Trade These Ashes In For Beauty

Today I woke up feeling beautiful. I got dressed up, everyone I met today said I had this “GLOW”….my church mate reminded me this the whole week.

I wasn’t like this 6 months + ago, I was a mess. My heart was broken, I couldn’t sleep in the night, I couldn’t sleep in my bed or my house. I was always changing camp every 2/3 days….

I didn’t want to be alone, because I feared that God would tell me the truth – that He loves me. I still wanted to grieve and beat myself down.

Then I needed to come back home, one day I got on my knees and all I could do was laugh….laugh at the devil!

The love of God? I wouldn’t be able to explain it. How he turns shame to glory? I am a testimony.

As the day passed by today, i remembered how we should all trade these ashes (wounds, disappointments etc.) in for beauty.

Today’s Song : Don Moen – At the foot of the cross

“…Trade these ashes in for beauty
And wear forgiveness like a crown
Coming to kiss the feet of mercy
I lay every burden down, at the foot of the cross…”

Beautiful – Song by Ada

Oh my! Ada’s music is so uplifting and anointed.

Yes, I have YouTube notifications set for Ada’s channel 🙂 Today, she has released another song, Beautiful – I broke down when I listened to it.

This song reminded me of all the shame that I have had to go through over the past years, the times people rejoiced when I was at my weakness, the tears I cried when I faced difficult times – and just how at the end of it all, He gave me a CROWN!

It is amazing how God is always there, even when we doubt Him and breakdown with all sorts of questions that we need Him to answer, but remember – He loves us, each one of us!

He is indeed beautiful, lovely and true! How His grace dignifies and vindicates us, He is indeed excellent and wonderful.

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Lord, Search Me!

Today’s devotional reminded me about Don Moen’s song, Two Hands, One Heart….to offer you. It reminded me how constantly we should ask God to take us, and make us more like Him.

This whole week I have been asking God to speak to me. Over the past few months I have learnt the importance of obedience as a Believer, and how that drills down to God fully fulfilling His purpose for your life. It’s written everywhere, OBEY! Just OBEY!

When we ask God to search us, He comes in and opens our eyes to all the trash we could not see. Remember, Kind David committed murder and adultery, and God still called him a man after His own heart.

We need to continue asking God to show us what He knows. To show us what it is He wants us to do with our lives and guide us too.

23 Examine me, O God, and know my mind;
    test me, and discover my thoughts.
24 Find out if there is any evil in me
    and guide me in the everlasting way.

Psalms 139: 23 – 24 (GNT)