LETTER OF ENCOURAGEMENT FOR FEBRUARY 2021

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures.

He leads me beside still waters.

He restores my soul. (Psalms 23:1–3)

Dear friends,

What does biblical restoration look like?

A dictionary definition of the word “restore” is to “return (someone or something) to a former condition, place, or position.”

For 2021, TWR Women of Hope has chosen restore as our word for the year. As we consider Psalm 23:1–3, the theme passage for the year, it reminds us that the Good Shepherd makes us lie down in green pastures, leads us beside still waters and restores our souls.

What does restoration look like for you in 2021? Are there places in your life where you feel God is making you lie down? Are there places God has led you to experience his still waters? How is he restoring your soul?

In January and February, TWR Women of Hope intercessors are praying for education and spiritual growth. We pray God will restore our hearts and lives in 2021. What will it take for each of us to know this restoration? I’m thankful that God’s Word continues to give us hope in times of uncertainty (Isa. 40:8).

Even in the dark places in our lives, in our brokenness, we can have the light of Jesus that brings hope to a world filled with difficulty, division and hate. Don’t be afraid of the broken pieces in your life; it is only in the brokenness that the light of Jesus will shine through for the whole world to see (2 Cor. 4:6–10).

May we walk in God’s restoration knowing he will use our brokenness to shine his light of hope to a broken world (Ps. 34:18).

Check out my article “Exploring Hope Today” in this issue for some additional personal thoughts on “The Light That Shines Through Our Brokenness.”

In him our hearts rejoice.

Dr. Peggy Banks

Global Ministry Director

TWR Women of Hope

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