It’s been said, “It’s easier to tell what Beautiful Restoration is not, rather than what it is.” Commonly called BR, this group that meets every Thursday in Edmond, OK, is not a bible study, but we love and declare the Word of God. It’s not a prayer group, but prayer is what we do BEST. It’s not a life group, but we love to do life together. It’s not a support group, but we guarantee not one of us has ever experienced anywhere else, the support received from this group.
How can you explain a group of currently 80+ women coming together and on exit interviews, have said “I have never felt so much love from so many women.” Or “I felt a peace when I walked into this home not knowing anyone inside and left with 80+ new friends in Christ.” Or, “As soon as I turned into the neighborhood, it was like my anxiety and baggage just fell off.”
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other. Galatians 5:22 – 25
That’s a good description of BR. Have you seen the fruit of the Spirit in action? A group of ladies, loving each other, praying for each other, never envying each other, never whispering behind backs, only whispering the sweet words of Jesus in a prayer over each other - a rare thing in action.
Physical attributes, ages. interests, status in life and skill sets are the most diverse ever seen in such a group. It’s as if there is Someone greater than us all moving His gentle hand above, guiding and showing us how to use our own beautiful personalities to help a hurting and lonely person, to love more, to bring more to His truth and to sing that uniquely-created-by-the-Creator-Himself song back to Him, for His glory.
"He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord." Psalm 40:3
It’s fun to hear descriptions of BR, in fact some don’t even try, they just say, like Jesus disciples did, "come and see". They know from the depths of their heart that every single person needs a group such as this and that's why its so encouraging that new groups with this same DNA are being launched monthly. Some try and explain, “It’s like the next level in your spiritual walk.” Or, “Man, I don’t know what tonight will be like, I just know you won’t be the same when you leave.” It's a new level of watching the Holy Spirit of God truly be allowed to lead, guide and heal.
"And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever – the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him for he lives with you and will be in you." John14:16
Maybe it sounds strange, maybe IT IS crazy. But to these women who come every week, it has become their refuge and haven. A place they know their faith will become stronger and they will feel challenged to go deeper with God and His Word. A place that has changed entire families because that one came, soaked it up, then went home and shared that testimony with her family, and the hunger grew for more and more. The ripple effect is in full effect here as husbands, children, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbors, churches, places of work, etc. are affected by the contagious love of God. And these ladies have never looked back, truly experiencing worshiping our Lord in spirit and truth.
"Yet a time is coming and has now come when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit and his worshipers must worship in spirit and truth." John 4:23-24
The growth this group has experienced is nothing short of miraculous. From just 8 women in 2015 gathered together in a TV room to now 80 or more women gathered in not that much larger of a living room, then expanding in other homes now with BOLD Restoration (Men), BR Singles, BR Youth, BR Kids, BR Couples, BR Grace, BR Sharing, BR Salvaged, BR Healed, BR Creative, and others added each month.
Come and see!!! All praise and glory goes to our Lord Jesus Christ forever and ever. Amen.