Looking Back>Katrina Conquerers:  December 7th, 2005

Day 101

We moved back into our house on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. We actually started staying at the house Monday night. Mark’s house (where we’ve been staying) is on the market for renters. This morning, I finally sit in my dining room again for my morning coffee and time with the Lord. My dining room walls are painted a lovely green once more and even though the room still has concrete floors, a workbench piled high with tools and paint supplies, tape still on the trim and construction dust every where, it is again my favorite room in the house.

My Beth Moore study “Breaking Free” has a chapter on “Beauty from Ashes” that focuses on the book Songs of Solomon and how we are the beautiful Bride of Christ. As I gazed upon my pretty green walls, waiting for me to hang curtains and other pretty things on them, I remember my earlier analogy of our mold filled home compared to ugly sinned filled hearts.

The process has been slow, tedious and painful to rip out the damage and restore it, but oh, I see glimpses of the loveliness that is rising from the “ashes” (or in this case from the flood waters). Isn’t that how our awesome Father is? He carefully, often slowly, tediously and yes even painfully, removes the ugly sin from our hearts and lives and restores us to something lovelier. Will my house be exactly the same when I’m done? Of course not, but it will be even more so mine. So is the heart that the Lord restores. It will not be the same as before (Oh blessedness) but wholly belonging to the Lord and guaranteed to be lovely. Then our precious Lord may gaze upon us and say “How beautiful you are my darling, O how beautiful.” Songs of Solomon 1:15

Blessings.

Grace & Peace

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About Jill English Johnston

God writes His story on every heart, if we only pause to read it. My heart has lived in a fantasy world since early childhood and am delighted that God has finally brought me to the place where I can bring the fantasies to life through story. I am currently working on a fantasy trilogy (of course) but I also post thoughts, reflections and (hopefully) inspiration to my website: tabletsofhumanhearts.wordpress.com I am a follower of the Rabbi Jesus, married to my best friend and inspiration, and the mother of three incredible children, one daughter and two sons, with one son-in-love. When not writing, I passionately pursue prayer, reading (never enough time to read them all!), and the outdoors. My husband and I both served in the US Navy and have lived/travelled through many states and all over Asia. We both still enjoy travelling, but we really love our home in Schertz, located at the crossroads of Texas, just northeast of San Antonio.
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