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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

The Wish Gift Book

Do you remember the Sear’s Wish Book that would come out every holiday season? When I was a little girl, I would get so excited to see each new edition. I couldn’t wait to settle down on the couch for a long perusal. I even pretended one year that Sear’s was running a contest, and the winner would be allowed to pick a prize from every page of the entire book. I imagined I was the lucky winner and carefully looked at every single page of that book, trying to decide what item I would pick and circling it with a pen after I had reached my decision.

That book was called a wish book for a couple of reasons: The Sear’s store reason was that it was full of things you were wishing for that holiday season, and hopefully, your wishes would be granted (by buying items from their store). For me, it was a wish book because it had so many things I wanted to have but would not get; they would remain wishes. (My all-time #1 wish was one of those big, pink, plastic Barbie dream houses with the elevator that went up and down the side…by a string! Remember those?) Although that book was fun when I was little, now I think about how unhappy so many people are today because they are still wishing for so many things they don’t have and can’t get, and as a result, they are not content.

Contentment is highly sought after but seldom achieved because one tries to obtain it in the wrong ways and with the wrong things. Philippians 4:11 tells us that contentment must be learned. The apostle Paul had been in some difficult situations in his life. He had dealt with hunger, being shipwrecked, imprisoned, and even beaten for the cause of Christ. Yet, he says in this verse that he had learned to be content in whatever state or circumstance he was in. Contentment doesn’t come from external sources; it comes from within. It isn’t learned overnight, and it isn’t learned easily, but it is obtainable when we learn to shift our focus to the right things and remove it from the things that cause restlessness and discontent in our hearts. The Greek philosopher, Epictetus, said, “He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” It really boils down to focusing on the blessings and gifts from God and being thankful for all that we have in Christ. James 1:17 tells us, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights…” The world bombards us from every side with images of what we simply must have so we will be happy, and it is all too easy to shift our gaze away from what God has so abundantly blessed us with and look longingly at those other things. If we do that, it will not be long until we are grieving “for the things which he has not.”

If we desire to be content, then we should put away our “wish books” and look at the book that shows us what precious gifts God has given us:

  • Also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man. Ecclesiastes 3:13

  • For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23

  • Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. Luke 6:38

  • For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

Contentment doesn’t come from a wish book, but it is learned by focusing on all of the blessings from God and the teachings of the gift book that God wrote and gave to us. ~Heather Pryor

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

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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