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A Soul Poured Out

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Gwen Smith

June 21, 2013

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Praise God who Bears Burdens

The Old Testament book of Samuel introduces us to Hannah: a godly woman who had some serious problems.  Her problems weren’t brief and they weren’t simple.  They were year after year problems.  Challenges that made her feel empty and frustrated. Have you got a few of those in your life?  Sure you do.  We all do.  Each of us go through trials and face pain.

Hannah experienced infertility and she also had a disturbing rival-wife problem that was miserably complicated. Yes, cringe with me, I said rival-wife.  She was one of two wives to her husband…a cultural norm at the time…but terribly difficult no matter how you slice it. (Read 1 Samuel 1-2 for the full story of Hannah.)  Refreshingly enough, in her pain Hannah didn’t pretend to be okay.  She openly admitted, “I am a woman who is deeply troubled” (1 Samuel 1:15).

There are many lessons we can learn from Hannah, but today I’d like us to look at her response to the problems that burdened her heart.  Hanna took her problems to God.  She cried out to the Lord.  “In bitterness of soul Hannah wept much and prayed to the LORD.” (1 Samuel 1:10).  She took her burdens directly to God. 

Now, I don’t know about you, but all too many times I go to the phone before I go to the throne! Who do you cry to when you are deeply troubled? Do you pour out your soul to the LORD, or just pepper Him with vague prayer requests?  Hannah didn’t just briefly bend a knee here, she poured out her soul!  She poured out her sorrow, her disappointments, her frustrations, her depression, her confusion, her anger, her embarrassments, her anguish and her grief.

She poured out her emptiness!

And guess what happened?  God filled her with the fullness of His peace!  Before she spent time with the Lord, Hannah had lost her appetite and was filled with despair. After she poured out her soul to God, the Bible shows us that her appetite returned and her countenance had changed.  “Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast” (1 Samuel 1:18, emphasis mine). Hannah was “no longer downcast” because she experienced the One and Only life-changing God in the chamber of His presence.

God is faithful.  He longs to fill our souls with peace regardless of the circumstances we face.  Hannah was changed in the presence of the almighty LORD, but realize this:  Hannah didn’t just do a “drive thru” prayer time with God.  She parked there for a while and did some serious business with Him.

Have you done any serious business with God lately? 

Got any problems? 

Are you dealing with any difficult people?

Are you faced with any seemingly impossible situations?

“Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens” (Psalm 68:19). When you get serious with God…when you get real honest and pour out your soul to Him, He will faithfully replace your empty with the fullness of His peace, whether he removes your burdens or allows them to remain.

Don’t doubt it for a minute, friend.

Jesus himself said, “All things are possible with God” (Mark 10:27).  Let’s each take courage and approach God with confidence today, knowing that He loves us and is able to do exceedingly and abundantly beyond what we can ask for or imagine. Spend some time pouring out your soul to Him right now.

Heavenly Father, I come to You today and humbly ask Your forgiveness for all of the times that I’ve taken my burdens to others instead of bringing them to You.  Help me to turn to You first when problems come my way. Please blanket my heart with your peace and give me strength for today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

FOR YOUR REFLECTION: Pause to consider the challenges you are currently facing.  Make a list of the top concerns on your heart, and then spend time pouring your soul out to the Lord. Read Psalm 34, then write out your favorite verses and commit them to memory.

RESPONSE TIME: Post a comment below to share a prayer need, a verse that leapt to your heart or to simply state, “I poured my soul out to Him!”

I know that many of you are in the trenches of seemingly impossible situations, bearing the weight of very heavy burdens. God cares about your struggles. Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Spend some time quieting your soul beside the Living waters of Jesus today.  Listen to this new song “Quiet Me”…


Thanks for doing life with me,

Gwen

 

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About Gwen Smith


Gwen Smith

I am an unashamed, imperfect worshiper of Jesus Christ. I cling to His goodness to cover my mess and purpose my days to live out the hope of the Gospel. It is my joy and passion to inspire women to live fully in grace and truth. I write books, devotions and songs. I speak. I sing. I worship. I post, pin and tweet. I am intensely in love with the Word of God and believe, wholeheartedly, that the Bible is divinely inspired truth.

  • Afi

    The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18

  • shaiphali

    I poured my soul to HIM when i m deeply troubled and crushed in spirit. May my Lord hear me soon.

    • Ebony Arts

      Shaiphali- He hears all your cries. You are loved by Him more than you could ever imagine. Continue to pour out your soul to him.

