Denise J. Hughes
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Denise is a lover of words and the Word. She's the author of #DeeperWaters and the Bible study series #WordWriters.

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  1. Denise,
    Beautiful post! So true that God not only redeems our hearts and souls, he redeems “lost” years. There is no situation so grim that God can’t redeem it and bring beauty from the ashes. So thankful I/we have a God who is this merciful and loving. Joining with you in wearing my wrinkles as a badge of honor and reminder of God’s faithfulness!

  2. Thank you for your words. “God not only redeems our souls; He redeems our years too.” I forget this. I let regret control me and squeeze out the joy that could be mind wondering, “What if?” Today I will rest in God’s pursuit. I will rest in His redemption of all the years.

  3. The law of the Lord is perfect,

    reviving the soul;

    the testimony of the Lord is sure,

    making wise the simple;

    8 the precepts of the Lord are right,

    rejoicing the heart;

    the commandment of the Lord is pure,

    enlightening the eyes;

    Psalm 19: 7-8 describes renewal and restoration of my soul, my thoughts, my heart, my
    eyes through God’s Word. Surrendering to the Lord and soaking in His Word restores me first through my soul…then permeates my thoughts, my heart and finally allows me to see my world and circumstances through His eyes. God’s Word is truly alive and powerful! Thank you for such an awesome reminder of God’s ability to renew us through His Word!

  4. Thank you for sharing this with us on this Sunday morning. I especially loved the statement, “God longs to meet us where we are so He can restore us to the one He made us to be.” In the grocery store or wherever, He is with us just waiting for us to remember He is there and willing to help us become the people He created us to be. That is a powerful reminder. It is all about Him and His glory and that takes a lifetime to learn.
    God Bless You!

  5. The Ancient of Days is still altogether lovely, and even was so when there was no beauty about Him. When I was 24, people thought I was 10 or 12, at 54 and they say 35, that’s fine. He’s the only fountain of youth, He can renew it. If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, behold the Lord. The more you walk with Him, the more you shine.