Beauty for Ashes

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“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 the trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified” (Isaiah 61:3).

Life has a way of throwing curveballs that we are usually totally unprepared for. After tragedy strikes, we are left with what appears to be a pile of rubble and ashes. We may ask, “God, what can be done with this? My life is left in ruins, I’m drowning in my grief and I have no idea where to go from here.”

I have learned through the loss of 3 babies (miscarriages) that God desires even our brokenness. There were times when I  felt like I had nothing left to give Him except for tears and all of my hurt. It wasn’t any less of a sacrifice, if anything it was more. It was all I had to give, my broken heart and shattered dreams.

That is all that God truly desires, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise” (Psalm 51:17).

Sometimes its difficult to surrender in the midst of great sorrow, but know that God always has your best interests at heart. He loves you unfathomably, and has a perfect plan for your life.  You can trust Him with your life, He holds you in the palm of His hand and wants to guide you and protect you.

Prayer:  Lord, I surrender my heart to You today. I am grieving and struggling to work through all of this, but I know You walk each and every step with me. You are not a spectator.  You are always with me and I’m grateful for that today.

Devotion by Caitlin Walker

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