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Heart to Heart
Devotional Thoughts for Women
With a heavy and sorrowful heart, she spread out the piece of rough sackcloth on top of a rock, her bed for the days and weeks ahead. It would be hard and uncomfortable, but how could she seek any comfort for herself while the bodies of her sons were hanging in the tree she gazed at in anguish? Her ears were alerted to the sound of flapping birds‘ wings and she jumped up, waving her arms madly to keep the foul scavengers away from her precious sons. Nighttime gave her no rest from her morbid vigil as beasts of the field were on the prowl, smelling death in the air. But at all costs, she was determined to protect her children – even in death.
Who was this woman named Rizpah who so passionately defended her sons? She was a concubine of Saul who bore him two sons, Armoni and Mephibosheth. (II Samuel 21:8) Her name means “coal” or “hot stone”, and we certainly see her living up to it in her fiery devotion to her children. This event takes place long after Saul is dead, and David rules over the nation of Israel. At the beginning of II Samuel 21, there is a famine in the land that has lasted for three years, and king David is very concerned. After inquiring of the Lord as to the cause of this disaster, David learns that it is a punishment on the nation for something Saul had done. He had killed some of the Gibeonites who had a long-standing treaty with Israel since the days of Joshua and were supposed to be treated as allies, not enemies. David called the king of the Gibeonites to him to ask what could be done to make amends. His answer? Let us execute seven of Saul’s descendants. David chose five of Saul’s grandsons…and the two sons of Rizpah.
The Gibeonites took the seven men and hanged them on a hill as the harvest time was beginning, and there they were left to rot, but not if Rizpah could help it.
How far are we willing to go to protect and defend what is (or should be) closest to our hearts? Do we have the same fire and determination as Rizpah when something so important spiritually is at stake? Are we willing to:
Suffer personal discomfort?
Sacrifice our own wants and desires?
Devote time and energy?
Fight off enemies?
Satan is always on the prowl looking out for whom he can devour. (I Peter 5:8) He is seeking to destroy our children, our marriages, our homes and each one of us who strives to faithfully follow God. How are we protecting ourselves and those we love from such destruction? Do we have the fire and passion in our hearts to fight and defend what’s worth saving?
Rizpah wasn’t focused on her own comfort, her own desires, or what she had on her schedule. She devoted all of herself to protect and defend what was most precious to her. May she serve as a reminder to us to be vigilant, to be diligent, and to be faithful defenders. ~Heather Pryor
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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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