A Prayer for Hurting Hearts

bible reading challenge day 74

We landed on Friday, Bible Challenge Readers! I hope you’ll find a minute to check in and know that I am praying for you today.

Yesterday I received an email from a dear one whose heart is hurting so.

Her struggles are common to many of us.

Her pain is frequently born by everyday world-weary travelers.

At times of this nature, I don’t feel that my words can carry enough weight to relieve the soul of such heaviness. My human attempts that will comfort and ease her sorrow are frail and frugal at best. And so tonight as I write, I pray for her. And I pray for you, many of my readers who are enduring heartache and sorrow.

Lord Jesus,

Our souls are weary.

Our burdens heavy.

There is not a time when we don’t need You.

We ask for your grace- to relieve the pain.

We beg for your mercy- to extend beyond our reach.

We cling to your promises- with all we can muster.

We praise You for the clay You shape…

Into the beautiful sculpture

That reveals Your Glory.

Amen.

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A Whisper of Hope

My heart is wrecked for the precious people whose lives have been forever altered in the saddest of manners. The Connecticut school tragedy caused a rampage of emotion for me, as for every parent in the nation. For those directly affected by this horrific tragedy, I can’t begin to comprehend your loss.

Saturday morning I walked through Sam’s Club very early and with an empty store and empty cart, I thought of the emptiness of all the hurting hearts during this holiday season. The Lord whispered to my heart:

Take whatever you have and give it away.

So while it seems very meager in the largeness of this moment, my ebook, 12 Days of Christmas for the hurting, is now available as a FREE download. I encourage you to read one devotional a day and may the Lord be with you during this extremely difficult holiday season.

Click here for the FREE Amazon Download of 12 Days of Christmas for the hurting.

Hope When No One Understands

hope for hurting heartsSo glad to see you back for this last week of the Hope for Hurting Hearts series!  If you’ll click over to the Hope for Hurting Hearts  page, you’ll find all the links for the series.

This week the Holy Spirit seemed to be whispering to me,

“Write about the hope I bring when no one understands what you are going through.”

Many times we lose our hope because we simply feel like no one could possibly understand what we are going through.  After all, a person may have experienced the same loss, the same circumstance, or the same heartaches as we have, but we still feel like “She is not me and she isn’t experiencing the same feelings I’m experiencing.” No one can know for sure what we are feeling until we express them.  Even then, flawed interpretations occur or social filters come into play.  But this prayer of Solomon breathes life into me when I feel like there is no one who can understand my view of a situation….

Solomon had been given the privilege of building the temple of the Lord- a place for the spirit of God to dwell.  I try to imagine what it must have been like- I Kings 8 details the scene for us as the ark of the covenant was brought down and placed in the temple.  Then a cloud filled the temple and the glory of the Lord filled the temple.

I Kings 8:11 And the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled his temple.

What a spectacular event to behold! I have to stop and think how cool it is that the priests had to stop working because God was present.

God’s  true presence requests, requires,

that we stop working in our strength

and rely on His.

As Solomon stands before the altar, he begins to pray.  Beautifully and eloquently expressed, you can read Solomon’s prayer in I Kings 8:23-53.  Today I just want to take one verse from the passage- one that tells me how to handle issues that no one can understand. Verse 39:

then hear from heaven, your dwelling place. Forgive and act; deal with each man according to all he does, since you know his heart (for you alone know the hearts of all men),

 For you alone know the hearts of all men.

Isn’t it interesting that this phrase is in parentheses?  I don’t believe it was because Solomon felt the statement was a sidebar. Or unimportant. No, the parentheses are telling us that Solomon felt this statement was obvious, yet important.

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Therein lies our hope.

Do you need God to give you hope because no one understands?  We’d love to encourage you and pray for you in the comments below.

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AND we’ll begin a new 5 week series next week, Grace Is For Giving, and continue with the Monday blogger linkup.

 

 

 

Surprise! Today I’m unveiling the new cover for my Christmas ebook:

 

A 12 day Holiday devotional, this ebook will encourage you that in spite tearful hurts or wrongful circumstances, God loves you and wants to give His gifts to you.

Like the cover? Details HERE!
Have a marvelous Monday- see you tomorrow!

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