Carmen Horne

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Because God Is The Master Restorer

Do you ever get caught up in something and you just can’t seem to pull away? Just a couple of nights ago I was watching a GAC show, Texas Flip N Move, and my stopping to check it out turned into a marathon.

It’s really not just that show but almost all home restoration shows. They captivate me. When my eyes were almost crossed because I was so sleepy, I just didn’t want to turn off the TV. I hadn’t seen how the last house would look after it was complete.

What is it about these shows that pull me in? Within my heart, the answer came. Renewal.

Flippers see something in distressed homes that most of us don’t see – their potential.

Potential – that’s what God tells us He sees in us.

What would be a few things we could learn about how God refurbishes our broken and distressed souls by looking at those who renovate houses?


  1. No matter the degree of damage, God knows our possibilities. They entered those dilapidated houses and saw beautiful homes. Dirty, ugly, broken, misused, abused and stained was their current state but oh, the opportunities that lay ahead.
  2. Every area of our lives might not need to be stripped to the bare studs but all of us need The Master’s touch. Some walls just needed a fresh coat of paint. Other rooms needed to be completely demolished and rebuilt.
  3. Our before and after brings glory to our Restorer. Those flippers beamed with pride as they opened their houses for others to view. Many times Jesus reminded us that the healing He offered was to bring glory to His Father.

I can testify to the power of restoration. God took my broken, shattered heart and lovingly placed every piece back together. My life is a testament to those placed in my path that God does heal and He does bring beauty out of the broken.

The list is long of those God put back together. Here are just a few…

  • The woman with the alabaster box (Matthew 26; Mark 14; Luke 7)
  • Zacchaeus (Luke 19)
  • Peter (John 21)
  • Paul –Saul (Acts 9)
  • Me
  • Maybe you?

Or are you in the need of a restoration? Do you feel misused and abused? God is still into fixing our brokenness. When we open our hearts and welcome Him in to do what He does best – what only He can do – we then begin to be all that God has planned for us to be.

“I (Jesus) came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
John 10:10