Isaiah 61

So how are you?
How ARE you?

Is your heart broken?

Are you feeling captive to someone or something?

Do you feel a cloud of darkness?

Are you feeling like you are “unlucky” all the time?

Are you filled with grief?

Feel like all life left you with is a pile of ashes?

Are you DESPERATE for a better life?!

Here’s what our Savior, Jesus came to do:

Isaiah 61:1-3
1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me

to preach 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,
to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion —
to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.


He loves you.
He died for you.
You’re His child.
Live like it.

If you want the beauty, you need to give Him the ashes.



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  1. Good word, Sue. I can always count on you to speak something new and fresh to my heart…By the way, I will keep your family in my prayers as your son prepares to travel to Italy.

  2. Monkey Giggles says:

    At one time in my life the grief was so heavy and painful to face. I did not think the sun would ever shine again. I claimed HIS promises for my life and held on tight to them. The sun is shinning again !!!!

  3. AMEN!!!!

  4. Oh…uhm…Do I go cry and come back later? Or just slop my way through it here!? lolI am receiving this word. Thank you sister.

  5. This completely touched me…God bless!

  6. Sue @ praise & c says:

    MG I'm so glad the sun is shining again for you. I can't imagine the pain you've been through.(((hugs))))Sue

  7. I'm delighted you have used Hannah's picture. Thank you so much for your continued thoughts and prayers, they mean more to me than you can imagine.Have a great day! Hugs!!

  8. Thanks so much for you post!!! I certainly needed it toay!And, thanks for stopping by my blog…I'm been a lurker at yours..for a LONG time!!Have a BLESSED DAY!Kim~

  9. holy chaos says:

    that is one of my very favorite verses.

  10. Penless Thoughts says:

    So glad I have received His wonderful garment of praise!!!! There is no garment so lovely.Susan

  11. Great blog. Thanks for visiting my blog and for your sweet comments. Looking forward to getting to know you better in blog world.Blessings to you.

  12. What an excellent post! Thanks for your sweet comment!

  13. Refresh My Soul Blog says:

    Great post! I LOVE the title of your blog!Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment!Blessings,Angela

  14. Hi Sue. I pop in several times a day, hoping for a good Word…SCORE!Thanks for bringing it home. Love this scripture from Isaiah.Blessings…

  15. Jennifer Tiszai says:

    Beautiful blog and beautiful words. I'm adding you to my daily stops. 🙂

  16. John J. Kaiser says:

    Our family is considering adoption, do you blog on your adoption experience much?

  17. Arlene - BY HIS STRI says:

    I love that, if you want the beauty, give him the ashes. What a beautiful word!

  18. Wonderful post :- )

  19. Sue @ praise & c says:

    John, That's so exciting!You can click on Lauren's journey in my sidebar to see the full story. Feel free to ask any questions through my email.Sue

  20. Good read – good timing…My heart is heavy for someone going through grief and pain at this time. I will pass on these insights.

  21. praise God.:)i was laying in bed – wrestling with a issue and i couldn't sleep…and so i came down stairs to read a few blogs…:)it is apparent i was meant to click on to yours tonight.God bless my sister. love you!

  22. Annabelle says:

    I like this post. I've read it like 3 or 4 different times now! Each time it blesses me!

  23. Say amen or ouch!:o)