My Family



Today I am thankful for my family. They make me laugh, they make me cry. They make me frustrated, they make me excited.  They are silly, loving, enthusiastic, funny, and busy. And I love them!

Thank you, God, for a husband who loves You and helps me to love You.  Thank you for children who teach me patience and show me what unconditional love looks like.  I thank you that I have an opportunity every day to love and be loved by such wonderful people. Thank you for my family!


Psalm 1


Oh, the joys of those who do not
      follow the advice of the wicked,
      or stand around with sinners,
      or join in with mockers.


Dear Lord, please incline my heart to follow in your ways… my sinful flesh would prefer to follow after the wicked.  When I come up a question that needs answered, a problem that needs a solution, may I cling to the knowledge from Your Word and cause me to run to the council of the Holy Spirit within me before I seek the faulty wisdom of the world.  And Father, help me to seek relationships that would honor you and keep me from joining in with the actions of those around me who may tempt me to sin.  May I please you today, in word and deed.

But they delight in the law of the Lord,
      meditating on it day and night.

Give me a desire for Your Word.  Help me to long for Your wisdom.  May I always delight in your law. May I not obey it grudgingly or without intention, as if going through the motions but give me joy as I seek to honor you.  Help me to set aside all excuses for not reading your word and open my mind so that I may think on your word all day and through the night.

  They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
      bearing fruit each season.
   Their leaves never wither,
      and they prosper in all they do.

But not the wicked!
      They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind.
 They will be condemned at the time of judgment.
      Sinners will have no place among the godly.

Oh Lord, may I constantly be growing in faith so that I will reflect Your glory in my actions.  May my roots be planted firmly in Your Word.  Give me strength so nothing in this world will cause my reliance on You to wither away.  Give me grace for today to follow after you so that I will not succomb to the evil of this world.  I thank you Lord for my place in your family.  I thank you for the mercy you have shown me when in my wickedness, all I deserved was death and hell.

 For the Lord watches over the path of the godly,
      but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.

Watch over me today and guide my steps. In Jesus name, Amen.

Thankful Thursdays


Scrolling through the endless monotony of Facebook statuses begins to really depress and frustrate me. According to their facebook updates, it seems that the majority of people I know have the most troubled and difficult lives…just because their job is actually work, or because their kids are misbehaving, or because life is, well, life.  I have seen “Worst day ever…seems that I can’t do anything right today” or “I feel terrible..sore throat, coughing…and to top it all off I can’t find my car keys”.   These may seem like trivial commentaries of the day’s events but the importance lies in how a person describes those events. And as those descriptions begin to add up, they start to characterize that person’s life.  The constant complaining exemplifies a disatisfied and ungrateful life.

I have been guilty of my fair share of facebook complaints and that is why I have decided to devote Thursdays to thankfulness.  Every week I am going to reflect on one thing that I am thankful for and I will write about it here at Beauty for Ashes and then I will post a short status update on Facebook.  I really long to change my bend toward complaining, and allow God to transform my heart so that it is overflowing with thanksgiving for all He has done for me.  I hope that all who read this will join me and fill the Facebook news feed with thankful thoughts. Jesus came so that we would have joy and life, not complaining and frustration.

**I will have to say that a good ol’ gripe fest is in order every now and then, but there is a time and place for that.  Find a good friend, a sensitive family member, a spouse….someone who can pray for you and help you find a solution…but don’t make your frustrations available for all of your facebook friends to read.

Psalm 48


Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised in the city of our God.
God I praise you for who you are—you are creator and all your creation bows to you. You are powerful—all things are in your hands. You are strong—you protect me from harm and you give me strength to endure. You are holy—you cannot look upon sin and because of that I seek your Son to redeem me and overcome that sin so I can be in your presence. You are glorious—my heart longs to be near you. I praise you for all you have done in our home. You have worked a mighty hand in David’s life and mine so that while we look upon your face we see an end to our striving after worldly lusts. Help us to never look away from the strength and power that your presence has given us.