  • Kay79

    I poured my heart out to God over my husband. For 3 months now God and I have been doing some serious business together. I’ve given him the pieces to my broken heart and by and by I know that he’s putting me back together again. Even in my situation he’s telling me to stand down and let Him fight my battles.
    I love the way my Father comforts me. Thank you Lord!

  • Sue

    Thanks for this wonderful encouragement. I have laid bared my heart to the Lord, especially in the last 3-1/2 years after the sudden death of my husband. He was only 52. He has wonderfully sustained me. Healing of this grief continues, but that supernatural peace that only comes from Him makes me love Him and crave my time with Him more & more. Blessings,

  • Christine

    Gwen ~ Thank you for sharing this today. I just came back from a few days away just to pour my heart out to God and to hear from Him what He would have me to walk on with…He met me there! I am celebrating my birthday today with a renewed spirit and feel so free for having poured my heart out to Him and studied His Word..He is faithful!!

  • Lynn

    I have been in this place (like Hannah) for two years now, constantly bringing my despair to the Lord. However, my husband has recently been diagnosed with a stomach ulcer due to the stress level of his job. Please pray that he can find another job with less stress so his health can improve.

  • Mandy

    I poured my soul to Him Ps34 v18 “The righteous cry out and the Lord hears them, He delivers them from all their troubles.” Sometimes I feel like he does not hear me, like there is a barrier between us. I have prayed to rip this apart!

  • barb

    Thanks for the encourgament and that pouring our heart out you to the Lord does make a difference. I have been praying for my daughter and pour out my heart to Him everyday regarding her many situations. Some days I get confirmation that he hears me sometimes not. I continue to seek him for wisdom and guidance in what to pray for her. I will continue to seek him and his will for her. I know he will answer my prayers.

  • luchi

    Psalm 34:6-This poor man called, and the Lord heard him;
    he saved him out of all his troubles.I am trusting on the Lord for a life partner and also for a good job.I trust in the Lord that he will hear the cry of his poor daughter.

  • Jeanette

    I need help. Not money or a car, though both would be greatly appreciated…but prayer that I don’t lose my mind. My hubby is waiting on his last test to get on the transplant list for a new liver. Meantime, I’m losing my mind running around trying to get him to not use the bathroom in the oven, or around the TV. Then when I do get him to the right spot, he sits there and sleeps. I am slowly going nuts, and I can’t keep sending him to the hospital…though I guess I’ll have to. I’ve prevailed on my church for so much, there is nowhere else to turn but to God, but I’ll be honest, I never hear Him answer me. So….

    • Bonnie

      My heart breaks for you. I know how it is to pray for God’s presence and not sense it. I keep telling myself I am in his presence whether I feel it or not, but it is so hard. I just lost my husband to cancer and seems there is nothing but pain and sorrow. You are in my prayers.

    • Shannon

      That is a very difficult situation and my heart goes out to you. I will pray that God gives you strength! And I will pray that your husband gets on that list and that God’s will in done in both of your lives. In Jesus’ name! He is an all powerful God and with God ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!!

    • Chelle

      Sometimes it does seem difficult to recognize God’s voice. When there is so much going on His voice can seem to get lost in the midst of everything else. Although my situation is different, I too have felt like I don’t hear Him. However, I have found that when I tune everyone else out, when I go to my room and close the door and concentrate on Him, it is then that I hear. I believe I have had my answer for a while now but I have been afraid of what everyone else will say; but this is about my faith, my walk, and my relationship with Him………..I say all of this to say, if you can, take a few minutes and close the door; shut everyone else out for a moment and concentrate on the Lord. Then, you may hear the answers. I pray for you and your husband, believing the Lord will see you through!!!!

    • Lisa

      Dear Jeanette,
      I was a caregiver for both my parents. My mother was seriously ill for so long. I understand what you are going through. Someone once prayed with me, “Be still and know that I Am God”. This prayer has helped me through so much. I will pray for you and that your husband gets a liver expediently. God Bless you and your family.

  • Bonnie

    I lost my husband of 44 years almost 6 months ago. The loneliness is almost unbearable. I cry out for God for peace and a sense of his presence, but don’t seem to be able to get it. I know
    I am so out of his will by only existing but, but without Gods presence I don’t seem to able to live. Please pray for me. I am so desperate. Desperate for assurance that God is with me.

