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His Beauty Her Ashes

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“To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.” Isaiah 61:3 KJV

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Welcome to “His Beauty Her Ashes” blog. This blog was created for such a time as this. “What time?” Glad you asked. Would you agree that this is a time when so many people are concerned and consumed with self image? We care more about the cover up versus the exposure. We think that if we expose our imperfections, struggles and mistakes that the ruins will be unsightly. What if that’s not true at all? I welcome you to explore your destruction with me. Let’s expose the ruins and see what freedom, healing, acceptance and forgiveness lies beneath. If you would dig deep, explore, pray, evaluate and share the things that would you wouldn’t normally share you will find the freedom, support and strength to overcome the ugliness that God wants to beautify. There is so much destruction that has occurred in our lives, that we have caused others and that have transpired unwarranted. Take the ugliest thing you can think of…..what if that thing brings beauty to others? what if the hardest thing you had to make it through strengthens someone else to keep going? What if the biggest mistake you ever made showed someone else how GREAT, LOVING and FORGIVING your God is? Would that make it all worth it? For me it sure does. To know that every lost, hardship, difficulty, suicide attempt, sin and mistake can be turned into something beautiful is redemptive.

“To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.” Isaiah 61:3 KJV

His Beauty

There exist a beauty that is unfathomable to the natural eye. Who would find beauty in bondage, suffering and pain? There is a beauty that God exchanges for everything that would make a situation ugly to the world yet its gorgeous to Him. His beauty is His righteousness. His beauty is the ability of the creator to not waste any experience that you have walked through and use it for your good and the good of those around you. His beauty is having Christ endure the pain and suffering so that someone else can be saved.

Her Ashes

Ashes indicates destruction. Something has been destroyed. The remains of what was becomes covered in the char of what is. The ruins overshadow the beauty that once held promise, structure and form. If we are not careful we will look around and think, “Nothing can come from this.” Honestly speaking I’m still asking God what can come of my life? What can come from the hardships and past sins? Hopes, dreams, desires and a future life planned and fought for has burned to ashes. There is beauty in what remains. If we look beyond the ash pile we can see what caused the destruction. Beyond the disaster you will see that even if the only thing left standing is YOU….that’s the beauty of God.

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