The word for 2012 in my family was RESTORE. It is one of my favorite promises…along with God’s grace, mercy, and total unconditional love! Restoration applies to our family in so many ways over the past year. The incredible beauty of brokenness restored in people always leaves me mouth wide, and on my face every single time! Definitely one of my favorite thing to see ever! Perfect restoration. Seeing Him do it over and over again in each new life, making a new creation in Him. Slowly restoring one broken mess after another….continually raining down new mercies every morning….offering another chance to heal our broken places….there is nothing more beautiful!

There are many ways He has brought restoration to my family….In the most broken years, as we stood by a tiny casket being lowered into the cold, hard earth….grasping to believe and wondering…”Where are you in this, God?”

When we struggled through loneliness in our marriage to communicate and trust each other through this ugly monster called Grief…

Nights I spent questioning who God really was, His sovereignty and His love. I questioned there had to be more than I was experiencing as a believer.

SO, I clung to His promise, sometimes kicking and screaming, but none the less, the beautiful promise of RESTORATION. …the promise that our God sees us, knows us and He will restore….

“So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locusts have eaten, the crawling locust, the consuming locust, and the chewing locust, my great army which I sent among you” Joel 2:25

And He did…and still is…restoring us day by day…

In the arms of Jesus, Mills is completely and gloriously restored.

Restoring our marriage to a whole new deeper level. In the busyness of life, making time to be alone together and trust and pursue each others hearts. Redeeming resentment and bitterness. Giving each other a greater understanding of our hurts, weaknesses and most of all, the depths of our hearts.

Restoring my complete trust in Him. God’s presence in my life is  constant reminder that He is Good and He can be Trusted. Teaching me about being an authentic believer and placing incredible people in my life over 2012 to encourage and speak life and God’s promise into my heart.

Oh…but He is so not finished…He is constantly working to restore the broken places in the quiet depths of our heart we arent even aware exist! Places hidden even to ourselves. Places He will restore if we allow Him to. I know that even the miraculous restoration I have experienced and witnessed in the lives of others, that He has just begun His work in me. The depths of His love, His plan and His promises for my life….it has only just begun…

“He restores my soul; He leads me to the path of His righteousness for His names sake” Psalm 23:3

So…Here is to 2013…and I am sensing the word for 2013 for our family just may be…Change…..Eeeek!!:-)

 

And because I dont feel right about doing a blog post without pictures…Here are some of my favorites from 2012…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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