1. he redeems & restores

We were given a bit of homework in bible study this week. A challenge of sorts, prompted by the fourth sermon in THIS series (click on the link for details). Every day this week, we are supposed to share (by text or social media post) one of our favorite things about God.  A favorite things list? I already DO that… but about God? Not so much. Then again, perhaps it’s time to begin. So I have created a new blog category for it as a way to regularly reflect and express gratitude.

Needless to say, I’m up for this week’s challenge and will continue adding to my list over time. With all that out of the way, let’s turn to my favorite thing about God for today:


This truth demands all caps. 🙂 Where do I begin? I have written about the mess in my early life many times before (click HERE, HERE, and HERE for a few examples). Life was broken, chaotic, and full of pain. I found myself stuck in addiction, hurting myself and the people around me. And then something amazing happened in my darkest place. I began reaching out to God in my journal writing and HE RESPONDED. [The story is HERE and makes me cry yet today.]

And God didn’t stop by simply pulling me out of that mess. He restored my life to what He intended it to be all along – which is one of many reasons my heart is sold out to Jesus. The most beautiful part is what He chose to do with me after all was said and done:

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We gather around the table to share a meal I have prepared each month. Only God could take the mess of a 9-year eating disorder and turn it into something so beautiful. The full story is HERE.

Thank you, God, for being my favorite of all Favorite Things.

Julianne - February 16, 2017 - 11:47 am

How beautiful the hands that serve and the hearts that overflow with my Jesus’ love! #IAMREDEEMED

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