Wilderness Mindset

Journal Entry // November 25, 2021

It was I who knew you in the wilderness, in the land of drought; [6] but when they had grazed, they became full, they were filled, and their heart was lifted up; therefore they forgot me.

Hosea 13:5-6 ESV

As I have wandered through my own time in the wilderness, I can relate to this declaration that God knew Israel intimately during their trials. During my wilderness and drought, it could feel as though I was left alone and isolated at times. Depression easily set in and took root in my heart and mind, altering my perceptions of time and reality. But it was God who knew me during this time. It was in the wilderness and drought that my intimacy with the Lord grew more deeply with a sharp intensity.

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From Glory to Shame

Journal Entry // November 18, 2021

The more they increased, the more they sinned against me; I will change their glory into shame.

Hosea 4:7 ESV

I am generally drawn to passages that remind me that my flesh is weak and my capacity for sin is vast. I think I am drawn to these because I so easily forget the simplicity of God’s truth about my heart. For me, this passage in particular is heavy with personal history and feelings. This passage is one that strikes me right in the heart and causes me to wince when I read it. It’s such a simple verse, but so very true about the nature of my heart.

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