Beauty For Ashes

Beauty for Ashes: Making the Trade

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Let’s remind ourselves of the verses that began this series: The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, Because the Lord has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners; To proclaim the favorable year […] Read more…

Beauty For Ashes: Joy In The Ashes

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The casket shut tightly and with it my eyes. Dread hung thickly around each of us sitting in the church pews. In silence, we felt forever and nothing all at once. I remember thinking, I can’t believe I’m doing this. It was, after all, the day before my birthday. Grief was choking any sense of […] Read more…

Beauty for Ashes: Collecting Memories

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“Record my misery; list my tears on your scroll — are they not in your record?” – Psalm 56:8 We collect memories of those we have loved and lost. Decorating the wall of our hearts, old photographs hang. Whispers of promises made, “I love you” phrases that were once said. The dead never really leave […] Read more…

Beauty for Ashes: A Season of Mourning

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…it can happen abruptly. One minute you’re happy and joyous in the Lord because He blessed you with such a beautiful life and then, suddenly, you get a phone call that changes your life. A hard blow to the gut, grief knocks us off balance. I don’t know of any woman who schedules an appointment […] Read more…

Beauty For Ashes: An Introduction

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I looked at the mess on my floor and in my closet and wondered when I had become so disorganized. It isn’t like me, normally, to allow my closet to exist without it being color coordinated with all of my shoes lining the top shelf. And yet, here it was, a messy closet and a […] Read more…