Day 15/365 – A Year of Encouragement….Recovering from Disaster

Recovering from a natural disaster is difficult.   There’s a loss of property, income, emotional and financial security, comfort, and maybe even your physical health.   When you have a personal disaster, recovery is something different all together.  If you are experiencing a personal disaster, you have some of the same recovery issues as those who have experienced a natural disaster with the additional loss of reputation, integrity and influence.  Pastor Rick Warren has written extensively about recovery and offers these three steps.

  • Admit your guilt. Own up to it.  Don’t make excuses. “He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion” (Proverbs 28:13 NAS).
  • Accept Christ’s forgiveness.  He’s waiting to clean your slate.  Ask him to clear your conscience. “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1 NIV).
  • Forgive yourself and focus on the future. “Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? There it is! I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands” (Isaiah 43:18-19 MSG).

If you’ve been the victim of a natural disaster, one of your first calls is to a company that specializes in restoration.  The restoration team can quickly get your life back in order.  There is one more step to recovery if you’ve experienced a personal disaster.

  • This fourth step to recovery is mine.  Find three or four close friends who will be your Restoration Team.  Recovery from a personal disaster is a long process.  If you try to go it alone, you are sure to fail.  Get your Restoration Team together and get busy with the hard work of recovery.  Contact me at if you want to know more about the Restoration Team process.

Be encouraged today friends for the Lord is near!

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