    • Ebony Arts

      He is with you and loves you.

    • Valerie

      Bonnie God is with you. It takes time to heal. Just know that God has you cradled in His arms during this time. Be kind to Bonnie and just rest in His arms. It is your turn.

  • Ebony Arts

    I will only boast in the Lord. Psalm 34:2

  • Abba’sgirl Parfait Felix

    I sought the Lord, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears. (Psalms 34:4 NKJV) Thanking Him for a successful medical procedure this AM. Poured out my soul. Happy Friday, 1st day of Summer:) Ta DA

  • Makafui

    God is my all in all. wont trust in anyone apart from God.

  • Edith

    psalm 34:19, may the Lord answer my prayes i need Him so much in life, everything seems not to be working anymore but i know that joy will come in the morning…

  • brokenhearted

    Psalm 34:18 “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
    I so want things to be right between me and my daughter in law. We had a talk yesterday and she thinks things are kind of settled, but I do not. She left and I was still crying. I don’t know how to communicate with her without her analyizing everything I say. We used to be so very close. I miss my grandsons and my husband and I are missing out on their growing up. My granddaughter misses her cousins but things have to work out between the grownups first.
    I just want pray for God to help us to fix this problem and all hearts to be softened and to forget and forgive any past problems. Life is too short to harbor on past mistakes. I pray daily for this problem.

    • Valerie

      Brokenhearted in this situation you only control of you to change. Your daughter in law has made peace with the situation. I pray that you find the strength to make your necessary changes to keep the family together.

  • Martha

    There is power in prayer. My husband and I are struggling with finances and past debt. We desire to be free of this burden to serve him. We want to trust God and be patient as he delivers us.

  • Shannon

    I have been struggling with an illness for some years now and lately my heart has been very grieved. Sometimes discouragement takes over and it’s nice to have a reminder that it’s ok to be “sad”. Religion at times makes us feel that if we don’t have joy all the time that we don’t have faith. Our God is a God of truth and if we are not being truthful to him, even about what we are dealing with inside our hearts, he is unable to come in and heal us. How can he give us peace if we have a covering over our hearts that is not of him?

  • jan

    Thank-you for directing me to Psalm 34. We are trying to get out of debt and close up our business that didn’t do well in the economy. Praise God that my husband now has a job he loves, but trying to pay off the business and our credit line overwhelms us. We, like Martha so wonderfully put, “desire to be free of this burden to serve him”. I am praying for a part time job if that is God’s will for me and to be able to give up home schooling my son if that is God’s will as well.

  • Patrice Bryant

    I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth. Psalm 34:1

  • frances

    I have been struggling with a divorce. My husband decided he didn’t want to be married any longer and decided a friend of ours would be better choice. She was a friend, and now I’m feeling so betrayed. This has been going on for over a year now and I’ve turned to God for peace. It sometimes seems to get worse and then there are days it gets better. I pray unto you my Lord for peace for my kids and myself. I’m scared of where we will be after all this is over! This site has taught me a lot! Thank you!

  • renee

    OH MY GOSH!!!! I opened my Girlfriends in God this morning and you have spoken to my very soul….right now, I am in anguish over my job, my marriage, my church, my family….and the words to express what is going on in my soul just do not come when someone asks me!! The words to this song…”Quiet Me” have just put a balm on my heart that I have needed for so long! Thank you so much for blessing us with that. Then the challenge at the end…clearly showed me that I have not cried out to God like I should have…I AM A WOMAN DEEPLY TROUBLED!! I cried when I read that! Thank you, thank you, thank you…this was exactly what I needed to hear today!

  • Maryrose

    “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18)

  • Joanne

    I poured out my soul…. Praying for a job and answers to prayers!

  • Chelle

    i’m struggling with my boyfriend and I disagreeing on Biblical issues….I love him and don’t know what to do. But with beliefs that don’t align I can’t let him be a spiritual leader.

  • Laura

    Thank you Lord for that. Something I so need to hear. That is what I need to learn, how to pour out my heart to God. Every day I have distractions of every kind. My kids are always around, and I haven’t got time without having to hear something behind me or check on a 3 yr old. Pray that I can find time on my own for God. I pray for my marriage that is giving me some frustration at this point, and I feel a lot like I am in some depression. God led me to do the Psalm Adventure, and I think it will come, learning to be intimate with God. I want so much to know him and to have the joy and peace that I can have.

    Those who look to Him are radiant. Their faces are never covered with shame.

