Hosea 2014: Day 1

Hosea: God’s Unrelenting Love

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Today's Text: Hosea 2:16-20, Hosea 11:1-2, Romans 8:38-39, 1 John 3:1


The more they were called, the more they went away; they kept sacrificing to the Baals and burning offerings to idols.
– Hosea 11:2

“Such is the grasping tendency of the human heart, that it must have a something to lay hold of—and which, if wrested away without the substitution of another something in its place, would leave a void and a vacancy as painful to the mind, as hunger is to the natural system…. The heart must have something to cling to…”
– Thomas Chalmers

We are a worshiping people. It’s in our spiritual DNA. Our hearts were made to hold to something, and we hold on with all our might. Thing is, we tend to worship the wrong thing. We worship dream homes and paychecks, pinterest boards and people. We worship what we lack and what we want, and sometimes we even worship ourselves. We want so desperately to be whole and happy and loved, but instead we’re a discontent, idol-making mess.

If you feel like a mess today, the book of Hosea is for you.
If you long to love Jesus more, but there are idols towering over your head and heart, the book of Hosea is for you.
If you’ve ever run from the Lord—or if you’re running now—and you wonder if He’s walked away, the book of Hosea is for you.
(It’s for me, too.)

The book of Hosea is not about Hosea, it is about God’s relentless pursuit of an undeserving people. It’s about Him and us, Sisters.

This is not a comfortable book. (In fact, we want to care for your hearts by telling you in advance that you’ll encounter some tough imagery in Hosea. The biblical language, while inspired, handles some pretty unsettling topics, particularly for people who have experienced them. We want to gently caution you that chapters 2 and 13 may be difficult to read.) Our desire to care well for your hearts is why we are reading this book together, and it is also why we want to be up front in telling you it may be difficult.

But, oh friends, how He loves us! And oh, how evident this love is in the book of Hosea!

Hosea calls us to repentance. It encounters us at that important crossroads where we can choose to face our sin or ignore it. We can choose to acknowledge the shame we’re carrying like a heavy pack on our weary backs, or we can keep walking and pretend it’s not there. This is what the book of Hosea does for me—it causes me to say things out loud to the Lord that I don’t want to say, and then forces me to stand and listen as He patiently and earnestly says back to me, “I love you, I love you, I love you.”

Thomas Chalmers says that our “misplaced affections need to be replaced by the far greater power of the affection of the Gospel.” We cannot simply talk ourselves out of worshiping the wrong thing—and, boy, have we tried! Our wrong affections must be ousted by “the expulsive power of a new affection.”

This is our prayer as we explore the book of Hosea together as a community—that we would see anew the beauty of Jesus, uncover and repent of the sin that binds us, and be captured once again by His relentless and perfect love.

We can’t wait to explore this book with you. See you here tomorrow!

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  • Christy

    I started day 1 today. I’ve been running and have been looking in all the wrong places to feel loved and a part of something. I’m in the middle of wanting someone so bad to want me back and I feel so vulnerable.

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  • I’m doing this study again. Over a year later. I’m excited to do this!

  • I have been loving this study so far!

  • I was lead to Hosea by a friend who has been going through Redeeming Love. This was exactly the hope I needed.

    • Katie Sikkema

      I love that book! That’s what brought me to Hosea too

    • Rachel

      That book (Redeeming Love) is probably the single most life changing book I’ve ever read after the Bible! It definitely gives a fresh perspective on the unfailing love of Jesus to pursue and relentlessly love us! I read it a couple of times a year and love how it always turns me back to my Bible with a fresh passion to love Jesus the way He loves me!

  • By the help of your God, return. Wait continually on your God. Hosea 12:6

  • I’ve been wrestling with this for 3 1/2 years because of my husband’s infidelity. Oh that I would lay down my idols for good…

  • Sooooo Love the first day! Thank you Jesus for your amazing love for us.

  • Andreia Cabrera

    IM SO EXCITED TO START THIS STUDY

  • I recently had a major crisis in my marriage and my world was shaken. Because I got hit like a ton if bricks, I suddenly felt there was something between God and I. But over the past few weeks, God has gently prodded my heart to show me that I’ve been making an idol out of my husband and marriage…even good things can become idols! My happiness, self worth, strongest love and affections were prominently in my husband and that’s been wrong. Marriage is not my salvation and my husband is not my savior! While God is transforming and reviving our marriage and family, that we may honor and glorify Him, I’ve come to realize that these dear ones in my life are not my “all in all” and they will disappoint and need the Savior, as I do. My world and identity have been focused and revolving around the wrong ones! My focus is first and foremost Christ and He alone defines me, which then in turn transforms and changes our marriage and family, me as a wife and as a mom. What a roller coaster ride…excited to study Hosea, as verses from Hosea 6 have been theme verses for me as of late.

  • mabelmonique

    God is so good! It’s so encouraging to know that God is faithful pursuing me when I am not doing the same. And to know that I have been betrothed to a God who portrays righteousness, justice, steadfast love, mercy, and forgiveness is even more reassuring. My identity isn’t in the things I have or want in this life but they’re in Christ! The price has already been paid and His love is bigger and endures! As a child of God, I have a Father who is my redeemer, deliverer, provider, protector, care giver, discipline giver, and a compassionate and intentional God. I am so thankful for this because it’s speaking nothing but Love into my heart right now.

  • Carly Hall

    My mentor encouraged me to read this book and follow this plan because I constantly run from God’s love. And after reading today’s scripture and devotional, I see that she was exactly right in doing so. His love is relentless.

  • Gosh, Hosea is where God wants me right now.

  • Taryn Wilkinson

    I’ve start this study and I am so excited for the journey ahead.

    Taryn

  • God’s relentless pursuit of an undeserving, undesirable people could be the story of me! Jesus, use this study to shake my idol-filled heart! me.

  • I’m very excited to start this book!

  • Caroline

    I keep coming back to this study, cradling my broken heart, recovering from clinging to the wrong things…thankful for this rich, vivid story of the enduring, yucky love. I’m beginning to feel like I could recite this book- backwards! But I’m still learning and growing and healing and I feel I do that best when I fill my mind and surround myself with this story of extravagant pursuit.

  • I am excited about getting started on this journey. But also equally anxious to see what it is I may be underlyingly hiding and things I need to allow HIM to take take from me.

  • I’ve been idolize bling control and succumbing to fear and anxiety – especially in the wake of our political reality in America, and being a new mom. I want so badly to be reminded of His love for me and to know that no matter what, He’s in control.

  • Riley Pennington

    Can’t wait to learn more about Gods unrelenting love for us

  • I needed this. I’ve been idolizing a boy here at school and it’s been hard trying to take him off my mind, but this devotional helped me be reminded that I must replace my idolizing of him in my life instead with more of God in my life. If God wants him to be in my life, He’ll do it in His timing and if not, He has bigger and better plans. I need to fill my heart with more of God and I won’t idolize people anymore.

    • Cathryn

      Thanks for sharing Kelsey, I’m in a similar boat, I want so badly to be in a relationship, to be desired by a man. I know that another human can never meet my deepest needs and yet I keep looking for it. I had never dated before last summer. At 29 I was starting to get a bit jealous of everyone I know having a boyfriend or being married. A guy sent me a friend request on Facebook and I rushed into the relationship at full speed. The only thing that really slowed things down is that he lives 3.5 hours from me. Things got too physical last November and I haven’t talked to him since. I keep wanting to message him on Facebook but I know I can’t without causing problems for everyone involved. I know I need to work through some things with God before I can pursue a relationship but I just want to be in one right now.

  • Meagan, my thoughts are with you. I’m doing this study because of sexual sin in my past. I know that the Lord has good things in store.

  • Feeling really down. Disappointed in myself for having sex for the first time….I couldn’t regret something more. I’m afraid to start this, but feel like it could be the only thing to bring me back…

    • Tina

      Dear Meagan. I have walked in your shoes. When I was 21 I gave a man the most precious gift I had. I was in love with him but he did not feel the same for me. I idolized him and tried desperately to make him love me. I felt ashamed and defeated. I felt like I had let everyone in my life down, especially Christ. When the next guy came along that showed me true affection I thought the way to show him was by sleeping with him. Talk about shame, there is no end to the depths I felt. When I met my future husband

      • Tina

        Sorry, I hit the post. When I met my husband he showed me true love that was not about the physical. I did not feel worthy of his love but ,in true Christ fashion, God blessed me with a man that was a virgin at 25. We have been married for 21 years and he has taught me what real love and forgiveness is. Christ forgave you and has forgotten about your sin now give it over to Christ and don’t make it an idol.

  • Kadie Humphrey

    I’m so excited to start this ! Looking forward to it

  • One of the 3 times God spoke to me was a moment exactly like the one described. I was confronted with my sin, I was finally broken over it, and sat out on my balcony bemoaning what I had done, who I had hurt, what I’d become, when God just said, “I love you, I love you, I love you….” Out of all the things He could have said, it was that.

  • Stephanie Grant

    I’ve felt such strong ties to the book of Hosea for years. I am only just now beginning to uncover all of the ways I medicate and numb myself. Every form of medication (spending money, watching TV, drinking alcohol, physical relationships, etc) is an idol in my life. I went through ministry school in 2012 and we were asked to pick anyone from the Bible that we identified with and I chose… Gomer! It breaks my heart to admit that, but that mentality is still there. My hope and prayer for this year is to step into the calling God has on my life to be transformed into Esther. No more pauper mentality. No more settling for mud pies in a slum when I’m being offered a holiday at the sea. Lord, make it so.

  • Doing the Hosea plan as a prelude to the Lent 2016 study. “Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it. Prone to leave the God I love.” Trusting God’s righteousness, justice, love, compassion, mercy and faithfulness will forever seal my heart to His.

  • So excited to be doing this!!! It’ll definitely convict and lead me to complete adoration of the Lord ❤️

  • 1strayfrom99

    So excited to start my year off with this beautiful reminder of God’s love for me. Just ordered the book to go along with this study. Is anyone else using both as well?

  • I am so thankful for this study and has encouraged me already to turn to the Lord. I’ve been feeling very overwhelmed lately and it’s just showing me God has a huge immense love for me and I can just cling to Him.

  • I Have had a tough year, went through cancer treatment, felt disappointed by my church. I am now trying to get my bearings and become who God wants me to be. Most of all I strive to be able to see Him and feel Him in everything, the good and the bad.

    • Kylee

      Julie I’m glad you are here — I pray for you to feel the Lord’s continued presence in your life each day as you draw near to Him!

  • “The more they were called, the more they went away.” Oh, Israel. Oh, US! We are the same, at least speaking from my own experience. In this coming year I’m praying for the courage not to run from the things He’s called me to; in fear we have run in the past, straight for the comforts of this world that seem to satisfy, but oh so temporarily…may we not run when You call us, Abba Father, but instead know that You are beside us. & We know that with You we can overcome our craving for the gods of this world. May we replace that desire with a full-on infatuation for YOU, your fascinating works, and your relentless pursuit of us since day one! Excited to do this study, I’ve always wanted to read Hosea!

  • Michelle Tolliver

    Going into 2016, my prayer is that this study will sit me at the feet of Jesus and that His power will take my misplaced affections and replaced them with the power of the Gospel.

  • “We can’t talk ourselves out of worshiping the wrong things.”
    THIS IS THE MOST POWERFUL STATEMENT I HAVE READ REGARDING SIN.
    After struggling with something for years — and I mean half a decade — I confessed to women I trust just last week. Since that day, I’ve been watching the chains of my sin fall — but until then, I had been trying to save myself. We need Jesus. And we need people.

    • She Reads Truth

      Bailey, thank you so much for this reminder! So grateful for His redemption and for your willingness to share your heart!

      xoxo-Kaitlin

    • Hope

      Amen, Bailey .

  • Samantha_27

    I have a hard time with repentance, because I just feel like beating myself up once I admit and confess to the sin that is staining my life. I feel like after sitting in prayer for so long, just listing the things I've done leaves me feeling empty. I don't let myself experience grace really at all, and I'm excited for the Lord to use this study through Hosea to remind me how much he loves me and how much he will always love me, even if I'm sitting for hours and hours confessing my sins against Him.

  • I’m so excited to dive in deeply to this Book

  • The timing of this is perfect. “We can choose to acknowledge the shame we’re carrying like a heavy pack in our weary backs, or we can keep walking and pretend it’s not there.” I’ve been pretending it’s not there for too long. Lord take this heavy load off my back and help me to rest in the grip of your grace. Your grace is sufficient for me.

  • Briana Rachel

    I’m so looking forward to starting this study. I love the book of Houses

  • Kathleen

    Traveling and feeling disconnected from community… feeding those needs with busy-ness and other distractions. So thankful to have been gently reminded of Gods provision and led to start this specific study. It’s humbling and amazing to remember that He loves me through and through no matter how many times I forget it.

  • Sitting here in pain from a broken heart, even doubting Gods love, it’s a good reminder that I’m his and he loves me and nothing can separate me from his love.

  • God’s timing was undeniable in bringing me to this particular study, it is really going to set me on a good path after these first lonely few weeks of college, reminding me of His deep, deep love for me.

    • Madison Kennedy

      Sweet Emily, I love your honesty. College is so rough! It can be so difficult looking at the students around you because it seems like they have it all together. Girl I PROMISE you that they don’t! I just graduated from the University of Oklahoma last May and now I work for a college ministry called Cru. I don’t know where you go to college at, but Cru is a worldwide organization so they most likely will be at your campus! I would encourage you to check it out. Cru is where I heard the gospel for the first time and became a follower of Christ. I met my best friends and had deep community with the girls in Cru. God grew my heart for the world and I learned how to share my faith through Cru. That’s why I work there now! I would encourage you to check it out to be refreshed with the gospel each week and to meet students who will be honest about the difficulties of college and walk through life together. If you have any questions please feel free to email me! [email protected]. Praying for you, sister!

  • Dylana Smith

    he is such a faithful lover, and I am so grateful for his fiery, passionate, unrelenting love for a restless gypsy heart like mine.

  • Becaxtell

    I just finished a year study on Joshua and Judges at my church. I felt lead to read Hosea. when I opened this app, I kept coming back to Hosea thinking to myself…”I’ve never read Hosea, I should read it.” I am so glad I am!! It is a great follow up to the in depth study I did last year on Joshua and judges. It puts so many things into perspective. It is hard to imagine The extent of God’s love for us. I can not wait to dive deeper into this book!

  • Leigh Kay

    I come to this app new, fresh. I soak up the syllables as a root in a desert storm. Humbled to be here.

  • Allison Santos

    It’s just so hard to really grasp His love for me. I have finally begun to understand it though, through the birth of my son a few weeks ago. I love this little boy so so deeply that it hurts. It finally clicked! If I love my son this much that when I look at him my heart just fills with compassion and grace, think of how much God loves ME. A million times more. That is INTENSE! and to think of giving up my son for other people who do horrible things…unthinkable. But God did it for me. WOW. His love is so great.

    • Hannah_brooke

      I’m so glad you have seen a glimpse of the love of God through the gift of this little boy, Allison!

  • Andrea Kay

    How undeserving I am of his pursuit of my heart and affection but how deserving He is for my affections and heart. Jesus please kill the idols in my life that take away my relationship with you. Thanks SRT for this devotional!

  • I love how amazing it is that He relentlessly pursued us, His underserving people. What a all consuming, unconditionally loving and gracious God we have!

  • For those of you who like to read. there is an amazingtastic book in relation to Hosea by Francine Rivers.

    • Dena

      I literally JUST finished the book you’re referring to less than 10 minutes ago… Haha! Redeeming Love is a great read!

  • Injust finished reading “redeeming love” and am so happy to study Hosea. My backpack of burdens also keep me from worshipping him. A beautiful love story of His love for us

  • HisTruth

    Ooohhhh how He loves us!

  • Annika Phillips

    Such a good study!

  • It’s so cool to think that as vast and everlasting and beautiful Gods love is, it will never be understood. We were created to seek God out and learn about him and his love and his heart, but we weren’t created to strive after a goal to love him “most”. I feel like this has been a common theme for me lately and love that no matter what, at the end of the day, He loves us deeply & dearly & nothing can hold us back from loving him back.

