Tuesday In Other Words   10 comments

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This week, Nina is hosting “In ‘Other’ Words” at her site, Waiting for Grace. She has chosen a quote from “What I Learned from God While Quilting” by Ruth McHaney Danner & Cristine Bolley.

“Throughout the history of God’s people as given to us in the Bible, we see that life is a test. We have before us the option to trust God “no matter what,” or to walk away from Him. To walk away from God is to leave the fragments of our dreams in pieces on the floor, but to trust Him is to let God pick up the pieces and make us whole again. When we choose to let Him make us whole again, he will make our lives more beautiful than before.”

 

This quote reminded me immediately of the song by Crystal Lewis “Beauty for Ashes”.

He gives beauty for ashes
Strength for fear
Gladness for mourning
Peace for despair

When sorrow seems to surround you
When suffering hangs heavy o’er your head
Know that tomorrow brings
Wholeness and healing
God knows your need
Just believe what He said

He gives beauty for ashes
Strength for fear
Gladness for mourning
Peace for despair

When what you’ve done keeps you from moving on
When fear wants to make itself at home in your heart
Know that forgiveness brings
Wholeness and healing
God knows your need
Just believe what He said

He gives beauty for ashes
Strength for fear
Gladness for mourning
Peace for despair

I once was lost but God has found me
Though I was bound I’ve been set free
I’ve been made righteous in His sight
A display of His splendor all can see

He gives beauty for ashes
Strength for fear
Gladness for mourning
Peace for despair

The song and the quote speak of the redemptive power of Jesus in our lives and the hope that the cross of Christ offers. 

Romans 5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Yes, we can be guaranteed suffering here on earth, but we have the promises of God’s word.  We must cling to these promises and daily follow him wherever he leads – rejoicing in the hope that does not disappoint!

For more thoughts on this quote head on over to Waiting for Grace.

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Posted March 24, 2008 by Lana G! in Bible, In Other Words, Lyrics, Music, Worship

10 responses to “Tuesday In Other Words

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  1. Amen!

  2. Wow, this was great! Loved the song♥

  3. Gorgeous song and beautiful photo! That is such a great reminder!

  4. Lovely post. Thank you!

  5. As usual you seem to hit the nail on the head! Beautiful encouragement!

  6. Thanks for stopping by my page. If you are craving scones, will a picture do? I’ll probably post one in the week alloted for that.
    Love your beatiful photos and words!
    Mil

  7. Great post! Hope you have a wonderful day!
    Karen
    http://www.homesteadblogger.com/tagblog

  8. Let me add a great big amen.

  9. I really appreciate that you mentioned that we will have suffering on this earth. If we could just accept that, it would make following God’s will easier. But, it seems that we are always trying to have a good, happy life – avoiding hurts at all costs.

  10. How do people function without relying on His Word and the precious promises you mentioned? Well said.

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