To restore means to "bring back, reinstate, return to a former condition, place, or position, repair, or renovate." Do you like HGTV? Well, I'm an addict and I am always amazed at how people are able to take old dilapidated homes and transform them into beautiful, regal ones. That's the power of restoration and that is exactly what God can do in our lives if we allow him to.
So, what situation have you given up on because of how it looks. Like the designers on HGTV, you can not be moved by what you see. The windows can be cleaned, the roof can be replaced, and the walls can be painted (or removed). Your focus has to be on the condition of the foundation, the value, and the possible return on your investment. Why not consult with God through prayer and let him tell you if the situation can be restored. Please don't give up on your marriage, your ministry, your dream, or that unsaved loved one until you consult with God. Often times, we are trying to "DIY" situations that require a professional contractor. Let God help you! The awesome thing about God is his work is pro bono so it doesn't cost you anything! You would be crazy to pass up FREE help! I pray this encourages you... Have a great weekend!
"Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." (Matthew 19:26)