  • Mallory Davis

    I had an absolutely astounding message preached to me at Fuge from Hosea and God really used the imagery and parallels from the message to move in my heart and convict me! I can’t wait to begin this study!! Day one was amazing and I can’t wait to see how God uses it again for me and my heart!!

  • I am so excited to start this study! But more so I am excited for the stirring that God will create in my heart by showing me His unconditional love for me! Someone who is undeserving. I pray that I feel and see Gods never ending love for me through this study, and that finally I start to believe that I am worthy of those kind of love!

  • I do feel like a mess. And I’m running… I don’t want to but for some reason I keep coming back to this place of not feeling like God can handle or really wants to handle my mess. I love Him but I often have a hard time receiving His love for me and yet He’s been in my life for so long. I need to dive into my mess with the Lord and know He can handle it because I’m not doing so well trying to handle it on my own!

  • You know when you have a sin in your life and you continually brush it off because you keep justifying it but you KNOW it’s sinful. And you know when the lord really wants to reveal something to you so you literally see it EVERYWHERE. That’s what this introduction is showing me.

    I need help lord! Please continue to whisper in my hear the truth I need to hear and continue to mold my heart. I’m excited to see the changes that will come from this study. And I want to pray for all this girl beginning this journey along with me. I pray we build each other up and hold each other accountable. Thank you lord. Thank you for loving me even when I don’t deserve to be love. Even when I put idols before you. Continue to reveal those idols to me and help me remove all that is not you. I pray all this in Jesus name amen.

  • I know I’m a little late to the party, but the Lord is using even the very first day of this study to remind me how much He loves me. I’ve been struggling a lot lately with feeling alone and unworthy, and God is standing in front of me always repeating, “I love you, I love you, I love you” and today I’m actually listening. Thank you, SRT! Thank you so much.

    • Sarah

      Chelsea I pray the lord continues to show you how special and amazing you see. And That you are not alone because he is within you.

      38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

      Plus you have us!

  • Hunter Synclair

    Just started day 1 of this book and I’m already in love with it. I’ve been battling with a few things (i.e confidence, feeling wanted and loved) and I’m starting to realize that I’ve been looking for that acceptance in the wrong place. So thankful for this app and for it bringing me out of my stump.

  • Wow – I am floored and absolutely amazed by reading some of theses comments of hearts so far in location but United in this one desire to connect and support each other in this journey. I’ve come to learn it to being tough to find sincere support, excited for this journey with you all :) and hoping a centred life experience in Christ, unrattled by forces trying to pull is away…just so happy our Saviour is so strong

  • I love the way the Bible seems so fresh every time I open it. I can’t wait to sit in His love as I read the words of Hosea!

  • FinaSanders

    This is the perfect study for the stage I’m in.

    • Alyssa Williams

      This study embodies everything that I am going through in this season of my life. After the ending of a very chaotic, challenging and dramatic relationship I am realizing how codependent I was of the wrong person or the wrong situation. I was craving the wrong love: a love that wasn’t unconditional or a love that wasn’t deeper. I can’t wait to feel that from Him and the word of Hosea.

    • marsbarss

      I feel the exact same way. The part "If you’ve ever run from the Lord—or if you’re running now—and you wonder if He’s walked away, the book of Hosea is for you," describes my state. I'm at a point where I know I should be and I know in my head that I am loved by the King, but I am lacking that understanding in my heart. I pray that we'll all draw nearer to the Lord through this study! <3

  • FinaSanders

    For the longest time I have struggled with accepting The Lord’s forgiveness in some deep consequences of sin that I have gone through. I’ve buried and tried to forget the things that happened before I knew and had a relationship with The Lord. But it’s facing me now. I got married a couple months ago with a sweet loving man of God and for some reason it’s as if the things I once buried are facing me. I’m nervous to speak up but I know I have to. I know not being vulnerable is hindering my relationship with The Lord and my relationship with my husband.

    • Ryann

      Fina,

      Forgiving yourself is always the hardest part. I struggled for a long time with shame and regret of my past, and also the mistakes I make today. Only in the full realization of God’s abounding grace was I able to forgive myself. It gives you such a sweet freedom! I’m here if you would like to talk, and I will be thinking of you.

      Ryann

  • Anna Buchanan

    Oh God use your word and this study to draw us back into yourself. May we throw down the idols that wrap up our hearts to distract us from pain that can only be healed through you. Show us the breadth of your love.

  • Recently decided to turn my life over to God after years of being in a lesbian relationship. I am 25 and was “gay” for about 10. I was brought up in the church but strayed from God, I heard this story and my heart was moved I can’t wait to see and know Gods love for me deeper.

    • Jana

      Praying for you, Lauren, as you rediscover God’s sweet and never-ending love for you! Though my situation & story is different from yours, my wandering heart is the same. Looking forward to resetting my focus and surrendering (again) the idols that have made their way back into my heart.

    • Jana

      *Lauryn, sorry ;)

  • Lindsay Kounter

    I’m 24, I’ll be 25 in about 2 weeks! This past year has been this incredible growing time in my life after leaving one of the most lonely and hard years of my life! I’m been putting my life back together slowly and really setting time aside to be in devotion with God is the next step I need to take in my life! My friend recommended the app…I had downloaded it once before and didn’t give it much a chance and deleted it. When I was scrolling through the plans this one stuck out! My fear as of late, maybe cause I’m turning 25, is this thought of ending up alone! Lots of my friends are getting married and I’m so terrified that I’ll never find the man I’m supposed to be with! I’ve never been one to date much and maybe that’s part of the fear too! I just felt called to this study! Learning to accept the love of a Father who will never fail us and is constantly calling us back to him! I want to be so immersed in his word and love that I’m ok with, at the end of the day, If it’s just me and him and trust that if it’s in his plan for me to have the desire of my heart (which is to be married) that he has it under control and I no longer have to hold onto that weight! And what a great feeling it would be to be able to let that go!!!!

    • ccc

      Praying for you Lindsey! Definitely been through this stage of life, it’s hard I know! But marriage is hard work, so enjoy this time! Live in this moment, relish in the perfect love of the Father! Trust his plan is good! Praying your relationship with him grows strong and he uses you in big big ways!

    • Tabitha

      Lindsay, praying for you today. I’ve been where you are. I wanted to get married right out of high school, my three siblings all married in one year (I was 25!), and I so wanted to find the right man God has for me. I’ve learned that fear is not of God–it makes us anxious and full of worry, which makes us get into and stay in relationships that are less than His perfect will. walk and stay in God’s peace–He has a masterful plan for your life! Proverbs 3:5-6
      P.S. I was 29 when I finally married–and I’m so thankful I waited! I married the man of my dreams and know that settling for any of those other guys would have been a huge mistake. God has a great plan for you!

    • Sarah Zahniser

      Lindsay, I’m in a similar stage of life as yours; I’m 23 turning 24 in a new place for work and a lot of my college friends are getting married and I’ve been really struggling with the Lord about this place and what His plan is because it feels so different than the one I had. I pray that the Lord is romancing you and continues to grow your heart ever closer to His own and He reveals His captivating love to you especially in this time.

    • Danielle

      Thanks Lindsay for sharing!! My year long relationship is ending and at 26 spending a year seems like a long time– hard to not be frustrated with the circumstance. BUT, hoping this study will help me refocus & find joy in the Lord who never changes and always keeps promises. Encouragement to everyone else who is studying and/or is facing challenges in life– when we are weak, He is strong!

    • Anna Buchanan

      Oh Lindsay my heart goes out to you. I’m almost 24 and still single with many of my closest friends married. No matter how many times you are told that it is good to wait and God has a plan the truth doesn’t seem to fit with reality and the confusion is painful. May you know the love of God that pursues His people relentlessly. May we stand firm and hope in His goodness alone.

    • Megan K

      Lindsay,
      I am in a similar stage in life. I am needing and so badly wanting to let go of the worry and anxiety that I will end up alone. I have struggled in the last couple of years to give this to God, and when I saw this study I knew it would be perfect for me. I am praying for you and all of us that we find peace and strength in handing over our anxieties to God, and knowing He has a plan for all of us.
      – Megan

  • Alexandra

    I was looking to start doing a devotion from this App. As I was looking through the different photos, I like the photo for Hosea 12:6. It says, “By the help of your God, return.” When I was 15 I fell away from God. At 17 he said something very similar to the verse in Hosea when he called me back. So that’s how I choose this devotion. I feel I’ve been called to the right place :)

  • Today was the first time in a long time that I decided to open up God’s word for my personal study. The thing that I realized through the first day of Hosea is that we are created to worship, so if we don’t worship God our hearts will find something else to worship. And that’s the place I am right now, is realizing that my heart has been wandering and trying to find satisfaction through what others think about me and trying to make myself find happiness through things I have or what I want. I’m so excited to be studying the book of Hosea and falling back in love with the one who created me.

    • Grace Kim

      I feel the same exact way Kayla! I just had a baby and gosh it’s been a long time since I’ve just sat down and worshipped God, deeply studied his word and prayed relentlessly for anything! I’m excited, too, to not only get back my first love but discover it in a new and deeper way! My theme for this year, I’ve decided, is Knowing God.

  • I am starting to reread my favorite book “Redeeming Love” and decided to do the Hosea Bible study along with it. It is an incredible book that I suggest to everyone!!

  • klipford

    joining today for the first time ever. :)

    1 “When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.
    2 But the more they were called, the more they went away from me. They sacrificed to the Baals and they burned incense to images.

    What are my Baals? and praying God reveals to me and each of us also that we don’t run from Him as He keeps calling us.

    19 I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion.
    20 I will betroth you in faithfulness, and you will acknowledge the Lord.

    Because God betroths us through Christ we also are all of these things…. righteous, just, loving, compassion, faithful. No longer are we a slave to sin but have the right to be Holy.
    Also it just hit me that he calls his Son out of Egypt…..His child Israel and then He did the same with Jesus after Joseph and Mary had Him in hiding as a child.
    I don’t know why I’ve never thought of this before! I guess the difference is Israel was in slavery and had to be freed by Moses (God thru Moses) and Jesus left freely.

  • Kasandra Ackerson

    beginning this study today! !

  • Cullen B

    I am in the midst of reading the book, Captivating, and just finished reading the chapter that speaks to how God is actively romancing us with an everlasting love. The book of Hosea was referenced in it, speaking to me in such a way that I could not wait to get home from my book club to download and start this guide. My prayer is that all who encounter this book and guide will be overcome with peace and embraced being His beloved.

  • Lord, I pray that every broken heart reading this book would be healed and present as this study goes on. I speak peace into every unsettled soul and hope into every doubt. Amen

  • I sure do need this too! So excited. As I began reading I felt a flood of peace which is so what my heart needs now and always!

  • Lord knew I needed this today. May this study really help me to overcome my shameful past.

  • Jennifer McAteer

    I just finished reading the book “Redeeming Love,” based off the book of Hosea. Wow!! What an incredible book. Can’t wait to dig into this study on Hosea.

  • Very excited to start this study. I know God has something to stir my heart and allow me to experience His beautiful, never tiring love.

  • Emilee Glenn Read

    I have been struggling with anxiety and depression badly today, and am in desperate need of help remembering that God loves me so deeply. The line “if you feel like a mess today…” Perfectly describes me. Thank God for this devotional

  • I love how you said Hosea 2 is the most difficult chapter- I think the opposite. It’s a beautiful representation of my soul and how God drew me back to Him, even when I did not, nor ever will, deserve such a gracious and merciful love. Hosea was introduced to me a year ago and I was still running away. 2 months ago, I realized I was the woman of Hosea 2. I thought I believed and understood all these years what it meant to love Christ- and I realized that I did not.
    Check out my thoughts on Hosea 2, the chapter that began my true spiritual journey back to my sweet Lord, and my blog which is a personal journal of my thoughts and my walk with Christ that I share for others.
    http://jesssperfectmess.tumblr.com/post/101877498083/coming-out-of-the-desert

  • Holly Michele

    I’m already a sobbing mess which can only mean, this is exactly where I need to be.

  • adrienne watts

    I’m so excited for this plan, especially knowing other sisters in Christ are learning and growing in Christ as well. We tend to run to people who comfort us, or a “habit”, in other words, something that’s comfortable and safe. God is our comfort, but that doesn’t mean we will always be in the most comfortable situation. He will always be faithful to speak to us, even when we don’t want to say anything out loud to him. I’ve been running from him for a very long time. I’ve been in ministry positions, attended church, tithed, disciples, etc. But I’ve recently recognized that He wasn’t at the center of anything. Now I’m facing everything I’ve put to the side, and while it’s not easy or fun, comfortable or safe, I feel more complete and whole with each step I take because for once, I’m doing what He has willed for my life. So I leave you with the words that were given to Joshua and the people of Israel, “Be strong and courageous!” (Joshua 1)

    • Rachael

      I think it’s really great that you’re taking steps in the direction of centering your life, your world, around the Lord! I know it’s not easy, so I’m inspired by your enthusiasm to seek him :)

  • I need a plan because I have not been in the word as I would like to be- in fact I have very much been running away. When life hurts I tend to run instead of cling- I don’t feel like I’m seen by Him, but I’m not looking for Him either. I’m hoping this plan will help open my eyes and that I will continue with it.

  • Just starting this plan. Love the quote from Chalmers. Our hearts will always cling to SOMETHING. Why not make that THING unwavering and true and good.

  • I have been debating on which study to do, but I read the devotional.
    “If you’ve ever run from the Lord—or if you’re running now—and you wonder if He’s walked away, the book of Hosea is for you.” I constantly wonder if I’ve just messed up too often and pushed him a way too much. I’m excited to start it

    • SheReadsTruth

      Kaitlyn, so glad you are here! Praying for you as you study Hosea, friend!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Berenise

    I have been battling with my own sin & there’s shame & pain & I ask that yall pray for me to find bravery in the Lord to confess. I’m tired of having the devil reminding me everyday of my shame & hurt.

    • Juanita DJ Camarillo

      Sister, I am with you. I don’t think we’ll stop sinning but when we hurt and shame our heavenly Husband by our choices, i pray we may see His grace, His love, and His mercy instead of the enemy’s laughing face. May this study help us glorify Him who is worthy of praise even in our sin!

  • Berenise

    “Hosea calls us to repentance. It encounters us at that important crossroads where we can choose to face our sin or ignore it” I AM SO EXCITED TO START THIS PLAN.

  • Brandy Moon

    This is one of my favorite books of the Bible. I first remember reading it when I was 16 and I saw the beautiful love story in it. I’ve loved it ever since. Now, having been reconciled to my husband after my own infidelity, I see even more beauty in it. And to be married to my own Hosea!

  • I’m a teen and have been battling pronogrpahy for a very long time. I need freedom from this shame. I need to change I can’t keep doing this

    • Morgan

      He’s got this, Karah. He’s going to use this study to transform your heart! Prayers for you.

    • Priscila

      I went through this Karah and I have fallen a few times still but there is power in the name of Jesus. You are not alone! You can do this because in Jesus there is freedom and He is there to love on you and heal you.

  • I’m really excited to start this. I need Jesus and freedom.

    • Berenise

      I have also battled with that. I was clean for a year & relapsed on Xmas day because of an ad. But not anymore !!! It’s a new year & I’m putting a stop to satan in JESUS NAME !!!!!! The name above all names & my healer !

  • I’ve loved Hosea since I don’t know when. Coming into such a season of cherishing the Lord and His Word, but also aware of the shadows and closets He still wants to light and clear out, to replace with more of Himself. So ready for this study!

  • I am oh-so-very-guilty of seeking God for His good gifts only to receive and turn my heart & mind to the gift instead of the giver. But He has blessed me still – what grace and love He undeservedly has lavished on me?! Praying with all my broken, misguided heart that I would seek Him for His love more than His good gifts.

  • Claire R

    Very excited and ready to start this devotional with my friend and sister in Christ Jo Ferrett. :)

  • “He patiently and earnestly says to me (to you, to us) ‘I love you, I love you, I love you’.”
    He, the God of the universe, loves you and me so much! Looking forward to reading this book and experiencing Gods love with you all..

  • I’m very excited as Hosea will be my first study with this group! I cannot wait to see what is in store. I began with Hosea because I do have issues putting materials before, not only God, but before life in general. I pray for a steadfast faith as we journey together as powerful women through God’s love. I once heard a survivor of abortion call herself “God’s Girl”. She survived because she was God’s girl and no one messes with God’s girl. We are God’s girls.

