Daily Prayer~A Crown of Beauty/No More Ashes

The Love of Jesus

A Crown of Beauty for Ashes

Are you mourning? Hurting? Feeling lonely or in despair? Please lift your head and know that God sees your pain, and He cares. He wants to bring you comfort, joy out of suffering, blessings from brokenness, and He will give you a crown of beauty for your ashes. I don’t know how or when, but hang on beloved, He is near and He hears your prayer. Cry out to Him and rejoice when He answers. He is with you and you are not alone.

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)

at His feet Daily Prayer

Lord, please hear my cry, my plea for mercy. I am weary and I need Your healing presence. Transform me into something new, create something beautiful from my brokenness, and use me to share Your love with others. Shield me from my enemies, and light my path with Your holy Word. You know exactly what I need, and I know in Your timing, You will provide. Until then, I also know You will hold me close and never leave my side. Help me feel Your presence every moment and strengthen my faith that I would stand firm. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Time in the Word: Isaiah 61

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Beauty For Ashes

This world can certainly give us some ashes. It can take beauty and reduce it to a pile of burnt up, crushed, and useless junk. But thankfully, God takes what is meant for evil and He uses it for good! He takes my brokenness and my mess, my pain and my emptiness, and He creates a new life overflowing with indescribable beauty and joy. In the hands of God, my ashes become the most beautiful thing ever seen!

Thank You Lord Jesus for loving me enough to take my ugly mess and transform it into amazing beauty! Help me surrender all that I am to You. I give You complete control and surrender my selfish desires. Create in me a pure heart and transform me into Your image, a masterpiece of love, joy and peace, for Your glory!

To console those who mourn in Zion,
      To give them beauty for ashes,
      The oil of joy for mourning,
      The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
      That they may be called trees of righteousness,
      The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.”
Isaiah 61:3