“Beauty from Ashes”          Post 1

August, 14, 2015

You are an awesome God! Wednesday morning, Hilda, my dear sister-in-law, and I did our devotions together.   As usual, I wrote my thoughts and prayers in my journal and then shared them with her. We had been doing this together many mornings. When I shared them with Hilda today she said that since I had been sharing my journal entries during this terrible time, she was so touched by what I wrote. She said she felt that somehow I would reach out to others who are grieving, not only in my community, but in other states. She told me I had a gift of writing. A way of writing from my heart and that it was real. We prayed together, asking Jesus to protect me from any evil Satan may come against me with, because, of course, I would be an instrument to bring others to Christ. She also felt, as did I, that we would be doing this work together.

On Thursday morning I met with my pastor’s wife, Tracy. As I read some of my journal to her, she sat back and told me I have a beautiful gift of writing. Tracy said she was amazed at how I was able to write my true feelings. Then she asked me how I felt about doing a video expressing those feelings and thoughts to reach out to those hurting and grieving in our community. I sat back in my chair and cried tears of joy. I couldn’t believe she had said the same thing Hilda had.  I prayed, “O, my great and awesome Father, I am so thankful that You are asking me to do such an awesome work for you.”

When my family died, I felt angry. Angry at Satan for what he stole from me and our whole family. I cried out to God telling Him, “Lord! This tragedy CAN’T be for NOTHING! Please, turn this around for good.

Your Word promises that “… in ALL things You work for the good of those who love You, who have been called according to His purpose.” (Romans: 8:28)

Please give me a work to do so that their deaths won’t be in vain. This tragedy makes no sense. There are no answers. But it can’t be for nothing! Give me a work to do that brings hope and healing, not only to me, but to many! May this work bring glory to You!”

The following morning, my husband and I were doing our devotions together. Again, the Lord confirmed to us that we would do this work for Him and that Satan would attack us. BUT, You O Lord, will protect us. Help us dearest Lord to stand firm in all that You have for us to do.

The devotions that we read was from Revelations 2: 7-10 “…To him who overcomes I will give the right to eat from the tree of Life, which is in the paradise of God…I know your ….. afflictions yet you are rich….Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death and I will give you the crown of Life.”

Then we read Daniel 11:32, “The people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.”

My prayer: “The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord. He is my stronghold in times of trouble. The Lord helps me and delivers me from the wicked and He saves me because I take refuge in Him.” Psalm 37: 39-40

This is how Hope and Healing Ministries began.