Beauty for Ashes….

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I used to love that song by Crystal Lewis.  It speaks volumes to my soul.  God has proven it to be true in my life, and now He continues to show His work in the lives of my children.  God uses all things that we deal with in this life to bring us into more Christlikeness.  It’s not fun to go through difficult times, but I’ve learned over the years to not give in to the despair that cries out in the midst of a dark, stormy time.  God walks through those days with us and brings us out into a greater brightness.  He builds our strength as we trust more in Him, sort of like exercising our muscles to build our physical strength.  As we trust in Him, our peace increases, and eventually we are able to be at rest even in the midst of the most turbulent times.

He gives beauty for ashes
Strength for fear
Gladness for mourning
Peace for despair

He gives beauty for ashes
Strength for fear
Gladness for mourning
Peace for despair

When sorrow seems to surround you
When suffering hangs hangs heavy o’er your head
Know that tomorrow brings wholeness and healing
God knows your need, just believe what He said

He gives beauty for ashes
Strength for fear
Gladness for mourning
Peace for despair

When what you’ve done keeps you from moving on
When fear wants to make itself at home in your heart
Know that forgiveness brings wholeness and healing
God knows your need just believe what He said

He gives beauty for ashes
Strength for fear
Gladness for mourning
Peace for despair

I once was lost but God has found me
Though I was bound I’ve been set free
I’ve been made righteous in His sight
A display of His splendor all can see

I once was lost but God has found me
Though I was bound I’ve been set free
I’ve been made righteous in His sight
A display of His splendor all can see

He gives beauty for ashes
Strength for fear
Gladness for mourning
Peace for despair

He gives beauty for ashes
Strength for fear
Gladness for mourning
Peace for despair

Songwriters
Randy L. Scruggs; John W. Thompson

About Tara Lea

I'm a mom and wife first and foremost. I offer Life Coaching, as well as speaking for church retreats, while writing and teaching as opportunities become available. Writing, speaking, teaching, and coaching are my means for fulfilling my life calling of helping others fit together the pieces of their lives so they can move closer to becoming all God means for them to be.

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