  • Allison Sims

    Hillsong – Relentless Lyrics

    Salvation sounds a new beginning
    As distant hearts begin believing
    Redemption’s bid is unrelenting

    Your love goes on
    Your love goes on

    You carry us
    Carry us
    When the world gives way
    You cover us
    Cover us
    With your endless grace

    Your love is relentless
    Your love is relentless
    Your love is relentless
    Your love is relentless

    The time is up for chasing shadows
    You gave the world a light to follow
    A hope that shines beyond tomorrow

    Your love goes on
    Your love goes on

    You carry us
    Carry us
    When the world gives way
    You cover us
    Cover us
    With your endless grace

    Tearing through the veil of darkness
    Breaking every chain
    You set us free
    Fighting for the furthest heart
    You gave your life for all to see

    Tearing through the veil of darkness
    Breaking every chain
    You set us free
    Fighting for the furthest heart
    You gave your life

    Your love is relentless
    Your love is relentless
    Your love is relentless
    Your love is relentless

  • Marah Wood

    I’m so excited about starting this devo app. It has been incredible so far and I’m only on day 1 of Hosea.

    • Lauren

      My daughter and I are doing the study of Hosea together. So excited to dig in and better understand Gods continual pursuit of me.

  • Kristin B.

    Just downloaded this app today and can barely stay off of it. I can’t wait to dig deeply into this study. Blessings to you all!

  • One thing I know is that I’m a good worshipper… I’ve worshipped man, food, things and self. The capacity to worship and be faithful to something is there but my heart, so prone to wander, is so often misplace. I often choose the creation over the creator. Father God, please help me to take hold of your grace that leads me back to you and seeks to continually lay myself at your feet.

  • Selinaaaaaa

    Gods timing is so perfect in me reading this. So excited.

  • Courtney Robyn

    Reading this while also reading “Redeeming Love” by Francine Rivers, a fictional retelling of Hosea. Hosea is absolutely my favorite book in the Bible. The Lord is using this book to affect my worship even. Jesus gave me a beautiful song the other day that went like this: “Even when I hesitate to choose You every morning, You have spoken an unhesitated, absolute YES over my life. You choose to love me every day and Your relentless love will never stop” Praise God! I am encouraged sisters how we are diving deeper into God’s heart together! And we’ll all worship Him together when we’re HOME!

  • Ashlee Bell

    I am a worshipper. That I know. But I began to worship my boyfriend over my God. I wanted to serve him instead of my Father. Now I’m having to give him back to the Lord and Im hurting. I’ve ruined the relationship that the Lord gave me. The Lord woke me up this morning to read Hosea and then I open this app and see this study. I’m thankful that he hears my cries and he loves me despite my fleshly desires and mistakes. I’m changing my perspective and I’m refocusing my life.

    • Kimberly

      I’ve been in a similar situation with my fiancé. Every time we begin to worship each other more than we do the lord our relationship reflects that. We have more struggles and arguments and neither of us are fulfilled. I hope Hosea helps us both in this struggle.

    • Kaley Blanton

      Hi Ashlee! I went through a very similar experience a couple of years ago and just wanted to encourage you because I know how hard it is. The Lord will honor your obedience and lead you into deeper trust in him! Keep digging deeper! You’re courage does not go unnoticed.

  • Laura Kate

    This first introduction to such a powerful book is so what my soul is desperate for!! I am feeling broken and hurt by things happening in my life and my heart craves being bathed in God’s love and protection. I am ready for the challenging few days ahead and am praying that He changes me to be more like Him.

  • What a great God we serve. Romans 8:38-39 has me in tears. The fact that *nothing* I do could ever make him love me less, or turn away from is such a beautiful truth. I sometimes forget that and feel as if the Lord doesn’t want to hear my prayers or like he’s mad at me from running from him for so long. But he’s waiting with open arms to welcome me back, just as the father of the prodigal son.

  • My close friend and I are trying to keep each other accountable through this study- I wasn’t sure ‘posting publicly’ was for me! However, I look forward to my phone call chat this eve over the 700miles up the UK but felt I needed to post. This last few days have been really tough- I’m not 100% sure why but reading this linked so closely to a sermon at church this morning about letting the blood of Christ wash you clean that I just want to say publicly: Thank you God for always being so full of love and yearning for a closer relationship. Please hold on tight to me and me to you as I ride this tough time out and ask you to intervene and wash me clean and allow me to believe with my head and heart. Thank you SRT for these studies.

  • Oh how this introduction has captured my heart. As this journey begins I can only pray that God will slowly begin to reveal his truth, once again, to me. Softening my heart and showing me his true plan, throwing away my selfish desires.

  • Im afraid as I begin this study, its my first attempt at She Reads Truth, that I am too hardhearted. I have struggled for years believing that god has any love for me, or is even a God of Love… I pray for open mindedness and the ability to feel gods love as I read on…

    • Alayna G

      Praying with you for a softened heart to receive His love and to hear Him as He speaks.

  • I hurt the one person I wanted to keep happy. All because of my addictions and worship of other things. I hurt friends and family, I hurt myself. I need healing and prayers. The Lord, has been gracious and merciful. I don’t know what I’d do without his unwavering love.

  • Tabitha Sportsman

    I haven’t been able to break through this ceiling that I’ve placed between me and The Lord. I know that it is other things like stress and work and my relationships that I’ve chosen to place before God. I am ready to be hit with some truth and brought to my knees in repentance through this study in Hosea and finally break through that ceiling.

  • I am so looking forward to this study. I have discovered that I have been placing many things before my relationship with God, and I look forward to working through this through His Word in Hosea.

  • Lauren Edwards

    i’ve been struggling with putting other things and people before my relationship with God and i was starting to believe that i could never come back and he would’nt love me as much, but i’ve been reminded of His redeeming love and i am so excited to start this study!!

  • Paula O'Connor

    God’s been whispering ‘Hosea’ in my ears for years and now I am beginning to understand why. At 44 and single, I have been crying out for a husband for years. I see now how that desire has become an idol in my life. One too many times have I given my heart over to ‘misplaced affections’ only to find myself in a heap, broken on the floor. I’ve tried to compromise and have those misplaced affections and have God too but each time He pulls me back. My cry is Lord, help me. Help me not to place that desire above You. Fill that longing for an earthly husband with Yourself – I’ve asked for this many times before – do something different this time Lord…

  • Loved reading Dag 1 of Hosea! I am a new college student and have suffered a real disconnect with God as I’ve started school. Praying that Hosea can take me on a journey to distinguish the truly valuable and important aspects of my life! Thanks SRT!

    • Michelle

      It is very normal and easy to get caught up in the craziness of college life.. I encourage you to surround yourself with students who are pursuing the relentless journey of running after Jesus… Check out some Christian organizations that hold Bible studies and activities during the week… Some even have a mid week service.. The BSM is usually Iocated on every campus.. It stands for Baptist Student Ministries… They have so many awesome opportunities to serve and get plugged in… Praying for you… If you enjoy Hosea… Please check out Redeeming Love … Amazing book based off the book of Hosea… And always remember Isaiah 61:1-3…. He makes beauty from our ashes…..

  • Annie Harding

    This was exactly what I needed in my life right now . I am so excited to be a part of this devotional. I can’t wait for day two. The “she reads truth” app is so good!

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  • myliberatedheart

    I am starting this book today<3 I did a study on Hosea back in 2011 at a seminary school in Oxnard, CA. I was so perplexed by the details in Hosea that it took me this long to even want to get back into understanding God's love. I am determined to be consistent in this study and I also will be sharing my posts here and there on my blog, wwww.myliberatedheart.org <3

    We need a constant reminder to confess our sins (Proverbs 28:13) and TRULY repent. God demands change in all of us.

  • Kait Campbell

    Really excited to have found this devotional and go deeper into God’s word that I love so much! I have been desiring to dig back into the Old Testament for some time but was feeling lost as to where to start. Praying through this God will reveal the idols in my life so I can get rid of them and see the unrelenting love God has for me more clearly!

  • Christen Cothran

    If anyone has not read the book Redeeming Love, I would HIGHLY recommend it!! Based on the story of Hosea it shows a beautiful picture of God’s relentless love for us! It truly changed my life and it would go along beautifully with this series!

  • Wendy Ong

    I keep struggling, keep thinking abt how I can NOT do things that displeases Him.. it really blew my mind to know that our heart keeps gripping on to something.. and when our affection for Him overpowers our affection for things, changes WILL happen.. it’s all abt Him!

  • What a blessing to have God use this short but intense word to speak directly to our hearts. And today this is what I needed to hear and how I needed to hear it. God is good all the time, can’t wait to see how he uses this in my life!

  • Lauren Orr

    So excite to begin this study! Excited to see how the King stirs my affections through His work. I am hungry for what is to come!

  • Tatiana Correa

    With teary eyes and a thirsty heart.. THANK YOU! I can’t wait to keep reading this. God bless the team that makes this app possible!!

  • I am so excited to start this. This app is what I’ve been needing in my life and for that I am so thankful!

  • ajournell

    This is exactly what I need, I’m so thankful!

  • Christy Harberson

    I found this on Instagram while looking for inspirational photos. I needed this. I can’t wait to start!

  • Elizabeth

    Heard about this from The Small Things blog. I’m excited to find a new devotional and to get started!

  • Rachel Johnson

    I would like to experience Gods presence in a very real way– where He is attractive, appealing, loving, and good. Many times the last thing I see or think about is God. It seems everything and everyone else is shouting and blaring, right there in my face and God is somewhere out there, far away in a quiet whisper. I need to experience Him… It seems like there are so many easier ways to do things and to really pursue God seems so difficult sometimes. I’m tired. I’m tired of being tired. I can’t keep forcing myself.. The other things seem to win my affection not God. There is something broken within me.

  • So glad to have the app and opportunity to dive more into Gods word! Last night I hit a wall and broke down, I had been running away in fear of the unknown for so long and fear in every way imaginable. I am excited to be back in Gods word and to see what he has in store through this study

  • Alise Morris

    So excited to start this journey and can honestly say the first day was something I desperately needed to read after a long sorority recruitment weekend (shoutout to any Kappa Delta ladies- AOT!) Looking forward to this walk!

  • Stephanie Ngo

    I have been “running” from quiet time because I knew that it would have to be so early in the morning because I have 3 babies and there just wasn’t any other time. I read a blog post on deeply rooted about getting up at 5 with your husband and spending time together and spending time with Jesus. This is my 3rd day to wake up in the 5s and the past 2 days have been insanely good for my soul. It’s crazy that when I broke down and did what Jesus was wanting me to do, it made my days so much better. SO excited to start Hosea! Thank you! :)

  • I love the option to comment and discuss on this app I think I’ll use it to keep me accountable to reading every day:)

    The concept of “the more I am called the more I run” that is so me. The guilt that comes from that habit it crippling but today’s devotion really helpped.

    • SheReadsTruth

      Candace, we are so thankful you\’re joining us! We love having you in our community! Praying for you, friend!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Monika W

    Just started today. Feeling hopeful. Thank you for your words.

    • Erin Elisabeth

      I’m starting this today too! Gonna be good :)

    • SheReadsTruth

      Welcome, Monika! We are so happy to have you. Praying for you as you study Hosea!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Katrina M Powell

    I’m beyond excited to finally join you ladies. I say finally because when I first heard about this devotional, I just thought it’d be another devotional to add onto my pile of devotional books but it’s definitely not that. I’m excited that I get to dive into the most truest and sweetest of books known to man and learn so much more about the one who holds my heart in His hands. :)
    I can’t wait to see what God has in store.
    Kat

  • Dawn Aftanis

    I just started today. I am so thankful and blessed to have found you. I look forward to walk with you ladies

    • SheReadsTruth

      Welcome to our community, Dawn! We are so happy to have you!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • NatalieHue

    Long story short I began to read a book again that I have not continued to read for over a year. There was a passage from Hosea in it which intrigued me so. Today a friend recommended this app to me and the first thing I saw was this study on Hosea. God leads us. He shows us the way. I am always amazed by Him and grateful for the healing only He can do in us. Happy to be able to connect and share with all of you. God bless and may our hearts be humble and open to what The Lord is wanting us to hear from Him.

    • SheReadsTruth

      Natalie, I\’m so thankful for His direction! We love having you here and I can\’t wait to see everything God teaches you during this study!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Loving this study already. I stumbled upon it through Pinterest. Little did I know that God was orchestrating a way for me to get back to His word, back to him. This is speaking to me so loud and clear. Already going on to Day 2. I don’t want to wait.

    • SheReadsTruth

      Mandy, I love that you found us through Pinterest! Welcome to our community, we are so happy to have you!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • God's perfect timing…..so thankful He loves me enough to put this study in front of me! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You God!!!

    • SheReadsTruth

      Isn\’t God such a good gift-giver?! We love having you in our community, Jana!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Geri-Lynn

    I just read the Hosea sample and I’m crying. This is exactly what I need with where I am at in my life. I’m so thankful I found your app and this study. Looking forward to where the Lord brings me.

    • SheReadsTruth

      Geri-Lynn, I\’m so glad God is using Hosea to speak to your heart! We love having you in our community!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Brooke Sheesley

    I just started this app today and I love it! I’m telling many of my friends and can’t wait for Hosea tomorrow. :)
    I love the perspective on the book that I haven’t read or dug this deep into before.

  • Ilia Evangelou

    Just started this app today. Am super excited to see how it all unfolds. God is faithful and so good! Eagerly waiting for tomorrow’s devotion.

  • I’m older and can’t figure this app out? Can anyone help?

    • SheReadsTruth

      Hi, Sam! We are so happy you\’re here. I\’d love to help you with any app questions you may have! Send them to [email protected] and you\’ll be a pro in no time! :)

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

    • Brooke Sheesley

      What do you need help with?

    • Brooke Sheesley

      Buy one of the plans, Hosea for example, read the scripture, then swipe right for the devotional. :)

  • Jessica Crawford

    Absolutely in love with this app and you beautiful ladies sharing life with us all. This is my first devotional, can’t wait to see where She Reads Truth brings me in my walk with Christ

    • SheReadsTruth

      Hi, Jessica! We love having you in our community!! Thank you so much for reading truth with us today!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Ashley Nicole

    Started Hosea today!! :)
    I have question when you purchase the study for $1.99 is this a that is in details? OR do we need to purchase the print version? New to this, and I absolutely LOVE IT! Thank you

    • SheReadsTruth

      Hi, Ashley! We\’re so happy you\’re here! The $1.99 purchase gives you access to ALL of the devotional content for the Hosea study. The study packs are tools for journaling and accountability-a place to write prayers and record what God is teaching you, but all of the content is found on SheReadsTruth.com or on the app! I hope this helps!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Megan Jo

    Started my new devotions today and love how it points out what we need to know and carry with us daily! Love it!

    • SheReadsTruth

      Hi, Megan Jo! We\’re so happy to have you! Thanks for joining us!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Rachel Kathrynne

    Started this today. Experiencing a season that is just pregnant and heavy with the weight of my impatience. Busy job, expectations, the future of relationships, how to plan for the future, and trusting God amid my own fear, desire to control, and battle against my personal idols is all coming to a head. Grateful for this study.

    • SheReadsTruth

      Hi, Rachel! I\’m so glad you\’re joining us. Praying for you during this study!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Christin

    My soul needed this encouragement today. I moved across the country to get married and it has been a painful process grieving my former life that I was flourishing in for a life that feels like a spiritual desert. The first Thomas Chalmers quote that says “without the substitution of another something in its place, would leave a void and a vacancy as painful to the mind, as hunger is to the natural system…” resonated with my heart. Definitely blessed by this devotional and looking forward to the rest.

  • Just started today and so needed this!! We serve an on time God!! So grateful that I downloaded this app! God bless you all ❤️ -Sue

    • SheReadsTruth

      Welcome, Sue! We\’re so happy you\’re here!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Juggling life with a toddler and a newborn makes me feel like a total mess. Feeling like no matter what I just can’t make it all work. Can wait to start this study (and read while I’m up with baby in the middle of the night!) how I constantly need to be relished about gods never ending love for me, even when I feel like a total mess!

    • Carolyn

      Bless your busy heart! You are in the midst of a period with so many demands for your time and attention. May He richly bless that time you spend with Him.

