Restoring the Joy in Your Journey
A story of Breakthrough and Restoration
“Let my passion for life be restored, tasting joy in every breakthrough you bring to me.
Hold me close to you with a willing spirit that obeys whatever you say.” — Psalm 51:12 (TPT)
If someone had told my obese self then what I now know about complete restoration in Christ, my hurting and insecure self would’ve had insurmountable doubts.
I was approaching my fiftieth birthday and was 100 pounds overweight. For three decades, I tried every program known for weight loss, without success. My health concerns stacked up, my body ached and my heart ached more.
Finally, I cried out to God to heal my physical pain, and He answered by teaching me a new way of eating. He showed me that a low-carb, healthy fats lifestyle would restore my body. I’d never heard of a low-carb or “Keto” lifestyle, but as He provided early breakthroughs and victories in my journey, it was abundantly clear that I was to walk this path to restoration.
At the same time God began intervening in my health, I started having regular devotion time in the morning. I’ve never been a morning person, and now God was waking me at 5:30! Every taste of His word increased my appetite for His truth. His deeply satiating word filled my heart with joy! I desperately needed these pangs of “spiritual” hunger satisfied, and WOW — did He ever satisfy!
It was only after I trusted God and His word that my journey to healing soared. In one year, while remaining close in His care, I restored my health and reached a “normal”, healthy weight, all because of His instruction, His intervention in my habits, and His daily provisions!
I experienced tremendous breakthroughs by surrendering control. David had to feel the same way when he penned the words in this psalm. He experienced and praised God for his restoration, and then offered up his whole spirit in obedience.
Since the drastic change in my health – spiritually, emotionally and physically – my heart is overflowing with contagious joy, and I’m willing to do anything He calls me to. Giving up control and leaning into God to sustain all my needs has freed my soul. He’s made a way for me to eat that allows me to serve Him best.
I praise God for nurturing and nourishing my life. I even praise Him for the pruning! He’s completely fulfilling every part of my heart’s desire, as only He can – mind, body and soul!
Joy will overflow from your breakthroughs. Passion to obey His calling will overwhelm your spirit! I’m living proof that healing comes through Him and, in gratitude, I surrender to His calling in complete obedience and with a joyful heart. It’s an amazing journey to restore your joy. Break through to restoration – He’s calling you into obedience!
“O, taste and see that the LORD is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!” — Psalm 34:8 (NLT)
The picture above was taken during a recent trip to Ireland. My daughter and I were extremely blessed to spend three weeks together in this beautiful country. It was made possible because of my journey to better health. God is so good! Kinbane Castle, Northern Ireland.