Speaking of posting twice a week, this is going to be my new normal since school starts today. With the ushering in of autumn comes teaching, working on my book, family activities and ministry opportunities. Although I would love to blog more frequently, I am trying to pay attention to what#TheBestYes is for this sacred space during this season.
Are you walking through difficult days?
Is your heart hurting from the weight of worry?
Do you have foggy vision and aren’t sure which was is up?
Do you need a friend to speak truth to your weary soul?
What Your Hearts Needs for the Hard Days is a gift. Each devotion contains a verse from the Psalms, a story of identification, words of hope from the heart, and a place to speak to God and record His response to you.
But this friend isn’t the only one. What about sweet Rebekah who is recovering from heart surgery or Beth who is anxiously awaiting the return of her husband? What about you? What about me? Where do we turn when life is painful?
The Psalms are a great place to go when you are hurting. I am thankful that Holley chose the Psalms to headline each chapter of her devotional. She uses David as an example of one who cried out to God, especially during hard times. “I think God sees extraordinary beauty in our ugly cry. That kind of crying we do when the heart is laid bare and open. It’s what we do when we stop trying so hard to be strong. It’s our way of saying, ‘This is too much for me.’ It’s—dare I say it—an act of worship because we finally let ourselves be humans who need God” (pg. 95).
Head on over here to read more about this fantastic little book, full of encouragement and empathy. Holley delivers another wonderful source of hope and blessing with this devotional.
*I received this book for free from Revell Reads in exchange for an honest review.
Holley Gerth “When we’re weary, we often think what we need to do is just try harder. But maybe the opposite is true. Maybe what we need most is to sit down and let Jesus wash our feet.”
Jennifer Dukes Lee “I think now of Jesus, who voluntarily let go of His place in Heaven, hurling down through space and time to save a world begging for life.”
Karen Brown “We want what’s promised, yet we squirm on the crinkly paper and fast-talk our way out of the surgery that’s necessary.”
Beth Stiff “I can now look back at the brokenness and see how God takes our messes and makes something beautiful.”
Rebekah Hughes “God promises to go before us, beside us, in us, after us, to lead us and prod us all the way back to Him. God has not left us desperate sinners alone with dismal statistics or hopeless situations.”
Meredith Bernard “Life isn’t always easy and it’s not always bright, but the Son is always present, even when we can’t see Him or feel Him.”
Asheritah Ciuciu “He’s not placing another burden on our already-sagging shoulders. He’s inviting us to throw off the burden of performing and measuring up…”
I hope you are encouraged today. There is hope for your hard days. If today is one of those days, know that I am pausing right now and praying for you.:) “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).
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Linking-up with Holley today as we pour some Coffee for Your Heart. Join us as we encourage one another through the good days and the hard days.
I’m also linking-up with my friend Meredith as we talk Woman2Woman. Head on over…it’s like going over to a dear friend’s house for more of that refreshing coffee and heart-to-heart conversation (okay tea for me please).
And last but not least I’m linking-up with Word Girl, Jennifer, for #TellHisStory. Pull up a chair and take in the fresh air over here as we gather to talk of His love.