Jesus Restores!

Beautiful-Gods-Heart-for-You-Embracing-Your-True-Worth-as-a-Woman-by-Holley-Gerth“And I will restore to you the years that the locust have eaten..” (Joel 2:25, King James Version)


I was standing in the fitting room gazing into the mirror contemplating my choice, when the voice of my teenage daughter interrupted my thoughts. “Did you find one, Mom?” I affirmed; then her next words rocked my little fitting room world. Well, let me see!

Gulp! She seriously wanted to see it. I regretfully admit that this was one of the first shopping trips we had ever gone on together without angry words being tossed back and forth. But this day had been different. My firstborn girl and I were having a beautiful time at the mall together.


I didn’t want to alter the mood, so I sheepishly opened the door. To our mutual horror, her face melted before my eyes as she screamed, “Eww…not on!” I quickly closed the door feeling mortified as I heard giggling coming from the surrounding rooms.


She is now 24 years old, and we laugh hysterically about the day I opened the fitting room door shirtless, to show her the bra I had chosen. We also rejoice in the fact that we are now close friends.




Dear Ones, it was not always like this. We allowed worlds to collide with my fashion-loving girl and our fishbowl existence as a Pastor’s family.


I confess many times I objected to her clothing based more on what others might think, rather than personal and biblical convictions. I allowed Satan to drive a wedge between one of my children and me.


Do you fight with your teens about clothing? Are your convictions based on biblical principles or are they more about fear of what others think?


Stop and pray now for wisdom. Open the lines of communication and ask for forgiveness for ungodly responses. Explain the beauty and blessing of honoring our Heavenly Father in all things, including our clothing. Make sure the bottom line is about glorifying Him, and not primarily about trying to meet other’s expectations.


Like me, have you allowed the locusts (our enemy) to eat precious years with your children? Take heart! As we seek His face and obedience to His word he fulfills His promise to: “Restore the years the locusts have eaten!” What He has done for my girl and me, He will do for you too!








10 thoughts on “Jesus Restores!

  1. Sheila Edeliant

    Yes, my precious oldest daughter and I have not always seen eye-to-eye on everything — but what do we expect? We’re two different people. 😉 God has really blessed and we are special friends, for sure, though. I pray for my children — and my own example and responses — often. ❤

  2. findingourfeetorg

    Our daughter is still a toddler, but I fear these conversations are going to come more quickly than we’re ready for. I see the clothing options for even very young girls and many times am appalled at them. It’s enough to make me want to learn to sew my own clothing for her! 🙂 My mom would laugh at this because I certainly had my own season of poor choices when it came to clothing and many arguments back and forth between us. But God has restored those years the locust ate, and now I can’t imagine a better relationship with my sweet mom. I like seeing your family pictures too… beautiful family and beautiful writing. ❤

  3. securelyheld Post author

    Thank you, dear Krisit! Yes, begin praying for wisdom and grace now. 🙂 God is so faithful to see us through the rough spots, and even make something beautiful out of our sin.

  4. Jeannie Pallett

    Well I’ve not the children to do that with but I do know about the Lord restoring the years the locusts have destroyed….and as I write this I am reminded of a time I took my (step,more of the heart) granddaughters shopping and yes, even going bathing suit shopping with my oldest step daughter…God is so good the way He fulfills our hearts by meeting our desires His way.

  5. madenewinjesus

    Since you’ve read my book, Made New, there was a time when the locusts devoured the relationship I shared with my two children. But, praise be to God, He made beauty from ashes and today, we share a God-honoring and loving relationship. Our relationships with our children are blessings and, I for one, am truly blessed.

  6. Stacy

    Thank you SO much for sharing this… I have little ones, so its always a blessing when someone shares their experiences from a standpoint of hindsight!


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