#messylove

I invite you to join me every TUESDAY and THURSDAY to dive into Hosea’s gorgeous love story that is messy and mirrors all of how God loves you and me. Our goal with be to experience life and love like never before!

Hosea

May we grasp how wide and long and high and deep it is and to know this love that will blow our minds so that we can be fill up to overflow with all the fullness of God!” (Ephesians 3:18-19, my paraphrase)

Below is a Table of Contents of sorts for this series…

Introduction: When I ask Why, God says…

1.  #messylove Launch: One Confession to Change Your Life

God’s love is UNCONDITIONAL:

2. Brave Messy Love that Walks Hand in Hand

3. A Love Story I Never Knew I Had

4. DYI Pallet Art

God’s love REJOICES WITH THE TRUTH:

5. Joy in the Dark Side of Love and Tidbits

6. 3 Things to Avoid If You Want To Be Free

God’s love PERSEVERES:

7. The Forgetfulness of a 41 year-old Mom Brain

8. Love that Hangs On Til Morning

9. A Gift for You: Forever Love

10. The Gift of Always Being Right

11. Top Parenting Books: a Gift of Love to the Self-Destructive Heart

12. The Gift of an Always Met Expectation

13. The Gift of Tender Mercy to the Miserable Heart

14. The Infamous Christmas Card Picture: Gift of Faithfulness

15.  Responding to the Love Gifts of God

God’s love NEVER FAILS:

16. To My Fellow Chick Flick Lovers… (formerly “A Better-Than-Movie-Kind-of Love”)

17. Freedom That’s Not Really Freedom At All

God’s love FORGIVES:

18. Why Is Forgiving Myself So Hard?

19.  It’s NOT Too Late To Apologize

20. For the Visual Learner, God’s Forgiveness in Pictures

21. A Cotton Candy Promise For You

22. Am I Clumsy or Just Plain Stupid?

23. The Full Circle Reach of Messy Love

Hosea RECAP: In the book of Hosea, we see how God longed for His people, the ISRAELITES, to grasp the impact of His love in order to return to Him.  But, they were living it up- all for themselves.  They were not seeing their sin clearly. God sent Hosea to “wake them up” to His love so that they could live as He intended them to live. God told Hosea to live out His love for His people by marrying an adulterous woman, Gomer.  Hosea was obedient and they married.  Soon, Gomer left Hosea and continued her adulterous lifestyle, disregarding his love.  When Gomer was at her lowest, most useless point, Hosea bought his own wife back because of his deep love for her.  He forgave and restored her to full standing as his wife.  It’s such a beautiful, messy love story. So, Israel is like Gomer, and I am like Israel. This story of Hosea and Gomer is based on a covenant relationship.  Hosea is the husband pursing the return of His faithless wife Gomer.  God is in a covenant relationship with us IF we have accepted Him into our heart.  He is the “husband” pursing the return of you His faithless wife. We learn much about His love for us through their messy love story!

Disclaimer: None of this APPLIES to you IF…  you have never begun a relationship with Jesus! Hosea and Gomer were already in a committed marriage relationship when she left him.  And through them, God was teaching the Israelites, His people who had a relationship with, how He loves and forgives them.

But, please don’t be put off by any thoughts of exclusivity.  The invitation is OPEN to you. You can:

admit that you are a sinner and in need of saving. “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23

believe Jesus is the perfect sacrifice and died for your sins.  “God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

accept Him into your life and begin a relationship with Him, obeying and following Him. “If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10

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If this is you, I would love to connect and encourage you along this journey!  Please write in comments or send me an email via “Contact.” I’d love to help, encourage, and celebrate!

*The hashtag # in Twitter is used to group like topics, to categorize. It seemed a perfect way in this series to identify the collection, the multi-colors, of God’s love found in the book of Hosea. It’s part of the title because I simply liked it. No need for you to be savvy in Twitter in order to follow along. It’s a hashtag here in name only.

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