Tag Archives: restore


At that time, says the Lord, I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people. Thus says the Lord: The people who survived the sword found grace in the wilderness; when Israel sought for rest, the Lord appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you. Again I will build you, and you shall be built, O virgin Israel! Again you shall take your tambourines, and go forth in the dance of the merrymakers.Again you shall plant vineyards on the mountains of Samaria; the planters shall plant, and shall enjoy the fruit. For there shall be a day when sentinels will call in the hill country of Ephraim: “Come, let us go up to Zion, to the Lord our God.” For thus says the Lord: Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob, and raise shouts for the chief of the nations; proclaim, give praise, and say, “Save, O Lord, your people, the remnant of Israel.”See, I am going to bring them from the land of the north, and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth, among them the blind and the lame, those with child and those in labor, together; a great company, they shall return here. With weeping they shall come, and with consolations I will lead them back, I will let them walk by brooks of water, in a straight path in which they shall not stumble; for I have become a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn. Hear the word of the Lord, O nations, and declare it in the coastlands far away; say, “He who scattered Israel will gather him, and will keep him as a shepherd a flock.” For the Lord has ransomed Jacob, and has redeemed him from hands too strong for him. They shall come and sing aloud on the height of Zion, and they shall be radiant over the goodness of the Lord, over the grain, the wine, and the oil, and over the young of the flock and the herd; their life shall become like a watered garden, and they shall never languish again. Then shall the young women rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old shall be merry. I will turn their mourning into joy, I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow. I will give the priests their fill of fatness, and my people shall be satisfied with my bounty, says the Lord. Thus says the Lord: A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping. Rachel is weeping for her children; she refuses to be comforted for her children, because they are no more. Thus says the Lord: Keep your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears; for there is a reward for your work, says the Lord: they shall come back from the land of the enemy; there is hope for your future, says the Lord: your children shall come back to their own country. Indeed I heard Ephraim pleading: “You disciplined me, and I took the discipline; I was like a calf untrained. Bring me back, let me come back, for you are the Lord my God. For after I had turned away I repented; and after I was discovered, I struck my thigh; I was ashamed, and I was dismayed because I bore the disgrace of my youth.” Is Ephraim my dear son? Is he the child I delight in? As often as I speak against him, I still remember him. Therefore I am deeply moved for him; I will surely have mercy on him, says the Lord. Set up road markers for yourself, make yourself guideposts; consider well the highway, the road by which you went. Return, O virgin Israel, return to these your cities. How long will you waver, O faithless daughter? For the Lord has created a new thing on the earth: a woman encompasses a man. Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Once more they shall use these words in the land of Judah and in its towns when I restore their fortunes: “The Lord bless you, O abode of righteousness, O holy hill!” And Judah and all its towns shall live there together, and the farmers and those who wander with their flocks. I will satisfy the weary, and all who are faint I will replenish.Thereupon I awoke and looked, and my sleep was pleasant to me. (Jeremiah 31:1-26, NRSV)

What is refreshing for you?

What do you think of when you think of something refreshing?

A nice cold drink?

A beach?

A nice cold swim?

A nice warm swim?

Time alone in a shop?

A long ride on a bike? (motorized or not)

Refreshing is really different for all of us, but Jeremiah here tells us of how God will be refreshment for all of us.

God will satisfy the weary and refresh the faint. God can and will do this for all of us.

So live in God and allow His refreshment to be yours.


Tags: , , , , , ,




Tags: , ,


160917LORD, you were favorable to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob. You forgave the iniquity of your people; you pardoned all their sin. You withdrew all your wrath; you turned from your hot anger. Restore us again, O God of our salvation, and put away your indignation toward us. Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger to all generations? Will you not revive us again, so that your people may rejoice in you? Show us your steadfast love, O LORD, and grant us your salvation. Let me hear what God the LORD will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts. Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land. Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other. Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky. The LORD will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase. Righteousness will go before him, and will make a path for his steps. (Psalm 85, NRSV)

Revive us o Lord as you have before.

Do not always be angry with us, but restore us to you and help us to stay fast with you.

Make a path before us that we can follow and help us to stay with you!

You have been faithful to revive and restore us, please Lord revive us again!


Tags: , , , , ,

repair the breach

On that day I will raise up the booth of David that is fallen, and repair its breaches, and raise up its ruins, and rebuild it as in the days of old;  in order that they may possess the remnant of Edom and all the nations who are called by my name, says the LORD who does this. The time is surely coming, says the LORD, when the one who plows shall overtake the one who reaps, and the treader of grapes the one who sows the seed; the mountains shall drip sweet wine, and all the hills shall flow with it. I will restore the fortunes of my people Israel, and they shall rebuild the ruined cities and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and drink their wine, and they shall make gardens and eat their fruit. I will plant them upon their land, and they shall never again be plucked up out of the land that I have given them, says the LORD your God. (Amos 9:11-15, NRSV)

God will raise up the fallen, and restore what has been destroyed to what it was before…

He will rebuild it as it was, so that His will will be done!

Things will not go as we think they should, the plower will over take the reaper and the one who picks will over take the one who plants…

Everything will happen in God’s time and He will restore us to what He created us for, so His will will be done.

Know there is nothing you can do that God can not repair…



Tags: , , , , , ,

Restore us…

I was taking my girls to school this morning and Stronger by Mandisa came on KSBJ.

Here is the first verse:

Hey, heard you were up all night
Thinking about how your world ain’t right
And you wonder if things will ever get better
And you’re asking why is it always raining on you
When all you want is just a little good news
Instead of standing there stuck out in the weather

As I heard these words on the radio driving down the road, I began to cry. You see I have been waiting for a phone call about a call to a new congregation, and it did not come but an email did. Saying that the congregation was moving forward. I saw this email at just before 4:00 am my time and I could not go back to sleep after reading it. I thought this congregation was the one, and I had stayed up almost all night last Thursday into Friday waiting for that call because the committee met last Thursday. I wanted this to be the one, yet not my will but Yours be done oh Lord. (that is much easier to say or type than it is to live!)

So today I sat down and read the readings for the day. James 3:17-18, Isaiah 32:9-20 and Psalm 80. All I can think about is what is happening in my life and these first 2 verses are not speaking to me. But there is the repeated verse in Psalm 80 “Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.”

And I thought about the song Stronger:

Oh, don’t hang your head
It’s gonna end
God’s right there
Even if it’s hard to see Him
I promise you that He still cares

When the waves are taking you under
Hold on just a little bit longer
He knows that this is gonna make you stronger, stronger
The pain ain’t gonna last forever
And things can only get better
Believe me
This is gonna make you stronger
Gonna make you stronger, stronger, stronger
Believe me, this is gonna make you …

God is the one who is in control of everything, and He has the master schedule. It is not about us. Psalm 80 says “But let your hand be upon the one at your right hand, the one whom you made strong for yourself.” God allow your hand be upon Jesus the one at your right hand, and through Him we will all be blessed. And everything you are going through can be used by God to make you stronger and pull you closer to Him.

It is all about God’s timing and not ours and our ways are not His ways, and He has the best plan for us. So even in the disappointments, know that God will always have the last word, and that He is always with us and watching us, Walking with us through the dark night of the soul. He is your presence and peace. Allow Him to be your shelter and rest.

Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.


Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,