Encouragement

Beauty for Ashes – A Word by Paula Wiens

Paula resides in Burrton, Kansas with her husband Gene. Together they have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. God has called Paula to be “A Voice of Hope” for women who have suffered so much in their past. God has called  her to preach good tidings to the poor,  heal the broken hearted, to proclaim Liberty to those who are held captive and the opening of the prison to those who are bound

To comfort those who need comforted with the comfort He has comforted her with. A Voice of Hope for them to be able to Flourish… from Pain to His Peace.

Beauty for Ashes – A Word by Paula Wiens

Paula Wiens

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While I was at the lake fishing I looked across and saw this burnt, charred, black tree. Quite a few trees were burnt, some almost to the ground during a fire that had happened awhile back.

As I looked at this tree closer, zooming in on my camera,  I noticed that there were leaves around that did not look like the others. There actually were leaves on that burnt up tree! And here I thought it was dead!

Sometimes that’s how we think, feel or sense about a ministry God has given us. We might sense that others feel we shouldn’t be in ministry at all.  People do talk, and there are times we can discern in the spirit ones speaking against us.

Or we might be actually allowing fear to come in and tell us that we are not smart enough or educated enough to fulfill what God has called us to do. I have always said that I don’t speak good English, that I am from the south and I speak “Southernese”  But God didn’t choose us because we are perfect, and have the best English, have the most money or have gone to the best Bible Colleges. He chose us because of who He created us to be. And sometimes we doubt ourselves because of our past, or unforgiveness of ourselves. Not seeing ourselves through the eyes of the Father. Or, we feel we are too “Burnt” up from the things in life that have happened to us, or we have done.

We have to know that we know what God has spoken to us in that secret place. We have to spend time with the Father to know His voice. We have to trust Him and rely on Him and not our thinking, feelings or emotions.

We have to know that He said He will never leave us nor forsake us. Even when we feel He isn’t even around. Like He has disappeared or we feel our prayers aren’t being answered,  or we can’t see the promises that He promised us with our eyes.

We have to stay connected to the vine. To keep attached to the root. To stay in His word, sitting at the feet of Jesus, knowing that we know that we know that He will never leave us nor forsake us, as some believe.

We have to know that He will continue the work He began in us, and will turn our ashes into beauty.

And that you will be a tree of Righteousness planted by the Lord producing good fruit.  Flourishing in all that God has called you to.

Thank you Father God!  Be Glorified today in Me. Allow me to speak what you have called me to speak. To do what you have called me to do and be the hands and feet of Jesus all the days of my life.

In Jesus name Amen.

Isaiah 61:1-2 NKJV “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me. Because He has anointed me to preach food tidings to the poor. He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound. 2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord And the day of vengeance of our God. To comfort all who mourn.”

2 Timothy 1:7  AMP  “For God has not given us the spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but (He has given us a spirit) of power and of love and of sound judgement and personal discipline (abilities that result in a calm, well, balanced mind and self-control).”

Jeremiah 1:5 NIV “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

Psalm 103:12 NJKV “As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed transgressions from us.”

John 10:4 NKJV “And when He brings out His own sheep, He goes before them, and the sheep follow Him, for they know His voice.”

John 10:5 NKJV “Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will  flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”

Proverbs 3:5-6  NKJV “Trust in the Lord with all your heart. And lean not on your  own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”

Hebrews 13:5b NKJV  “God has said: Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.”

Numbers 23:19 NIV “God is not a human, that He should lie, not a human being, that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?”

2 Corinthians 5:7 NKJV “For we walk by faith not by sight.”

John 15:1-5 NIV “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does not bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself: it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. 5  I am the vine: you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit: apart from me you can do nothing.”

Joshua 1:8 NIV “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips: meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”

Isaiah 61: 3 NKJV “To console those who mourn in Zion. To give them BEAUTY for ASHES. The oil of joy for mourning The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness That they may be called trees of righteousness.

Psalm 1:3  NIV “That person is like a tree planted by the streams of water  which yields its fruit in season. and whose leaf does not wither – whatever they do prospers.”

Psalms 92:13 NKJB “Those who are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God!”

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