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It's Ok Not to Be Ok- Day 4

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Scripture: Matthew 19:8 Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning.”

Devotional: This passage gives an example of why divorce grieves God’s heart so: it is indicative of a deeper issue of hardness of heart.  God clearly understands the tendency of the human heart toward hardness; so much so, He has made provisions for it.  But as we can see, it’s not His intention.  Ezekiel 11:19 says, “I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.”

If you are currently facing the pain of divorce, examine your heart.  Despite the hurt, be intentional about keeping your heart tender toward God. Allow Him to remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.  This is not just a one-time thing, it’s a constant surrender.

Reflect:

  • Take some time to examine your heart. In what areas is there hardness there?  Pray a prayer of surrender to God and allow Him to soften those places. 

It's Ok Not to Be Ok- Day 3

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Scripture: Psalm 55:12-14 If an enemy were insulting me,  I could endure it; if a foe were rising against me, I could hide.   But it is you, a man like myself, my companion, my close friend with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship at the house of God, as we walked about among the worshipers.

Devotional: When going through my own divorce, I clearly remember reading this passage over and over again.  It perfectly described the sense of unbelief and perplexity I felt. Confusion was my constant companion. How could this happen?  When you share years of companionship and walking together toward a common vision, only to see it come to a devastating close,  it evokes a unique kind of pain.  How grateful I was to know that I was not alone; that someone else knew and understood the feelings of betrayal and sadness that came with the ending of what should have been a lifelong covenant.

If you’ve faced your own broken relationship, you too know the pain of this.  If you haven’t, let this passage help you to understand the pain of a friend or family member who is or has suffered through this. 

Reflect:

  • How does reading these words impact you? David, the writer of this psalm, goes on to say in verse 16-18: “As for me, I call to God, and the Lord saves me. Evening, morning and noon, I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice.  He rescues me unharmed from the battle waged against me, even though many oppose me.” How might these words encourage you in the midst of your own battles?

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