new year's renovation
With the new year comes the notion that it's now time to set new goals & determine new resolves. However, I have resolved, that this year would be different.
Rather than conjuring up the list, I've decided to spend the year investigating a word.
-the action of restoring; renewal, revival, or reestablishment
-restitution of something that has been taken away or lost
-a putting back into a former position, dignity
I adore this word. When I think of restoration, I initially think of what I love doing with furniture. However, what sends my love of the word even deeper is the belief that restoration is the ignition behind the Father's heart. I can make a material object new with paint & hardware, but the Creator of the Universe continually works to breathe dignity & value back into human lives. Not self-help, or fixing appearances, but He restores purpose from the inside out.
This kind of restoration brings me hope. I'm looking forward to waiting on restoration in areas of my own life, but I am also resolving to seek & pursue restoration in the lives of others this coming year.
How can we give? How can we listen? How can we pray? How can we love?
These questions will take time to answer. Restoration is a process.
At the brim of this new year, I wanted to share two of my very favorite past restorations. The first from 2015 & the second from this past year. These two pieces were left to the side of the road, missing hardware, scratched up and maybe seen by others as invaluable. However, they were just the kind of pieces I couldn't wait to get my hands on. Their transformations took numerous days to complete, but the results could not have been more worth it.
Section by section, piece by piece, layer by layer until restoration is fully realized.
"Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying: “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man, and He will live with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them as their God.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the former things have passed away.” And the One seated on the throne said,