  • Paula

    I poured out my soul to the Lord. i think I can fix things myself and it isn’t working. It is hard being a caregiver to my mom and daughter. It seems like I am always thinking of others rather than myself. I need to take time to be with you Lord–I need to find that quiet time. Help me!

  • Jayne

    I struggle with selfishness and feeling like a failure in so many ways. I feel like, most days, I don’t even come close to looking like the picture of a Godly woman. Please pray for me however you feel led.

    • Nicole

      I too feel like a failure most of the time. I struggle with hurt from my past and feel like I can’t handle things very well emotionally. I put a lot of blame on others for my issues, and my husband and I are constantly arguing about totally mundane things. I poured out my soul to God about my situation and struggles, but I also found peace knowing I’m not the only one.

  • Savanah

    I poured out my soul yesterday on my commute home from work for approximately 1 hour…I was casting out demons in the name of Jesus, from my 15 year old daughter, the enemy has been at work to steal her…and it surfaced at church camp this week. Praise God, her struggle was brought to my attention, I poured out my soul and God came to my rescue, her rescue and to the rescue of everyone involved. His peace rested on everyone and the enemy fled. I was physically exhausted afterward, yet my spirit was high and full of energy.

    “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. Psalm 91:14

  • j

    I continue to pour out my soul as my husband is having an affair for almost a year. In the past 6 months I’ve grown in my faith and continue to serve my husband in love and believe that no matter what happens it will all work out to
    G_d’s glory. I’m grateful for the many opportunities to serve my husband and my hope continues to be that my family and my marriage will be restored, healing will be at it’s fullest and that my husband will come to a relationship with G_d.

  • Shelley

    I had a nightmare last night about my son. I pray for protection over him as he is finding his way back to the Father’s loving arms.

  • N

    This was exactly what I needed to hear today. My husband and I had been trying for a second child for almost a year and a half. Well, in October, we finally found out we were pregnant only to lose the baby at 10 weeks, 2 days before Christmas. Now, we’ve continued trying and still no luck. And, someone in my family is pregnant and I am struggling so much with it. So happy for her, but sad for me. And, starting to lose hope. So, today, I’m pouring out everything to God. Asking for answers, hope, help… anything He’s willing to give. Sometimes, it’s funny how God brings you what you need to hear. I’ve never visited your Blog but this was the daily devotion on Bible Study Tools. I don’t remember to read them everyday, guess He made sure I saw this one for a reason. Thank you!!!

  • valerie

    I’m praying for my husband to find a fulfilling job. I’m also constantly on my knees praying for my son, for his eyes to be open to God’s plan for his life and that he will be willing to submit to that plan. I’m pouring out my soul to the Father.

  • Marcia

    I am in my 50′s and I need a job . . . I have put in 100′s of applications and still nothing. I pray that God will open a door for me to get a good job . . . wherever He wants me to be. I have an Associates Degree in Applied Business (Administrative Office Systems), I feel like everywhere I look it’s a dead end . . . I’m not sure what to do anymore. I’ve even tried Pizza Hut and they sent me an e-mail saying that they don’t have anything for me but if they find something I qualify for they will let me know. I love to work and I really do need a job, right now I am living in a camper (w/no plumbing hooked up) in a relatives backyard. I have cried out to Jesus . . . I look to the hills from whence cometh my help, my help comes from the Lord the maker of heaven and earth.

    • Jennifer

      Marcia, I too am looking for a job. I do not have your qualifications. But I do have the hope and faith in Jesus. The bible says to see things as though they were already there.(Mark 11:23-24). To say things as though they were. You say to this mountain be thou removed, and it shall be so. Have faith, and say out loud declarations daily, like, “Thank you, God for giving me the job you want me to have. Thank you God for providing for my needs. ” Another lesson I learned is to let God meet your needs and don’t drag your little red wagon behind you, letting everyone know what your problems are. That was a bit harsh for me when i first was told that, however, It really helped me. I hope it helps you too. I pray God helps you understand what I am trying to say to you. May God richly bless you in everything you do. God bless you, Jennifer

      • Joy Contado

        Hello Marcia. We believe that God can do the impossible. Like Hannah she prayed for long time. She didn’t lose hope and the right time came to her. I do believe that in the right time too God will provide the right job for you. Consider this verse Phil 4:6 Do not worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart.

