I love this picture. It was taken at a writers conference I have begun to attend every year. In fact, I am excited to be on the marketing team for next year’s conference! Our team is amazing and I am looking forward to learning so much from them as we all work alongside each other to bring a cumulative branch of knowledge and talent. More on that in the weeks and months to come.
If I love the picture, I love the Scripture even more. Many of you have followed me on this journey of restoration that began in January of 2017. This journey has been about physical and spiritual healing. It has not been easy nor has it been pretty but it has been necessary and through it all God has been faithful.
In January 2017 I was visiting a church and the Pastor’s message was on the restoration in Joel 2. I knew God was speaking directly to me. In February of that year I attended the writer’s conference and there in huge, lighted letters was the word RESTORE.
This year God gave me the word overcomer and while we are overcomer’s because Christ has overcome the world, that isn’t the Scripture he gave me. Rather, He gave me a verse from one of my favorite books of the Bible.
But this is what the LORD says: “Yes, captives will be taken from warriors, and plunder retrieved from the fierce; I will contend with those who contend with you, and your children I will save. Isaiah 49:25.
Not only does God promise restoration in Joel 2:25, In Isaiah 49:25 He promises to return the plunder the enemy stole! Oh, but it gets better. He promises to contend with those who contend with me AND my children HE will save!
As God’s restoration, overcoming and healing continue to come little by little and day by day, I am thankful for His reminders and promises that I often forget in the midst of the struggle.
I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33.