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Beauty for Ashes A Forty Day Devotional
“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.” Isaiah 61:3
I finally finished and published my second devotional book. This devotional book consists of forty days of devotions written and inspired by the word of God to help paint a brighter picture for each day. To empower, strengthen, and motivate us to move beyond the ashes of every day life, into the beautiful life God has purposed and envisioned for us. To help us transform our minds and see through the eyes of Christ.
I have included an excerpt from the book below. You may purchase this as an eBook on Amazon Kindle, or by Print from lulu.com. I will include links below. Thank you for your support! I hope you will be blessed.
Excerpt - Desert Rose
“The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose”. - Isaiah 35:1
The desert rose or, “Adenium obesum,“ is such a resilient and beautiful flower. Some of the most beautiful of roses come from Israel. These roses are regarded as a miracle, due to the harsh climate they strive in; however, it symbolizes the spirit of the Israelis. They hold such diligence and perseverance in spite of life’s challenges.
Sometimes during our walk with God, we find ourselves in a very deserted barren dry land. Where we feel there is nowhere to turn and like nothing is happening. It is in these times we can drown in our circumstance, or cry out to God, and maybe ask, “Why?” There is nothing in life without a purpose, God wastes nothing. There is no situation too dark or barren that God can’t breathe life back into it. (Ezekiel 37:4-5) Sometimes we put ourselves in the desert, and other times God allows us to face things, to teach us, bless us, and show himself to us in a more intimate way.
When you are stuck in the desert, or the belly of a whale (Jonah 2:1) Cry out to God, and He will answer. You can try to run from God, and escape what God has called you to, because it’s too difficult; however, it is in those circumstances where God can do His best work in your life and cause you to flourish. He takes the worst you have to offer and makes it better than your very best. A desert rose can grow under the harshest circumstances, a dry and barren land can bear fruit, and a soul can be saved even when things look at its worst. Nothing is impossible.
“That I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil.” – Deuteronomy 11:14
You may feel that you can’t go on because it’s too hard, but God will never give you more than you can handle (1 Corinthians 10:13) It is in Him that we are to find strength to go on. He will never leave you where you are. But sometimes we are too bitter to move on, and we become so comfortable in our bound up state. The Israelites were much the same in their predicament in the wilderness. But once you make the decision to take God’s hand in faith, and you come out on the other end, you will walk into something more beautiful than you ever imagined, having gained a victory. You may find yourself in that dry place now, but the rain is coming. The Latter Rain is the promise given to us in the last days for the outpouring of the Holy Ghost. What He has given us, is more than enough to sustain us until the rain comes.
“And he said unto me, my grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” - 2 Corinthians 12:9
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You may purchase a print version of the book from this site. My first book, Case Of The Widow is also available from this site as well. Be Blessed!