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He Restores What We Lost (Kristie’s Story)

I remember that night so clearly. I was sitting on my bed, crying, my mind running a million miles per hour. I felt defeated; I didn’t want to live anymore.

After years of suffering from an eating disorder, self harm addiction and depression, I was done. I believed that nobody cared about me, or would even notice if I was gone. I was angry at God and believed He had just abandoned me.

The hate I had for myself was huge. Looking back, I think that the intense self hatred was the reason I didn’t want to live anymore. Believing that nobody cared played a part, but ultimately I just hated myself, I was disgusted with myself and didn’t want to be me anymore.

I planned to overdose that night. But before my thoughts could be put into action, something amazing happened. God showed up. He showed me a picture of a funeral, my funeral. People were weeping, Jesus was weeping. The pain in that place was overwhelming. Then He walked me over to a photo hanging on the wall. It was a photo of me. People walked by and stopped to look at my photo, but over time people stopped by less and less. What Jesus said to me is still so clear, it’s as if He just said it to me 5 minutes ago.

He said, “Are you seriously willing to be just a picture on a wall? A memory?” He began to remind me that He has a plan for my life, that it was not meant to end that night, He wasn’t finished with me yet.

God restoresIn that moment chains were broken off my life. I wanted to live. I wanted Him more than everything, I needed Him more than anything.

No matter where you are at in your life right now, whether you are at the top of your game and everything is great, or if you feel like you’ve hit rock bottom and, like I did, wanted to call it quits, I want you to know that God is not done with you yet. The reason that you still have breath in your lungs is proof that He is not done with you.

As long as there is breath in your lungs, you have a purpose.

When we surrender our lives to Jesus and trust Him despite what our life currently looks like, it changes the whole game.

He takes our depression and gives us joy.
He takes our anxiety and gives us peace.
He takes our broken pieces and makes us whole.
He restores what we lost.
He is good. Always.

Precious one, you are deeply loved by the King who died to know you.

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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?

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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