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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?

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  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

Carmen is currently pursuing a certification in Christian Life Coaching through the American Association of Christian Counselors and has been married to her fella, Lary, for 37 years. Being a wife, mom and serving women through her local congregation has been great preparation for her passion – writing, speaking and, helping others move passed brokenness. Her family makes their home in the Bayou State. You will find her talking about life at carmenhorne.com.

  • What a beautiful analogy Carmen! So well written and thought provoking. You are so right – we get caught up in those things that have new life in them – that’s what I want daily! Tired of this old flawed shell…Lord Jesus Come Quickly!!! Until he does….I pray HE will keep renovating this old heart. Thank you for using your gift sweet friend! love you!

  • D.L. Perching

    This spoke to me so powerfully. So in line with the cries of my heart to the Lord. Repaying us for the years the locusts have eaten, making our latter days greater than our former ones. I love this message and the way our loving Father used home restoration to speak to you in such a beautiful way. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    • Hi D.L, it’s Lily (the editor here). I’m SO glad that Carmen’s post spoke to you! So true what you said, and that’s exactly what God has been doing in my life too, for the past 15 years since I first gave my heart to Him. : ) Thank you for taking the time to let us know that you loved this message. God bless you!

    • Hey D.L.! You heart’s cries are so precious to God. I think He really loves it when we realize that He is the Master Restorer and that He can do so much with so little. Our little seeds of faith and belief shine big. Thanks for your authenticity and your willingness to share. Blessings!

  • Katie Vance

    I love your perspective and I agree wholeheartedly. It is always amazing to me that even our “before” can still be used for God’s glory!

    • Howdy Katie! God’s just such a great interior decorator. One of those kind that re-purposes our pain, brokenness and mess-ups into beautiful examples of His glory. Thanks for stopping by for a visit. Blessings!

  • I loved it. Yes! He is restoring us! He is taking my broken and beat down areas and making something new out of me, something that will shine gloriously for Him. May we always keep that perspective as we feel run down and useless. Thanks for sharing! Glad I stopped by from the Creative K Kids link up!

    • Hey Maria, I’m so glad you stopped by too! Sometimes I just feel like I have messed up so much I am beyond help (like some of those houses I saw on the show – mercy!) but in the end, God just makes so much beauty from my ashes. Blessings girl!

  • Winter

    Beyond thankful God knows my possibilities! It is amazing to think of how He creates the after in our hearts. So blessed by your post, stopping by from Thoughtful Thursdays

    • Winter i like that, “creates the after in our hearts.” Thank you for stopping by and sharing today. Blessings!

  • Kristen Johnson

    I absolutely loved this! I love those shows too! Great analogy! I smiled the whole time I read this. Thank God for his restorative touch! Visiting from #belovedbrews.

    • Kristen my husband just groans when I stop to check one of them out. He knows I just want to keep going. See all the changes. Ministry is like that too. Getting the opportunity to be apart of God’s life changing restorations on His children. Glad you stopped by. Blessings!