Beauty for Ashes


Beauty for ashes


Today in the news, the three young women who were kidnapped and abused for over a decade, released a video on YouTube (, thanking the world for all of their support and encouragement through different means. While watching these amazing, beautiful young women who experienced abuse and harm beyond what anyone can imagine for over a decade, the verse came to mind from Isaiah 61:3 “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.”


I love the fact that God brings beauty from the ashes of our lives. The ashes in your life may be pain, disappointment, anger, frustration, sadness, or bitterness. However thru the power of God alone, He can bring beauty from those ashes and provide joy and restoration from any type of pain. I was moved by the statement from one of the young women, who said;


“I may have been thru hell and back, but I am strong enough to walk thru hell with a smile on my face and with my head held high and my feet firmly on the ground. Walking hand in hand with my best friend, I will not let the situation define who I am, I will define the situation. I don’t want to be consumed by hatred with that being said we need to take a leap of faith and know that God is in control. We have been hurt by people, but we need to rely on God as being a judge. God has a plan for all of us, the plan that He gave was to help others that have been in the same situation that I have been in. To know that there is someone out there to lean and to talk to, I am in control of my own destiny with the guidance of God. I have no problem expressing how I feel inside. Be positive, learn that it is important to give than receive. I am looking forward to my brand new life.” (statement by Michelle Knight, July 8, 2013)


Let’s remember to pray for these young women and for others in our lives that the Lord restore and bring “beauty for ashes”…




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*The writer’s of this blog are two friends who love the Lord and have a heart for encouraging, uplifting, and supporting women in their walk with the Lord. We will also feature guests “bloggers” who have the same heart for encouraging women.

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