    • Vilisi

      Hi Marcia. I am also in my 50′s and have been looking for work on and off since last year.I also have a university degree. It was discouraging and demoralising for me to keep receiving rejection emails. Like you (and Hannah) I have cried out to the Lord and like you, still nothing. It became a faith crisis for me at one very dark and dangerous point when I became so angry with God. I almost turned my back on him because I felt he had failed me. BUT at my lowest moment, I chose to trust him and to still believe that he is good, real and sovereign. Still no job today but there is more peace and joy in the journey. I have learnt that at a point of crisis, the resolution comes about when we surrender to the Lordship of Christ. In my case it was giving up my own agenda and submitting to His. I know each case is different and has its own unique set of circumstances but I hope this helps in some way.

    • Amanda

      Marcia I have a suggestion for you. I hit yard sales, thrift stores, etc. and find items that I clean up and sell on Ebay. I make about $2,000 per month doing this and further can be home with my toddler. I gravitate towards selling costume jewelry and do well. Here is a link to my sales: (Bear in mind that these items were purchased very cheap at yard sales/etc. Some for .50 cents. Copy/Paste.

      http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?item=261233877230&ssPageName=STRK%3AMESELX%3AIT&_ssn=bellasmom012380&LH_Complete=1&rt=nc

      • Amanda

        MORE…BEST OF ALL you do not need any qualifications to do this job. But you should chose “your thing” (Mine is jewelry). Something you have SOME knowledge about and enjoy finding and working with. You need to get an Ebay account (Free) and you need a camera to take photos. I actually used my cell phone when I first started selling on Ebay, until I could afford a digital camera. This has been a God-send for me. My prayers are with you all who are w/out income. Do not stop at putting in applications! There are options! God bless.

  • cher

    I am in a battle, so torn. I thank God
    for the message today. I have been crying and need him to helpy grandson who are little children in unsaved homes who sneak and call me to come get them. I have move due to my job the parents belittle them saying negative things
    Pray with me for them.

  • Maseray

    I need prayer for my childeren to join me in the Nederlands.

  • Brenda

    I am pouring out my soul to the Lord

  • Chelle

    I’ve been married for just under three years and my marriage is broken. Today, I am praying for restoration. My husband and I can be set in our ways and we seem to come from two different worlds, but the one thing that gives me hope is that we both know and love the Lord. I’m choosing to walk in faith. I’m placing it in God’s hands and pouring my soul out to Him!!!

  • Nina

    I need all the prayer I can get. I am in an unfortunate situation. Many years ago I experimented with my sexuality and ended up in a very long term relationship that now includes children. I have learned that this is not where I should be in my life and this is not my happy ever after. It is a tough dilemma and I have been praying for the strength to get out of this with understanding on both sides. I am trying to prevent ugly court battles. I do not have anything against same sex couples, I have only come to realize this is not MY life style!!! Please keep me in prayer.

  • Guest

    Psalm 34:4 I sought THE LORD, and HE answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. I read that verse this morning before opening my email and seeing your wise words. THE LORD is teaching me not to give up and persevere in prayer like never before. God bless all of my wonderful Girlfriends in God :)

  • Julie

    Psalm 62:7-8 “In God is my salvation and my glory; The rock of my strength, And my refuge, is in God. Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us…Selah”

  • carla samuel

    I pray for an opportunity to be employ.

    Psalm34:10 The young lions lack and suffer hunger; But those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.

  • Tami

    My 3-year-old daughter started going to preschool in March. They have a rule that all kids wear underwear, whether toilet-trained or not. She happily started wearing underwear, and didn’t want to revert back to diapers at home, but didn’t seem at all bothered to pee/poop in her underwear. She is finally using the toilet for pee, but still adamently refuses to poop in it. If I notice she seems ready to poop I suggest she use the toilet, and she gets really angry. Her poop is the consistency of peanut butter (really soft!), however, and gets smeared all over her pants and down her legs, etc. A really headache to clean up – daily! But nothing seems to click with the toilet. She is a very strong-willed child, and I’m guessing that has something to do with it (especially since she won’t wear diapers to poop in at home when she needs to like some of her other friends will), but I don’t know if that’s the whole reason or if there’s also a physical reason. It’s really frustrating for me, though. I know of two other mom friends who live far away from me who are dealing with the same problem, and we have decided to band together and pray for each others’ kids. Hoping to see some results soon!

