January 15: Restorative Health and Well Being
“Restore the sparkle to my eyes.” Psalm 13:3
I was feeling this verse on this day as I was suffering from C*VID. I feel like the new “birth story” is the C*VID story, so here’s mine.
Chilled to the bone.
Aches and pains.
I felt I’d never get well.
Brain fog so bad I couldn’t tell,
If I’d ever write on this blog again.
But, friend, He answered my prayers.
He restored the sparkle to my eyes because He cares.
Jan 16: Restorative Rest
These past two years, this has been my story this is my song.
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”
Jan 17: Restorative Prayer
He never leaves us.
“We are now going to Bethel, where I will build an altar to the God who answered my prayers when I was in distress. He has been with me wherever I have gone.”
Jan 18: Restorative Inheritance
Jacob, second born of Isaac, gets the undeserved inheritance just as we are second born to Jesus, but get an underserved inheritance. “And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory….” Romans 8:17
“God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe.” Hebrews 1:2
Jan 19: Restorative Understanding
The more you read the words of Jesus the more you know. The more you turn away from them the less understanding you have.
“To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them.” Matthew 13:12
Jan 20: Restorative Wisdom
True wisdom comes from knowing and heeding the Word of God.
“Get wisdom; develop good judgment.
Don’t forget my words or turn away from them.”
Jan 21: Restorative Relationship
In the story of Joseph he’s described as being as powerful as Pharaoh, yet he sat alone at banquet table because he wasn’t good enough for his fellow Egyptians. They hated the faith in God that existed within his heart.
Yet he gets up from his table and fills the plates of his brothers who once upon a time sold him into slavery and suffering.
This stood out to me as a picture of our servant hearted King Jesus who we sent to the cross to die for our sin, yet He was raised to life, and offers us redemption through our repentance, restoration (forgiveness), right relationship, and the reality of eternal life with Him in heaven!
In the world we live in it seems the righteous are rejected and the wicked rewarded, yet Jesus gives us a glimpse of how it will be in the Heavenly kingdom.
“That is the way it will be at the end of the world. The angels will come and separate the wicked people from the righteous, throwing the wicked into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
I hope you are enjoying these highlights. Are you reading through the One Year Bible, too? What was your favorite verse this week? Comment below.