  • This is timely for me.

  • Erin Morin

    Just started this morning! Oh how I needed this. This ministry/app is amazing. What a great way to start each day, in His word. Thank you!!!

  • Starting in the morning. Love knowing that even though I have been running He pursued me by bringing me here to go through this and come back to His Word.

  • Just starting today. Thank you for this ministry, for speaking to women in the here and now, for speaking truth. So excited to start!

  • I am starting Hosea in the morning. I am excited to know The Lord more and hear what He has to speak to me. I have heard great things about this study. :)

  • The study guide is a place to commit my prayers to words & helps to seal them in my heart. I look forward to my time in Gods word and with the Holy Spirit, thank you :)

    • SheReadsTruth

      Thank you for joining us, Melanie! We love having you!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Abbie Ogundele

    This a blessing to find! I just started today. I'm excited and nervous for what's ahead!

    • SheReadsTruth

      So glad you\’re with us, Abbie! Praying for you as you study Hosea!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • brittany claire

    I’ve just been reading through Hosea in my devotions and being new to she reads truth signed up immediately when I saw it was on Hosea right now…can’t wait to see more of what the days ahead hold! Blessings

  • Can’t wait to dig deeper with God! Love this app

  • Kate Wagner

    I didn’t expect to begin reading Hosea again anytime soon but I am so glad The Lord brought me to this study! So excited for what He has!!

    • SheReadsTruth

      Hi, Kate! We are so happy He brought you here, too! Excited to see what He teaches you!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Anna Catherine

    Just started today! So excited for this :)

    • SheReadsTruth

      Hi, Anna Catherine! We are so happy you\’re with us! Praying for you!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Jess Nowell

    Excited for this!

    • SheReadsTruth

      Thanks for joining us, Jess! We are so happy to have you here!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • First day!!! Exciting…reading chap 2 noe

    • SheReadsTruth

      Welcome, Ligia! We are so happy to have you!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Lindsay Bacon

    Just starting and so excited to really dig deep!

  • Montana Moxie

    This is my 4th SRT study, and I’m really ready to dig into Hosea. God has already convicted me of an idol in my life on Day 1. I’m thankful that though I’ve been faithless and wayward and disloyal, He has never been that to me. My heart and my flesh have failed, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever! Let’s do this, SRT sisters!!!

    • SheReadsTruth

      Hi, Montana! We are so thankful to have you with us for this study again! We love having you!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Starting today – excited about doing this with you all!

    • SheReadsTruth

      We are so happy to have you, Lauren! Thanks for joining us!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • jamie grace

    I just found this app randomly and I’m so ready to dig in! Thank you for this devo on Hosea too. I really want to learn more about this book!

    • SheReadsTruth

      Hi, Jamie Grace! We are so happy you found us! Praying for you during the Hosea study!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • First time reading she reads the truth I love it Hosea gave me some clarity and revelation thank you

  • Elizabeth

    Just started this today. I am so excited! So thankful I found out about your site on Instagram.

  • Just started reading today! This is actually the first I am reading from she reads truth. I am truly excited, and feel blessed to have something like this to reflect on. Thank you!!

  • Just started this today! So excited!

  • Rikki Alexandria

    I’m just starting this too! This is the second message in three days that God is calling me to Him. I’m excited and a little scared to start this journey again…

    • SheReadsTruth

      Welcome, Rikki! We are so happy to have you! Praying for you as you begin this journey and so proud of your bravery.

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • I’m just starting today. I’m a little behind. But I’m really excited about this!!! :)

  • Libby Bruno

    I’m so blessed to have discovered this community through my friend Andrea. Looking forward to what God will reveal in my life throughout this Hosea study.

  • Fatima Lara

    Hosea 11 really does it for me! The Holy Spirit truly caresses me when I read it. It saddens me to read just how God pursued us, and we ran from Him.

    • SheReadsTruth

      I love that image of the Holy Spirit, Fatima! Thanks for joining us!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • I’m starting today as well!

    • SheReadsTruth

      Welcome, Amy! We are so happy to have you!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • I’m starting today too!

    • SheReadsTruth

      Hi, Anna! Thanks for joining us, we are so happy to have you!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • @Shauna, me too! And boy! Based on the first reflection, I’m in he exact right place. I need this face-to-face encounter with repentance and unrelenting love. I always do. And tonight, I’m grateful for another chance.

  • I’m just starting today… Better late than never right?? :)

  • Christina

    I’m also just starting today with a not quite 3 month old first baby! Hosea is particularly challenging for me now (in the best way) as I KNOW my heart’s tendency to idolize relationships and hold them far too tightly–like my marriage and now my sweet daughter. I feel convicted of this and deeply desire to hold more relentlessly to The Lord than the people I love most in my life. Looking forward to continuing on in this study!

    • SheReadsTruth

      Thanks for joining us, Christina! Praying for you during this study!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Rhea0sunshine

    I’m just starting today! Even though I’m on day 1, and you ladies are about a week ahead of me, I’m excited to be learning and going through Truth with you ladies! I love this book – amazed at our relentless, always pursuing God.

    • SheReadsTruth

      We are so glad you\’re here, friend! Thanks for joining us!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • I’m excited to begin this study with our girls group this week! Praying for God to awaken our hearts to understand his mercy and love in new ways… And asking for eyes to see and uncover my unfaithful spirit and Idols that steal my focus and devotion from Jesus’ redeeming love.

    • SheReadsTruth

      Praying with you, Janae! We love having you and are excited to see what God does in your group!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • I was on my knees a few days ago weeping at the emptiness I have felt in my heart over the past few months. Crying out to God to reveal to me why I have such a deep sadness. He has revealed so many idols in my life and problems in my marriage. So, finding this app today and reading this study is just a GIFT. Excited to get real and raw with you ladies!

  • Praying that God will reveal areas in my life that are in need of change through this study!

  • So excited to start this study!

  • I am nearly a week late to the study but want to join, as Hosea is one of my favorite stories!

  • This is so good and encouraging! We don’t have to perfect to have a perfect God pursue us…

  • Just starting the reading today! Pretty amped to share life with this community.

  • My best friend told me about this app. I have to say, I really do like it. I need to become more familiar with the word and I would cherish the encouragement and love from my sisters in Christ. ❤️

  • It is just the right time for me to read this. While praying yesterday, the Holy Spirit confronted my inability to trust Him in certain areas & my continued choice to worry. Worry has consumed me lately. I am looking forward to diving into this book heart first.

  • Laura Dohmann

    I need this. My heart needs this. It’s alittle scary and I’m feeling vulnerable but I know it’s what I need.

    • Hannah

      I know how you feel. Sometimes I feel so unworthy of god, I’m almost scared to jump into the bible and the word. You are not alone. You are never alone. God is showering you with more love now than ever before.

  • Christine

    I’m just starting but am overwhelmed how timely this is for me.

  • Debbie P

    This study is coming at a perfect time….my son is struggling with some idols in his life and, if I’m brutally honest, I am, too. So, I am hoping that the Lord will use this study to help me grow in my own areas of weakness and then, in turn, minister to my son. Thank you so much for putting it together!

    • SheReadsTruth

      We\’re so happy you\’re with us, Debbie!!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Hosea is one of my favorite stories (thank you Francine rivers for such a profound retelling that first got me to read it) but I dearly needed it right now.
    This is my first time using this app and I must say I love it. ;)

  • Cayce J.

    I’m starting a little late on this study, but I am so excited to begin this series! What a place of encouragement. I feel like this forum will help me become more accountable with spending time in Gods word. So thankful.

  • My daughter just started kindergarten and I’m so thankful for an app like this so I can use more of my extra free time with God and like minded women!

    • Jennifer

      I’m a new mom of a wonderful four month old. Time seems to move faster now and less and less of it seems to be mine. I value the still times that I get with The Lord. I love love love Hosea :) and I am excited to read it over again with this study :)

  • I feel like back in my church-going days I may have studied this book but I doubt my 16 year old heart was ready for it. I'm a few days late joining you all, but I'm excited to see what is reveled to me in the coming weeks!

  • I’m so incredibly excited to dig into the word through this study of Hosea. He loves us :)

    • SheReadsTruth

      We are so happy to have you, Liana!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Katy Houze

    Hello everyone – this is my first time doing a She Reads Truth devotional and I’m heaps excited! I read Hosea not too long ago and absolutely fell in love with it – His love is so so relentless for us :) I’m excited to learn some new teachings from a different perspective :)

    • She Reads Truth

      Hi, Katy! We are so excited you are here and can’t wait to see what God teaches you through this study!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Love this!

  • So much agree with being created to worship! That is so apparent in our society. Praying for a heart that is shifted towards worshipping and wanting only Him.

  • praying for an open heart to rediscover the fullness of life when my eyes are fixed on Him & my life is worship rather than being burdened and heartbroken by what I lack.

  • Holly Turlington

    Just overwhelmed right now in this season and this is a good reminder that He still loves me. Little me. How great is our God?

  • I am new to the "She Reads Truth" and have been following online for a few weeks now. I recently just purchased the packet and am really excited to begin this series.

    I pray that God would help me approach his word properly and help his words penetrate my heart.

    I feel like I am always the lacking christian who never spends time in the word because I always allow the busyness of the day to take up all my time.

    I'm a day behind so hopefully I can get caught up this week.

  • Traci Cooley

    I heard about your study on SpiritFM and knew I needed to come check it out. I am looking forward to my first study with you.

  • So excited to read the book of Hosea with you ladies :)

  • Rubi Rosalie

    This is also my first study and I’m excited to take this journey with you! I needed this message right now. Blessings!

  • lisa jean

    Hello God’s girls:) I LOVE that beautiful ‘title’… we are HIS girls! Well, I guess when it comes to me, I know it’s true in my heart, but the messaging in my head says something VERY different. It says I’ve run too far… I’ve turned my back on His blessings… I’m no longer worthy of His love, His forgiveness, His attention.
    Then I read Romans 8 and my spirit CLINGS to those words!! I have been struggling so deeply. DEFINITELY focusing on what I lack and what I want. This little prayer has become a constant mantra

  • This will be my first bible study with y’all, and I am so excited. I read the post and it was exactly what I needed to hear! So excited to see what God does through this bible study and community!

    • SheReadsTruth

      Hi, friend! We are so excited you\’re joining us! We love having you here!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • I’m trying to be open to the Truth. Since the day in Hebrews where we looked at Heb 10:26 “if we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left” I have been struggling to reconcile that knowledge- the knowledge that I continually have other “idols” and refuse to give parts of my life up- with an understanding and acceptance of God’s unrelenting love and whether it is for me. My prayer is that I can be open during this study, and that if reconciliation and repentance can be mine- that I would be ready for what that means, because I’m pretty sure I’m not. Not for the control-releasing part anyway- I do long for the daily communion and walking with God part again.

    • lisalouneu

      Hi Toni. Prayers to you, that you will get out of this study what you need. You spoke with such honesty and truth – words that could have been right from my head. Daily I know what needs to be done;what I need to do. But the knowing and the doing are 2 different things. I do know that whenever I involve myself in studies and/or devotions my day to day life is so much better. And when I get slack in spending time in God’s word my daily struggles are many more (mostly little struggles, but lots of little can add up to an explosion). Prayers and know that you are not alone!

    • SheReadsTruth

      Praying that for you right now, Toni! I am so thankful that He hears us and knows exactly what we need. So much love to you!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Elizabeth

    I am looking forward to this study as I haven’t really had any encounters with this book of the Bible. I love the concept of other women reading the same passages and wrestling with issues that come up together.

  • This will be my first study with She Reads Truth, and I’m thrilled to be a part of this community. I’m a college student, and definitely get lost in the day-to-day tasks that need to be completed. While I may not be working a full time job, it’s so easy for me to get caught up in my school work and studying and extracurricular activities. My hopes are that I will make time for my daily devotion and continue to strive to make time for God in my everyday life. I pray this study of Hosea will speak to me and soften my heart.

  • He loves us, He loves us, He loves us…

    I’m so thankful He does.

  • Caroline

    I’m so excited to begin this study! With a new baby now, I have a hard time having a daily devotional time set aside. But with this app, I can read on my phone while nursing my baby!

  • Ah! It’s so tough to put down the things that pull me from The Lord! As a teacher and military wife I’m feeling pressure to devote all my time and being in to preparing for next week and pick up the slack with my husband away. The last thing I think of is going to mass and picking up the Bible. Reading this first post was like a wake up call but an easy chair at the same time. I still have so much to do, but I can start with one foot in front of the other by waking up and going to bed with the Word on my heart.

  • Caitlin Genord

    If you enjoy reading novels, you should highly consider Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. The novel is based on the book of Hosea. Really puts Gods unwavering love for us into perspective!! Can’t wait to study Hosea!

  • Jen Ebers

    Needing this. First time to join the SRT community. Can’t wait!

  • V. Elliott

    I am delighted to be a part of this community study and I know the Spirit of God will speak to my heart through this study of Hosea.

  • Nicole Turner

    Excited to start reading with this community! This is my first study and goodness, there could not have been a more appropriate plan for me to start with.

  • kendra michelle

    Praying for all the ladies invested in this study! Let repentance and the love of Abba invade our souls, hearts, minds! This study comes in such perfect timing – I’m so looking forward to learning more about this book – thank you ladies at She Reads Truth!

  • I’m so excited to start. I have been looking for a new study and I’m so glad I found this!!

  • I am so ready for this study. I needed this! This is my first study and I’m feeling so blessed to be going through this with you all. <3

  • Katherine

    “The heart must have something to cling to…” What a true statement! However in my life it is not always Jesus, but Lord let my love be for you alone. I must not try and talk myself out of loving the things of this world, but rather fall in love with Christ so much more.

    “For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, SO that I could gain Christ.” Philippians 3:7b

    I must rid myself of the world in order to gain Christ. The bucket of my heart must be emptied in order to be filled.

  • I need this. My soul is thirsty so I’m looking forward to this process!

  • So blessed by this study and the comments from you ladies, and it’s only day 1! This is my first srt study, totally appropriate that it’s Hosea because I spent the first 25 years of my life running away from God. I’m now clinging to Him and so desperate for Him. My anxious heart still can’t comprehend this love He has for us, but I’m choosing to ignore my feelings and walk in faith and His grace every day :)

  • I'm one that does my Bible study time in the evening/night, so I'm missing out on some of this awesome community when I do it that way. But, I wanted to comment anyways!

    I'm fairly new to this community (just a few weeks). I've felt and seen God moving in awesome ways this past half year, but when it has come to my quiet alone time with God, I've really struggled to get in the word and in fact have barely done it (past half year). Because of this, I've struggled with immense feelings of guilt and hypocrisy (because I work in ministry). I have a hard time knowing where to start generally and so I'm extremely thankful for SRT and that this community has been started…it gives me a good place to start. And I thank God for bringing me here.

    I'm so excited to start this study and to be reminded that while I have deep roots of sin, God loves me relentlessly and His grace knows no ends.

  • This morning -and the rest of the day- did not go as planned. All day I was grumbling that my time in Hosea was interrupted by LIFE. And now, at the end of a long day, my time has come. And blessings abound.And I am anticipating more! I’m a bit selfish like that. Oh, how the words of disappointment sting, but how soothing is the promise of love. YOUR WILL, YOUR TIMING, YOUR WAYS, not mine, oh LORD!

  • My heart needs this. There are so many times that I forget just how much God loves me. His pursuit of me never stops, even when I’ve sinned. That’s such an incredible love. Cannot wait to dive into this study.

  • Ruth Polson

    While reading today’s passages, all I could think about was a song….”How Deep The Father’s Love For Us”

  • Hello

  • So very ready to dive in and be redeemed by the only one capable and willing to lay it all down for me. Exhausted and ready to rest in His arms and in His truth…

  • Kelsey Roberts

    This is my first bible study with She Reads Truth and I am absolutely thrilled that it is on this book of the Bible. While I’ve never read Hosea in its entirety, my heart has been longing for its content–even the tough stuff. God speaks to us in such awesome, undeniable ways!! I cannot wait to truly dive into this Bible study & God’s word!!

  • Hannah Christine

    I feel so blessed to be doing a study of Hosea with such beautiful and supportive women. You provide so much encouragement. My friend Suzi Rawalt has an album on iTunes called Our Saving God. The songs are beautiful and I encourage you to listen to it. Her album has some of my favorite songs, such as Radiant and Running. Just wanted to share this with you lovely ladies. I’m excited to go through the book of Hosea with all of you.