His holy mountain beautiful in elevation, is the joy of all the earth, Mount Zion in the far north, the city of the great king.
When I look upon a day like today I am compelled to worship you for what you have given us. The sun shines on the trees to produce a radiant glow. The wind swirls around me only to emphasize how comforting the warmth is when I feel it. (And it is so in life–the trials come to remind me of the warmth and light that you provide when they cease). But I cannot quite become content with what is here on earth because I know there is a place that no earthly city can compare to. I praise you for creating a place that is beyond my comprehension at this time…a place that is glorious because of your presence…a place where I can be with you forever and enjoy that blessing. Thank you for allowing me to have assurance and hope in the fact that I will see your face some day after life’s long journey. Help me to remember this so that I can face trials with a strong and fearless energy—knowing that all I do is for you and all earthly struggles will one day be forgotten.

Within your citadels God has made himself known as a fortress. For behold, the kings assembled, they came on together. As soon as they saw it, they were astounded; they were in panic; they took to flight. Trembling took hold of them there, anguish as of a woman in labor. By the east wind you shattered the ships of Tarshish. As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the Lord of hosts, in the city of our God, which God will establish forever.
Make yourself known in this place—give us assurance that you are our fortress and that you will protect us from anything that may come our way. Help us not to forget the power and strength that you possess when we are faced with difficult times. You are the strength that holds us together and the wall that surrounds us when enemies attack. Help me to keep this on my mind and know that your presence causes even great kings to tremble…your strength can shatter ships. Help me persevere, knowing that you are establishing a great city that will endure forever.

We have thought on your steadfast love, O God, in the midst of your temple. As your name, O God, so you praise reaches to the ends of the earth. Your right hand is filled with righteousness. Let Mount Zion be glad! Let the daughters of Judah rejoice because of your judgment.
Help me think always of your steadfast love—it never gives up, no matter what sinful deeds I have committed. I praise you for loving me even though I am so unlovable. Give me a heart like yours that loves without condition—strengthen me to love those who are struggling and who need you. Put it on my heart to contribute to the spreading of your name and praise throughout the earth. Your name is known even when the hearts of men are cold and when they turn from you. Your plans are never thwarted. Let us rejoice like the daughters of Judah because of your judgment. It reminds us of your holiness and justice—you are truly great and worthy to be praised.

Walk about Zion, go around her, number her towers, consider well her ramparts, go through her citadels, that you may tell the next generation that this is God, our God forever and ever. He will guide us forever.
I praise you Lord for reminding us that you will guide us forever. As we prepare to move from this place of comfort…a place where we have the best friends we have ever had, where David has a good, reliable job, and where I am finally happy…to labor for your kingdom, I pray that we will not forget this. We are prone to worry and we attempt to make our own plans and control situations by our own hands. Remind us that your strength and your wisdom far exceed ours. Your plans are perfect and anything we do can only dull the shining brilliance of what you have in store. Guide us Lord, as we seek friends, a job, and ministry opportunities. Only you, God are with us forever and ever and only you will guide our every step. Amen.

Welcome to Beauty for Ashes


The shift of time brings change, sometimes gradual and sometimes drastic.  Your world feels chaotic and frustrating.  Life is sorrow and mourning mixed with joy and excitement. Life is shadows and light, confusion and clarity, busyness and boredom.  But we must figure out a way to live our life in the midst of it all and still do what we have been called by God to do. We are called to live our lives to the glory of God.  We are called to take up our cross and follow Him. We are called to make disciples and encourage one another.  We are called to live for God’s kingdom and leave this life behind. By God’s grace may my words  help to change the ashes of your life, that are weighing you down and keeping you from accomplishing what you are called to do, into uplifting beauty. Whether your “ashes” are addiction, relationship problems, insecurity, past mistakes, confusion, worry and anxiety, depression, loneliness or loss I pray that God will give me the words to bring clarity and healing to your situation.  My desire for this blog is to help young women find true and lasting beauty in their lives through the power of Jesus. 

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