  • Joy Contado

    Thank you for this timely message. Indeed God is not deaf to hear our prayers. I am Joy. I would like to ask a prayer for Jeffery Crooney (a student from New York City) who is confined in Greater Accra Hospital, Africa. His head is bruised and the doctor said he is getting worse. He need blood transplant and operation. His father has no means and cannot even visit him. He went to West Africa for one week tour but he met this accident. Hope you can help him. Here’s his father’s email address: henry.crooney@yahoo.com

    You can contact him for more information about the incident. His father just like Hannah is in distress and couldn’t do something. Please help this family especially Jeffery in prayer or even in financial needs if possible. Thank you very much. In Christ. Joy

  • Lisa

    Thank you for this site. I have been doctoring for a serious condition for eight years rarely getting consistent help. 2011 I fell and injured one knee and later the other knee and leg became injured due to favoring one side. My prayer is for restoration of health that i may fulfill God’s plan for my life. RIght now I am in a precarious financial situation. Would you please pray for me to be caught up on all my bills especially for my health and home. God is Great and faithful all of the time, Amen. Thank you , Lord for loving us.

  • Julie

    I have suffered with depression for 35+ years. I am in counseling and One of the ways I will know when I am healed is when I can turn to The Lord in all my times of trouble instead of picking up the phone. Not there yet, but getting much closer. I. Pour out my soul to Him almost daily and it is a wonderful experience. We sit together on my porch swing in the early mornings and talk. It is amazing. But I still struggle with turning to Him immediately.

  • meme12

    I just listened to you song Quiet Me , and it made me cry. It really touched my heart. I needed that today as I face some problems with my health. Please pray for me that God will help me stop smoking before its to late for me. I’m having a hard time stopping even with the things going on with my health. again Please pray for Gods healing for me.
    In Christ Love
    Angela Taylor

  • meme12

    {‘m pouring out my soul to God my Father

  • Angie

    I just want to say that God has really answered all my prayers, from keeping negative people away from myself, my fam and friends, and to successfully deal with any that wiggle through, to more difficult things like keeping my husband, myself and my mom/dad/sis sane throughout this insane immigration case of mine. But one prayer that has not been answered, and that i (unfortunately) didn’t bother God with before, was WINNING the case. Now, due to who knows what bad luck (or lack of faith), i’m thousands of miles away from my husband and family, stuck in a foreign country where i have few relatives (but they are wonderful, bless them) and feel so alone. It’s been 9 months now, we are about to file our sponsorship case to return me to Canada (was raised in the U.S. but am ‘stuck in Europe… odd i know) and I’ve broken down so many times in front of God, and so has my husband. We cry more than anyone ever should, weekly. We are extremely strong thanks to the Lord, but the damage it’s done to my subconscious is not good. I pray this nightmare is over soon and that the Lord will return me into the arms of my amazing, loving and patient husband (and we both know it was God who put us two together!!!). I have no doubt in the Lord, but I also know that the evil one will try to attack this like he has before, and maybe that’s where i falter… Maybe it’s the bit of fear i have in my heart that lets the bad in. But we are only human. It’s not easy to stay 100% positive in hard times.
    Please pray for all those who are in the same ‘boat’ as me. Thank you all! God bless!!!

  • Shellie

    God’s timing is always perfect! My heart leapt for joy as I read this message this morning. It speaks to me so clearly! How affirming!! You see, I can testify that pouring your heart out to God DOES fill you with miraculous peace that no degree of trouble could ever overwhelm! It’s true! And I praise God for it! Like Hannah, I too am troubled with similar relational issues. I also have 3 kids under the age of 13. It is a sad season of life for us. We know not how things will end up. Yet, I have this peace that surpasses all understanding. Though we are powerless over my spouse’s (their father’s) sin-sick mind (that precedes his soul-sick behaviors), we know the All-Powerful. Our hope is not lost. We hope for our own lives to be free of such strongholds. We hope for healing. We have hope because we have surrendered our lives to the Greatest Love of All. We have accepted Jesus. Because I love God, I obey God. Because I obey God, I trust God. I seek His WISDOM, which He freely pours out. He taught me that HUMILITY is the pre-requisite – the foundation – for healing, deliverance, and freedom in Christ. Humility is necessary during difficult times, long suffering trials, and troubling tribulations. PERSEVERANCE produces the fruit of our labor -from love and joy to gentleness and self-control. Perseverance matured me from milk to meat. I experience maturity as a supernatural strength that comes from facing my weaknesses and presenting my vulnerabilities to God. None of this is possible without LOVE. It is God’s way of loving – not the world’s way – that perseveres, fulfills, satisfies, and lasts. Like Hannah, when I look to the Lord and His Strength, when I seek His face always, when I am clothed with humility, when I confess my infirmities, forgive myself and others for theirs, and persevere in His Wisdom, then faith, hope, and love conquers. The greatest of these being love. Since faith, hope, and love remains (is steadfast), no trouble in this world can defeat God’s children. We are victorious today and can live victorious lives even when our life – as we see it – is overwhelmed by destruction and defeat. I pray you and I continue to grow in faith, finishing the marathon of life, free and healed – one day at a time. May Grace and Mercy never leave you.