  • I feel like a mess yesterday because of my shortcomings in my role as a wife… God is telling me today that my mess doesn't change His love for me, that I should quit beating myself up and just know that He loves me no matter what.. We'll do this together, He'll help me get through it all, and then He'll put me to the next level of growth again..

    This is what I've missed in the two months that I've been away from SRT! Messy women like me coming together, with our own messy stories and letting the Perfect Love of God clean us up every time! :) Happy to be doing the Hosea Study with you again! :)

  • Brittany Estes

    I could NOT be more excited about this book and can’t wait for The Lord to wreck my heart over it.

  • I’ve felt out of balance lately, and I realize that I’m placing my worth in everything and everyone but Jesus. In Him alone is my worth found. We are daughters of the King, and He ardently and zealously pursues us. I can never wrap my mind around His love. Praise God!

  • Rachel Pavey

    This book is my all time favorite. It led me to salvation in 10th grade when I was caught up in my sin and a bad relationship… And was left realizing Christ was all I needed. He met me in a dark place and has never left! Excited for the study

  • For so long I have had such a deep-seated fear that if I displeased God too much, if I pushed things just that little bit too far, He would get fiercely angry at me like in Hosea 1. I know that this has come from my childhood and my relationship with my dad, who would explode in temper for anything big or small. But Hosea 2:16 was a real eye-opener! God is our husband, our betrothed, not our master who will punish us for our behaviour! It will take time and love and prayer to root out that fear, but I can cling to this verse to remind me that Jesus took that punishment for us. Through Him we are saved.
    Then there was double-whammy of running and worshipping things. Oh ouch! This is something I have slowly been realising lately, trying to find my happiness and contentment in buying things and the things the world offers me for reading and entertainment. And yet, in the past hour that I have spent reading and journaling and listening to worship music (even despite my kids making a racket playing and whinging!), I have found more peace and happiness than the past week of running again!

  • Kristen Mintzer

    I’ve been so good at confining my mess, but lately everything feels like too much; like my mess is bulging at the seams, ready to burst. I’ve been trying to live life on my own for so long; I really need to learn how to trust God with everything again. I need to learn how to give God my mess, but it’s so hard to let go of my perceived control. It’s so much easier for me to place anything and everything else on the pedestal. It’s time for me to put God back where he belongs, as THE God of my life. I hope this study can get my started back on that path…

  • Meg Carpenter

    What a week to start the book of Hosea!Every September I struggle and run from Him. “How do you serve, love and have joy in Jesus in the middle of misery and chaos?” It’ll be 2yrs in September since my daughter at just 16months went to heaven. And boy am I a mess and struggle most days. Most days because I trust in Him and know he has a plan. But struggle because it’s a plan I don’t understand and know nothing about! Hoping this study helps fill in the gaps in my heart ❤️

  • Jennifer

    This is my first study with SRT, when I read the intro, I was excited and scared to death because not sure what God's going to reveal but I know whatever it is it will be for my good. Let the journey begin.

  • Ashley S.

    I can’t wait to get started with this book! I’m ready for it to wreck my heart & bring me closer to God!

  • I am definitely guilty of “running now”. I started this bible study with my mom & sister & am already feeling the connection rekindling I’ve pushed away for far too long.

  • Dana Taylor

    Shelly~ I felt the prompting to respond to your cry for prayer, because I have been right where you are. And so I can promise you from experience that Gods ears are never closed! He loves you, and He leans down to listen to you. I will keep you and your heart in my prayers sweet sister❤️

  • "we can choose to face our sin or ignore it" It is definitely something that makes a huge difference in our lives. and it is something that God been speaking to my heart lately. He is no surprise by who we are or the issues we have. He knows every single little thing about us and he still loves us. He wants us to face, confess, and turn away from our sins.
    Prov 28:13 & 1 Corinthians 11:31-32. Really looking forward to having a life changing experience with this study.

  • I’m grateful for SRT and glad to be participating. Struggling right now.

  • lisalouneu

    I am so thanking God and SRT and my messy self for bringing this study to my attention. I am a mess. I spend money on things that I am sure will bring me joy, only to discover that is not the case. I spend time (lots of time) on things I am sure will bring me joy. Again, not the case. So many of the things others have said in their comments are the same things that I am thinking and doing. Prayers for all of us during this study. That it will open our eyes and hearts to the ONE most important something in each of our lives! That God and our worship of him will replace all the other “important” things we have spent our time and energy and thoughts and actions on. Looking forward to day 2!

    • Stephenie

      I have been doing the same thing. I’m very grateful for this. I know this will help me refocus and find balance in my life. I wish you the best of luck on your journey through this.

  • Needed this. The timeliness of this study shows me just how much it’s true. He always draws us in lovingkindness. Through these words I hear Him whisper His love song in my ear. Thankful for this study.

  • "If you feel like a mess today, the book of Hosea is for you." Sold. I'm in! :) Work on squashing sin in one area, another surfaces – always a work in progress. I recently discovered SRT, excited, and a bit nervous to be jumping in for my first study.

  • Anxious to go through this study — totally dissatisfied with several aspects of life right now. How do you serve, love and have joy in Jesus in the middle of misery and chaos? The joy found in the fact that I am fully known, and fully loved! I know this as truth, I just need to practice it in life.

  • Shelly Pfuhl

    I haven’t read today. Just coming to ask for prayer. Day 2 of school & middle school drama.

    Me & my kid clash on anything & everything.

    It’s one of my weakest areas of faith. I pray & wail & cry about this child. And I see no changes… Just my heart being harder and harder & more resentful that Gods ears are closed.

    I don’t know how to pray. I don’t know what to pray. I just want answers & I’m coming up empty handed.

    Sisters pray for me today.

  • Beginning this today… with an anxious heart.

  • Life has been challenging for our family lately. I hope this study gives me the guidance I so need.

  • “We worship what we lack..” Dang.

  • ruledbyone

    I feel convicted

  • Emeth Brenn De Luney

    I am never not a mess, but lately, more so than not. To say that this is perfect timing is an understatement. A friend of mine showed me this site and well, let's just say that God always know what He is doing, whether or not we get it. :)

  • Hi, ladies! This is my first Bible study since I was involved in my youth group over 15 years ago. I’ve been searching for something like this for some time, as the only time I really get to myself is really early in the morning or late at night. I’m glad to have an app where I can worship the word at those times.

  • Virginia

    I’m really looking forward to this. Everything about the description is exactly where I’ve been stuck for a while and I haven’t know where to turn or what to do or how to even describe where I’m at. So thank you for putting words to my hear and for making me feel like I’m not alone

  • Melissa Jeanne

    Jesus, thank You for these women. For their heart after Your own God. I pray that as we study this book, You would minister specifically to each of our hearts. Meet us here, Jesus. Forgive us. Heal us. You are so kind. You are so compassionate. You are full and overflowing of love. Thank You, Jesus. Thank You, Jesus.

    Recently, I had a dear friend pray deliverance over my body. I have been filled with fear, with sadness, with anger, and with pure ugliness. As my husband and I struggle with having our own children, I am challenged to take it to the foot of the cross and look to Jesus. I know that God will give us the desire of our hearts, and I believe that God is already doing great things. How can I know this and still not seek Him? How can I love Him and still not believe Him?

    I have no idea what this study is going to bring forth in my life. It may have nothing to do with the situation that I have been so focused on… God is full of surprises. I am eager to see what God will do with this study. I am in desperate need of His love and His affections.

    As my sin is brought forward, I renounce the lies in Jesus name.
    In every moment, let us cling to Jesus.
    Only You can make beautiful things from this mess.

    With love –

  • As soon as I read “if you feel like a mess today, the book of Hosea is for you” I knew I needed to dive into this study. This Tuesday has me feeling the Mondays; I’m broken. But God fills the cracks in my heart, doesn’t grow weary, and his strength extends far beyond my own. Praying for everyone as we go through this study together!

    • Jen

      This is exactly how I’ve been feeling for over a week now and I’m not even sure why. I’m hoping this study will help the cracks in my heart be filled to overflowing :)

  • helenjgeorge

    ” We cannot simply talk ourselves out of worshiping the wrong thing—and, boy, have we tried! Our wrong affections must be ousted by “the expulsive power of a new affection.”

    That really spoke to me since I feel I "muscle through" trying to be better and not worship other things (but I DO!) This is so clear.

    I'm glad this book is for messy people because I am such a mess.

  • Jennifer Kepler

    This is my first study on this site; I teach Bible at a Christian school and am asked endless questions about the Lord and Biblical truths from my sixth graders! Looking forward to studying this book as we will be reading from Hosea this year.

  • You know, I almost picked up a study on Hosea this morning and didn’t. Then this notification popped up a few hours later. I’m here- as it seems I am needing to be!

  • Hello ladies! I've been doing a few of the studies on SRT, but this is the first one I've done since it started! I'm actually about halfway through the Justice one right now, but when I saw that Hosea was starting, I knew I had to get in on it! My husband and I recently got Hosea 2:19-20 (I will betroth to you….) scriptures tattooed for our anniversary. Such a beautiful scripture!

    I'd like to just say that I'm a complete mess!! And I notice how when I miss my Bible studies because of other things going on, my entire outlook on life and attitude does a huge downward spiral. I'm so ready to be committed anew with this new study starting!

  • Hello everyone my name is Chelsie. This is my first study here.I am excited to meet all new Women. This is exciting that this is happening all over the world. I love how God works. Never done this book. So excited to be able to walk with you. It’s nice meeting you all.

  • Stephanie Cherry

    Five years ago we purchased a 100 year old three story Antebellum mansion to completely restore. We use is as a respite and a refugee camp of sorts for wounded and weary pastors and missionaries. We feed addicts and those who love them. I had many years before had this unrelenting obsession with the type of woman Gomer must have become. I thought long and hard about her picture as the bride of Christ fully restored. How beautiful and how lovely she must have been. We named our house after her because of the lengths her husband went to in order to fully restore her. Beautiful.

  • I was a little nervous about starting this study and even posting anything….but as a single mother longing to be loved and whole and having gone through a tough couple of years, I know I need this!!!! Looking forward to learning with you all…..

  • Shandelier

    Can’t wait!

  • daughter donna

    I am so excited about this study and partnering with other very special friends of mine. I am one big mess!

  • I am so so ready to start this series with you ladies. I know my soul desperately needs this and I'm diving in headfirst.

  • This is also my first SRT study. I'm excited to see what God has in store for me through this study. I'm definitely a 'Gomer'. I'm so thankful that He relentlessly pursues us to repentance. I'm also hopeful that new (right) affections will root out the wrong ones in my heart. I want my heart to cling to God only!

    • lisalouneu

      This is my first study as well. Susan, you have put into words exactly how I feel. I am really looking forward to jumping in – to the study and to a stronger relationship with God!

  • Christine

    Also, thanks for this post, Amanda! I especially love that the goal is "that we would see anew the beauty of Jesus, uncover and repent of the sin that binds us, and be captured once again by His relentless and perfect love." This, too, is my desire for this study.

    On a slightly unrelated note, the subject of today's post, God's unrelenting love, reminds me greatly of a song that came out of my church, called "Ever Chasing God" by Jon Guerra: http://www.last.fm/music/Vertical+Church+Band/_/E

  • Rebecca Sadtler

    I am so excited to start this study! I just got the app! I have been in a place where I need to fully lay down the things of this world and put my worth into The Lord! What an amazing book to start with :)

    • lisalouneu

      Me too, Rebecca! I have been watching posts on Instagram and today said – just get the app. And that led me to here. So excited!

  • Ariya_Grace

    Wow so full of encouragement already!!! This Word this truth is exactly what my heart needs at this exact time!!!! Praise God!!! So excited!!! Thank you so much “She reads truth” for providing this space and community!!! This is my first devotional with you ladies!! xo

    • shereadstruth

      We are so excited to have you, Ariya Grace! Thanks for joining us!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • I have been standing in faith for my marriage for the last 2.5 years. It has been a very heartbreaking road. This book gives me such hope as it reminds me we worship a God who calls us, pursues us, and desires to reconcile us to Himself. I am excited to walk through this book with my sisters in Christ. I am in need of a breath of fresh air and renewed hope.

    • Christine

      Amen, Stephie. I hope this study will indeed comfort you and give you a revived hope and joy. Even in the trials, or rather most so, does God draw near and manifest most strongly. Your words remind me of Psalm 51:17: "My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise." Be blessed, sister!

    • z-girl

      Hi Stephie I do not know what you are going through nor do I pretend to assume that I do, but I just wanted to share what I read recently on a young man's twitter post "What if God designed marriage to make us Holy more than to make us Happy?" That is something that I never thought about before. I am not married yet but that statement slapped me in the face because I've thought at times that marriage would fulfill me in some way in achieving ultimate contentment and satisfaction but I am learning that it does not…with that said I pray that as you continue to stand in faith for your marriage that you find happiness in allowing God to make your covenant with your husband Holy for His glory and will.

  • wow I feel like GOD is totally speaking to me through this, there's been so much going through my life where I am feeling out of control, so I am looking forward through this study._Blessing to everyone.

  • What does the “add to bookshelf for $1.99″ mean?

    • Jean

      I believe you need to purchase this study in order to continue.

      • mayag

        Only if you are using th iPhone app. I follow on the website,no charge.

    • Amanda Bible Williams

      Welcome, Amber! The current study is $1.99 on the app, or you can follow along free at shereadstruth.com or via email (shereadstruth.com/subscribe). This study is 17 days long. However you choose to follow along, we’re glad you’re here!

  • Caroline

    I am sooooo ready for this Hosea study. I had a glimmer of hope and truth last week of Our Lord's not having given up on me and the messes I've made. Today's SRT study with the above comments have brightened my hope further. Our faith will be fed and watered as we press on with this.

  • Naomi Ruth

    Today is my 27th birthday… And I definitely do not think it is by coincidence that we are starting this study today!! I have been longing and hurting for so long and I believe that today that all has changed.. I have been seeking God for so long and thought I was doing things completely as He has asked of me… But I see now that I have idols in my life that need to be knocked down so they can no longer be a hindrance… #1 being my desire to be married!! I have placed this above God for far too long and it has to stop! I have been so frustrated and confused as to why He has kept this desire null in my life for so long and I know now it is because He wants me to love and desire Him FIRST!! Thank you for this study and my heart is so ready to embark on this journey!

    • lisalouneu

      Hugs to you Naomi Ruth! And happy birthday. What an awesome gift you have given to yourself! And by your post here I feel as if I have been given a gift as well – your words have opened up my mind and heart to think more about my wants – of which I have many. Thank you for opening up and sharing!

    • Kelsey Sutherlin

      I am right there with you in that longing, Naomi Ruth! Happy Birthday! Excited to dive into this study together.

  • “that we would see anew the beauty of Jesus, uncover and repent of the sin that binds us, and be captured once again by His relentless and perfect love.”
    This is my prayer as well. I’m excited to join this community on my first study and thankful to have found it. I’m encouraged today knowing that God loves me (us) and is in pursuit of me (us). So often I run elsewhere – but I want to be a woman who runs to God and His love.

  • This is my first time participating wholeheartedly in a shereadstruth study, and I'm excited. I attended Living Proof Live last weekend and this is the perfect follow-up to what Beth Moore spoke about.

  • I confess I’ve been a complete mess ever since my Father killed himself. I was getting real close to God before the suicide. Then after the suicide I’ve run from Him not to Him. Pushed Him away when He tries to help. Tried to avoided this valley of grief instead of going through with Him. Stuffed my feelings instead of giving them a voice.

    I need to read this study on Hosea. Pray that I learn from this study.

    • Lindsey

      I am so sorry for the loss of your father, Angela. I will be praying for you as you dig Into this study, that your heart will find some peace and rest.

    • Lindsey

      I am excited to do this study. my heart has been needing it. thank you ladies for all you do!

    • Rhonda Elder

      Sorry for your loss.

    • Heather

      Praying for you Angela and the loss of your father. Also praying for you as you walk this grief journey – that God is holding you close in His love and bringing you comfort, surrounding you with peace.

    • Sarah T

      So sorry for your loss. So glad that you are here and know that God is ready to be near.

