#SheSharesTruth: Hosea

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Happy Friday, friends!

Here we stand on the other side of our hard, emotional, compelling, convicting look into the book of Hosea, and I really do believe that we stand together changed women.

We know it has been challenging, even uncomfortable at times, and we want to say thank you for sticking it out with us! The discussion in the comments, and the way you are bravely sharing and listening and speaking truth to one another has been an incredible thing to watch. Thank you for loving each other—and HIM—so well!

Hosea is jam-packed with wisdom and goodness from The Lord, and we’ve heard so many incredible stories already of what God has been doing through this study in the lives of His daughters. And now, we want to hear from YOU!

(And we want you all to get to hear form each other!)

So go ahead – tell us:

What did God teach you in Hosea? 

Here’s the scoop on how to participate:

  • Write your devotional/reflections/response to the above questions on your personal blog, OR on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtags #SheSharesTruth and #SheReadsTruth. (Feel free to use the image below!) You can even write your response in the comments section below.
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hosea SSTa



 

**Please share our heart, Sisters. Our desire is not for this to be a time of comparison or sizing up writing abilities or spiritual maturity. Eloquence and insight are lovely, but we know that is not the thing our God calls us to. So, let’s not call each other to that either! If you feel ill-equipped—GOOD! If you feel like you have so much to learn—GREAT. SO DO WE! Every single time we sit down to write. And if we don’t, are hearts are not in the right place. Let this be a safe place to learn and share and love each other WELL.

  • I began reading the Hosea study about 2 weeks ago, in the app. Today I logged in to read, and it was gone. Did you remove it? Is there a way to get it back, or find it elsewhere so I can finish?

    • Anna

      I’m having the same problem :( I started it a week ago and now can’t find it to finish it..?

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  • I was struggling with the thoughts of going to hell and not being good enough for Jesus. This Hosea plan has really opened my eyes to the love God really has for me. Thanks for helping me understand his love for me better.

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  • rociooct

    What has the story of Hosea showed me… WOW. You read it and you have this city of people right that idolize this gold cow, yeah, a gold cow. These cheating, dishonest, up to no good people did not listen to God.. . again and again. Do you see our present day? We, the people of today, worship things such as money, our jobs, cars, houses, and other gods that do absolutely nothing for us. Again and again we do not listen to him as much as He gets on us. I guess we’re not as different as they are. I’d be so frustrated if I was him. I don’t know about you guys but once it gets frustrating I quit. Homework, cleaning, and even a simple conversation I will quit as soon as it doesn’t go my way. I am so guilty of all these things people do. I believe it’s probably like watching my little sister talk back to our mom. I can’t stand it and it actually kind of hurts because that’s my momma. My sister is like this town of teenage rebellion. Who again and again do not listen. But this immature teenager doesn’t want to learn, when honestly going back to my teenage years, my mom really did things for my own good. She was and is my best friend and the person that I could always count on even through the moments of her tough love of grounding me. Why can’t we realize He’s our best friend? That He is our happy ending? That no matter what we do the right decision is always Him? That if we do things through his guidance, no matter the outcome, it was only for our own good? We are far from perfect but I’m sure these things will run in our conscience in our next decisions.

  • Finally took time to actually write about and really think about this study. it was a tough one, for sure. I’ll read some of the other posts tomorrow. Thanks y’all for sharing your hearts and allowing me to share mine :)

  • Hosea was a "swift kick in the butt" for me …I am no better than Israel or Gomer. I am focused on myself, my needs & desires, and keep God in my back pocket to pull out like a badge that will give me entry when I need it. I think it has become so easy to justify my actions/inaction, and think I'm all good, God will forgive me. But his wrath is real, and he has every right to be angry with my complacency. I love his balance of love & justice, and I need to demonstrate those same characteristics, with that same balance in my life. It feels unachievable at times, when I see how perfect God is & how much of a failure/sinner I am. But his grace & mercy can lift us up & carry us. I'm so grateful for that, so unworthy, but sooo grateful. Thank you for this study

  • Hosea has been eye opening in a not so comfy way! I am Israel and not only should I pray for thornbushes to keep me on the right track but that I will use my hand,which God so perfectly made the right size, to place over my mouth. I stumble with my tongue. Oh yes I use it for much good at least when I haven’t climbed up on a pedestal. During this study I realized I need to elevate my idea of who God is and not bring Him down to my level. He is holy…I am not. You see, I like to boast but not a proper boast. I love to boast on who I am and how God uses me but instead need to boast on who He is and how He still uses a sinner like me! Even though I can be this awful, full-of-myself sinner God still persues me because I am His one true love…and He sees that He is mine. He doesn’t turn His back on me or walk away from me. No, instead He continually pours His Grace on my unworthy butt!! That is a praise!! I need to appreciate what He did for me on the cross by showing such mercy and grace to those around me. It is the least of which I can do! What a privilege to be used in such a capacity by the King of Kings!!!

