Ashes to Beauty ~

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

Lord's Beauty by Meliza Celeridad free photo #15392

One day all of our sorrows,
will turn from ashes into beauty
for Jesus will come again . . .
for those who love Him truly.

He will raise the truly penitent,
from their fallen, sinful state
the poor in spirit He’ll elevate
all the way to heaven’s gate.

The brokenhearted will see,
their painful wounds bound up
their worries will be silenced
by the grace held in His cup.

He’ll set the remorseful free,
from the chains of their sin
as the yoke of guilt and shame
no longer, pierces from within.

All those who have made Jesus,
the Lord and Master of their life
will not be judged or condemned
nor be damned for their past strife.

He’ll comfort all who’ve mourned,
for He has gathered up their tears
their ashes will turn into His beauty
His glory will wipe out their fears!


Isaiah 61:3
King James…

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Night Light For Couples

Fight Fair

“Remind the people… to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all.” Titus 3:1–2

Since some conflict in marriage is inevitable, learning to fight fair just might be the most important skill a couple can master. The key is to understand the difference between healthy and unhealthy combat. In an unstable marriage, hostility is aimed at the partner’s soft underbelly with comments such as “You never do anything right!” “Why did I marry you in the first place?” and “You’re getting more like your mother every day!”

These offensive remarks strike at the heart of self‐worth. Healthy conflict, by contrast, focuses on the issues that cause disagreement: “It upsets me when you don’t tell me you’re going to be late for dinner,” or “I was embarrassed when you made me look foolish at the party last night.” Can you hear the difference?

Even though these approaches may be equally contentious, the first assaults the dignity of the partner, while the second addresses the source of conflict. Couples who learn this important distinction are much better prepared to work through disagreements without wounds and insults.

Just between us…

  • When we have a fight, are we more likely to attack the person and miss the problem, or to attack the problem and protect the person?
  • What did Jesus say about yielding to others when we are unfairly attacked or criticized? (See Matthew 5:38–41; Luke 6:27–31.)
  • How would doing a better job of fighting fair help our relationship?
  • How can we support each other in doing this?

Father, we need Your help to show love and respect while we resolve differences. We don’t want disagreements to hurt the relationship You’ve graciously given us. We know Your power and wisdom can be ours each day, and we humbly ask for them. Amen.

  • From Night Light For Couples, by Dr. James & Shirley Dobson
    Copyright © 2000 by James Dobson, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Night Light For Parents

Keeping Watch

“May the Lord keep watch between you and me.” Genesis 31:49

Joel, a high school senior, had everything going his way—a college scholarship, a first-place award in his school’s talent contest, popularity among his peers. Lately, however, he’d tired of his “goody-goody” image; at the urging of some new friends, he began experimenting with drugs. When police stopped his car one night, Joel swallowed a bag of crack to avoid arrest. Later that night, he went into convulsions. His parents rushed him to the hospital, but Joel was dead by morning.

Many parents would say, “That only happens to other families.” But with the easy availability of illegal substances in today’s schools, the temptation to “just give it a try” is great. Satan will use peers to try to entice your son or daughter into sin: “They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity” (2 Peter 2:19).

What can parents do to protect their kids? It is a daunting question. In the early years of adolescence, boys and girls will do anything demanded by their peer group. Get to know your kids’ friends, and watch for these warning signs: 1) inflammation of eyelids and nose, pupils very wide or small; 2) extremes of energy; 3) extremes in appetite; 4) sudden personality changes; 5) lack of cleanliness; 6) physical deterioration; 7) needle marks (may appear as sores and boils); 8) a shift in moral values. Finally, pray daily for your children while adopting this Scripture: “Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock” (Acts 20:28).

Before you say good night…

Do your kids show any of the warning signs listed above?

Do they have a strong faith that will help them resist peer pressure?

Heavenly Father, we are saddened to think about the many lives that are corrupted by the temptations of the evil one. We ask that You keep sin far away from our children. Help us to be ever vigilant on behalf of our family. Amen.

  • From Night Light For Parents, by Dr. James & Shirley Dobson
    Copyright © 2000 by James Dobson, Inc. All rights reserved.

Illustration adapted from Parables, Etc. newsletter, April 1989.

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