Tearfully, as I reflect over the last 10 years, despite my periods of disobedience, God continues to keep His promises to me. In chapter 33 of the book of Jeremiah, He tells us
“Give thanks to the Lord of hosts, For the Lord is good, For His lovingkindness is everlasting, and of those who bring a thank offering into the house of the Lord. For I will restore the fortunes of the land as they were at first".
God continuously shows His lovingkindness in restoring all that I lost physically, mentally, and spiritually shortly after my divorce. I recognize that material things are not as important as His love, the love of family and friends, and peace of mind. I have learned the difference between pure joy and happiness. Joy comes from a relationship with God that gives you peace even in the midst of the storm. Happiness is not based upon circumstances, individuals, and things around you that are fleeting. Thankfully, the joy of the Lord is my strength as I see physical and spiritual restoration in my life, I know the world didn't give it and the world can't take it away!
I encourage us to be mindful that God is a God of restoration. No matter what it is that you may have lost, trust God to provide a season of restoration. He promised He’d restore everything that was stolen. (Deuteronomy 30). Don’t lose hope! Your season of restoration is on the way!
Never forget, As I Encourage You, I Encourage Myself!
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