    • Amanda Bible Williams

      Angela, my heart aches for you in the painful loss of your father. I lost my father to illness two years ago, and grief is so hard – especially when it is coupled with pain. Just want to say that I am praying for you right now – that God would be so near to you – and that I’m so glad you’re here.

  • Jessica Roth

    I feel like this is exactly what I’ve been needing. Looking forward to it!

  • Ruth Marie

    Our hearts are idol factories! Oh how we need these reminders over and over that that we are worshippers, and unless we are clinging to the only one and true God, are hearts will lead us astray. Looking so forward to immersing my heart in book Hosea with this perfectly appointed community. Let's read truth!

  • Marcely Wenda

    I am so grateful for this devotional. I love and live for Jesus but I have had times lately that darkness just surrounds my life. Even with life circumstances creeping in, Jesus has sustained me. I pray that every woman would be touched by reading this devo.

  • Looking forward to this study! Oh how I need this!

  • Amy Hergenroether

    I am very excited to release my idols to God and consciously out Him first! Thank you SRT staff!

  • When I saw ‘the book of Hosea is for you’ post on Instagram I knew I needed to join this study. You’re right, I cannot convince myself out of worshipping idols – I need to re-fall in love with God EVERY DAY. :) thanking The Lord for His faithfulness

  • I love the book of Hosea so much. Being a people once called “Nobody” that are now “Somebody” to the God of the universe. So beautiful.

  • Mandi O'Connor

    I’m so looking forward to this series! The book of Hosea is so interesting to me and I’m already being challenged as to what “idols” I have been giving my affections to wrongly. Such a powerful book!

  • Sustainingholly

    This is my first SRT study and I found myself moved to tears reading the devotional. I am quitting my job today because I am choosing to follow the doors God has opened for me. I want to relinquish my love of money and my desire to be known by others for my works instead of for my faith. I am so hopeful that this study will remind me of God’s promise to love me no matter what. I’m in recovery from an eating disorder and I have felt myself slipping back to the familiar idol of control. I am prayerful for this community. I’ve never done anything like this but everyone seems so genuine and the reminder of our identity as Sisters gives me great joy! Praise today and always to the God who reminds us who and whose we are!

  • Molly Ann

    I have never taken part in a bible study before, and I came across this one at just the right time. I never think about the fact that putting other things first before bible study or prayer is idolizing it or putting it before God but now I know that I need to step back, look at where I place my time and energy, and really take hold of my life putting God on the top as he should be. I am very excited to see where this study will take me in faith!

  • The book of Hosea brings me the most hope of any book in the Bible. Hopeful for restoration.

  • abellimentoviolin

    I don't know if I've ever actually studied Hosea. But I want to thank you ladies for working with us through a difficult book. All of God's Word is inspired and therefore important. I don't want to shy away from the tough stuff. So thank you for giving me the push to get into ALL of the Bible!

  • Katherine

    God has been calling me away from something and back to him for some time. I have far too long tried to fill a void that Only God's love for me can fill.and reveal to me that purpose he has for me. Some words that jumped out at me Mess, Void, Relentless Love and Pursuit. I know God has much for me to learn during this study and I am praying that my heart will be completely open for me to hear God's calling for me in the words of the book of Hosea. So thankful for this study.

  • I’m new to SRT and I’m really looking forward to what God has for me in this study. I know I worship all the wrong things. It’s easy to worship the everyday, in your face things or the forever elusive “perfect –fill in the blank” things. But I’m very excited and also a little nervous to dive in. But I’m in and trust that God is always right beside me.

    • shereadstruth

      Welcome, Aileen! We are so happy to have you! Thanks for taking the bold step to joining us-we are praying for you during the study of Hosea!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Laura C.

    This new study is so appropriate for what I am working through right now. God has called me away from something that I thoroughly loved, because it became an idol in my life. And the pain of having it ripped away is so raw. There are moments when I feel the pain will consume me. But God has been faithful and will continue to be. He sees my weakness and knows my struggle. I pray God uses this study to purge me of the idol completely and help me see that He loves me. Because right now, I fear He won’t be enough.

  • Gretchen

    I love this. That God uses Himself to draw us away from sin and idols. “Thomas Chalmers says that our “misplaced affections need to be replaced by the far greater power of the affection of the Gospel.”” It reminds me of one of my favorite quotes by CS Lewis “It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”

  • This study is going to be soul searching for me – I can feel it! Today I am grateful for this community that allows me the priveldge to study the bible when I can (early morning and late night says the mom with little kiddos).
    This morning reading the books intro in my Bible I had an aha moment about the books purpose. "Just as Gomer lost interest in Hosea and ran after other lovers, we too can easily lose appreciation for our special relationship with God and pursue dreams and goals that do not include Him. When we compromise our Christian lifestyle and adopt the ways of the world, we are being unfaithful."
    This touches me today as I have been creating an idea of developing a scrapbooking / memory keeping ministry locally and online. I want God and His word to be the soul and main focus. I am scared to begin. I am worried it won't honor God and His plan for my life. So I sit her unmoving from fear and worry. I don't want to be like Gomer and be unfaithful to our amazing God. I don't want to compromise my faith to conform to the ways of the world.
    So so many things to pray about! Happy to be in the SRT community and this study of Hosea!

  • Robyn Baker

    Wow. This may be much more in depth than I originally bargained for. The Lord is so sweet in how he loves and guides us. Thanking Him for this today.

    • shereadstruth

      I am so thankful for His guidance, Robyn! We love having you here and are praying for you during the study of Hosea!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • I'm so excited to read this with you all! When I became a Christian, the hardest realization for me was that God isn't mad at me for all the things I did before I sought him, and He's not going to hold a grudge for rejecting Him. Throughout my journey I keep coming back to the thought– I don't deserve this kind of love. Why would He keep giving me chances? Even though I always know He is love and He is truth, I often question whether I have really rested my whole heart in Him, or if I'm still trying to hold on to some bit of control. I am so encouraged and excited to read this book with y'all!

    • shereadstruth

      Thank you so much for the encouragement, Julia! So thankful for these truths and excited to dive in deeper with you!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • We worship what we lack. Oh man. How painfully true. And all those things we want and worship can never fully satisfy. Looking forward to the rest of this study. Have a blessed day, lovelies.

  • kaysepratt

    Alright, my initial thought was that I may read something else during the Hosea study. It just didn’t seem like something I needed right now. But after reading today’s passage and devotion, I can clearly see that I was wrong! Now I can’t wait for tomorrow, and am looking forward to seeing what God does in the next 17 days!! Thank you for this!

    • shereadstruth

      Thanks for joining us, Kayse! We are prayerful and expectant that God would teach you big things during this study!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Sarah Martin

    I wanted to go ahead and "read ahead…" Wow. Thanks for shedding new light on this book! I was reading this in THE VOICE translation and can't help but share:
    (to His reclaimed bride) 19 I’m going to marry you, and this time it’ll be forever in righteousness and justice. Our covenant will reflect a loyal love and great mercy; 20 our marriage will be honest and truthful, and you’ll understand who I really am—the Eternal One. (Hosea 2:19-20)

    Thank YOU Lord!

  • Victoria

    It's been a long time since I've studied the book of Hosea and I am praying God will use it in big ways to refresh my heart. Excited.

  • rachelbradney

    So excited to start this study alongside all of you women! I can already tell that the Lord is going to recapture many hearts through the study of Hosea. I know He is already working on mine. This is exactly what I need right now..I just pray that I am consistent with the study and fully open to what the Lord wants to teach me through it. Have a wonderful day, ladies!

  • Dorian Kay Sibray

    I’m so excited to enter into this study. Hosea is my favorite book of the bible and I can’t to see it in a new light with all of you. This is the first devotional that I will be going through on the app, and it makes it all the more exciting. Love to all you beauties this morning!

    • shereadstruth

      Hi, friend! So grateful to hear that you're joining us on the app! Excited to dive into truth with you!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Anxious to learn deeper, humbled to be in His word

  • We worship the wrong things… this internet world can crush me so many times. And yet their is beauty in it, so long as I can keep this smart phone in my hand from being an idol. I put so much attention into it that it steels me away from what is right in front of me. Lord I pray through Hosea I learn to walk away more.. to set it down…to be present in you in what amazing days you set before me. I’ve made some steps allready to this so please keep me moving forward. Let me not step back into the darkness where pride and attention seeking lives. You see me. You know my heart. And that is all that matters. Let the time spent in the internet space be for your glory and let me walk away when it leans not. In Christ alone.

    • lisalouneu

      Amen! Technology is a huge idol. How much time have I wasted on games and drama. And oh how hard it is to walk away. I just got this app today and am trying hard to come here to this study each time I pick up my iPad! As much as I want to pray and come to The Lord with problems and thanks and sins, it seems my mind wanders and out of habit I do the same things I’ve always done. I’m looking for a change. Thank you for sharing here, your words have helped me! Prayers for a wonderful study for you, Steph!

  • As I sat on my deck this morning, watching the day begin and filling my heart with His word, I couldn't help but cry. Knowing that God loves us unconditionally is overwhelming at times. At the times when I find it hard to love myself and try to push His love away, my God loves me hard enough for the both of us. He heals me, He lifts me up, He walks beside me, holding me until I am strong enough to continue on with just His hand on my shoulder so that I know He is there. His love is truly relentless.

  • Millicent

    I woke up feeling anxious and not really myself today and this post really encouraged me today. Sometimes when I feel far away from God I have to remind myself of his unrelenting love for me. Thank you so much Amanda. I woke up feeling like a mess and I feel so much better after reading this.

    • shereadstruth

      Praying for you today, Millicent! Asking that this reminder of truth would continue throughout the day! We love having you!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Stacy Sander

    Thankful for His love that can never fail. Looking so forward to this study!

  • Good morning from Texas. I am so happy to be a part of this study!

    • shereadstruth

      So happy to have you, Rhonda! Thanks for joining us!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Emma Hammontree

    The scary and humbling thing about Hosea to me is that it shows me that my life–which most would see as “good” and godly, still has idols shoved in all it’s nooks and crannies–visible to me but not the world. I may seem focused and good but the devil has allowed me to get comfortable in how I “seem” and not worry about how I really AM. Hosea tells me that is adultery and whoredom. Scary, but needed reality. I’m ready for the revolution this book will inspire in my life!

  • readeroftruth

    I am here. And scared to read Hosea. But here. I came back to faith, to God in that past year. I pray for the ability to face my sin and unbelief. I pray for the ability to let go of a past which saw me participate in some of the sensitive subjects mentioned in the book of Hosea. Hence my fear in participating in this study. I pray to believe that our God is bigger than my sin. I pray to believe that a life lived in service to the Lord to one worth living. I pray for strength and to bask in the glow of grace. Thank you.

    • Kayla

      This is beautiful! I pray that you experience total breakthrough as God breaks down the walls of your heart so you can experience his incredible love for you! For us!!

  • Oh man. I've been wrestling with some fear and worry for two weeks, and have been left an absolute mess. Nothing has unsettled me more than becoming a mother. One of the most beautiful, yet terrifying, things ever. And my worry for them, their well-being and safety, it can be off the charts. I can finally say out loud that it is an IDOL. What a timely study this is. I AM a mess and so thankful that Hosea is for me.

    • shereadstruth

      Praying for you, Megan! You are not walking through this alone and I'm asking that God would consume your mind with truth and surround you with loving community! Love to you!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Thank you! This is my first SRT study, and just what I needed today! My husband suffers from an addiction, and this has clearly shown me how I have made an idol out of trying to change him, worshipping the way things could be, how I want them to be, instead of believing I am exactly where God wants me! Though I may not understand it, I have to remember His ways are not mine, and His thoughts higher than mine. Looking forward to reading the rest of Hosea!

    • shereadstruth

      Hi, sweet friend! Welcome to our community! I am so thankful that you're committed to exploring truth in this tough season. Praying that God would meet you here each day and cover you in His love!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Hosea came alive for me after reading rRedeeming Love by Francine Rivers. anyone else read that book? I just loved the Hebrews study and am anxious to see what is in store with this new one!
    Have a blessed day, sisters.

    • Briana Deschambault

      Same for me!! What a beautiful picture of The Lord’s pursuit.

    • Erin Dunn

      Same also for me!

    • shereadstruth

      Redeeming Love is one of my favorites, Susan! Excited to dive into truth with you!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • I feel a tugging at my heart reading today's devotional and the comments. I've never read Hosea before and I am glad God brought me here. One word that always jumps out at me in the bible is "Faithful." I went through a season in my marriage where that word was pretty nonexistent. It's easy to fall into dark places then. But God was unrelenting with his pursue and love for me. No matter what happens in life, "I will be faithful to you and make you mine (Hosea 2:20)." I praise God that we are loved by him faithfully, that we are His forever.

    • Sarah T

      Amen! What an amazing gift to be loved by such a God. Hard to believe this always. But glad to have those who will encourage us and remind us of that truth:)

  • Shannon Geurin

    Wow. I'm so inspired by this study already and its only day 1! I'm ready for whatever the Lord has for me! I'm also ready to give to Him whatever needs to be given! Thank you for doing this!

    • shereadstruth

      Thanks for joining us, Shannon! Excited and expectant for this study!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • johutch2395

    ah, thank you so so SO much shereadstruth team for letting God guide you guys in your decision to study the book of Hosea.
    I am a sophomore in college in North Carolina and my boyfriend goes to college in florida–and i cannot tell you how hard it has been the last few days waking up and wanting so badly to wake up joyfully, but instead waking up sad because my affection for Jesus has been overshadowed with my love for my boyfriend. I feel like a mess, i feel like a fool for NOT "being able to brush this off" but its true that any affection or love that does come before christ IS idolatry and my situation needs to change. i need to fall in love with jesus, be captivated by Jesus the way my boyfriend has captivated me. I am thankful to be in a godly relationship that is completely centered on Christ, but am realizing that in long distance, my longing and "need" for JAKES love has absolutely no value if i am not searching for my joy and reason to live in JESUS first.

    So thank you for choosing this book, for letting God guide this decision, because this is the message ive needed the past few weeks, ive needed Jesus to stand me up, and say "i love you, i love you, i love you."
    God bless everyone who runs this program and everyone who gets the pleasure of benefiting from it. have a wonderful day, for it truly is the biggest blessing ever to wake up to another day of life as a child of God :)

    • shereadstruth

      Friend, I have been in this hard place and am praying for you! Asking that God would captivate you with His love through this study each day and consume your thoughts with truth! We love having you!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Really looking forward to doing this study with all of you! I am new to shereadstruth and it has been so refreshing.

    • shereadstruth

      Welcome, Kate! We are so happy to have you!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • So excited for this!

  • Hosea – what a history I have with this book! It’s picture of grace, Gods pursuit of unfaithful Israel and willingness to take her back again and again led me to reconcile with my unfaithful spouse after an 11 month separation. I wish I could say “and they lived happily ever after” – but we didn’t. When I received an invite to join this study I thought “oh no, NOT HOSEA!! I know God has something for me in this study – and I want to receive it – but enter in with fear and trepidation!

  • KristenB

    My heart is already cowering, afraid of what we might find in it as we journey through Hosea. But praise God He calls us to repentance and forgives us. I pray that by the end of this study my idols will be exposed for what they are and crushed. Jesus, be my King.

    • shereadstruth

      Praying with you, Kristen! Proud of you for joining us and sticking it out amid the fear. Asking that God would meet you here each day and revive your heart with truth!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • I’m excited to be here!

    • shereadstruth

      We are so excited to have you, Tricia!! Thanks for joining us!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Two words; Thank You!

    • shereadstruth

      Thanks for joining us, Rebecca! Excited to study truth with you!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Been putting this off #enoughofthat

    • shereadstruth

      Thanks for joining us, Jamie! We love having you!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Candacejo

    So excited to have those joining SRT for the first time! Welcome! May you be strengthened by the commUNITY and, of course, the WORD.

    I learned so much when we studied Hosea and Gomer last year here. There is so much depth and richness of the love of God spilling out all throughout the book. The mercy of God always amazes me.

    Blessings to all as we study together. ♥

  • I’ll have to say this introduction whets my appetite for the study of Hosea. I know I have some “misplaced affections” I need to do away with, and perhaps He will bring others to my attention so He can replace them as well. I say, “Replace away with more and deeper affection for You!”

