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March 17, 2022

March 17, 2022

By Kimberly Hobbs

EMPOWERING LIVES WITH PURPOSE:
EMPODERANDO VIDAS CON UN PROPÓSITO:
“I will give them an undivided heart and put a new Spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh” (Ezekial 11:19)
This verse has meaning to me personally because it gives hope. I pray in specifics for some who I  desperately love, asking God to remove their hearts of stone replacing them with a heart of flesh.
For those who hurt from someone that once was so very close but now lives worlds apart from your heart, there is hope through Jesus and His Word.
“The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9)
Often others do not realize the pain they inflict on someone that loves them because of their intentional or unintentional behaviors of selfishness, control issues, or outright disobedience to God.
There is One who can understand this and how emotionally fragmented hearts can become from the pain. God promises when hearts are relinquished to Him, He transforms them from the inside out. Let this be our constant prayer for any person who has distanced themselves from God, from you, or from others who love them.  There is hope. There is ALWAYS hope when God is involved.
It is my heart’s prayer for those I love and for those of you who may hurt from another’s behavior. I ask God to give these loved ones- hearts of flesh. When you or I can’t understand the cold and distant ways of those we love, may we daily pray for scriptures of healing over their hearts.
I feel emboldened verbalizing this need for others and ask you for prayer for those who are affected. Yes, I’m humbled to ask. It’s reality and truth and I trust you’ll pray with me and others who hurt deeply. May we all pray for loved ones and hearts of stone to be removed and replaced with hearts of flesh in the journey of life.
I’m praying for a miracle. I ask God for the promise. Trust me, I can relate to you who deal with family hurts.  These times produce loneliness, heartache, and depression in living without a loved you once embraced and is gone. It’s difficult being absent in the lives of any of those whom you love so desperately.
The good news, the GREAT news, the news we all long to hear one day is “it” will happen.  God specializes in “spiritual surgery.” I believe it will happen, do you? I TRUST God “it” will happen. May we all leave the care and control in His hands. Cry out for God’s help through prayer and whenever it hurts, watch what He is doing, in HIS TIME!
 One more thought,  is your experience with your loved one full of pain and trauma? Maybe it’s you that is  saying you will never allow yourself to be hurt again by someone.  Possibly you have developed the heart of stone yourself?
 Maybe it is your heart that has become cold and distant because of building the stone wall to hurt. Tear down the wall and ask God to soften your heart once again.
Please allow God to warm your heart with His love and understand the need for prayer in your difficult situation. Go to God with it moment by moment.
God can and will light a fire in the hearth of your loved one’s heart, but it won’t come without your fervent prayers to do so!  God desires to hear from you. Speak it, ask Him. And ask God to ignite fire in the heart of your “loved one” and BURN AWAY all hardness from the memory and yours. Ask God to give them and you a new heart, filled with love.
 I will continue this prayer and pray this verse faithfully until restoration becomes the victory. (Ezekiel 11:19) Trust God. We may not like the way things are but fully trusting  God and His timing brings peace. His time is always the BEST time and may His will be done.
Please continue praying over your loved one or those who are separated from you. This verse is a great promise.
Ezekiel 11:19