  • Gricelda Becerra

    PSALMS 34:8- Taste and see that the LORD is good;blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. “I POURED OUT MY SOUL TO HIM”

  • Amanda

    I am about to have a “Closet Session” to pour out my soul today as soon as I can get my toddler satisfied on a task. I am Thankful that I found “Girlfriends In God” today for the 1st time, and I was fully fed plus encouraging instructions for necessary prayer time with my Father. EVERYDAY has challenges that can be utterly exhausting. For Women who’s “work is never done” there is Renewal in God. Thanks for the truth. Look forward to many more ‘Girlfriends’ bible studies.

  • Carolyn

    The Righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them fro all their troubles. Psalm 34:17 Thank you for encouraging us to read Psalm 34 today. Very helpful right now. :)

  • brenda

    THis is so, so timely. my Husband of 19 years has begun to give me much challenge and problms/ please please pray for me. i do not know what to do. i have been calling others and crying/ while i have been praying i have not been praying like Hannah pleae pray for me that GOd would bring healing ot this situation.

  • YH

    Thank you for this. Went through a period where I was very angry with the Lord. I lost my faith in Him. Still working through this even as I speak. Religion does say that we are to do this and be this and that. I love the Lord. Been in relationship w/Him for 20yrs. He is very real to me because although I have family and friends, He’s the only One that has been here for me even when I get angry with Him. Still pouring my heart out to Him concerning these trust issues.

  • J

    I’ve been having this ongoing battle within myself that I wasn’t good enough. I’ve ran to people that didn’t always have my best interest at heart. I’ve been in relationships and friendships that have left me unfulfilled and feeling worse about myself than I did when I started. I’m being laid off from my job in a week with nothing else in place to go to. I’ve been feeling so low that I cannot put it into words. I felt lonely and alone. It seemed like i just couldn’t hear the voice of God. It seemed like one thing went wrong and it has just snowballed on me. It felt like I didn’t deserve to hear His voice because I had messed up and fallen short so many times. I was angry and disappointed in myself. I felt like I let Him down. so I cried out to God. I poured my soul out to Him. In the midst of crying out to Him and praying, I heard Him say “I’m here. I got it. I still love you.” I felt His presence around me. That’s the reassurance I needed. We serve an awesome God. I am believing that He will guide me to the right job and people. I am confident that He will continue to provide for me as He has done so many times before.

  • Michelle

    I’m just so frustrated with my circumstances. It seems as if the closer I get to God the more things seem to be going downhill. I pray constantly, I’m in the word every chance i get. At work, i stop a lot of times just to listen closely to an inspirational song or write down a Bible verse or a prayer. I have scratch paper everywhere with prayers and Bible verses. My Bible is marked all through and torn because I’m in it constantly, seeking and hoping that God turns my situation around. I have very little money. My bank acct is always in the negative. I’m almost 2 months behind on my rent. 3 months behind on my bankruptcy payments, my son is being charged with a crime he didn’t commit. I long to have a husband again. I feel like my hands are tied and God doesn’t hear me. I have a lot that i am thankful for and i do pray and thank God daily, all day for those things but these other issues are weighing heavy on me. Down to nothing….

  • VN

    In the middle of a messy divorce and just received an court motion that I am unfit mother (been a SAHM for 5 years, daughter is a thriving 5yo) and need to receive “parenting therapy” because my daughter lashed out at her father when he refused to allow her to call me during the days she is with him (he’ll let her answer my calls). Our daughter is the one who is suffering through all this because she does not want to be with her dad and she is the only person he can force to “love and be with him.”

  • Kim

    I have made many mistakes in my life and am spending more time stressing than praising. I have caused my own problems and take responsibility. I feel as if I don’t deserve God’s forgiveness and comfort. I am a prisoner to my own heart and mind. Please pray that my commitment to daily time with God will be fulfilled.

