It’s the God of Restoration, and He wants us to welcome Him into our homes for 2014.
Oftentimes, when we think of restoration, we have an idea of what we think it should look like. In 1998, I thought God’s restoration for my family would be bringing my husband back home, re-establishing trust in our relationship, having a full-time daddy for the kids, etc. Unfortunately, by 2000, I discovered that God’s plan and mine were not the same.
I did not understand how God could “rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the desolation of many generations” (Isaiah 61:4). However, the restoration that God was working was beyond what I could imagine. As I began to let God “out of the box” of my personal paradigm, I soon discovered who the Restorer is. By 2006, I found myself seated around a table, laughing with my children, and beginning a ministry to reach out to other single mothers with the message of HOPE. But the greatest reality of the Restorer was peace in our home, and children who loved the Lord and loved each other. I sat basking at the table of rebuilt ruins—my family.
God, who is the same yesterday, today and forever, still stands as the Restorer. Often single mothers see themselves as I did—broken, lacking, without hope for authentic family. But the God we serve is first and foremost a Father. He wants to come and fill those voids in our homes; He wants to establish His name as Head of the household.
As we look at a new year, we can decide how we will respond to the One who stands at the door and knocks. There are ways we can position our hearts to open the door to the Restorer and help our children step into the heart of the Father.
1. Meditate on the Word: Take time to “chew” on the Word. Don’t be in a hurry, and don’t feel the pressure to read it all. It took me four years to meditate on eight chapters of the Bible that transformed my life. Change takes time.
2. Use your imagination and have fun: Wrap yourself in the knowledge of who He is as Father. If the Father were a color, what color would He be? For me, I think of red and green. List what you love about Him being your Father and thank Him for each of those qualities.
3. READ to your children from the Word: Get them acquainted with the Good Father. Look at the Word through the lens of God being a GOOD FATHER in how He does things—deals with sin out of love, not anger, give laws, not to restrict people, but to help them live together as a happy family, etc. Help your children see the truth of who He is.
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.
Isaiah 61:4 NASB
What are ways you can open the door of your heart and your home to the Restorer in 2014?
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
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