Faith Builders – Ashes for Beauty

by Janice

Faith Builders

“To all who mourn in Israel, He will give beauty for ashes, joy instead of mourning, praise instead of despair. For the LORD has planted them like strong and graceful oaks for His own glory.” Isaiah 61:3

Where is Christ leading you? Have you traded your ashes in for beauty? Have you replaced your mourning with JOY? Do you wear forgiveness like a crown? He wants you to lay every burden down- He died so that you would have a place to lay it- at the foot of the cross…..

It is easy to forget, to live as if we were still among the mourning. When the world tears us down, when suffering rips at our souls, we can crumble to the ground, wondering where God is.

But He has not forgotten us. Our salvation is secured – we are planted firmly, our roots deep into the ground. So we can rejoice, even while we mourn, and we can praise him, even while we struggle to make it through the dark days.

I don’t always remember though. Too often I hold on to the ashes of my life and feel lost in my sinfulness. But I don’t need to stay trapped there. Through the cross, Christ has redeemed me and I can fix my eyes on my eternity with Him.

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:12-14

I really appreciate Heather’s reminder today in the Faith Builders Meme. Head on over and get inspired by the other participating bloggers.

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Janice is co-founder of 5 Minutes For Mom. She's been working online since 2003 and is thankful her days are full of social media, writing and photography. You can see more of her photos at

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1 Maria December 19, 2006 at 4:37 am

There’s a song i like by Kathyrn Scott.. Vineyard… it’s called ‘At the foot of the cross’ and talks about trading our ashes for beauty.
God bless
Maria in the UK


2 Jenean December 20, 2006 at 3:53 am

Your words remind me that forgetting can definitely be our downfall. I must remember God’s love, and most off all His forgiveness because that will keep me from feeling that other sinfull things are more attractive than following Christ.


3 trackmom January 26, 2008 at 1:36 am

Nice posting.I needed the refreshment.



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