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Restoration: the action of returning something to a former owner, place, or condition. 

When I worked as a reporter, there was this issue. This “hot topic” if you will. And this particular issue caused much division in the town.

In the county, there was an old home that had been left to fall into decay. This building — which you could tell was gorgeous in its prime — was rotting and falling apart. It had not only become an eyesore, but also a safety hazard.

Some officials in town thought the best action to take was to tear the building down, and to build a memorial in its place in honor of the previous owners.

However, others believed that the home was of significant historic value and should be preserved. Their ultimate desire was to restore the home to its former glory.

After many years of back-and-forth on this issue, both sides were able to see the situation clearly. The home was too far gone, and the price to restore it was way too high. And thus, the home was torn down.

Although this home was too far gone to save, I want to assure you today that you’re not too far gone that God can’t restore you to your former glory.

God is a god of restoration, and no matter how far you’ve fallen, you can be restored. Because of Jesus, you are never too far gone and the price has already been paid. Restoration is ours!

And not only can we be restored, but we can receive more.

According to ( the biblical meaning of restoration is this: “to receive back more than has been lost to the point where the final state is greater than the original condition…improved beyond measure.”

So not only has God paid the price; not only will He restore us; but He will also give us much more and make us greater than before. How amazing is that!

Today, know that you are never too far gone. Turn to God and see what He can do!

Maddisen Sauls is the smile and voice behind the Everyday Joy blog as well as the author of the Word of the Week posts and the editor of by leaps and bounds. Throughout her life, Maddisen has worked as a reporter for small town newspapers, a School Age and Preschool teacher, and has acquired her ministerial license. 

An avid book reader and lover of the written word, Maddisen is passionate about using her favorite medium to reach the lost and the hurting, and to offer encouragement and hope to those struggling through life. 

Following her battle with depression, Maddisen has made it her mission to help other people through this journey and to bring joy to the lives of the people around her. 

You can find Maddisen on Instagram @maddisen.paige

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