    • shereadstruth

      You and me both, Carolyn! Praying that we would continue to walk in truth as we replace away with more and deeper affection for Him! We love having you!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • I’m so excited to FINALLY start my first #shereadstruth study! I’ve thought about it for a long time and then forget. And it’s amazing how God meets us where we are…continually. This sounds like exactly where I am. I’m constantly wondering why my relationship with Christ isn’t changing or going deeper, but then I remember I’m not truly pursing Him, I’m so often pursing other things. I’ve identified idols in my life but it’s something that constantly comes up when in struggling to deepen my relationship with our Creator. God is already speaking to me in this first day and I can’t wait to see where this brings me. Hoping and praying this is finally a good launching point for a steady continual growth in my Christian faith and walk. Honored and blessed to do it with you ladies.

    • shereadstruth

      Praising Him for His faithfulness, Alehson! Excited for your first study and can't wait to see what God teaches you! We love having you!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • This is also my first SRT study and I am so excited. I am ready to dive in and let Jesus work in my heart!

    • shereadstruth

      Welcome, Jess! So excited to have you!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Sally Shake

    Thank you for your openness in saying that this book causes you to say things you don’t want to say to The Lord. That deep honesty with him is a struggle for my heart, but I am grateful for this gracious place to search that out. Thank you. Thank you.

  • (sorry if similar comments posted twice- my computer is not happy with me this morning).
    I am looking forward to diving into this book with you. Like so many women, I'm guilty of pursuing the things of this world. I lust after shoes and outfits and vacations and home décor. Sometimes my desire for these things takes my eyes off of Jesus. And I wonder how that must feel to Him.
    I liken it to when I take my kids to Target and there is something they really really want. They run through the store, forgetting I am there, straight to the toy department. They pick up that toy and hold it and ask for it. And unless it's a special occasion, like a birthday, they usually leave without it. For awhile afterward, their demeanors change. They whine and pout about not getting what they wanted. They forget that I'm right there. That I love them. That I've done so much for them already. It hurts. It hurts that they can't see past what they don't have to all that they do have.
    Isn't it the same with God? He's watched me pursue promotions and accolades and vacations and the perfect pair of boots. And sometimes I don't get them. And my demeanor changes. And I whine and pout and enter the throes of self-pity for a while. But He's still there. And He still loves me. Even when I forget how much He loves me and how much He's done for me already.
    I pray that for all of us as this study begins. That we would be able to course correct and instead of chasing after earthly things, we would run back to God, recognizing that He's been patiently waiting for us to do this all along.

    • Gillian

      So true Melody. I am right there with you, and I like how you put it: "that we would be able to correct course […] and run back to God"

  • So excited about this study. Came at the perfect time.

  • Ayanna Mitchell

    This is my first SRT study. Excited to walk through His word with you ladies. Hosea is right on time for me at this point in my life.

  • I am excited to join you ladies in this series! I need fresh eyes and I am feeling a mess w stress and daily life, I need this so much

  • miss JLB

    I’m joining you all from Manitoba, Canada with a few girlfriends! My devotions this summer have been on fire doing SRT studies. I love waking every morning, while my babe and hubby sleep, so I can have a cup of coffee and quiet time with Jesus! Looking forward to Hosea.

    • shereadstruth

      Hi, sister! We are so happy to have you! Looking forward to studying Hosea with you!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Judah Smith has an amazing sermon on this on youtube. I encourage all to watch it. Such a blessing everytime

  • I know this will be a hard study for me, but I am also looking forward to doing a little bit of internal purging of those misplaced affections. I'm just as guilty as the next woman of idolizing those shoes or that outfit, those vacations or that position at work. But God loves me. And He's been right there.

    Sometimes I think it must be hard for Him to watch me when I push Him to the side to pursue the things of this world. It's kind of like when my own kids are in Target and see something they really, really want. They run to it, almost forgetting I'm there. They pick it up and hold it. And unless it's a birthday or special occasion, they walk out of the store without it. And it almost seems to ruin their whole day. Their demeanors change and they pout and whine about why they couldn't have that special toy. They're blind to the fact that I'm sitting right there next to them, loving them anyway, that I've done so much for them already. And it hurts.

    I think that's how God feels when I chase after worldly goods and promotions and ideas. It's not that those things are bad, for the most part anyway. It's just that they take my focus off of God. He patiently sits by and watches when things don't play out the way I'd imagined. He watches my demeanor change as I pout and whine and engage in self-pity. And He loves me anyway. He's done so much for me already. He is there pursuing me as I pin my desires to Pinterest and add items to my Amazon wishlist. I'm so thankful He doesn't just throw in the towel (because I sure do want to after some of those Target trip meltdowns).

    Praying for all of us that our eyes would be open to God's relentless pursuit of us, which is way better than any earthly thing we may chase after on our own. Praying we course correct and run back to Him.

  • alicia roberts

    Something about Hosea 2:19-20 makes me feel so warm and fuzzy inside! I just love the Lord!! To think that the Lord is so FAITHFUL AND TRUE to me and i don't even deserve it! I think that Hosea will be one of my favorite studies already!

  • Christine

    I'm feeling so blessed and revigorated by my time in Hosea this morning. I love the inclusion of the power that's found in Romans 8. Indeed, there's so great assurance found in the truth that absolutely NOTHING (which can be hard to fathom), can separate us from the love of Christ. Surely, if height nor depth and anything else in creation can keep us from God, what is there left to worry about? As such, Hosea takes us to the heart of the matter of how we, ourselves, are causing the separation in how we continually run and hide.

    I'm thankful that God's unrelenting pursuit was known before the beginning of time. He sought me before I even knew Him, when any response or acknowledgement on my part was nonexistent. This continued to to the glorious day of my redemption and salvation, but surely, did not stop there. How often now do I run and hide from the God I know and love, as did Adam and Eve after the fall? Even so, God does not sever the ties and cast me out from His presence for I am His child forever: "I am betrothed to Him forever."

    Thank God for his unrelenting, unceasing mercy and faithfulness, of which I cannot fathom or fully enumerate. I want to respond and seek His face. I want to draw near and pursue Him as He does to me. Here on Earth, I want to pursue, love and serve people in the same unrelenting way as Christ does to me.

  • So excited, ready, and waiting to dive into this book with you ladies. No doubt it is God's perfect timing in my life. Oh, HOW HE LOVES US!

  • The language God uses in Hosea 2:16-20 speaks to all that I ever hoped for in a husband and a marriage…anyone else, ladie? Freedom from the past (vs. 16-17), long-term commitment (vs. 18), security and protection (vs 18), the promise of "forever" (vs. 19), right treatment, unwavering love, and mercy despite His complete knowledge of my faults and weaknesses (vs. 19), pure devotion with "eyes only for me" (vs. 20), and intimacy (vs. 20). I'm thankful to have a wonderful husband, but he doesn't and can't ever fulfill these desires perfectly. Before reading what Amanda wrote, I wrote a question for myself, "Why would we ever want to run away from this? Why are we so easily satisfied with cheap substitutes?" And it has absolutely been true in my life that every time there is a void, "the heart must have something to cling to." I pray that through this study, He will help all of us to choose intimacy with Him over tangible but unsatisfying things… and cling to Him!

  • Is there any way the prayer and journaling prompts they mentioned are in the study guide can be put in the app too (or ideally free on the web, but at the very least listed in the paid app version. I prefer the app over paper copy because it’s easy to pull out whenever/wherever but was sad to see this morning the prompts where in there.

  • You're right. We are a worshiping people. The thought hadn't really crossed my mind until a couple of days ago. I've been meditating on the idea and then this morning I read the words, "it's in our DNA." We, the entire human race, are passionate people. We have to have something that we are holding tightly to, something to put our passion into, to give our adoration to and we find it in everything else but the God of the Universe. We center our lives around it, our thoughts are consumed by it, we worship it. Everyone is different. Some of us of lots of things we worship all at once. Some of us move from one thing to another so quickly, and others hold onto one thing stubbornly. This is us…humanity. This is me.

  • Catherine

    Already super convicted and learning so much from my first She Reads Truth study today in Hosea. Thanks for providing a way to dive into Scripture, learn more about our Savior & know how to apply it and walk it out in our day to day life. What a blessing!

    • shereadstruth

      Hi, Catherine! Welcome to our community. We are so happy to have you! Excited to dive into Hosea with you!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Melanie @ Carmel Moments

    Yay! Looking forward to another study. And I can never get enough of God’s relentless love for me! Praise his holy name!

  • All I can think this morning is 2 Tim 2:13- " When we are not faithful he remains faithful, for he cannot deny himself." One of my favorite scriptures and definitely something I know will be on my mind throughout our study of Hosea. Bless you girls today! Love you all!

    • Christine

      Love this verse and how it's relevant to our study. We so often try to understand God's nature according to our human perspective that often limits His greatness. I know I often think of in terms of reciprocity where surely, God's love and anything else good aboout HIm must be hindered by my performance. This verse can be a template for so much more: "When we are not ____, he remains ____!"

    • le_momma

      I think that is what impressed me this morning. It is God who is the active agent! Just like we read in Hebrews, HIS grip on us is stronger than our grip on Him! Praying that He will continue to pursue our hearts and we will submit to Him and let Him do His work. Praise The Lord!

    • Susan

      Yes! What a wonderful verse!

  • Wow! Talk about convicting scripture. I've read Hosea before, but have never had it speak to me this way before. It is so easy to think the Old Testament is just a historical account of our foundations as Christians. But this morning I changed Baal to being busy which is what my idol is. It changed the whole scripture for me. To read the accusation in Hosea 2:2-16 and to fill in Israel with my name and Baal with being busy really convicted me this morning. Then to read Hosea 2:17-20 and to think of God sending Jesus and of his wonderful sacrifice really put a new perspective on what God's unrelenting love means. Thank you for this study. Looking forward to the rest of it

  • Beth Starkey

    *Sigh of relief* Hosea is definitely my favorite book of the Bible. Yet, even though I’ve read it several times already, it’s words were still fresh for me this morning. NEW things realized. God DOES love me, even though I’m a mess. He has pursued me in the past… Yes. But, His pursuit and love for me is not only “history”, it’s part of my current story. He keeps on loving me!! Always. Past, present, and future. Sometimes I forget that He IS. (Not just “was” or “will be”.) I am SO excited to dig down deep with everyone for this study! Thank you, God.

    • Mary

      YES! His pursuit is part of my current story, not just my past. He does love me. What a refreshing and overwhelming relief.

  • I am thanking God this morning for putting this study on the hearts of the SRT team. This is a study that I think that I desperately need. And thank you, ladies, for hearing His call and allowing Him to work through you.

    • shereadstruth

      Katie, we are so thankful that God is using She Reads Truth to encourage you! We love having you in our community and look forward to exploring Hosea with you!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Kimberly

    My mess is so large, so blocking me right now from seeing what is eternal and worthy of praise. My prayer is that the sin of this mess would be uncovered to be “ousted by the expulsion power of a New Affection.” how that is so true! Can’t wait to dig in further.

    • shereadstruth

      Praying with you, sister! Excited to explore these truths with you!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • This study has already made impact. My grasping heart has been trying to fill a void for so long. I've been running for so long. Worshiping other idols for so long, trying to fill legitimate needs in illegitimate ways. The thing is, sin never really satisfies that hunger. It makes a promise it cannot keep. I know that yet I keep trying to feed from that table.
    Thank you God that you keep pursuing me even as I've turned my back and run from you. You pursue even as I've sold myself into slavery. You've already paid the price for my freedom and I have chosen bondage. And yet you have claimed me. You said that no one can snatch me out of the palm of your hand. I've said a thousand sorrys and ran right back to the idols. It's time to stop running.

    • Kimberly

      “It’s time to stop running”- I am right there with you. thank you for this push!

    • Mary

      I was just saying last night that sin has such a way of appearing wholesome in our culture today. Let's all take our blinders off and see it for what it really is- a LIE. Running back with you!

    • ButterflyBre

      Thanks Tanya for putting my feelings in words today. I'm so grateful to God for His timing and His way. Thank you Lord for coming after me, for relentlessly pursuing me.

  • Excited and nervous to dig into the book of Hosea. I do feel like a mess most days. I feel like my life is going in five hundred directions and I'm being pulled to pieces trying to be all that I need to be. I feel like decision making doesn't come easy for me. I question everything so much and my mind gets confused about what I should be doing. All I want to do is what God wants for me and my family.

    I hope everyone has a blessed day…xoxo

  • kellyinpa

    I've done many bible studies over the years but never Hosea. So excited to dig into God's Word and find out more about Him and who I am in Him.

  • Good morning, im excited! I see this book as an opportunity to grow in God and I am ready. I pray that you all will have a wonderful day. God bless you all.

  • Excited to go on this journey with you all, from London ! I’m desperate to know more about His love, especially when multiple idols are fighting for my attention.

    • shereadstruth

      Hi Isha,
      I'm so grateful you're joining us from London! Praying for you as we explore truth together!

      xoxo-Kaitln for She Reads Truth

  • Sarah Lenz

    This is just what I need right now. Looking forward to this study!

  • I'm ready. I'm ready for this book. I am here; humbled, worn and saddened by life's experiences. I desire to understand myself through God's eyes and heart more than I have at any other point in my walk. I know that by better understanding me, I will better "see" those around me. I cling to the Unrelenting Love of a God who chooses me over and over and over. Who despite, my flippant heart, guarantees me that NOTHING can separate me from His love. While I may turn my head from the sight of me, the sight of sin in my life, the sight of pain….He cups His hands on my face, turns me to Him and whispers, "You are mine, You are beautiful, You are loved. Nothing will keep me from you." Oh the feeling of a love like this. I am ready, ready for Hosea! ~ B

  • joanne sher

    Oh do I need this – every bit! Cant wait to dig in!

  • "If you feel like a mess today, the book of Hosea is for you." Amen.

  • Gm….I’m here every morning writing n my journal an reading the truth I so long to be close to God I want more of him I have been n a relationship for 5years an I feel like its nt moving anywhere I pray an I don’t hear from God y is that?…..I’m always thinking bout if I do this maybe this will happen for me an I just keep getting down an depressed I really was a closer walk with God an I need to release the hurt that I am dealing with I’m afraid to let anyone n because of the hurt I have experience… I need this fellowship with you women to help me so I look forward to this study of Hosea…

    • Bcoffeelover

      Mekesha I pray that God may open your eyes to the truth and fill and anoint you with the Holy Spirit so you are able to see the truth – that he loves you and cares deeply for you and that He meets you right here, right now – I pray His love surrounds you and all of us and that we feel and receive his love today and always in our walk with God. In JESUS NAME AMEN

    • Candacejo

      Bcoffeelover prayed over you beautifully! I echo her sentiments and join in prayer with you both today that the Lord will gently guide you, lead you and pursue you with His unmatched love and faithfulness. Read the Word and make it your own! He is there, He is here, near, waiting to meet with you. Talk to Him as you would a dear friend, POUR out your HEART and let Him strengthen you. In that Name above all Names…Jesus! ♥

    • shereadstruth

      Mekesha, I'm so thankful for your honesty. Praying that God would meet you in those hard places and meet you here each day. You're not walking through this alone! Love to you!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • stinav96

    This morning I'm struck by the idea that many times our sin does not begin with us. Sometimes our sin begins with the sin of another either enacted upon us or whose consequences have fallen upon us. Sometimes we react sinfully to another's sin. Sometimes as we seek a godly response to being sinned against, we get bogged down in some aspect of our daily walk, one that we were not anticipating causing us problems in the first place. Recovering from our own sinful tendencies takes constant communion with God. Shame? Or the humble realization that no, I'm not perfect, and yes, I need help? Isolation? Or embracing the humbling accountability of community with those who care for us so deeply? And these sinful responses are a direct result of that need for something concrete to fuel our worship. When we (ok, when *I*) feel wounded, I'm looking for a more concrete salve to treat that wound than an ethereal Being who, in that moment, seems not to have a clue what it feels like to be me. So, instead, I apply the salve of control, the salve of pride (how often I need to consider the act of self deprecation as a facet of pride!), the salve of self-sufficient knowledgeable-ness…. the list goes on and on. I whore after these other gods who make it feel better for the moment, but who have no ultimate power, who have no life in them, who are not even able to love, much less, love me as God so loves me, the greatly undeserving. He understands our need for the concrete, while at the same time calling us to faith in the unseen. But isn't that why He gives us His creation? Why He answers our prayers (even if it isn't the way we want them answered!)? Why He provides that sum of money, that job, that meal, those hand-me-down clothes, at just the right time? We cannot truthfully say we have no concrete evidence to back up our faith. Others can explain it away. Some even protest that those are simply things we deserve. But a mind focused on the humility that comes by way of deep and personal relationship with the Creator God, the One who uses even sin in our lives (whether ours or another's) to create beauty, will hear God whisper, "I am here. I see. And I love you."

