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Broken to Beautiful

 Broken to Beautiful 
Isaiah 61:3 To give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
Something Beautiful
Something beautiful, something good, All my confusion He understood. All I had to offer Him was brokenness and strife, But he made something beautiful of my life
If there ever were dreams That were lofty and noble, They were my dreams at the start. And hope for life's best were the hopes That I harbor, down deep in my heart. But my dreams turned to ashes, And my castles all crumbled, my fortune turned to loss. So I wrapped it all in the rags of life, And laid it at the cross.   Lyrics by Bill Gaither
I remember hearing the song, “Something Beautiful” for the first time the year I was saved. My life was in shambles and I was filled with despair, disappointment and disgust. I had almost given up on life when my mother, bless her, …

Disheartened, Discouraged, and Distressed

Disheartened, Discouraged, and Distressed
Romans 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Drugs, alcohol, substance abuse, those are words that bring heartache and despair. Divorce, death, and being a single parent, all terms that are filled with emotional turmoil and countless hours of loneliness. What does it mean to be a man or woman in distress? Are misery, suffering and agony the characteristics of a discourage person? As we view what the beloved psalmist, David wrote, we will assume the intense emotional distress and deep sorrow that was David’s constant companion.
Psalms 31:9-13 ~ Have mercy upon me, O LORD, for I am in trouble (distressed): mine eye is consumed with grief, yea, my soul and my belly (body).  For my life is spent with grief (sorrow), and my years with sighing: my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed (my body has wasted away).  I was…

Turning Away From God (part 2)

Turning Away From God (part 2)
Hebrews 6:4-6 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
If we are Christians, can we turn away from Christ and lose our salvation? Will God lovingly chasten Christians for turning away or backsliding to draw us back to Himself? If we are not true believers in Christ, will God’s judgment fall upon us? In Hebrews 6:4-6, the writer tells us that it will be impossible for those who have once been enlightened by the Word of God, tasted of the heavenly gift, made partakers of the Holy Ghost, tasted the good Word of God and the powers of the world to come, if they fall or turn away, to renew them again unto repentance. 
The phrase, “once enlightened,…

Turning Away From God

Turning Away From God
Jeremiah 13:1-11 Thus saith the LORD unto me, Go and get thee a linen girdle, and put it upon thy loins, and put it not in water.  So I got a girdle according to the word of the LORD, and put it on my loins.  And the word of the LORD came unto me the second time, saying,  Take the girdle that thou hast got, which is upon thy loins, and arise, go to Euphrates, and hide it there in a hole of the rock.  So I went, and hid it by Euphrates, as the LORD commanded me.  And it came to pass after many days, that the LORD said unto me, Arise, go to Euphrates, and take the girdle from thence, which I commanded thee to hide there.  Then I went to Euphrates, and digged, and took the girdle from the place where I had hid it: and, behold, the girdle was marred, it was profitable for nothing.  Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,  Thus saith the LORD, After this manner will I mar the pride of Judah, and the great pride of Jerusalem.  This evil people, which refuse to he…