God is going to give you beauty for ashes, joy for mourning , praise instead of despair. You can count on it. Why? Because he is a good Father. He has pulled me out of the darkness and brought me into His light. He took my pain and gave me life, hope and joy once again. Listen, God is for you. He comforted me in my times of loss and loneliness and he will do the same for you. I am reminded of the time when I first came to the Lord. I remember sitting down in my living room and looking out the big window that we had. I was enjoying the winds that were blowing from the tree just outside that window. I remember having a conversation with Jesus and talking about the wind. I got such a sense of peace and calm that day. I was just learning to hear his voice, but I did not realize then that he was speaking to me through peace. He is peace. I encourage you to take a walk or sit outside on a step or a bench and breathe in the peace of God. Enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. You can even tell the Lord, “I choose to take in your peace and not the circumstances that are going on around me. I will wait here with you.” Oh how he would love that! 😄 yes, he loves that idea.
To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory. Isaiah 61:3