Ashes For Beauty

You never really know how beautiful God’s grace is until you take a glance back over your life.

I sat and had a late dinner with a good friend of mine, and just started talking about the different things that I did (things ill share in my next couple of posts). My past is just full of so much junk that it could only be God that brought to the place that I am now.

Today, I thank God for all that I’ve done and all of the mistakes that I made, because without them I wouldn’t have such a passion for changing women’s lives today. My biggest issue though, is using my past to my advantage and not let it haunt me.

Sometimes I feel… because of my past and the baggage it left me holding on to…I feel like I’m not in a place to help others. I feel like I was such a mess…like I AM such a mess.

But God and his lovely grace…..

All of those years of living my life in brokenness and in the darkness, God kept me through it all. He loved me soooo much, that even though He let me play with fire, He never let me get really burned. I had placed myself in so many situations that, worst case scenario, I should be dead.

But God had a purpose for me.

Over 2000 years ago, God sent His only Son, Jesus, to die for me and all of my sins. Now that is wonderful news right there, but here is the best part! God never saw that filthy mess I was in because of Jesus’s death! He never saw all of the evil deeds I was committing knowingly, never saw me just giving my body away to men who didn’t deserve it, me drinking or partying, and all the other mess….all He saw was Jesus, and His blood covering me, and His purpose that He had already set for me from the beginning of creation!

“For I know the plans I have for you,”, says The Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. -Jeremiah 29:11

I said all of that to say this, ladies (and gentlemen), when you give your life over to Jesus, you’re trading over the ashes of your past for the beauty of Christ. It doesn’t matter what you did, or may even be doing right now, God has placed a special purpose inside of you that no one else can fulfill. All He needs is for you to give it to Him. Your choice. Be Blessed!

Prayer

Father, I just thank You so much for your amazing grace! I thank You for seeing the beauty of Jesus inside of me, even when I felt like nothing and treated myself as nothing. I thank You God that through Jesus, everything that I’ve done has been forgotten and wiped away. So Father, I lay down my past at your feet, never to pick it up again, and I choose today to walk in the new life you have given me through Jesus Christ. I choose today to walk in purpose. I choose today to walk in your likeness, in truth, and in Your love. Thank You for loving me with the only true love that can fill the voids in my life. I love you so much! I give You all of the honor and praise God because You’re worthy of it! In Jesus precious name, Amen

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