God is a builder, He is a designer and He loves to build.
Isaiah 61:4 says: Then they will rebuild the ancient ruins, They will raise up the former devastations;
And they will repair the ruined cities, the desolations of many generations.
Who is the ‘they’? It is the ones who had been in prison, who had been broken and beaten, the ones who have lived in torment and poverty until they meet Jesus and He frees them.
Over the years, in my weary and broken state, I have longed for others to come alongside of me to rebuild my family.
But God is the builder, and while we do need the support and strength of others around us, He wants us to be responsible for the rebuilding of the walls of our lives.
I believe that we are in a season of seeing these ruins, its time to be aware that things are not as they are suppose to be in our lives; maybe our children engaged in activities or friendships that are destructive, maybe we continue to struggle financially, never getting out of that pit of debt, maybe we are overcome by feelings of shame, insignificance, tormented by lies.
Whatever the ruins are, God has a strategy to rebuild your life.
In the book of Nehemiah, we can learn some of the practical steps to take to begin the process of rebuilding. And like Nehemiah, when we partner with the Lord…miracles will happen.
- Take note of the devastation, what are of your life is not lining up with who God says you are, or His promises for your family.
- Give yourself permission to grieve. In the book of Nehemiah, when he heard the report of the devastation of the walls, he grieved.
- Ask God for the strategy to rebuild. Take time to pray and ask; if you ‘seek me you will find me’.
- Pay attention to His timing. When Nehemiah wanted to return to help rebuild, he strategically waited for the right time to ask the king, he waited for the right time to tell the people his plan.
- Know that there will be opposition, but “if God is for us who can be against us”, and ‘greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world”. Nehemiah was not taken aback by the enemy’s strategy to stop the building.
It’s time to begin the rebuilding of the walls of our homes and with God all things are possible. He is the God with a hope and a future for our children, our families, and for US.
What is the first step you will take in the process of rebuilding?
By Misty Honnold
Mother of 2 adult girls, 2 adult sons & 2 amazing NEW sons (married to daughters)
1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team Member
Executive Director and Founder of The Single MOM KC
Hostess of Mocha Moments For The Single MOM