Daily Devotional – 12/23/13 “Restored”

Everyone is asking how my sister is doing and I must say she is doing well. From having brain surgery on Tuesday, to coming home on Thursday night and being able to talk in her right mind; I can surely say God is in the blessing business. See, I can’t say that she is healed because there is no cure for Trigeminal Neuralgia but I can say that she is being restored. Yea, restore means to bring back to an earlier and better condition or to return something to its proper place. So, she isn’t healed but she’s being restored. It’s like silver that has been tarnished and in order to return it back to its proper place you have to remove the tarnish. Well, for my sister; the pain she’s dealt with for over 6 months was tarnish. The days of no eating, the nights of no sleep, the missed work with no pay and the days of not being able to go outside were simply tarnish covering her. Oh, but then here comes her tarnish remover, God. No, He’s never left but He had to allow this tarnish process to happen in order for her purpose to be revealed. When she was wheeled into that operating room at 6:37AM on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 and was being prepped for surgery God was shaking out His cleaning cloth. When her hair was shaved, IVs were placed and incisions were made, it was simply God wiping off the tarnish. While the doctors and nurses worked, God was wiping off the tarnish. While some family slept, played games in the waiting area and I paced; God was wiping off the tarnish. While you prayed, God was wiping off the tarnish. Every hour the nurse called to update us, God was wiping off the tarnish. Yea, the surgery was longer than expected but that’s because God had to make sure her shine was bright enough for the world to see. Oh but then she was wheeled into recovery and then to ICU and when we walked in and she opened her eyes to see us and she knew who she was and where she was; her shine was glowing. The next morning when she was able to walk with the physical therapist, her shine was showing. When she mended folks, through her struggle, and didn’t even know it; her shine was showing. When she strengthens folks, through her testimony, her shine is showing. When she never gives up even on the days she wanted too, her shine was showing. So, when I say she’s being restored, she is simply being returned to her proper place. Yes, she’ll have a scar (tarnish) that cannot be removed but get this; her hair covers it! (#goneGod) So, if you’re facing anything that seems like it’s too hard for you to understand, just know; its God working. He hasn’t left you, He is allowing you to be tarnished so that He can restore you back to your proper place.

In addition … Thank you all for praying, for donating money, for thinking about her and even for reaching out. I don’t mind you asking me questions because if it helps someone else avoid the months of pain that my sister has had to endure through, I will answer any of them until she is able too.

Published by Pastor LaKisha

LaKisha Johnson is an author of thirty Christian Fiction novels, devotionals and journals. She writes from her heart, as she hopes the messages, on the pages, will relate to every reader.  Ask her and she’ll tell you, ”It’s not just writing, its ministry.” Over the course of her career, she’s won the 2018 Drunken Druid Book of the Year Award for her book, The Forgotten Wife, 2019 Top Shelf Christian Fiction Book of the Year for Dear God: Hear my Prayer, 2020 Distinguished Authors Guild Award for her book, I’m Not Crazy and was a 2020 TopShelf Women’s Fiction Finalist for her book, When the Vows Break. In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 22 years, mother of 2, Asst. Pastor of Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS; Sr. Business Analyst with FedEx, Devotional Blogger and more. She’s a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in IT and a Bachelor of Science in Bible.   LaKisha writes from the heart, and this is why she doesn’t take the credit for what God does. If you were to strip away everything, you’d see that Lakisha is simply a woman who boldly, unapologetically and gladly loves and works for God.

2 thoughts on “Daily Devotional – 12/23/13 “Restored”

  1. Lakisha, i am so happy that your sister came thru her surgery successfully. I too suffer an incureable autoimmune disease that will try and make the rest of life miserable, but reading your daily devotinal about your sister has opened my eyes to true faith. We with these horrible diseases that leave us desperate for relief have to keep the faith. I continue to pray for her, myself and others who suffer silently because so many do not understand. I do not look sick, but inside i suffer. My family does not understand my condition, so they ignore me if I reach out. I love reading your devotionals. You keep my spirits up. Many blessings to you, your sister and family. God does love you all. So much love goes out to you. Merry Chritmas!

    1. Nicky, not many understand because they don’t choose too. I am my sisters keeper and it’s my responsibility to make sure she gets well. I’m sorry to hear about your condition however I know that God is a healer and I will pray for you as well. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me, as I’m always happy to listen, pray with you/for you and share an encouraging word. Don’t give up!

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