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Can God Restore Me?

Day One: Is God Willing to Restore Me?

Welcome. I’m so glad you are here. You have arrived at the First Day of a five-day reading plan investigating the question: Can God restore me? It’s a really important question that many hold deep within, and may only have the courage to ask themselves. Here, we are just going to get it all out in the open. And if the dialogue here brings up more questions, don’t hesitate to post them. Let’s be a community that helps one another in the struggle.

Let me tell you about the structure. First, you will be introduced to the Scripture for the day. The devotional material will follow. You can also enjoy a version of this reading plan at Bible.com or on th

e app, YouVersion. The benefit of finding it here is that we have the ability to add Bonus Material and communicate with one another.

So let’s get started.

Scripture

from the end of the earth, I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, Psalm 61:2

When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. Psalm 34:17

He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Psalm 23:3

You who have made me see many troubles and calamities will revive me again; from the depths of the earth you will bring me up again. Psalm 71:20

“I will strengthen Judah and save the tribes of Joseph. I will restore them because I have compassion on them. They will be as though I had not rejected them, for I am the LORD their God and I will answer them. Zachariah 10:6, NIV

Devotional Material – Is God Willing to Restore Me?

It’s a legitimate question. Can I be restored? Me–a person drowning in selfishness? Can a mistake-ridden, routinely faithless and habitually untrustworthy gal like me be offered the prospect of a fresh beginning, again? Am I even worth the trouble?

The more personal and piercing question might be, “Is God willing to restore me?”

Would He WANT to do it in the first place?

Not only is this a legitimate trail of questions to ponder, it’s a haunting one.

How many times have you heard similar accusatory notions floating through your own thoughts? You can’t just dismiss them. Oh, you and I can cover them up with our To-Do lists or blaring music. But the pain is searing when that little voice whispering inside communicates, you might not be worth it.

What do we do when we feel we are too far gone or when we fear we might have done “it—that dreaded sin” one too many times? Maybe we have been too irreverent for a holy God; too overcome by our own failures to find hope; or too defeated to raise our heads? What if we feel we are too wrecked for God to restore?

We trust in the unfailing truth of the Bible.

The Psalms identify with our human frailties and point us in the right direction. We learn we are not the first to feel this way or the only ones to ever encounter defeat, faithless living, sinful behaviors and a sense of hopelessness.

When our hearts are faint, we can look to “the rock that is higher” than us (Psalm 61:2). To God, we can cry out, and He hears us (Psalm 34:17). And when it comes to restoration, David assures us, “He restores my soul” (Psalm 23:3). Literally David attributes God as enabling his life to return to him. He also restores that part of him that can become exhausted, worn out, anxious or broken down due to the heaviness of continually facing whatever life brings (Psalm 71:20). David assures us it is God who restores, bringing back the vigor. Within a few chapters, he cries out for God to do it AGAIN!

What we learn from David is that if you are feeling like you might not be restoring potential—convoluted with defeating thoughts communicating you might not be worth the trouble—there is hope.

Hope is here because Your God restores.

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3 Things to Remember When You Feel Defeated

3 Things to Remember When You Feel Defeated

Podcast #65

Welcome to the podcast! Oh my goodness! It’s been a crazy week–filled with all sorts of technical difficulties! I’m on my third computer since May. The keyboard on the brand new one started dying and it went downhill from there. It all fits into today’s discussion on the podcast because I’VE GOT DEADLINES! These problems are nothing but defeating! One of the most common experience shared with other women today is discouragement. Somehow we still get suprised by the derailements and forget there is nothing unusual happening. Before we become totally hopeless, today we are going to talk about three things to remember when we are feeling defeated to help pivot our perspective.

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Are You Where God Wants You?

Are You Where God Wants You To Be

Podcast #56

My daughter and I were having a late night conversation. Actually, I was listening. It was mostly introspective about what had been and how those experiences might shape her present and future. I wondered what had triggered all those deep evaluations and efforts to move forward. But something similar happened to me as I was reading my Bible today. I came across a passage where I had all sorts of notes written to the sides with dates. It caused me to ask a question that I want to pose to you: Am I where God wants me to be?

So I started thinking about this question. How can we recognize if you and I are where God wants us to be? Although it may prove different for everyone, the Bible can help bring clarity to this question for every believer. Today, in the She Yearns Podcast, that’s what we look at. I wanted to take one example that draws out this question and then help apply it in our everyday life.

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Why the Resurrection is Believable

Why the Resurrection is Believable

Podcast #55

With the week of Easter of upon us, I just didn’t think I would have time to get a new episode together, but these thoughts continued to circulate through my mind and heart. Sharing them here was a must. Without the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Christianity is reduced to just another religion. Jesus becomes a good teacher or at best, a prophet. The resurrection changed everything. What makes the resurrection of Jesus believable? And how can knowing this make an impact in your daily life? That’s what we are talking about in today’s episode of the She Yearns Podcast, Why the Resurrection is Believable.

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Cheri

Trusting God in Disappointment

Trusting God in Disappointment

Podcast #47

Hey! Welcome to the She Yearns Podcast! Everyone knows the feeling of getting an ice cream cone, taking two licks, and watching it fall off the cone onto the pavement. Your heart sinks while you stand there looking at an empty cone, wishing things had turned out differently. Maybe this has not been your experience – but you are familiar with disappointment. REAL LIFE disappointment. The kind that causes you to doubt and question if God is there, if He is listening, or if he even cares. How do you and I keep trusting God in the middle of the disappointments that come? That’s what we are talking about today on this episode of the podcast.

Many blessings as you hear from your God and receive what He has just for you!

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Cheri