Can God Restore My Relationship?

Today’s blog is transcribed from this video on my Facebook page. If you’re a listener, feel free to click the link to take you there. If you’re more of a visual learner (like me) I am sharing it here as a blog post just for you! Read on to find the answer to the question, “Can God restore my relationship?”



When we start a new topic, sometimes it brings up big questions that need to be answered. Thankfully we have an even bigger God, and all we need to do is look to His Word for those answers.



The question I’ve been getting lately is this. 



Can God restore my relationship?



The uncomplicated answer to that is yes. God can restore relationships because He can do anything.



But God also desires to restore relationships. When we look at Romans 5:10, we see that God actually restored our relationship to Him through the death and resurrection of His son, Jesus Christ. 



“For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. We were enemies of God through sin. And through Jesus God restored our relationship to Him.” Romans 5:10 NLT



So yes, God can restore relationships, and He desires to.



But we need to remember this. There are 3 parts to God’s restoration. God desires to restore relationships through His way, in His timing, and for His purposes.



God desires to restore relationships through His way.



So many times I can take control of a situation. I want a relationship to work so badly, that even if that person is not acting like they want the relationship to be restored, I will do anything to make it happen. I try so hard to fix it on my own! 


I’ve learned from experience that if I will just take a step back, and let God do it His way, not only does He get glorified, but it always turns out better than when I try to fix it.



God desires to restore in His timing.


God’s timing is so vastly different from our own, that we can’t even fathom it. 


How many of us have an experience, maybe with our own family or a friend, where someone desired to see a relationship restored, but that didn’t happen for 20 years, or even longer? 


Sometimes relationships aren’t restored until a person’s last moments on this earth. And for whatever reason, through forgiveness or reconciliation, that relationship gets restored right before a person takes their last breath and goes to be with their Savior. 


When we remember that God’s timing is different from our own, we won’t have the tendency to say we wished it had happened sooner, because we can rejoice in the fact that we will have all eternity to enjoy the restoration God gave.



God desires to see restoration for His purposes.


We know that God works all things together for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28) That tells us God is working everything together for our good right now. 


If we’ve been praying for restoration and it hasn’t happened yet, there’s a reason. We need to trust in that. 


So, that brings up another question. 



If God already knows when, where, and how my relationship will be restored, do I need to keep praying? Sometimes it hurts holding onto that promise of restoration every day. 



I pray this thought will help us as we navigate the difficult path of waiting.


We can let go of the expectations for restoration without letting go of the hope. (Tweet this.)


Hope is a gift from God. It’s uplifting and will help breathe life into our day when we feel the emptiness or loneliness from seeking restoration. But expectations can be exhausting. We can go about our daily lives holding onto hope without the expectation that it’s going to happen in our way, or in our timing. 


To join the conversation about God’s restoration power, check out the video version here.


Blessings,

Kristine




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.