All Restored

“So the king appointed a certain officer for her, saying, “Restore all that was hers, and all the proceeds of the field from the day that she left the land until now.”  2 Kings 8:6

There was no “too bad, so sad” or “finders keepers, losers weepers”.

Lord, thank You for restoring hearts, minds and souls to their originally intended condition.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Like New

We restore houses
maybe even cars

but God makes like new
our misused hearts

and returns our thoughts
to how they should be

centered on Him
for His honor and glory.

29 Comments

  1. “but God makes like new our misused hearts”, That is something I am really counting on sister. Thanks for the encouragement! God bless you-Jim

  2. I love this Deb! Reminds me of Isaiah 61 and Luke 4 where Jesus declared His mission – to restore, to renew, to set free. I have been a bit discouraged of late with where we are at in our fostering journey and wrestling with this belief that God heals and restores and then our reality :). He’s been challenging me like it says in Hebrews to not lose the confidence that I had in the beginning – I realise on reflection it is being confident that He heals and restores and recognising He does it in lots of ways. I’ve been challenged to not get too stuck on how that journey of restoration looks, but to focus instead on His character and promise to restore and leave the how up to him:) and just rest that in His time He will make all things new.

    Sorry that was a bit of a book! But thought I’d share what God’s been teaching me as I live in the gap between the promise and its fulfillment. Bless you and may He restore and renew your strength today xx

  3. Dear Deb –
    Sometimes I feel like a rebound book that He stitched back together just before the pages began to fall out…
    The misused made new. Yes.
    Thank you,
    Debbie

  4. “…but God makes like new
    our misused hearts…”

    The misuse in my heart comes from my own errors and deceptions. Thank God, He constantly inspects my heart and has divine duct tape and whatever else is needed to restore my heart.

  5. We serve a God who is in the restoration business. And when He restores you it’s as though it never happen to you.

  6. “…and returns our hearts to how they should be…”
    Simply brilliant, my Deb!
    To think I lived the first 30 years of my life with a heart that was not as it should be…just hoping I keep my heart centered, clean, thankful, and in loving praise of our Heavenly Father!
    Beautiful post, darling Deb…
    have a perfectly wonderful day, full of God’s blessings for you and Missy 🙂

  7. Grateful for the sentiment of this poem and for the writer of this poem.

  8. God bless you, Jim, as you count on Him again and again and He delivers! Thinking of you and praying too!

  9. Oh I love you, Aimee! Thank you for sharing about living in that gap .. .because aren’t we all there? 🙂 I appreciate you sooo much and count on you to set me straight when I wander too far in my simple looks at His word. That “not get too stuck on how that journey of restoration looks, but to focus instead on His character and promise” was really good for me to hear. Really good! 🙂 God bless you in the now as He takes you and yours through to the end, renewed and restored! love and prayers!

  10. That is such a beautiful image, gracious one! Maybe Sis Caddo can write a poem about it! 🙂 Or you a post? Thank you for blessing me so! God bless you and hold you tenderly today as He turns to the next new page. love and prayers!
    p.s. I love it when you have internet! teehee!

  11. Oh Larry . . .that it’s us who misuse us is so true! I love the idea of divine duck tape. 😀 He’s used many rolls on me! God bless you as He restores you today!

  12. Oh I love that, dear Desiray! He is a mighty restorer and doesn’t do shabby work! 🙂 God bless you as you go forth just like new!

  13. Love you, Beautiful Bee! I too lived almost 30 years (27) with a misused heart. He is so blessing us and helping us to stay in this restoration process with Him! Yippee! love and prayers and thankfulness for you!!!

  14. God bless you, poet friend . . .restored in Him and living in His grace! 🙂

  15. I am so glad He restores. I am so glad you write these things!

    Love,
    Theresa

  16. Oh Debbie – your so-called ‘simple looks’ at His Word don’t need to be set straight! You bring us back to His truth which actually is simple and straight-forward – He restores us! We complicate it – or I do, by trying to figure out the how instead of just receiving Him and taking Him at His Word.

  17. I’m so glad for YOU, dear wonderful woman of the Word! God bless you and your family. love and prayers!

  18. Ohhhhh, SIS! The poem got the waterworks started up again–but so good! And then, everybody at church today–wow, feels so good to come home!! May God richly and exceedingly bless everyone here with “daily” restoration–it’s easy for HIM!! Love y’all!

  19. Thank you, Dearest Deb

    I like the fact that He restores what others see as fit to be thrown out. What would I do without Him?

    Thank you for your faithfulness in sharing His ‘simple truth’ with us.

    So glad “He made something beautiful of my life”!

    Blessings
    ann

  20. God bless you sweet and restored Sis Caddo! He gave you back all the joy and then some! It’s never fully church until you get here. 😉 love and prayers!

  21. Very comforting words, Debbie. Tomorrow is a new day and “God will restore my thoughts to how they should be.” What a blessing to be freed from my own worst thinking…

  22. Oh Ann . . .I love that there are no throw aways with Him! God bless you and thank you for the song you brought too! yay! love and prayers for you, and all the grace, joy and songs you can hold!

  23. Oh amen to that, lovely Linda! What an awesome point to make, that it’s not a one time thing, but a continuous offer . . .one I need to take Him up on constantly. God bless you as He restores you today, and tomorrow and forever! love and hugs!

  24. He is always in the work of restoration… the temple, the city of Jerusalem, Israel…. our hearts, our families, our nations!
    I am grateful He is the Master Restorer. We are in good hands!

    love your simple poem , Debbie… flows so perfectly!

  25. Your sweet comment comforted me, faith filled fisherlady! Thank you! God bless you as you rest restored in His hands! love and prayers!

  26. >> “but God makes like new our misused hearts”
    AMEN! He took my cold, cold, sad, sad heart and He changed it completely and continues to hold it close to Himself.
    What a loving Father God!

    >> “centered on Him for His honor and glory”
    AMEN! I am still the old, useless person, but HE takes me, moulds me and uses me for HIS honour and glory. There is NO credit due to me because it is ALL His work.
    What an awesome God!

    You’ve captured it again Deb. Thank you.

  27. Your comments are such a blessing, Mentor Angela. You bring with you that joy and praise of what He has done and is working out in us! AMEN! God bless you as you glory in your amazing God!

  28. And it’s no coincidence that Jesus was a Carpenter. A carpenter knows if it’s best to polish or to demolish; to cut or to nail — whatever it takes to restore His beautiful creation.

    Shhhh, earlier He points out that there is an infestation in my heart and surely He will conduct pest control! 🙂

  29. 😀 Sweet spoon . . .you are so precious, one of His beautiful creations. No infestation would dare take up residence in your heart so filled with Him! 🙂 I bet the little pests will be squished in no time! God bless you hugely and lovingly and hug you for me today!


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