  • This is my first time sharing. l've had it in mind to do this since yesterday but…
    l remember the first time l read the book of Hosea, the only thing in my head was perplexion! How could God ask His prophet to marry a prostitute? A prostitute!
    This time, it was different reading it within this community of Sisters as l was able to see myself as the "prostitute" to see God's reckless wooing of me, continually bidding me to return to Him at all costs.
    l am beginning to see all my sin written out on a board and watching the blood of Jesus pouring over and completely wiping sin after sin CLEAN and l am reminded of lsaiah 1:18
    “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord . “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.
    This study has been belovingly outragoeus and l am so glad to have experienced it!
    Thank you Sisters!

    • Heather

      It is truly awesome to be wooed by our creator! That He loves us always is mind blowing!!

  • This study has had me in tears several times – tears of frustration, tears of dissappointment, tears of sadness, etc. But today as I caught up on yesterday's post, I finished the study with tears of pure joy and thankfulness that although I am an Israel-caliber sinner, God's grace washes over me. Praise God! I couldn't help but think of the song, Scandal of Grace. It's one of my favorites and today it was a perfect way to end this study. I finished, not in fear of the punishment I deserve, but in humility and thanksgiving for God's gifts of mercy and grace.
    http://youtu.be/mug65w5AgMg

  • Catherine

    Reading daily about God's tireless love of us in Hosea, even when when I act as defiantly as Israel, has shone a bright light on my graciousness (or lack thereof!) toward the people I encounter every day – at work, in traffic, at the grocery. When I think about the seemingly infinite number of times my actions have rejected God's beckoning, and the equal number of times that I've withheld love from those around me — simply because I'm tired, or in a hurry, or self-absorbed — in light of God's relentless pursuit of our devotion, I've felt convicted and then compelled to do MORE. It truly is with God's great grace that we return and hold fast to his saving and compelling love that cannot stand but to beckon us to then demonstrate His love for US through acts of kindness, generosity, and selflessness for OTHERS.

  • This is my first time sharing on She Reads Truth. I have really enjoyed going through this study on the book of Hosea with my fellow sisters in Christ. Ever since I read the book “Redeeming Love,” by Francine Rivers, I have been in awe of God’s redeeming love for us displayed by Hosea’s love for Gomer, his unfaithful, prostituting wife. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone else who loves the book of Hosea; it really brings the story to life.
    I especially like Hosea 14:4 “I will heal their waywardness and love them freely, for my anger has turned away from them.” I have certainly made some bad decisions in my life, one of which involved unfaithfulness to my husband while he was deployed in Afghanistan. My heart had become so hardened that I knew what I was doing was wrong, but I didn’t seem to care. What blows me away is that God still loves me an forgave me through all my ugly, blatant sin, and Praise Jesus, my husband forgave me too. There is still quite a bit of pain to work through and issues with trust, but I thank God every day for healing our marriage and strengthening us through this trial. Thank you so much She Reads Truth for leading us through this study and helping me to grow in my walk with The Lord!

  • Laura Meyers

    This study has meant so much to me.
    I began a new ministry teaching this week to preschoolers. I was drawn to #shereadstruth by their magnificent artwork, but dove into Hosea after the encouragement of a dear friend who has moved from my town.
    It’s the first time in a LONG time I’ve committed to a daily promise to wake and spend time with Jesus first. First time in a long time I’ve even said those words comfortably to those around me. I felt like each day, He was talking directly to me. I felt myself returning. I felt His gracious LOVE and began to notice all of my many blessings.
    I am SO grateful. SO loved. So thrilled to have returned into open arms. And, so happy to be reading along with women close to my heart.

  • Hosea has always been one of my favorite books. Every time I read it I weep at the goodness of God in my undeserving mess. (I may or may not have weeped through most of the study). But this time around, Hosea had taken on a more meaningful purpose. I have recently gone through a situation of cheating with my spouse. Although my heart is healing towards my husband, my heart towards the "other woman" has been bitter, angry, judgmental, and full of revenge. I knew this wasn't the attitude I needed to have, but the pain was (and is) so real.
    Even though I'm no where where my heart needs to be (I'm working on it, I promise!) but through Hosea, I saw myself as "the cheater" against Christ. In a way, it's helped me to understand and start the road of healing my heart towards her. It's so hard ladies, and thankful that God still pursues me and thankful he hasn't given up on me. Such an awesome God we serve an through him COMPLETE healing.

    • PrincessSky

      Sara, praying for you. Big hugs as you go through this time of healing. *Sky*

  • I keep returning to Hosea 6:1-3, but particularly verse 1 – “Come, let us return to the Lord; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up.” I’m blown away that for all the brokenness and pain God allows in my life or in yours, he offers restoration and healing. But that doesn’t begin to encompass it – He actually allows the brokenness and pain SO THAT I can experience the restoration and healing. It’s all designed to draw me back to Him.

