“Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her. There I will give her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope. There she will respond as in the days of her youth, as in the day she came up out of Egypt.” Hosea 2:14-15

In July of 2011 I found myself in my own Valley of Achor.

The years of being in a toxic relationship that ultimately led to a painful divorce had finally taken its toll on me. I was left broken and hopeless. I spent days on end asking myself how I allowed my life to spiral out of control. I was overcome with guilt and condemnation because of the poor decisions I had made, my willful disobedience towards God, and the role I had played in creating the dysfunction in my life. 

I couldn’t imagine how I would ever regain my identity or my sense of self-worth. I didn’t know what would become of the broken pieces of my life.

In that season, God used the words of Hosea 2:14-15 to heal my heart. And as painful as it was, I know that the inner healing God performed in me during that time would not have happened if my spirit hadn’t been so fragmented.

He used brokenness to bring me to the point of realizing the depth of His love for me. I learned to depend on Him and to seek Him with my whole heart, to surrender my will for His will for my life. The valley of Achor literally became my door of hope.

Perhaps you’ve found yourself in a Valley of Achor. His promises in Hosea 2:14-15 are for you, too. God wants to restore your brokenness and heal your heart.

Trust Him. He will turn your valley of darkness into a door of hope.   

Dear God, thank You that you restore us, that You turn our valleys of darkness into doors of hope. Help us to turn to You when we are hopeless, and that we would trust in Your perfect and healing love. Amen.

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