Monday, January 30, 2012

Beauty for Ashes

Isaiah 61:3 (NLT) -
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.

What does the phrase "beauty for ashes" mean to you? I'm still figuring it out, but it's definitely been a scripture on my mind lately. I see it as an exchange, or even as something new being created out of something old. God is so good! He can take our broken lives, give us joy, and use us in helping spread the good news of the Bible. Wow. Every time God uses me, even in such little ways, I am overwhelmed...but I am learning that being overwhelmed in God isn't such a bad thing.

Go ahead and spend some time with God today, and be overwhelmed.

(I'm new at this blogging thing...but sending out this first - short - post NOW to keep me from being too nervous and not doing it. This has not been edited by anyone smart, yet. Any takers? Seriously though, let me know if you have any thoughts suggestions, or questions.)