  • I read SheReadsTruth everyday but this is my first time sharing on the community. I have learned so much from the book of Hosea and it has made me so much more thankful for the love and grace of our heavenly Father. Hosea has really opened my eyes to just how many times I have strayed from the path but that every single time the love of the Father has pursued me and accepted me back with loving arms. So very thankful this morning for SheReadsTruth and the loving Father we have in heaven.

  • Courtney

    This is my first response, but I read shereadstruth everyday, I am just not a big sharer. I have really enjoyed this study and I love how good and gracious our Father is. What patience he shows us time and time again. When I was first reading this I got SOOO annoyed with Israel but then I was slightly tapped and I realized wow how many times have I gone off the course, if others were reading my story would they be annoyed but I am so grateful for our father and king. Another big thing that stuck out to me was when his "burning anger" he did not execute his anger for he is God not Man. Just wow for some reason those words "burning anger has stayed in my mind. How many times have I let my burning anger take the best of me. God just wasn't mad he was burning with rage but YET he showed mercy and LOVE!!! now how awesome would the world be if we should love and grace Every time we were filled with burning anger. Grateful for this sisterhood and learning together!

  • His Unconditional love towards His Undeserving people.

    God's love towards us is just so pure, deep and unchanging and I cannot seem to fathom it. Im in awe of His love towards His people even when we really don't deserve it. For who He is I am honestly grateful and if I ever think no one loves me, I am sure He does.
    He kept calling Israel to himself and they continued to move away, honestly I'd be fed up and leave them alone. But no, He pursues us cause if He should leave us to ourselves, we would definitely self destruct. In our unfaithfulness He is faithful, in our mess and disobedience He loves us as if we've done nothing wrong. He is always there with arms open wide waiting for us to repent and return unto Him. In returning we need His help as we can't do it on our own. He even sometimes let us go so we realise what it is like without Him, that we may come to appreciate Him more.
    He decides not to give us up, not to punish us like we truly deserve as He is God and not man, merciful and just. He will cure our unfaithfulness, love us freely and no longer be angry with us. Who does that but God?
    This is why I love Him so, He is unchangeable, His love for us remains the same, no matter who we are and what we've done.
    Quit taking Him for granted, if He calls harden not your heart. Return with a heart of repentance, seek Him, He will be found and He will forgive.
    #SheSharesTruth

  • Candacejo

    I can't add much to what Melinda has said…wow. What I gleaned the most is the relentless pursuit of ME by a loving and merciful God. It overwhelms me! In all my sin, all my failure…yikes. The Orphan Finds Mercy!

    Fantastic study. Anxious to read everyone's thoughts. Blessings! ♥

  • melindawatters

    I am going to share my learnings (ok I know that is not correct but it felt like the best word to use to express what I mean.) here. As i look back over my notes, my writings from this study this is what comes off the pages.
    There is a big God who created the universe , who is beyond my comprehension who in His greatness yearns for relationship with His people.
    My life is about relationship! Firstly relationship with the God who made me and everything I see and touch and from whom every thing i have comes. He not only is the creator, He controls the universe. This God wants me to seek after Him above anything else and live to please Him and share Him with others.
    He loves me and pursues me. He is in all the events in my life, big and small, good and bad. My life is about seeking, obeying, loving and trusting Him ONLY. He is faithful. He is forgiving. He is the origin of love. His love is perfect.

    In my day to day this means…
    I am excited and thankful to get up early in the quiet to seek Him ( most of the time, when I get rest and I am thinking clearly:))
    This means i love and forgive others no matter their actions for or against me. ( whew, this is SO tough!)
    This means when i fail each day i don't need to live in or even listen to words of shame. I can come to my Great God and receive forgiveness love, redemption, rest, grace nd peace.
    This means i can live boldly for my eyes are on Him and not on what others think and say. ( I am slowly, slowly learning how to do this. It is tough to keep my eyes watching in the right direction. That big green envy monster seems to be right on my shoulde along with that other guy called pride.)
    This means i am not a victim to my struggle with anger. He gives me power over the anger. I do not need to give in. He is my source. He is my strength.

    I live in His shade.
    I blossom like a lily in the richest of soils.

    Thankyou SRT for your faithfulness to Him and encouragement to dig into the word. I am excited for the next study.

    • Candacejo

      I live in His shade! Love! ♥

    • Felicia

      Living in God's shade! Thank you for sharing.

    • Onfaith

      "I live in His shade. I blossom in the richest of soils." You have said what I feel. My gratitude for a love like this. I desire to let God know my love of Him, but daily I fail in some capacity, yet He never does! Words just can't perfectly describe, yet yours came wonderfully close! Thanks! ~ B

    • Waveney

      Wow… This is profound. He longs for a relationship with us, and our lives really are about relationships
      Thank you for sharing.

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