Beauty for ashes defines my life. I hope it defines yours. Today, I share a poetic essay on how Jesus bestows beauty for ashes. Christ’s love and redemption transform lives that Satan thought he had destroyed. When you give your life to Christ, your past is gone, and He renews and redeems you out of Satan’s lies.
Fires of doubt threaten to engulf in destroy in their evilness.
The Son sought her in the mess of her life.
She married to a man out of rebellion. He scared her emotionally and physically.
Her bad choice looked to the outside to wreck her life.
But, Jesus took her battered, wounded.
Just as she was.
He found beauty in her ashes.
She shines now for Christ as she reaches for His hands.
Standing in the remnants of ashes;
A bright sun lights her path
As new growth of vines, glorious flowers
Spring around her.
The darkness is gone.
The ashes blown away.
Instead in glorious redemption can be found shining in her life
For all to see.
Isaiah 61: 3
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.”
How Jesus Creates Beauty from Ashes In Our Lives
Our past are the ashes that we bury when Christ enters our life in His transformational glory.
How do we let go of that past and let Christ renew us and transform us?
This letting go challenges every Christian throughout her life.
I know the task of forgiving ourselves seems impossible at times.
I hear voices in my head about sins and mistakes I made as a child, teen, and young adult or even mistakes I made today.
The voices slither and sound snake like: “Why did you do that? Embarrassing yourself that way. If people find out you yelled at your daughter, they will never respect you as a writer. How can you give advice or write about the Love of Christ? Your life is a mess.”
I answer the voice in a fury. So should you when these voices echo in your head.
“[tweetthis twitter_handles=”@MaryHill16”]Jesus transformed the ashes of my sin into beauty. He used all that to my good. [/tweetthis]
What Satan meant for evil, Jesus shifted it and turned it upside down. Jesus, my savior, planted in me seeds that defeat your lies. I belong to an almighty God whom defeated you on the Cross. His power belongs to me, His daughter. I am renewed. My life produces beauty and love as I point others to Him and worship Him for the glorious work He performs in my life.”
This post is written for Day 12 of the March Slice of Life Story Challenge,
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