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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

Rizpah the Defender

 

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

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

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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