Releasing Our Hurt to the Master Restorer

This week’s devotion comes from our special guest, author and Hope Coach, Carmen Horne. I know you will be inspired by her words today! Let’s learn from Carmen how to release our hurt to the Master Restorer. Thank you for joining us for our series on restoration.


Do you enjoy watching home renovation shows on tv? I do. I start one, and there is no stopping until I have watched about three of them. It is exciting to witness the rebirth of something broken and unloved. 


Often, I think, just tear it down. They are hopeless. Not worthy. Unusable.  


Simon felt that way about his uninvited guest. She lived among the crumbled walls of failed relationships. The rubble of her sins, piled high for all to view. Simon knew her reputation and questioned Jesus’ discernment in allowing her to touch Him. When Simon saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know what kind of woman is touching him. She’s a sinner!” (Luke 7: 39b NLT)


This brave woman ignored the stares and murmurs of the other attendees. She must have been nervous and so ashamed. The gift she offered Jesus, within her alabaster box, was her most valuable asset. Would He accept it? He will know how I earned this expensive perfume. 


What the woman did not comprehend was that her most valuable asset was not the perfume. Her most valuable offering was the repentance that the contents of her alabaster box represented. She poured her pain and brokenness at Jesus’ feet.


In my book, Out of Words, we discuss our hurt boxes. Within each of our hearts, there are places we leave untouched — hidden. Maybe those places seem too dark, or they are too painful. The cost of our revelation seems too high. It was costly for our lady, also. She was willing to make a spectacle of herself to receive what Jesus had to offer — healing and restoration. 

The pain our lady felt ran down her cheeks. Her tears were her prayers of repentance. Jesus gathered the pieces of her broken heart and spoke the kindest words she had heard from anyone in a long time — life-changing words, “Then Jesus said to the woman, ‘Your sins are forgiven...Your faith has saved you; go in peace.’” (7: 48,50)


Our hurt boxes are transparent to God. He gently exposes the places He wants to restore. He is El Roi — the God Who Sees us. He waits patiently, tenderly, inviting us to open our hearts and pour out our hurts at His feet. He understands the cost of releasing our hurts to Him. He paid a high price for our healing at Calvary. 

Jesus doesn’t see us a fixer-upper or project; He sees what we cannot — women, whole and holy. Our prayer of release can be as simple as “Reveal and heal, Lord.” 


Even when our pain and hurt is great, God’s mercy and grace are greater. He is the Master Restorer. 


A Prayer for You:

Guide us, Lord, as we open our hurt boxes and reveal painful times. Help us to release our brokenness to You. Restore us, Lord! In the mighty name of Jesus! Amen. 


Carmen Horne is a Board Certified Advanced Christian Life Coach, writer, speaker, and humorist who uses her gifts to encourage women. She is passionate about supporting women through life’s challenges as they learn to draw on God’s power and a dynamic relationship with Jesus to change their perspective on the unexpected.

Carmen is a contributor to 101 Secrets to a Happy Marriage — Thomas Nelson Publishers, Warrior Devotional — Declare Conference, The Message and Just Between Us magazines, and many online websites and blogs.

At the ripe old age of 16, the Bayou State native married her high-school sweetheart. They recently celebrated their 42nd anniversary and have one beautiful daughter. Carmen is a dark chocolate nibbler and beach sitter. But her favorite activities are those she participates in as a wife and mom. Connect with Carmen on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.






The Fall - Or What Did I Fall For?

Our devotion this week comes from author and encourager, Susan B. Mead. I know you will enjoy what she has to say about RESTORATION. Let’s learn from Susan’s experience how restoration can help when we fall. Thank you for joining us for our series on restoration.

I fell, yet I didn’t skin my elbows or plow face first into the ground.

 

No, I fell onto my knees, bowed and humbled as God whispered to me, “Step off the grid…”

 

Why would God tell me that? Great question. Because He loves us so deeply, He corrects us when we stray from His ways.

 

Does that make you wonder how corrupt I’d become, exclaiming, “Goodness gracious, Susan, what were you doing?!”

 

Simple answer. Building a platform. The only issue was its purpose.

 

You see, I listened to all the teachers at all the writers’ conferences, Christian writers’ conferences, I might add, instructing us to build.

 

Build. Publishers and agents only want BIG.

 

Build. Bloggers need readers and page views.

 

Build. Social media is a MUST and MANY must follow…while they like, comment and share too.

 

Build I did. Yet I’d built a platform for me to stand on rather than an altar to lay my offerings to God upon; to let His word shine forth from the words He placed in my heart, head and hands.

 

Many say they saw God through my words, and that may be true, yet building a platform had become an obsession. My focus was flawed and faulty.

 

So God gently and graciously got my attention as He guided me back to His ways of working. He restored my soul when He whispered step off.

 

Oh Lord, yes!

 

So we moved off the grid - literally. Yet I got an office for internet connectivity, even though we were living off the grid, so I could share. Isn’t that what writers do?

 

Yet God whispered again, have you stepped off yet? Oh Lord, no. I still have my hands clasped tightly around “my” writing, blogging, radio show, etc., etc., etc.

 

“Step off. I know where you are, who you are, what you are doing, and I want you to become what I created you alone to be. Only then can you do it. Wholeheartedly,” God breathed deeply into my spirit.

 

Early this year, I heard “be released” as my word for the year from God.

 

I questioned:

From what, Father?

From who?

From where?

When Lord?

And finally why, Lord?

 

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.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

 

A hope and a future…I love how the Lord reaches out His strong arm to lift us up when we fall. For His plans for us are good. He lifted me up to live again when I’d fallen into the ways of the world.

 

Thank You, Lord. I am restored. Renewed. Revived. Released from the things I thought I needed to be alive and productive. I’m learning to let go so God can do what He needs to do in and through me – for His glory and my good.

 

Oh by the way, the scripture at the bottom of the journal page I’m writing on today is Psalm 32:8;

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;

I will counsel you and watch over you.”

 

Only God…

 

 A master storyteller and award-winning, bestselling author, Dr. Susan B. Mead, ThD, leaves audiences motivated to live a life free of regrets even though she has done the hardest thing any parent can do - bury her youngest son, Kyle.

Susan has been described as a solid, comforting voice in a messy world. Whether speaking to business professionals, women’s conferences, industry leaders or writer’s workshops, Susan’s insightful wisdom inspires audiences, empowering them to make healthy mental u-turns to help them find calm in the chaos.

Connect with Susan on her website at SusanBMead.com where she writes each Friday about her faith, family, friends, flowers, food or fitness journey, on Facebook and Twitter where she posts inspiration or on Amazon where her award-winning books, Dance With Jesus: From Grief to Grace and Don’t Go Through Life Naked: How to Clothe Yourself in God’s Power, are available.