A Divine Romance
The world views restoration as the act of returning something to a former condition. Isaiah 43:18-19 tells us our Lord views restoration differently: “Do not remember the former things nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert” (NKJV).
After 25 years of marriage, Randall and Sharon Grissom learned God’s definition of restoration. While this couple allowed God into their lives, they only allowed Him in on their own terms; He was not the foundation. They write, “We had a history of secrets, lies, infidelity, anger, [and played] the blame game. Over the years bitterness took root in our hearts, and in our marriage. That bitterness reached a boiling point in 2010.”
By 2010, both the Grissom’s children were grown and out of the house; the oldest was deployed to Afghanistan; Randall lost his father; they were building a new home; and divorce became a common discussion topic. Sharon and Randall lived together but ignored each other’s presence. As both of them began seeking separate and godly council, God spoke a promise to Sharon: He was going to restore their marriage. How and when this promise would occur remained a mystery to her.
God’s restoration process began in October 2010 as Randall attended the elevateHim men’s Fully Alive outreach. Sharon confesses, “Randall did not receive a heart change at Fully Alive; he received a heart transplant! The man who left for Fully Alive was definitely not the man who returned. He came home equipped with the tools to re-engage in this fight for our marriage.”
The Grissoms learned how to communicate their hearts with one another, how to love and respect each other, how to be honest, and how to forgive. In other words, they learned how to be married God’s way! Despite the past wounds, they overcame and started a new and better covenant. On March 27, 2011, Sharon and Randall renewed their marriage vows, and as they wonderfully put it, “have been on a honeymoon ever since!”
Just as this couple never gave up on each other or their marriage, God is pursuing you in the same way. Hosea 2 tells us we are His betrothed, and He will go to great lengths to return our hearts to His heart. Since this is the month of romance, why not hit the reset button and renew your vows with Christ, your betrothed?
The heart is the place where we experience the full width and depth of life. God designed us to live from our hearts. Only when we live from our hearts, embracing all of life’s experiences, will we experience this fullness of God’s great adventure. But somewhere we grew up, we quit living, and settled for the common life – we experienced a spiritual death of our hearts.
ElevateHim Ministries is committed to releasing God’s power to redeem the hearts of men, women and marriages. The Father deeply desires us to live a full life, spilling over with the joy and freedom only He can provide. We ask that you pray about partnering with the Fully Alive Outreach with both your prayer and financial support, so we can continue to be a part of other testimonies like Sharon and Randall’s.