When the Ashes Become Beautiful

It is not easy to comprehend that even the worst things that happened in our lives have purpose. How do you rationalize breast cancer, molestation, abandonment or any such atrocities as being a part of the plan? Telling someone that their pain has purpose seems insensitive and callous. I would prefer to be saved from the pain and learn that lesson in a less life altering way. The truth is, we cannot choose the pain, only how we will walk through it and how we can use it in our lives to bring God glory. Somehow God turns those ugly places into beautiful monuments that remind you of how far He has brought you.

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, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.

(Isaiah 61:3)

 Yesterday, I received my first copy of my new book, “Dear Survivor Let’s Talk – Finding Your Voice When Words Don’t Come Easy”. I was not just holding a book, but I held the tears, the pain, the loss and the chaos that came with that season in my life. It was very similar to holding the baby as a new mother. The back pain, pushing and extra weight gain were all worth the effort as you embrace that new life.

I do not understand why I had to go through breast cancer, but I understand the purpose. That statement seems very contradictive. My purpose is to share with others God’s ability to carry you through – if you trust Him. My purpose is to encourage those that want the “why” answered to simply release that thought. My purpose is to share my story and the principles I followed with those who have lost hope. When you tell your story you take back your power! When you tell your story God is glorified!

My book can be ordered at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com or WestBowPress.com. Get your copy today and share a copy with someone who would like to talk but has not found their voice.

9 thoughts on “When the Ashes Become Beautiful

  1. Pamela King

    CONGRATS ON YOUR BOOK RELEASE!!! I love the cover!! OMG!! I was just talking to a sister on Saturday and she was telling me how God wanted her to “tell her story”, but she kept hesitating. Well, she share some of it with me and we praised God together as we both had the SAME struggle & had overcome!!! I’m ordering 2 books!! One for me and one for her, but I want mine autographed!!! LOL!!! You are such a blessing! Thanks for your obedience to take your power back & tell your story!!☺️

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    1. Thank you so much Ms. Pam! Not just for the book order but for sharing a story that captures the heart of my book. The sister shared her story with you and THEN you both praised God – she found her voice! I’m praising God right now for both of you!
      *Peace, Love & Blessings*

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  2. Audrey,
    Words cannot express how very proud I am of you in writing this book and I am so excited for the Ministry God has birthed in you for His glory. I’m thankful and grateful for you sharing your story as a testimony and an empowering message of hope as a SURVIVOR! YES, LORD! I feel blessed to know such a mighty, powerful and praying- warrior woman of God!
    Love to you, my sister!
    A. D

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    1. SeNeska,
      To God be all the glory! My story was possible because of people like you praying for me, believing God with me and reminding me of how good God is! My story is captured in the journal you gave me at the beginning of the journey. Your giving heart was key in the creation of my story. So then, we see that my story’s foundation was built on giving and it is my prayer that it will continue to give hope! I pray that the Lord blesses you in every area! That red journal titled “Faith” made the front cover of my book! You my friend made the front cover of my heart! Love you more! S. S.

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    1. Island Traveler,
      The fact that those words speak to your heart is an indication of your understanding of the power of our testimony! Revelation 12:11 – And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony! Praise the Lord for that revelation!
      *Peace, Love & Blessings*

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  3. “It is not easy to comprehend that even the worst things that happened in our lives have purpose.” You are an inspiration! This is truly God’s will, that we use our stories and our experiences to edify others! I often find myself asking the question “why”… and it’s not always easy for me to step back and look at the purpose. But when I do…oh, how freeing and humbling it is. What an honor that God would use me, for His glory. For at the end of the day I know He won’t put more on me than I can withstand. Be encouraged, I know so many will be healed and set free by your story and testimony triumph!

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    1. Reese, thank you for your kind words! We often forget that our entire faith is built on a story…that of Jesus Christ! We must use the power of our story to continue what was started in the beginning and that is testimony after testimony of how truly AWESOME GOD IS!

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