Beauty for Ashes


 We serve a God who wants to give us beauty for our ashes. In order for this exchange to take place, we have to be willing to let some things go. If someone hurt you, don't dwell on that pain. Let it go. Maybe you didn't get the promotion at work, don't dwell on it. Let it go. We're only human, so there will be times we are sad and disappointed. The key is to not stay in a place of pain. When we surrender our pain to God, that puts us in a prime position to receive the beauty that He has in store for us. 

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"To all who mourn in Israel, He will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for his own glory."- Isaiah 61:3