Restoration area, that is me. Restoration can encompass all aspects of health: social, emotional, physical, spiritual. My restoration process has certainly impacted all of those at various times over the years.
It has now been two years of concentrated work on my emotional and spiritual restoration. The truth is this work has also impacted my social and physical wellbeing. As this scripture states, I have become strong.
10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 5:10 NIV).
Two years ago, anxiety was a constant underlying buzz in my body. I knew there was work to be done. I didn’t want to do it. I don’t know what I was afraid of, but fear lead to months of delaying the work God was calling me to do. Those first steps into the restoration area are the hardest. Once I got started, all I wanted was freedom from the challenges.
After two years, you might be thinking, “Aren’t you done, yet?” It is a question my husband has been asking. The answer is no. On one hand, I don’t think we are ever fully done on this earth. On the other hand, this season of work, in this particular restoration area, is nearing its end. I think :0)
God was guiding me the best route to healing. I resisted initially. God had already done miraculous healing in my life. He knew that this time I needed the support of a professional. He knew that slowly unveiling the wound and bringing healing would be best for my heart, mind and spirit. He knew what I didn’t.
A sense of personal wholeness is the greatest gift God has given me. It allows me to be comfortable in my own skin. It allows me to love my family completely. It allows me to honor others. It allows me embrace God through worship and prayer. I’m okay with staying a restoration area as long as necessary. It only means more of the above.
We all experience suffering of some kind. We often wonder why isn’t ____ getting better, or why can’t I accomplish ____. We want to look different, feel better, approach life without fear. We want to communicate with our loved ones honestly. We want healthy relationships with genuine intimacy. We can’t do this on our own, and we can’t do it without the work.
Are you willing to become a restoration area? Are you ready to put aside fear and embrace wholeness? Share your experience here and breathe life and bring hope to others.