Transforming Lives One
Restoring Hearts Ministry is designed to heal wounded hearts and set captives free for the sake of deepening intimacy with God and others.
Who We Are
Norma has a mother's heart and helps women become free on the inside through leaning on the strength of Jesus Christ and leaving behind the lies that entangle us.
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What We Do
As a "mentor to the masses," Norma writes books, speaks to groups, and publishes a weekly blog all as a means to lead many to find identity in Christ alone and deepen intimacy with Him day after day.
Norma Donovan loves to read, write and go on bike tour trips. She enjoys having coffee and heart-to-heart talks with friends. Norma attained degrees in Elementary and Special Education and a Master's degree in Counseling and Guidance from the University of Arizona. She has been married to John since 1976 and together they have two adult children and live in Wichita, Kansas.
Welcome to Restoring Hearts Ministry's website! You may be wondering how this ministry came to be. It's been a long time in the making as God has honed and refined me.
The past twenty-five years I've been trying to obey God's call to write. On and off again I struggled to get articles published. Learning the craft of writing has not been easy for one who never excelled in English and who also has attention deficit disorder. Several years back I wrote out a list of all the reasons why God chose the wrong gal to write for Him. He immediately responded, "That's exactly why I chose you! The glory will then go to only Me!"
In the year 2000 I heard God's call to mentor the masses. A pretty daunting task for anyone, but especially for one like myself, who wasn't speaking and doing very little writing at the time. That's just like God, to call things out as though they were. He places us in positions such as this not to highlight our weakness, but to highlight His strength. He likes to "flex His muscles" and show us all He can do so we are utterly amazed.
The year following God's prophetic word to mentor the masses, I began to have opportunity to speak at my local church in their basic discipleship class. That eventually led to overseeing the teaching aspect of the women's ministry for several years. It was a privilege to develop a Bible study curriculum for a couple of years and to teach on what God was teaching me. Many of the messages were bent towards making broken hearts whole, since I have been in that process all my adult years.
Then came a season where I wasn't doing much for God. Reflecting back on that period, I realize He was using the time I felt forgotten and placed high upon a shelf, to cause my identity to be rooted in Him and who I am as His daughter-not based on how well I could perform for Him. It was during that low point that I visited a ministry to pick up supplies to mentor women in the process of dealing with offense and losses within their hearts. The ministry director gave me a tour and showed me the books and cds he produces for various ministry leaders. I've never been one to promote myself, but before I knew it, my mouth opened and out came words asking how I could become one of those he supports. He began to prophesy and I began to weep.
A year and a half later God gave me a specific assignment to write a weekly email on Mondays to all the women I've mentored in the past, called "A Mentor's Musing." This is one way I could continue to mentor many women without meeting one-on-one. My desire was to write about the current events in my life and how God intersected them with Himself. What the Holy Spirit was teaching me I wanted to pass on to others. Another friend turned it into a blog and the first thirty-one of those posts became the devotional book you can order for free.
I'm amazed at how small acts of obedience turn into something bigger than you can possibly imagine, similar to the ripple effect one tiny stone can have when thrown into a pond. God only needs our small seed of faithful obedience to grow it into a giant tree.
I have experienced many obstacles in my life which have prevented me from being free to be the person God has created me to be. Fear, rejection and shame have all held me captive and have hindered me from being close to God and others. I began to understand the hurts within my heart, grieve my losses and disappointments, and forgive those who have offended me. Then I unwrapped God’s priceless gift of grace displayed through His unconditional love and acceptance. The result: my heart was restored and my intimacy with God and others grew. This is why restoring hearts is my passion.
Restoring Hearts Ministry is designed to heal wounded hearts and set captives free for the sake of deepening intimacy with God and others. Our focus is to make broken hearts whole so we can wholeheartedly love and obey God. When our hearts are restored, we’re free to be our real selves. As a result, God is more glorified.
I enjoy mentoring people in the area of emotional wholeness and in their spiritual walk with God. One way I do this is by posting a blog on Mondays at www.restoringhearts.wordpress.com. I also enjoy speaking at Bible Studies and other venues.
I’d like to thank my board of directors, which includes my husband John Donovan, Ryan Borgelt, Melissa Fluhr, Matthew Penner, Tim Schwager and Marylee Vecchio for their wisdom and support of this ministry. Staci Borgelt, our graphic artist makes everything more pleasing to the eye. Last, but not least, I’m thankful for Marylee Vecchio who is our prayer coordinator. All ministry is built upon the foundation of prayer.
My prayer is that your heart is restored and your intimacy with God is deepened. I hope the resources on this website will encourage you to discover the God of grace, who loves you as you are.