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Transitions: Beauty for Ashes 2

Beauty for ashes means something was set afire

Something has been burned away

The Lord no longer desires.

The ashes could be the bitterness

The negativity we spread

Or it could be the attitude that’s dead.

Ashes could be the doubt

The anger or the fear

The Lord has decided must disappear.

The door that we try to keep open 

That relationship that’s out of date

May be what He wants to incinerate.

Whatever the dross that lingers within

Has to make room for what lies ahead.

If the Lord allows it to burn–then it’s dead!

So let Him blow away the ashes

Accept what is true

The Lord has something beautiful in store for you.

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Isaiah 61:3

 

 

 

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Transitions: Peace for Fear

When I was a new believer, I would hear older “mature” followers say in response to troubles, “Jesus will make everything all right.” or “Just trust in God and all will be well.” This one really set my teeth on edge, “Give your heart to Jesus and He will take away all your troubles.”

I wondered the validity of those admonishments because I believed and I gave my heart. I said the prayer of faith. Why then did I have trouble? Why was I so afraid that things would never get better when a new problem arose? I even wondered if they knew what they were talking about.

Now that I am one of the “mature” believers, I catch myself before saying things like that. I never want anyone to think that trouble won’t come. Jesus promised that it would. He also promised that He would provide comfort and guidance through all of what life would throw at us (John 14 – 16). Jesus not only provided help in trouble, He prayed for our protection and for the Father’s love to be with us (John 17).

Trouble comes. Fear comes. Doubt rises. But our Champion is still praying for us. He is still watching over us. He is still loving us. He is our peace in every storm and when trouble rises, He is very near.

When Trouble Comes

Hebrews 7:25 (NIV)

Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.

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Transitions: Beauty for Ashes

There are times when I go to my secret place

To worship and seek God’s face

I find myself inspired by the beauty of His grace.

As I create the images He reveals, i often wonder how

These not so talented hands can respond with ease

To produce images such as these.

He quietly reminds me He makes all things beautiful in His time.

Eccleciastes 3:11

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Transitions: Water to Wine

Jesus didn’t turn ordinary water into wine.
The water was already set aside for something specific.
You are no ordinary person.
You are set aside for something terrific.

Let Jesus have His way with you.
Let Him transform your heart.
Give Him access to all that you are.
He will give you a new start.

Let it be said of your journey
“Your life is not controlled by your past.”
“You are just what the world needed.”
“You saved the best for last.”

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Water to Wine

John 2: 1 – 11

 

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Risen

Cindy Mosley

Risen

Risen from the Dead

Matthew 28 (MSG) 1-4 After the Sabbath, as the first light of the new week dawned, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to keep vigil at the tomb. Suddenly the earth reeled and rocked under their feet as God’s angel came down from heaven, came right up to where they were standing. He rolled back the stone and then sat on it. Shafts of lightning blazed from him. His garments shimmered snow-white. The guards at the tomb were scared to death. They were so frightened, they couldn’t move.

5-6 The angel spoke to the women: “There is nothing to fear here. I know you’re looking for Jesus, the One they nailed to the cross. He is not here. He was raised, just as He said. Come and look at the place where He was placed.

“Now, get on your way quickly and tell his…

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