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Release the Pain, Embrace the Joy

By Michelle McKinney Hammond
(Regal Books)

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CBN.comI will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion. I will betroth you in faithfulness, and you will acknowledge the Lord ... I will plant her for myself in the land; I will show my love to the one I called “Not my loved one.” I will say to those called “Not my people,” “You are my people”; and they will say, “You are my God.” Hosea 2:19-20, 23

Who said I was single? Not true. I am betrothed. Like Mary was betrothed to Joseph. I am waiting for my bridegroom to come. I have His promise and I know that He will be on time. He always is. He has proven to be trustworthy.

Faithful and true is my beloved. Not leery of love, for He is love. Love in the flesh. He saturates me with it and waters me with His compassion. I feel my roots go deep, guided by His faithfulness. I am settled. I am here to stay. I belong to someone. Not just anyone. I belong to Him. The one who holds forever in His hands. And He has pledged all His tomorrows to me.

And in the moment that we embrace, the circle will be complete. I will be home at last. In the arms of the one who loves me most. Caught up into eternity where love will abide forever unbroken. This is His promise to me. And He cannot lie.

No, I am not alone. I am His. He is mine. We are one. Living and breathing inside of each other. Two souls united. Bound by cords that cannot be broken. Spoken vows that cannot be retrieved.

We stand before the Father approved. Grafted into the vine. We are forever intertwined. And heaven stands witness. I am wedded. Married. Possessed by the Lover of my Soul. I am a lot of things in Him, but alone is not one of them. I belong to someone.

Dear heavenly Father, it is so good to know that I belong to You. You are my saving grace. For every moment that the tempter tries to deceive me with loneliness, I pray that You will make our nearness real to me. Wrap Your arms around me and keep me warm. Hide me in Your heart and write Your name across it. Let me be a walking testimony of Your ownership of my life.

Today I choose to turn away from my past and from the things and people who keep me bound. I embrace You and the freedom You offer. As I yield to the lordship of Jesus in every area of my life, I believe that You can make me whole again.

I open my hands to You now and say, “Take my life, I am Yours.” Prepare me to be a sanctuary, a place where You are pleased to dwell.

Lord, I love You so much. Thank You for redeeming me and choosing me for Your Son. Make me a worthy bride that will bring pleasure to his heart. Until then, let Your love shine in me and fill me with the joy I have been longing for, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Excerpted from Release the Pain, Embrace the Joy by Michelle McKinney Hammond, © Regal Books. Used by permission.


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