  • M.

    Oh, how I love Hannah. What a beautifully imperfect woman whom God made holy, not because of her beauty or accomplishments, but because of her imperfections. Her weaknesses made her wholly reliant on God’s strength. Her infertility, typically a source of worldly shame, made her a powerful witness to Christians for thousands of years, and the children she eventually bore became key players in Biblical history.

    This weekend my husband and I visited Philadelphia. While we waited in the long line to see the Liberty Bell, I began reflecting with sadness upon my own infertility and the pain and uncertainty we are about to endure with treatments. I wallowed in self-pity as I wondered if I would ever be a mother, if I deserved to be a mother, if I would always be less valuable than the many women in my life who have been blessed with children. I cried inside, as I have many times before.

    After what seemed like an eternity, we made it to the bell. At first glance, it didn’t present much beauty to speak of. It was smaller than I had expected, a bit tarnished, and famously cracked on one side. Yet we had stood in line with scores of other tourists for half an hour to see it, and it was worth every minute. The sight of it made me well up with pride. The bell was beautiful despite its cosmetic flaws. Just like the bunch of ragtags back in the 1700s who came together to form this great nation, the bell was a symbol of beauty, liberty, and freedom. It didn’t need to be perfect to convey that powerful message; in fact, its imperfections gave the message an even more poignant touch.

    It occurred to me that that must be how God sees each of us. I may be struggling to bear children, while others may be struggling to find work or make amends with a family member or deal with a health issue, but God would gladly wait patiently for hours — or as long as it takes — just to spend a few minutes admiring our beauty. To Him, we are beautiful despite and even because of our flaws. Our flaws allow Him to minister to others and to work His miracles in our own lives. Our flaws make us beautiful. Our brokenness makes us perfect. Our total reliance on Him makes us His.

    This experience made me think about you and the other Girlfriends in God and the messages you all deliver every day. I could not be more thankful for the uplifting words of encouragement that God offers us through you. Your words have helped me connect experiences like my Liberty Bell visit with His messages. Every bit of encouragement reminds me to take comfort — indeed, to rejoice! — in my weaknesses. Thank you, and bless you, for that.

  • Emma

    I have had a burden in my heart and my life but I have been driving through prayer, or not even praying at all. I have carried on like life is great with no challenges but all has not been well, I hurt and cry for my baby girl….one day it is this challenge and another day there is a new one. I want her to grow up normal, enjoying the life that God has blessed her with….I want her to enjoy her childhood days and remember them pain-free….

    I know the power of a praying mother….but I have not been honest with myself and God, I have chosen to sleep through the night and wish the challenges away….but how reality screams in my face….I can no longer run nor hide…I can no longer carry on like all is rosy, pretending to people who aren’t even caring to notice…. I need to get into parking with the Lord, present my prayers and pour out my soul… I need to be the mother my child needs, one who prays for her and one who plays with her….her role model, a lover of Christ, a believer in prayer, a friend she can trust with her little secrets and stories…. I need a looong session with the Lord and his forgiveness for thinking that I would do it all by myself

    Pray for me also, that I may get back to my prayerful life…..and for my baby girl to be well and happy….Thank you.

  • Gigi

    I poured out my heart to Him. I am so in need to hear from the Lord, i feel so beat up by life and trying to live my life for Christ, and it seems as if nothing I do matters. I am still in a rut in my spirit, i feel as if God is not hearing me. I poured out my heart to Him, He knows all that I have spoken of. I wait with expectation that God will respond. your daughter needs You Lord, like never before.

  • Luyo CLuyo

    I sit here, in fear over a mild medical report and I know I need to be still, to be quiet. I dont know how to and I pray I do. O I love the song cos its my prayer. I need healing, I need to hear him whisper. I need faith not fear, I need joy not sadness. I need to hear Him whisper. I need my spirit to be lifted out of this heaviness. Only God can, I know He will

  • Dee

    I poured out my soul today. Please pray that God reconciles my husband and myself, and restore our marriage.

  • Bongiwe

    I am 22 and have recently started reading the Word of God and praying.No matter how much I try I feel so condemned by my past and every mistake I make.I need a job,I want to feel like God is hearing me..like I matter but its just not happening.I feel depressed and alone.I know I will not make it by my own might though,something in me keeps me fighting and praying and looking to God for all I need.