He will give: beauty for ashes; joy instead of mourning; praise instead of
heaviness…” Isaiah 61:3,

Everyone has experienced hurt and disappointment. We have all been burnt
by life. But God doesn’t want us to sit in the ashes of the past; He wants to
trade our brokenness for healing. He wants to give us beauty for our ashes.
The key is that we have to be willing to give up the ashes in order to receive
the beauty. You can not have both because the old has to go before the new
can come.

Today, are you willing to trust Him with your past hurts? Are you willing to

let go of the pain, to forgive others and yourself so you can move forward
in freedom? Do not waste another day sitting in the ashes. The past is over,
but your future remains. Let God give you joy instead of mourning, and let
Him make something beautiful out of the ashes of your life today!

Prayer for Today

God, thank You for promising to sweep away the ashes of my past and give
me something beautiful in their place. I choose to give them up to You and
receive Your healing and restoration in my life in Jesus’ name. Amen.

forwarded to you by the UP Christiam Youth Movement
NCCP Ecumenical Ministry – Church of the Risen Lord
University of the Philippines, Diliman Campus, QC

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