I shared in today’s devotion Hosea 11:4:
“I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love. To them I was like one who lifts a little child to the cheek, and I bent down to feed them.” (NIV)
Yesterday was a hard day for me; I’m sure you’ve had one of those. I so needed to sense God lifting me and bending to me.
My heart was so set for a change in the tide; for something good to happen in the life of my child..and it didn’t.
My heart swirled as I tried to bring comfort to those around me, yet my heart needed comforting too. I wanted to turn to something tangible. Chocolate? Submerse myself in a novel or tv show? It was all I could do to once again turn to prayer.
Romans 8:26 says when we don’t know how we ought to pray, the Holy Spirit comes in and partners with us. I’m so glad He did. As I just started to be honest with Him about how I felt; the worry and fear that were trying to take over in my heart. Then I began to praise Him for what He was doing that I could not see and my spirit began to lift just a bit. Praise empowered me to care for the rest of my family while my heart processed my disappointment.
Friend – life is hard, there is no doubt about it. Sometimes when we are processing that “hard” we’ll do great and win. Sometimes we won’t. Of course, it is God’s desire for us to win every time, but just remember, on the days we fail, He stoops to pick us up again.
Today, I am giving away a Faith Builder Pack – signed copies of my books “His Revolutionary Love” & “Devotions for a Revolutionary Year” as well as a sweatshirt journal. These resources will help build the faith and foundation for the teen girl in your life and speak to the heart of women of all ages as well!
To enter in the drawing, just share in the comments below or at www.LynnCowell.com a time you felt God stoop to you. If you’re busy, just comment “I’m in!”. Let’s praise God for the times He has reached down to lift us up!