    Thank you, Amanda, for such an inspiring post this morning! I am so excited to continue diving into Hosea!

  • drshanwalks

    I am excited about the book of Hosea. This is a book that I feel we each should read at least once a year so that the Lord can bring to light any issues that we have so we can repent. Repent means to turn back towards Him. This book always brings my current issues to light and forces me to deal with them. I know that many people dread facing the hard truth, but I have learned to embrace it. I don't want to continue doing the wrong thing or struggling. Lord show me a better way. Heal me, guide me, give me wisdom and strength. I pray for all of us ladies as we embark on this journey together. There is no judgment only healing as we return back to you. Amen.

  • You alone can allow me to lie down in safety. You are with me forever in love, righteousness, mercy and faithfulness. You called and I turned away. Over and over. But nothing can separate me from your love. You call me your child. You pursued me when I was unworthy and selfish. You still pursue me in my selfishness and pride. Help me to see clearly where I am continuing to sacrifice for and worship in the wrong things. Remind me of your love and draw me to it. Forgive my wandering heart. Thank you Father.

    • shereadstruth

      Amen, Kendall! Thanks for sharing this beautiful prayer!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • HeyDonna

    Hello from Ireland!! I’m excited to start my first study with She Reads Truth. I’m entering into a season of rest that I feel The Lord is calling me to and it’s hard for this people pleaser to let go of what others thing in the process. The Chambers quote really hits home to me, “our misplaced affections need to be replaced…” I’m excited to see what God has In store during this study.

    • Candacejo

      Welcome! Blessings to you today, friend, in your season of rest. God is with you. ♥

    • shereadstruth

      Hi, Donna! We are so grateful you're joining us from Ireland! Praying for you as we study Hosea together!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Really excited to start this study and purge (for good) the yucky stuff that’s been in/on my heart lately in order to replace it with The One who should be on my heart constantly.

    Prayers and hugs to you Eva- SO happy that you felt The Lord meeting you in your time of need. He is with us always- the BEST friend to call on in the middle of the night (speaking from experience as I’ve been up since 3 am on the east coast laying my fears and worries on Him)!
    Blessings to all of you today! Xoxo

  • Hello…my name is Tina, and I am a MESS……I am a mess in need of loving Jesus more…in need of something worthwhile to hold on to ….in need of knowing that my God has not forsaken me, though I sin against HIM every day of my life…in need of HIS loving arms and love, even though I break HIS heart, with my idol worshipping ….my wanting this, my needing that…I am here ….to acknowledge the shame I am carrying on my back….and the desperate need to BELIEVE that, there is more to this life than just the idol worshipping, the shame carrying, the walking away from a God, who loves me, unconditionally..when the going gets tough, or doesn't happen my way…..I am here,.. to be recaptured…once again…by HIS relentless and perfect love…

    My name is Tina…and I am in need of a head and heart shift, to the One who covers me, who holds me, and calls me HIS own…HIS child, HIS BELOVED…who loves me…relentlessly and perfectly…

    Until tomorrow, Sisters…BE totally and abundantly Blessed…..xxx

    • AQuinn

      Hello, my name is Amy and I am a mess. Tina, so we'll said…I echo all your comments!

    • Rhonda

      Tina, you have taken a giant step in this "crying out" and honesty. God is going to rock your world in this Bible Study. And we love you.

    • Tina Walker

      Hello Tina. My name is Tina also and not only do I feel as if your message was me talking because we share the same name, but I felt blessed to have a sister in Christ feel the same. I have visited this site before and I just decided to go to it today because I am not myself lately. I am in your words… A MESS also.
      I am looking forward to reading the book of Hosea so that the Lord can help me to straighten some of this mess out.
      Be blessed.

  • EvaRuthVega

    I'm awake on the East Coast, fighting off a panic attack, and the urge to call an ex-boyfriend because I feel pressed and desperate. I had the text message typed while I was gulping in short breaths and digging for the strength to resist the urge to "send." Telling myself that the comfort he could give would be erased by the next screaming match when he reminds me of how I called on him in my moment of need. I paced the floors of my house, considered getting in the car to drive, but where does one go at 2:00 in the morning…and almost 30 minutes later I thought about reading my bible for solace. Needing something to lead me through it, I went looking for this website….and, I read "Such is the grasping tendency of the human heart, that it must have a something to lay hold of—and which, if wrested away without the substitution of another something in its place, would leave a void and a vacancy as painful to the mind, as hunger is to the natural system…. The heart must have something to cling to…”
    Thank you for giving me something to grasp hold of tonight. My heart is pained, but finds comfort knowing it can grasp God's word in the middle of the night when I can't call any of my friends for fear of waking their children or their husbands. I am not alone. Lord, I believe; Help my unbelief!

    • Kelley Fogarty

      Praying for you in California dear Eva!

    • tina

      Eva, what an amazing God we have , we praise, we worship…..Thank you Lord, for watching over Eva, as she wrestled with her thoughts, and need to have something to hold on to….Thank you Lord God, that YOU had her back…Thank you that you led her to these words.."Such is the grasping tendency of the human heart, that it must have a something to lay hold of—and which, if wrested away without the substitution of another something in its place, would leave a void and a vacancy as painful to the mind, as hunger is to the natural system…. The heart must have something to cling to…” , and this site….Thank you Lord God, for showing Eva, how much YOU love her, and that YOU are always there for her….I pray Lord God, that You continue throughout this day and beyond, to hold on to her so tightly, that in that hold, there is a peace that can only come from You, Lord…praising You for your faithfulness and love Lord God….Thank You for saving this sister….in the name of Jesus, the One who has made all things possible..I. pray….Amen

      God be with you Eva…xxx

      • BarbaraH

        Praying too for Eva. Having panic attacks at this time as well, and what you said Tina "I pray Lord God, that You continue throughout this day and beyond, to hold on to her so tightly, that in that hold, there is a peace that can only come from You, Lord…praising You for your faithfulness and love Lord God." – that met me at my point of need so directly that I praise the God Who knows just what we need and is at our back always. Thank you and bless you Tina, and Eva for sharing, and may all sisters in similar need know the comfort and strength of our God who holds us safely and will never let us slip.

      • Amy

        Praying for you today girl. It's not an easy journey, but you are NOT walking alone.

      • Candacejo

        Eva, I have been where you are. I DID "phone a friend" in the middle of the night once…it wasn't an ex, it was just an older, wiser woman of God. She spoke into my life the Word of God and how to fight fear, panic and anxiety by quoting the WORD and taking authority in the Spirit. If you have the Spirit of Jesus Christ living in YOU then you have the POWER to speak to that fear and tell it to leave, in Jesus' Name! Bind that spirit of fear and panic in the name of Jesus and loose the peace of God in its place. Quote scripture out loud, even if you just read from the Psalms, there is power in the Word and in speaking it, claiming it, for your very own. Praying for you this morning that the peace of God that passes all understanding would fill your heart and mind. Stick with the Bible studies and don't hesitate to ask for prayer. Blessings. ♥

      • 123

        So sorry…I was giving a thumbs up on my iPad but the keys are so close and my finger so plump that it hit the thumbs down button by mistakes. Won't let me toggle to change it. :-(

      • Shelley

        Praying that this study will only bring you more confidence in our sweet Jesus as the true answer to any and every insecurity you are facing. He has seen me through so many doubts and fears and I will be praying that He comes so close to you through this study that you can feel the breath of His Spirit upon you, sweet Eva.

    • Mary Catherine Grant

      Panic is such a scary thing to those who feel it, but sadly so many just don’t get it. Praying for you this morning!

    • GracenJoy

      So glad you found SRT Eva. Praying for you.

    • Rhonda

      God Loves you so much and knows your name. Welcome to this group.

    • Christina Hyde

      Thank you Eva for sharing your story and I will continue to pray for your need during the rest of this study. How perfect is His timing! What an encouragement to hear what God is doing in each of our lives. To see and read how the Holy Spirit uses the Word of God to reach and set free all of us, but in very personal and individualized ways according to our need. He IS the God who sees us! I turned 50 yesterday but I am not one who is hung up on age. It’s definitely a day of reflection though and the comforts of this world that I’ve allowed myself to cling to have swallowed up who I am in Christ. Our family has been through some tough changes and trials these last 5 years and I’ve allowed food and a smart phone to fill the ache that family heartache and stress of a new family business has left. My turning to the wrong things has left me full of shame and so I pray that The Lord does a deep new work in my life and sets me free from the trappings of this temporary life. I am very excited to take one day at a time with you all through this study! Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

    • Savannah Grace

      Praying for you today, Eva! I pray that the peace of God, which truly surpasses any form of understanding, rains down on you today. And always remember that you are never alone – for one, you have all of these beautiful, encouraging, and loving women here on She Reads Truth to lift you up in prayer when you're down, but most importantly, you have the wonderful God we get to call our Savior looking out for your every need. Much love to you, sister!

    • Nichole

      Praying for you; hoping you know you are not alone! Stay strong. Xoxo!

    • Amanda Bible Williams

      Dearest Eva, welcome. So thankful to the Lord for comforting you right when you needed it most. Our SRT friends have offered many beautiful words to you in response, but I just wanted to add this— I’ve struggled hard with anxiety, too, only my panic attacks have happened in the context of mothering my small children. As the person who wrote this post (the very same post God somehow used to minister to you! amazing), I’m in need of the very same hope and redemptive love as you. I pray that encourages you tonight, to know that you are not beyond His reach and never beyond His love. Peace to you. Please do join us again here tomorrow. xo

    • Andi

      Praying for you love. You are never alone! Xo

    • shonna

      God bless you dear Sister. I too have suffered the same urges. Your testimony here is inspiring.

  • Britni Paige

    I’m so glad that i somehow stumbled upon this community of sisters in Christ!! Such a huge blessing to know that we can all come together and support and pray for each other and go out and spread the news of our AMAZING God!

    • shereadstruth

      Britni, we are so happy to have you! Excited to dig in to Hosea with you!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Laura Torres

    Hesitant about beginning this journey as I know that God will reveal some necessary truth in my life(I’m the one running away and wondering if he’s walked away) grateful for a community of women who just want to love Jesus authentically! Let us lift one another up delicately and take femininity to a new level!

    • Amy

      So glad you're doing it in the misdst of it being hard, Laura. We'll be right here with you sister.

    • Mary

      So glad you are here. He has you right where He wants you. Just be open!

    • miss JLB

      Laura, I will pray for you this morning! That this devotion study lifts you up and encourages you. That God fills you up with a HUGE desire to go deeper with Him. I’m really looking forward to this study too. :)

    • shereadstruth

      Laura, I can relate to that hard place. Proud of you for doing this study during your rough season and praying that it would always lead you to the truth! We're with you, sister!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

    • Cari Spaulding

      Laura you aren’t the only one who has been in that place before. I pray that this study can gently bring truth to your life!

  • Cari Spaulding

    I’m super excited to start my first She Reads Truth study with you wonderful women. I’m looking forward to walking with you all in learning about God’s relentless pursuit of us, despite our many failures, flaws, and inadequacies.
    One of my goals for this study is to completely understand and actually 100% believe that passage in Romans 8. This is something I have read countless times, and is actually one of my favorite passages. Yet, is this something that I can say I truly live out believing day in and day out?
    As much as I would like to say I do, I am afraid I can’t. I often spend way too much time questioning why things are the way they are, worrying about the future, etc. If I truly believed what Romans 8 was saying, this shouldn’t be the case. Though those things are inevitable to cross our minds from time to time, there is no reason to concentrate on them. He already has them under control. He loves us, and is never going to give up on us. Even when we may stray away, He is looking after our every move, and does not ever love us any less.
    I pray you all are able to learn about walking in this truth on a daily basis as well as we go through this study.

    • NicolaL

      Hi Cari! Welcome welcome to your FIRST study! I pray that God will meet you in Romans 8 and the Holy Spirit will cover you with His grace. Have a blessed tuesday! x

    • Morgan

      Hi Cari! Welcome! I've been camping in Romans 7 and 8 for what seems like half the year now. They continually come up in so many different studies, books, conversations, sermons…Rom 8:33-35 is what's been working into my heart: who is the one who condemns? And every time I find my thoughts heading toward fear, jealousy, strife, comparison, I remind myself it is not Christ who condemns, but that HE HAS made me free! As a result of this passage-turned-prayer,I have been freed from so many circumstances where I would normally get emotionally involved and hurt. Thanks for sharing…looking forward to "getting to know you."

      • Cari Spaulding

        Thanks for your reply Morgan! Romans 8 is something I’ve been studying for awhile as well. So much great content and truth in just one chapter!

    • GracenJoy

      Welcome Cari and thanks for putting this so beautifully. I look forward to your insights as we go through Hosea.

    • shereadstruth

      Hi, Cari! Welcome to our community! We are so happy to have you. Praying for you as you explore and asking that your questions would always lead you to the truth! Love to you!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

    • Sustainingholly

      I really loved what you shared Cari. This is my first SRT study and I’m hopeful that I’ll start to live into God’s acceptance of me. I think I spend ok much time anxiously considering the way things are and how I could change them. My inadequacies and mistakes pile up during those anxious times. I find myself feeling like God is far away while forgetting God is always as close as my very breath. I am hopeful we will both find peace and comfort in the coming 16 days!

      • Cari Spaulding

        It’s crazy that when we concentrate and question situations how much Satan can expose our inadequacies, mistakes, flaws, etc. Keeping our eyes towards God and our relationship with Him is what we need to keep striving for.

  • Frances Saenz

    “We can choose to acknowledge the shame we’re carrying like a heavy pack on our weary backs….” I love this statement because we (as God’s people) are given the opportunity to listen to His word or ignore. God gives us the chance to reflect and reform. I can’t wait to spend time reflecting with this book and change a few things in my life for the glory of God.

  • We worship the wrong things. This statement is so true in mentioning how we worship what we lack and most desire yet we seek very little of the one whom it all belongs to.

    • Mary

      I related so much to the "we worship what we lack."

      • Emily

        Me too Mary!!

      • Jenn

        Yea same here Mary!

      • Lauren2024

        I hear you ladies. Even trying to fix my lack with good things can turn into idols. Exercise, healthy eating, Pinterest mom ideas, being more organized etc… All these are good things that I shouldn’t ignore but too often they get too much of my time and attention.

        • Mandy

          I feel the exact same way Lauren! Praying God shows me how to prioritize these the right way by above all putting Him first!

      • Lacey

        Agree! It’s so easy to dwell & worship on what we feel contributes

      • Lacey

        Agreed! It’s so easy to dwell on & worship what we feel contributes to our emptiness. How ironic that idolatry is often the source of emptiness.

      • Morgan

        Agreed! It’s been a constant struggle of mine to be content with what God has blessed me with, instead of being envious or taken over by what I want that he hasn’t blessed me with.

    • Shelby

      this relates very much to me! I agree so much!

  • SheReadsTruth

    He is SO great, Holly! So happy to hear you\’re focused on that truth today!

    xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • SheReadsTruth

    So excited you\’re with us, Jessica!

    xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • SheReadsTruth

    Amen! Beautiful thoughts and truth, Melanie! Thanks for sharing!

    xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • SheReadsTruth

    Praying for you, Lisa Jean! So thankful that He will never turn His back on you, regardless of what your head says. Love to you!

    xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • shereadstruth

    We are so happy to have you, Courtney!

    xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • SheReadsTruth

    Hi, Haley! We are so excited you\’re here and participating in the discussion! Redeeming Love is one of my favorites too:)

    xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • Sounds perfect! Glad to know there are others doing the study all around the world at different times (:

  • lisa jean

    SO grateful for your love n prayers, Kaitlin… same to you, my friend:)

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