***LONG BLOG POST***
For months now God has been ministering to me about "𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑡𝑜𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛." The word "𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑡𝑜𝑟𝑒" means bring back or repair. When I think of the word restore, I think of reviving something and a new change. Since the month of September this word has been in my spirit and I have been wanting to write a blog on it but could not quite get my words together for it. I knew then that I needed to be patient and wait until God gave me a clear message before I wrote this. Heading to work today, the word restoration was in my spirit again. I turned my music down and I asked God what it is that he wants me to do with this word. The spirit of the Lord said, "you already know, 𝑖𝑡 𝑖𝑠 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑙𝑖𝑓𝑒." I was lost but I thought about it as I continued to drive to work and the message became clear to me, I knew exactly what he wanted me to say.
The month of December is approaching which is the last month of the year. Most people the beginning of the year set yearly goals, or they make a list of changes they would like to see during the year. After twelve months have gone by you begin to notice things that you need to change, you learn what works in your life and what does not, you gain people in your life or you lose people, you realize you did not reach all of the goals you intended to, and you say to yourself, you want to try again or try things differently, hoping that the following year will be better.
I wanted God to just 𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑡𝑜𝑟𝑒 me, but I needed my 𝑙𝑖𝑓𝑒 restored so that God can plant and remove things in life that will help me to heal. After praying, I realized that my restoring needed to start now! I wanted to wait until January because it was a new year and I wanted to start fresh. But the spirit spoke to me about preparing myself in December for restoring my life and getting it to where he wants it to be. I felt like I was not ready, but I knew that I wanted a change and this time for God to make those changes in my life and not me.
There are a few scriptures that I am focusing on during the process of restoring my life:
2 𝐶ℎ𝑟𝑜𝑛𝑖𝑐𝑙𝑒𝑠 7:14
1 𝑃𝑒𝑡𝑒𝑟 5:10
I encourage you to read them all but I will only focus on:
1 𝑃𝑒𝑡𝑒𝑟 5:10
And 𝐽𝑒𝑟𝑒𝑚𝑖𝑎ℎ 29:11
1 𝑃𝑒𝑡𝑒𝑟 5:10 reads
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
Peter was writing to all believers of Christ, that here on earth you will suffer but your suffering does not go in vain. God sees and knows everything that we are going through but wants us to come to him in prayer. Our suffering here on earth is to prepare and mold us into the strong Christians that God wants us to be. Although suffering feels bad or it always seems to tear us down, there is a reward for what we go through. In this process of restoring my life, I want to come to terms with my past and what has happened. I want to be able to accept it and move on, for life has its way of throwing us curve balls. But we are to dodge those curve balls and continue to push on. There is a reason for everything that happens in our life rather it be good or bad, but it is to teach us a lesson that we will need in the long run.
Moving on to 𝑃𝑠𝑎𝑙𝑚 71:20 where the psalmist says,
You who have made me see many troubles and calamities will revive me again… you will increase my greatness and comfort me again.
I want God to restore me so that I may feel greatness and comfort again. Although we feel as though our troubles have been going on for so long, God’s word tells us that troubles do not last always. In the end of what you may be going through, God is going to raise you up and show you greatness and that there is still hope.
Which brings us to 𝐽𝑒𝑟𝑒𝑚𝑖𝑎ℎ 29:11:
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
God may put us through many trails in our Christian journey but in the end the reward is hope, a prosperous future, and eternal life with him. It may take us years to get to the end of the rainbow but in the end, there will be a pot of gold waiting for us. 𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑟𝑒𝑤𝑎𝑟𝑑 𝑖𝑠 𝑏𝑖𝑔𝑔𝑒𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑡𝑟𝑖𝑎𝑙. We want God to teach us to not take the short cut, to feel our struggle, and allow our struggle to restore us into a stronger person.
Although this process is personal to me, I know that there are people who have been struggling with something for a long time and feel as though they are trapped. But God wants you to know that this is your season for breakthrough. Every blog that I have written, sums up restoration and how I want God to shape me into the person he wants me to be. I am thankful for the struggles I have been through the past couple of years because it has made me the strong person I am today. I just needed God to show me that I do not have to depend on man but on him in everything that I go through.
I challenge you to take the time out to figure out what it is that you want God to do for you this month before the new year comes in so that you will be prepared for what it is he has in store for you in 2021. For it will be a great year filled with many blessings and that “𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔” you have been praying for, its COMING....𝑆𝑂𝑂𝑁. Just be prepared when it comes your way, Be BLESSED.