Rebuilding……

“I have loved you with an everlasting love, therefore with loving kindness I have drawn you. Again, I will build you and you shall be rebuilt.” Jeremiah 31:3-4

That is the scripture I am memorizing and meditating on right now. I was thinking about getting re-built. It sounds wonderful on one hand, like- yeah! I will have new working parts and things will go smoothly! But what does it take to get to the point that you can re build?!!! It takes a level of destruction and dismantling! I have been in that process for well over a year…..tearing down things that have not worked and taking things apart to investigate where things broke down. It is quite painful.

If you rebuild a building or a motor or a knee, you have to completely take the structure apart and look through every thing, clean debris or disease away, and decide what is worth keeping and what needs to be replaced. Then with skill, to not make the matter worse, you put the parts back together again and do some form of rehabilitation process till the unit works the way it should.

That is what I am personally, and to a degree, my family is doing currently. It is grueling and exciting at the same time. It is part of life- a scary, but necessary road to health. The business is being built in conjunction with this process. We are seeing what things work and what things do not and creating new, helpful items at the same time. We are meeting new people and working with wonderful friends to make some thing , hopefully, beautiful!

So, I want to encourage you today. Maybe you are staring at a situation and thinking….this is so broken, I do not even know how to begin to fix it. I understand. Or maybe you have begun a process, but you are already getting tired and weary. Stay the course. Do some thing today to work toward a healthy goal. Maybe you are at the end of the process and you keep getting set backs and discouraged. Do not look at that, look beyond it. Keep your eyes up looking straight ahead.

This scripture was given to me from a new friend who already has been a major encouragement in my life. It definitely “takes a village” to raise a Julia!! But I have heard this sentiment from several people in my life lately. It is so encouraging to know we do not have to stay stuck where we are. We can forge ahead and create change and health in our lives. I can only do it in His strength.  I am not special. You can too.

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