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We here at Hosea's Cry have all gone through a life altering experience when our covenant spouses divorced us and went seeking their happiness in the arms of someone new.
Therefore we know through first hand knowledge the pain Hosea felt, watching his children suffer the same pain of rejection too. No one would wish this kind of pain on anybody, not even their worst enemy. It feels like your heart is being ripped right out of your body, ravished beyond repair! You feel like you're going to die the pain is so bad. You're bleeding on the inside where no one can see. God is the only one who can heal this deep wound. Death is all around, but nobody died. Your mind struggles to make sense of it all, but nothing makes sense anymore. You feel like you're going crazy.
"Therefore, behold I will allure her (him), will bring her (him) into the wilderness, and speak comfort to her (him). I will give her (him) vineyards from there, and the Valley of Achor as a door of hope; she (he) shall sing there. . .as in the day when she (he) came up from the land of Egypt."
Act 16:31 "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved . . you and your household".
When I (Marilyn) turned to God in my time of troubles God wrapped me in a blanket of His love just so I could survive the pain. I could actually hear the sound of singing over me each morning when I awoke. This gave me hope and encouragment for the days ahead so I could just hang in there. It was good to know I was not alone. I cried out every night asking God to save my family, and to my great surprize He did! I watched my 7 children suddenly come into God's Kingdom. A deeper work is still being done in my husband because he is running away from God as fast as he can, but God is Sovereign so I have nothing to fear. I believe my prodigal will return but in God's timing not mine because this battle is not about me but about the power of an almighty God!!!
Isaiah 65:1 says I was saught by those who did not ask for Me, I was found by those who did not seek Me.
"Marilyn go call your children." They were grinning from ear to ear like the cat who swallowed the canary. They apparently knew something I didn't know. God was about to do a new thing. Suddenly my seven children who were living in the world, and who had never been to church before began to experience the power of the Holy Spirit in their lives. Each in different ways. Some were seeing visions, others were experiencing words of knowledge, some began speaking in other tongues or uttering prophetic proclamations etc. I realized God was making Himself real to my wayward adult children who were looking for truth. God caused them to come into my church that week because of these experiences. He then gave them a hunger to know this God that was speaking to them and for the His Word!!!
Let me tell you what happened. Four Prophetic men were sent by God to our church. I volunteered to put them up for the time they were in town.
One of them said,
It is easy for me to believe now that He will make Himself real to my wayward husband who as yet is not even looking for the truth that will set him free. So I stopped worrying about him and left him in God's capable hands. . . (well most of the time anyway).
I was so excited. God, You are so good to me. I couldn't stop thanking Him for answering my prayers so quickly. His power brought all seven of my children into His Kingdom just like that! Praise God!
. . . Simon Peter answered and said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God'. . .then Jesus said. . . and upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of Hades will not over come it.
Matthew 16: 16 -18
I realized soon after I left my husband that 'forgiveness' was one of Christ's requirements, this wasn't an option if I ever wanted my heart to get back into wholeness again I would have to forgive. I found this extremely hard to do in the beginning because the betrayal and anger went so deep. I knew I couldn't do it in my own power, so I cried out to God from the very depths of my soul asking Him to help me to forgive my husband, at first I did this just hoping the pain would go away, but then later I did this realizing it brought God much pleasure. The pain began lifting as I began to see where I too shared in some of the blame for my family's destruction. I saw the iniquity in my own heart and realized it wasn't all my husband's fault! My stubborn pride had also been involved. Once I got there God began to do a deeper work of healing in my heart. All the bitterness left me when I began to embrace my own sinful nature and started taking what God was revealing to me to the cross. The peace of Christ began filling my heart with joy as I not only was able to forgive my husband, but myself as well. I now walk in that place where I know I am loved for eternity. It is a very good place to be in!