Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Behind The Scenes - Restoration

Linking up with Crystal Stine for Behind The Scenes...... Restoration
This picture was taken at my son's graduation for Flight Academy, a camp that kids can attend from 7th grade until 12th grade at the Naval Air Station close to our home.  Last year was his first year attending.  Last year I was knee deep in the hurricane of changes our family was weathering.  His graduation was stressful and emotional because we were trying to keep it together for just one day, to just make it through.
This year, the second year of his camp, his graduation brought restoration.  It showed the power of God's love.  It showed truly what obedience to His ways and His word can bring.  We established a tradition in the middle of our imperfections.  We look past the messy to love the person underneath.  Because we are all messy.  We are all imperfect.  And we are all in need of grace and a Savior that loves beyond all measure.  We are a family regardless.  Broken but remade......wounded, but learning that sometimes we hurt those that we love the most, because they are the ones in the end who stick with us and who show us His amazing love when we let Him shine through the cracks of our shattered vessels.  One more hard day replaced with a good day.  One more good memory to replace one we might have rather forgotten.

Isaiah 61:7-9 New International Version (NIV)

The Year of the Lord’s Favor
7 Instead of your shame
you will receive a double portion,
and instead of disgrace
you will rejoice in your inheritance.
And so you will inherit a double portion in your land,
and everlasting joy will be yours.
8 “For I, the Lord, love justice;
I hate robbery and wrongdoing.
In my faithfulness I will reward my people
and make an everlasting covenant with them.
9 Their descendants will be known among the nations
and their offspring among the peoples.
All who see them will acknowledge
that they are a people the Lord has blessed.”


  1. This is lovely! It is beautiful to look around at situations and see the hand of God orchestrating a divine plan. Beautiful post!

  2. I love this. A beautiful picture of restoration but a loving, grace giving God - clining to Cross-grace with you sister.

  3. Beautiful. Wonderful. Reminds me of a song... Fear is Easy, Love is Hard by Jason Gray...

    It's hard to bring your heart to a world that can break it
    To offer love to those you're afraid will forsake it
    But a well-defended heart is always looking for a fight
    In a lonely war against an endless night
    But love can bring a light

    Fear will leave you hiding in the dark
    But love will bring a light into your heart
    So do not be afraid

    It comes down to a simple choice
    Shouting devils or a still small voice
    One is spreading fear and dread
    Oh but love has always said
    Do not be afraid

    I want to follow your blog. There's a lot of resonating comfort, wisdom, and rebirth here. :)

  4. Such an awesome picture of restoration that only He can bring into our lives. To know that we are broken but He is remaking us. Thanks for sharing

  5. Thank all you ladies so much :) So grateful God is moving and doing so many things. These are the times that make the journey bareable

  6. I'm so thankful that He can restore and redeem...this is such a testimony of what our Father can do. Thank you for sharing, friend...beautiful words. Blessings! :)

  7. "One more hard day replaced with a good day" - what a beautiful story of the redemptive power of God. Thank you for linking up & sharing this story!

    1. Thank you for creating this beautiful chance to share with each other :) I look forward to Tuesdays :)

  8. This is so powerful, and a memory you will have for a lifetime. What a great testimony of the Lord's power!

  9. This is so lovely Kimberly! May our God Lord shower you with His blessings! May He flood your family with love, peace, restoration and comfort! God bless you sis