to sing the Patience Song?” That question is immediately met by an emphatic “No!” or a rolling of the eyes or maybe even a daring glare. Truth be told, there have been a few times when I have been called out for my own impatience, and then I get asked, “Do you want me to sing you the Patience Song?” I just have to laugh at getting a dose of my own medicine.

A lack of patience has cost me – on more than one occasion. For instance, I burned a hole in a new blouse because I was too impatient to iron it correctly. I needed to use a damp handkerchief to protect the delicate fabric, but I was in a hurry and didn’t want to take the time to mess with all of that. Result? One new lovely shirt in the trash. And I can’t count how many of my husband’s dress shirts I ruined over the years because I was too impatient to check pockets for ink pens – I just wanted to get the laundry going. Sometimes, being impatient can cost a lot more than a few ruined shirts.

In Genesis 12, God called Abraham to leave his homeland to go to a country God would show him and give to him and his descendants. At this time, Abraham was 75 years old and childless, but God promised him that he would have descendants as numerous as the dust of the earth. (Genesis 13:15-16) Fast forward ten years to Genesis 16:1 which says, Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. Granted, ten years is a long time to wait for a child, and Sarah’s patience (and trust in God) had run out. She decided to take matters into her own hand, and came up with the “brilliant” idea of giving her maid Hagar to her husband as another wife so he could have children by her. A year later, Ishmael was born to Hagar and Abraham, and as a result, Sarah was even more unhappy than before. God’s plan and His will were not to be thwarted, even by an impatient and unhappy woman. The son of promise, Isaac, was finally born to Abraham and Sarah about 14 years later. Sarah ultimately received the longed-for child, but at a cost of great jealousy, grief and pain as Hagar and Ishmael were banished, and the descendants of the two sons of Abraham fought and continue to fight even until this day…all because Sarah became too impatient.

Patience is one of the fruits of the Spirit we are to grow in our lives. (Galatians 5:22-23) Another word for patience is long-suffering. It is cultivating an attitude of perseverance. Sometimes, we suffer long as we wait when waiting feels like a burden that is weighing us down. Having patience means that we are able to stand up under that burden and bear it. We stand strong under it; we don’t let it crush us.

Patience is required in our relationships with other people and in our own relationship with God. There are people who try our patience and give new meaning to “suffering long”! But in those cases, we must strive to remember that God suffers long with us and is always patient, therefore, we must practice patience with others. Sometimes our patience is tested when it comes to waiting on the Lord. We pray, we wait, we beg, we plead, and all we hear is silence from above. We wonder, “Is God listening?” “Does He care?” What do you think Sarah was thinking as she waited day after day, then year after long year for God to keep His promise and bless her and her husband with a son? In such instances, it is all too easy to become impatient and try to take matters into our own hands, but when we try to exert our will over God’s will, it never turns out well. God’s timing is always perfect, and patience trusts in it.

The next time you are tempted to become impatient, maybe the Patience Song will help you to remember some important things…

Have patience, have patience, don’t be in such a hurry! When you get impatient, you only start to worry. Remember, remember, that God is patient too, and think of all the times when others have to wait for you.   ~Heather Pryor

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

Heart to Heart February 2018 – Featured article: The Patience Song  Featured recipe:  German Pot Roast 

Heart to Heart January 2018 – Featured article: Starting Over   Featured recipe: Creamy Tortellini Soup 

Heart to Heart December 2017 – Featured article: The Wish Gift Book  Featured recipe: Christmas Jam

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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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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