Beauty for Ashes

Why are you downcast, O my soul?
Why so disturbed within me?

Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God. -Ps42:11

This I recall, therefore I have hope

This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. Through the LORD’S mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!” The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him. -Lam3:21-25

The Lord’s mercies are fresh, new every morning
Because of the Lord’s mercies I am not consumed!
Yet will I praise Him-
Jesus, my Savior, my God, my exceeding joy!

Beauty for ashes
The oil of joy for mourning
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness …

I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, My soul shall be joyful in my God! -Is61:1-3,10-11

Isaiah 49:14-16But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me,
the Lord has forgotten me.”
15 “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast
and have no compassion on the child she has borne?
Though she may forget,
I will not forget you!
16 See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;
your walls are ever before me.

Don’t be afraid
For I have redeemed you

[ransomed you by paying a price instead of leaving you captives]
I have called you by name
You are Mine.
I will make a way where there is no way -Is43:16
I will turn things around
Beauty will arise from your ashes
Joy will come in the morning
You will shine!

Arise [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you—rise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you! -Is60:1

Arise, my dove, my beautiful one and come away with Me! -Song 2:10

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2 Responses to “Beauty for Ashes”

  1. khollandsblog Says:

    Nothing is wasted in the hands of our Redeemer ….

  2. khollandsblog Says:

    From Acosta Ministeries

    Rhema Word for the Day, Sunday, September 15, 2013: Today, reflect on this: Nothing that God permits in your life is wasted. Every round of pain is designed to further your progress in His kingdom!

    Jeremiah 29:11–“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

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