Sunday, 01 August 2021

M Michele's Musings

A Crown of Beauty

“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.”
New International Version ~ Isaiah 61:3

To bestow on them a crown of Beauty instead of Ashes… When I read this version of the scripture another thought came to me. Ashes are the result of something being burned from fire. Fire destroys life and belongings. Fire eats everything in its path leaving nothing but ashes. Everything is completely gone, destroyed. Sin is much like fire. It leaves a path of destruction in our lives. Sin may give temporary pleasure but it eventually will take everything from you. Sin, if left to reign in your life, will eventually destroy and take from you your relationships, family, money, peace, joy, health, ect. Most importantly, sin will take from you a right relationship with God. If your life is in ashes because of sin God is able to turn that around. God is able to cause new growth to come up under those ashes if you will trust Him. Though a forest fire may destroy everything in its path, the potential for life lays just under the surface of the ashes. It takes time, sun and rain but new life pushes past the ashes and soon a beautiful forest comes back to life. This is a beautiful picture of what God desires to do with the “fires and ashes” in your life. He wants new life and growth to come forth so that He can restore joy and hope in your life. He desires to take what the enemy has meant for evil and turn it for good. We must put our lives in His hands; we must trust Him and allow the circumstances of life to mold us into what He desires. We must not become bitter due to our circumstances because God has allowed our trials for a purpose. The purpose is to make us into what we ought to be; more like His Son Jesus Christ. He desires to give us a crown of beauty rather than ashes. Our lives should reflect His perfect work in us. Ecclesiastes 3:11a says, “He hath made everything beautiful in His time.” How wonderful to know that God is working His will in your life if you allow Him into your life. How wonderful that when you give your life to Him it is reflected to a lost and dying world. We can be a light in this world; giving hope to those who have no hope. Let God have His way in your life and He will give unto you a “Crown of Beauty instead of Ashes.” What a beautiful and merciful God we serve. I praise Him every day for His wonderful love to me and you. He chose us and He keeps us in His sight. He will never relax His hold on us. He alone is our hope, our God and we should always praise Him.

“I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it,
while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be.
My Father will honor the one who serves me.”
John 12:24-26

Love in Christ, Michele

Columnist: Michele Abshire


Michele Abshire is a housewife, mother, grandmother, and full time legal assistant. She has been published in Lake Charles, Louisiana publications, Christian Star Newspaper and Gumbeaux Magazine.  

Michele began writing notes of encouragement to people God put on her heart which led her in the direction of writing short encouraging stories, letters, essays and analogies.  This quickly became a ministry for her.  

Michele's vision is to reach people with encouraging messages that will lift their heart and bring joy for sorrow and hope for discouragement. Michele enjoys your feedback so leave a comment in the form at the bottom of the page or email her at



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