Beauty For Your Ashes: (A Girl Devotional Series)

1″ The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,
2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion– to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.”
Isaiah 61:1-3
Have you ever seen roses? Have you ever seen them burn and become ashes? Well the same reaction applies to you. I’ve been were your are probably standing right now, it my not be the same situation, but the pain is still the same. My journey in life has not always been easy. Dealing with insecurities, confusion, abandonment issues, and anger. It was day when I became baptized,the first day of my purification in Christ Jesus.
The process of my purification, was releasing the pain and hurt brought on by not having my father in my life. I had little spurts of depression, sadness and not feeling good enough. That was just the beginning of a long road of confessions, prayers and tears. The word of God has shown me so much comfort, as it is said in Isaiah 1:18- “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool”. After reading this, my whole entire being was filled with so much peace and joy.
Please take comfort in God’s word my friend, you may not see your life change over night as you might want it to be. Always remember just because you cannot see something working, that does not mean it is not working.
Dear Father, I thank you. You have washed me white as snow and I am totally indebted to you. For I lose my life and in you I have found it. My heart is at peace knowing that my sins are forgiven. At last, allow me to serve you well my Lord in all of your glory. Amen.

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