Today’s Truth

I am a woman who is deeply troubled…I was pouring out my soul to the LORD.

1 Samuel 1:15

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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 goes 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.

Let’s Pray

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,


Now It’s Your Turn

Pause to reflect on 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.

Swing by my blog to share a prayer need, a verse that leapt to your heart or to simply state, “I poured my soul out to Him!”

More from the Girlfriends

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. Turn up your speakers and CLICK HERE to listen to my song “Quiet Me.”

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6 Responses to “A Soul Poured Out”

  1. Kim Warner says:

    Thank you for this wonderful word today. I really needed it. You I see I am going through a major storm after losing my husband of 36 years just 7 months ago to a sudden massive heart attack.   I have a very close relationship with my loving God but in the midst of my pain, I get so broken I forget to really cry out to God.  It takes strength to open the broken oozing pain and cry out to Him, and sometimes, frankly, I just don’t have it. But I know God meets me there when I can find my way to him and cry out. He has done it.  It just the pain that I have to face to get there is excruciating and my heart can only take it so often.  Never the less your reminder today helped me know it’s time again.  Its been a hard few weeks lately. Really hard. And I know if I  can find the courage and strength to cry out in my pain, to pour out my soul,  I will find God waiting to pick me up in his arms and restore my heart again.  My heart is broken and my whole life changed in the last beat of his heart. I have 3 grown children and grandchildren as well.  It has been a very hard, sad time for my family and I. The one thing I know the be true is the unconditional love of God. He has carried me through many hard days, like the day of the funeral, birthdays, anniversaries, the ocean of tear, I have cried.  Tears always seem to flow in the darkness, the lonely hours of the night.  But even then, I know His hands is capturing every drop. He says he does.  And healing is coming, slowly, but it’s coming.  Because His mercies are new EVERY morning and His faithfulness far outweighs my loss. I know my scars run deep, some are still oozing profusely, but with each new day, there comes a little more joy, a smile to be found, and a praise to be given. My hallelujah is still broken but it’s still there.  And it’s mine. Mine to give to my God who never makes me walk alone, where healing comes even in the tears, and where there is always a blessing to be found even in the darkest hours of my pain. Yes my heart is broken but I know pouring my soul into the heart of my faithful Father brings new hope and healing, every time.  I have a long road ahead.  I know that.  But little jump starts like this one from you today, remind me to keep going and not to give up.  So thank you GF for the reminder. 

    Kim Warner


  2. Stella says:

    This has been a struggle for me. I have been going through a very trying time for 8 years, taking the burden to God daily. I have hidden/protected my pain from everyone, as I don’t know when, or where, or with whom to share, other than my wonderful Lord. The wounds are deep and real, and as I read OH SO MANY posts from girlfriendsingod and other Christian sites, that women are to share and have friendships, etc. I have none of that, and reading those posts over and over is very painful. What is the balance between sharing our burdens with people, or just always taking them to God? He must give us each other for a reason. I am with my God every day in the Spirit, but my flesh is lonely for fellowship and sharing.

  3. Monica says:

    This devotional couldn’t have been more on time. Often times when I’m faced with challenges I seek advice from my brothers in Christ. My current situation concerns myself and my brother who is also my pastor. We’re not seeing eye to eye on several things in the ministerial capacity and it has cause a major strain on our relationship. Working under his leadership has been difficult, I never asked to be in this position however I have no control over God’s plan for me. But at any rate I’m happy to be submitting to the will of God and assisting my brother but there’s just no reasoning with him. So after this devotional my eyes and my heart are open, I’ve already been in prayer about the challenges that I’m facing but I do see where my prayers could be increased instead of reaching out to my brothers. Only God can fix this and worth through my brother. So this devotional is just yet another confirmation of what I should continue to do and improve on doing. So I just thank God and give Him all the glory! I also thank God for this website, I ran across it maybe a month ago and I’ve received so much from it, it’s encouraging as it is informative. Bless you all!

  4. Charlotte says:

    Girlfriends in God is truly a blessing. Reading and receiving posts from other believers is something that I am thankful for. Although I am presently blessed to still have my spouse and friends who I can talk to about some things, there are other things that I don’t feel comfortable sharing. Instead I choose to talk to God daily, but also need the human touch that I get from this devotional site and the posts from others. I will continue to read and pray for all and ask that you do the same for me. For dear Kim, who has poured out her heart about the grief of losing her spouse, I will say a special prayer of peace and strength for you. I know God will bring you light in the midst of your darkest hours. Stay prayerful and faithful and know that you are not alone.

  5. Maria of 10/17 says:

    Yes I agree with Sharon, your words confirm what God has been doing in my life over the past two years.

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