The Year of the Lord’s Favor
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion--
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
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.
WALKING IN CONFIDENCE ~
I know who I am today through God's grace
I understand the statement of Beauty for Ashes. God takes our lives and restores us from brokenness. He gives us a garment of praise! Can we just stop for a moment and give God thanks for our lives? We are not promised the rest of this day and yet we miss out on living in freedom in God. We worry about things instead of trusting the Lord in the process of change. I have seen my family go through some hard things of life and still remain strong in God.
Suddenly happens and things change. I watched my daughter go through the process of beauty for ashes in many stages of her life. She got married and was so excited about their new beginning with three handsome boys. Months later, she became pregnant and lost that baby. The next year their house burned down in the Napa fires. The next year, she had a brain bleed and could have died. The next year, beauty for ashes began in their lives. She gave birth to a beautiful baby girl and they moved back into their new rebuild house in 2020. We are seeing the blessings of hard work and dedication to trusting God through it all.
As a mom, I remember what it felt like when my kids were little and got hurt. I wanted to help them, protect them and just hug them. As my kids are now adults, I find it just as hard when something happens. While letting them be adults, I have learned a balance of when to speak or not to speak. Sometimes others just want to know you are there, listen and pray. Part of being a mom, is praying and seeking God on the behalf of my kid/adults and their kids.
Both my kids have gone through hard things of life. My son was only two when I got a report that he had a few days to live. A disease that would take his life. I started calling family and friends to pray. Within a few days, he turned around in health and God gave him a miracle of life. He now has two girls and his wife. God is so good.
My husband fell at work in 1985 and should have died. The construction site he was working at had an accident. A crane his the tower he was in and fell over 40 feet. His hardhat saved his face and went into the ground. He broke his life, cracked ribs and was out of work for a very long time. Recovery happened and he was able to go back as a carpenter years later. God spared his life. I know the importance of prayer, seeking God and resting in his plan. Yes, while being scared and wonder takes place, but the outcome, is God's plan.
I walk in confidence of who I am in God. God has given me a gift to write, teach and show kindness. I like helping others and going beyond to show the love of Jesus. I know that God captured my heart a long time ago and he continues to use my life. I have stories that help others because I was once young and now that I'm older, even my mistakes of life has grown me into a better person. I love the feeling of God using me. I have learned that you don't need to share everything of life, but there are some parts that show people getting back up happens to each of us. We all sinned and made mistakes of us. Let us spur us on to a better person and live in the freedom of God's forgiveness.
Happy new day and my prayers continue for you, your family and friends. Through it all, God is able and he is on this journey with us. God never leaves us alone, never. Reach out to someone if you need to talk and it's okay to ask someone just listen, plus no advice right now. I just need to vent and have you pray! A real friend listens too.