Beauty For Ashes

This past Sunday, I had the privilege of speaking to Plymouth Church in Raleigh.  What an honor to spend the morning with them!  In preparing for the message, God laid Isaiah 61.1a & 3 on my heart, particularly the phrase “beauty for ashes”.

“The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me…to provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.  They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.”

God has certainly been faithful to provide beauty in place of ashes in my life, to take my mourning and put gladness in its place.  It was humbling to share a bit of our journey with Isaac and a joy to testify to God’s faithfulness in that situation.  He certainly has brought forth great beauty out of a difficult season.

His Word is so clear – God is able and desiring to work all things together for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose (Romans 8.28).  As the song goes: “He gives beauty for ashes, strength for fears, gladness for mourning, peace for despair.”  My prayer is that it will bless you, that the Bible would speak for itself, and God would draw you to trust Him further with any areas of your life that have been reduced to ashes.  He has beauty in mind.

Click here to hear Sunday’s message.


Filed under Patience, Thoughts

8 responses to “Beauty For Ashes

  1. Hi Patience,

    I have been a long time reader of your blog. I wanted to thank you for posting the link to your sermon. It really has blessed my heart, and came at a time in my life that I needed to hear this. Thank you for allowing God to use you. Oh, and you have a beautiful voice.

    God Bless

  2. Brooke Cromley

    Paitience- your sermon was absolutely beautiful. I feel so blessed to have ever met you in our life journey and can’t wait to hear more from you. God truly is so very good and your committment to His word and truth is so inspiring. God’s richest blessings.

  3. Amy

    I can’t wait till naptime so I can sit down and listen.

    I absolutely love those verses. We have Isaiah 61:3 ready to go up on our boys’ bedroom wall.

  4. Lynn

    Patience, your message blessed my heart. Hearing Isaac’s story again and reliving those days in light of God’s bringing beauty for ashes is very touching. Thank you for your faithfulness to Him. I love you.

  5. Heather Hopkins


    Thanks so much for sharing. I really enjoyed listening to your sermon. You did a beautiful job and it truly touched my heart.


  6. Kim

    Patience I just got a chance to listen to your message – Wow what a blessing! I am amazed how you have seen God’s heart in your loss and are able to share such a beautiful story with others.

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  8. Tara Sanders

    Hi Patience,

    Corrine sent me this link tonight. Thank you so much for sharing your story! I appreciate your willingness to open up your heart to us about what God has done in your life. In difficult times, like the one you shared, I like to think about Psalm 23…God leading us beside still waters…restoring our souls…..:)

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