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I arose early.  Tossing and turning would only serve to awaken my husband so I slipped out of bed with groggy eyes and a buzzing mind.  The memories I shared in my last post were still plaguing my conscious.  I wish they would recede back to my sub-conscious, it felt safer then.

The aroma of my first cup of coffee awakened me to the day.  It was too early to make noise so I trudged down the steps to sink into my couch and take comfort in my woo-bee.

For a few days I felt this nudging to read Hosea.  To be honest, I dreaded it.  I already knew that the book was about the prophet Hosea whom the Lord told to marry Gomer, a known prostitute.  And their marriage served as a metaphor for the Lord’s relationship with Israel his bride.  I didn’t want to hear all the reprimands for leaving my first love.  Yet I knew God desired to shed new light on this book I both hated and yearned for.

Determined to see Hosea in a new light I was predisposed to take note only what the Lord said to Gomer and Israel.  How did the Lord respond to one that could not receive love?  Who did not trust her eternal husband to love her well.  Whose own abusive relationships kept her from loving Hosea and the Lord?

This is the Lord’s response:

Hosea 2: 14-23 Amplified Bible

Therefore, behold I will allure her (Israel) and bring her into the wilderness, and I will speak tenderly and to her heart.

There I will give her her vineyards and make the Valley of Achor (troubling) to be for her a door of hope and expectation.  And she shall sing there and respond as in the days of her youth and as at the time when she came up out of the land of Egypt.

And it shall be in that day, says the Lord, that you will call Me Ishi (my husband), and you shall no more call me Baali (my Baal).

For I will take away the names of Baalim (the Baals) out of her mouth, and they shall no more be mentioned or seriously remembered by their name.

And in that day will I make a covenant for Israel with the living creatures of the open country and with the birds of the heavens and with the creeping things of the ground.  And I will break the bow and the sword and (abolish battle equipment and) conflict out of the land and will make you lie down safely.

And I will betroth you to Me forever; yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and justice, in steadfast love, and in mercy.

I will even betroth you to Me in stability and in faithfulness, and you shall know (recognize, be acquainted with, appreciate, give heed to, and cherish) the Lord.

And in that day I will respond, says the Lord; I will respond to the heavens (which ask for rain to pour on the earth), and they shall respond to the earth (which begs for the rain it needs).

And the earth shall respond to the grain and the wine and the oil (which beseech it to bring them forth), and these shall respond to Jezreel (restored Israel, who prays for a supply of them).

And I will sow her for Myself anew in the land, and I will have love, pity and mercy for her who had not obtained love, pity, and mercy; and I will say to those who were not My people, You are My People, and they shall say,  You are my God!

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This passage has rested on my heart for days now, sinking in and saturating me like a soothing balm.

He is My Ishi, determined to show me True Love, Perfect Love that casts out all fear.  Whether I come and go, sit and listen or runaway afraid ~ He Remains The Same.