Daily Devotional – 3/17/15 – Excuse the mess … Restoration in progress

Someone woke up this morning feeling like their life is scattered and shaken only because you laid down last night feeling the exact same way but hold on beloved this is simply God working to set you up for something greater. Yea, it feels like you can’t get your thoughts together, you can’t get anything to line up right, it feels as if you’re drowning and you aren’t near any water, you’re fighting to breathe and you’re outside in fresh air, you feel lonely in a room full of people and you can’t get your finances straight if you laid them on a ruler – this is God scattering the pieces of your life to put you back together greater than you were before. See, sometimes the potter (God) of this old clay (us) has to tear us apart, scatter us about just to put us back to together again; that’s called restoration. When things start to fall apart and you don’t know what to do, when hell has shown up in the midst of your home and when you keep getting knocked six steps back after taking one; that’s simply God scattering the pieces. Yea, in order for God to see what He’s working with He has to scatter out the pieces so He has to shake some stuff loose. Oh but when it all settles …

When it all settles, the potter; that’s God begins to masterfully recreate us in His image – that’s restoring us to a better point than we were before. He begins molding us back together so now the hell begins to subside and we can see the sun peeking through the clouds. Now we can feel our lungs expanding to breathe better, we can feel our heart beating for the good to love better and we can feel the weight lifting from our shoulders to walk better. When it all settles … we may have lost a few things along the way like those friends who didn’t make the settlement, those family members who can’t understand the change and the places and clothes that no longer fit our image – they were simply distorting our appearance anyway; be good with it for my bible tells me in 1 Timothy 4:4 “Since everything God created is good, we should not reject any of it but receive it with thanks.” You might be going through at this very moment but it could be your restoration period, just tell folk to pardon your dust while you’re under construction. Yet in the midst, continue your praise and if they can’t get with it, tell them to excuse the noise, you’ll be back in business in no time! Just tell them – Excuse the mess … Restoration in progress!

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.

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