Beauty for Ashes – Isaiah 61:3

Purple Tulips
By A.P.

To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord , that He may be glorified.”
Isaiah 61:3 NKJV


Prayer: Sustain the Hurting

Father tonight I pray for Your seeking daughter. Sustain her heart. She feels it’s been trampled, bruised, and laying alone beyond repair. When she tries to self protect the wounds she inflicts deepen her own pain and isolation.
Father direct her eyes to fear You. Your Word says the Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Thank You for giving her a place to turn for spiritual guidance. Help her find the resources her heart craves. She is suffocating from a lack of knowing Your ways and plan. Give her remembrance of times of sweet joy in the past with the man she committed to for life. She has unintentionally and unwittingly started so many fires or fanned the flames where they were started by another. Help her learn to douse what’s going and stamp out future sparks. Lord I don’t have all the answers but You do. Send her some rain. In Jesus name amen

Waiting is beneficial

Waiting for Contentment … what is it?

Is it that feeling after eating a full meal? When everyone pushes back their chairs and sighs, placing utensils down. Or something more?

Does contentment come naturally?

Admittedly as a growing child, I was often hungry before the next mealtime. My mother strove to set up healthy habits. One of which, I am grateful I learned. The no eating between meals.  However, that last segment of time between, seemed like a long stretch. While food always appeared, it left its mark in my mind. Often before tasting the first bites or polishing the last from my plate — a question escaped my lips.  Continue reading “Waiting is beneficial”