Restore

It seems like a lifetime ago when we owned our little home just a few miles from where we are now. It was a lifetime, another life where we had different roles and children filling the house with energy and words and smiles.

It was a two bedroom one bathroom house that was what we could afford but we’d outgrow quickly. Amazing we lived in that place 14 years with growing children and never a problem with the one bathroom. We enjoyed learning our hand at things to make it a home. Henry’s skill at really, everything, meant we could buy an old sofa and he’d restore it to something useful and attractive. A few sheets of plywood would become an entertainment center. He transformed our backyard from ordinary to a hub for our children and their friends.

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Restored and ready to sell
Restored and ready to sell

Refurbish, renovate, restore…it’s who we are.

When he prays to God,
    he will be accepted.
And God will receive him with joy
    and restore him to good standing. Job 33:26

Walking through the warehouse at the ARC I see piles of items that have been cast off by others. Everything will be sorted into usable (i.e. salable) and junk. Some will be baled and sold as rags as they are in no condition to be worn anymore. Minor repairs are made to some, upholstered furniture will be cleaned and the nicest will receive some refreshing. They will be restored.

restored and 10 years clean
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restored, 5 years clean
restored life

I wonder if the men realize what they’re doing to these items, is also what God is doing to their lives? I cannot escape the imagery because it is right in front of me and it is a wondrous sight. That God does far more than patch, clean and smooth our imperfections. He can give a total restoration.

God, You know the places where I’ve worn thin and my failures that have left me broken. Restore me Lord, to your good standing.

More about Debby Hudson

Where do you find grace? Inside the church walls? Around the dinner table with your family? For years, grace was not much more than the prayer we said before meals or a biblical concept. Then I met a group of men who had, as we say, reached bottom. They welcomed me to Graceland. They showing me grace can be found in the darkest of places. I'm still searching and learning. I hope you'll want to come along.

9 thoughts on “Restore

  1. Kimberly Vermeer

    I have been so “busy” lately, missing some of the best things. So one thing I was going to do this morning was go back to mid Jan. and read through your days of wonder in one shot. What a dumb idea that was! After each one I wanted to stop and meditate and then go back and savor the pix. So…….I’ll see ya tonight when I am not hearing the voices of the grocery store, bank, etc.

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    1. Debby

      I see where you’ve been busy. Kim, even I wouldn’t read all of my own posts at once! Glad you took a break 😉

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  2. Kimberly Vermeer

    I have been so “busy” lately, missing some of the best things. So one thing I was going to do this morning was go back to mid Jan. and read through your days of wonder in one shot. What a dumb idea that was! After each one I wanted to stop and meditate and then go back and savor the pix. So…….I’ll see ya tonight when I am not hearing the voices of the grocery store, bank, etc.

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    1. Debby

      I see where you’ve been busy. Kim, even I wouldn’t read all of my own posts at once! Glad you took a break 😉

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  3. Katharine Trauger

    You know, Debby, I think that way, sometimes, when I am doing housecleaning, too. I wonder if there is a parable in everything we do?! 🙂

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    1. Debby

      I often wonder the same thing Katharine. Maybe so. Just maybe so.

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  4. Katharine Trauger

    You know, Debby, I think that way, sometimes, when I am doing housecleaning, too. I wonder if there is a parable in everything we do?! 🙂

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    1. Debby

      I often wonder the same thing Katharine. Maybe so. Just maybe so.

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