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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

Reach Out and Touch Someone

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

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

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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