Beauty instead of Ashes

beauty instead of ashes

I was reminded once again of God’s amazing work of grace in our lives. Last Sunday I was at a very low point of my life; sadness had overtaken me. Then God came and brought healing to my hurting heart.

Thirteen years ago I was also at a very low point in my life. I had lost my daughter, and because of the emotional stress it had brought into my life, I was dismissed from my job. But I was not beyond the reach of God’s grace.

A friend of mine prayed for me, that from the ashes of my life God would make a skyscraper for His glory. The answer to that prayer is in the making! God is allowing me to go around the world taking His message through the internet to places I could never even imagine to reach.

My Bible reading this morning is what brought all these thoughts and memories.

Isaiah 61:1-3

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
    because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;
    he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
    and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
to proclaim the year of the Lord‘s favor,
    and the day of vengeance of our God;
    to comfort all who mourn;
to grant to those who mourn in Zion—
    to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
    the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
    the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.


I can’t expand on these thought right now because it’s time to go to church, to give a praise report of the healing grace God bestowed on me last Sunday. What a miracle of grace that I could have my granddaughters here all the way through Friday. It’s amazing! Even with my physical limitations I made it!

This is my “praise report” online! Now I need to give a praise report in church.

Beauty instead of ashes.
Gladness instead of mourning.
Praise instead of a faint spirit.


God can do the same for you! Whatever your need is today, turn it over to Jesus in prayer. He can turn your

Ashes into beauty,
Mourning into gladness,
Faint spirit into praise.


May your Sunday be amazing and may you have a wonderful week!


About kelund

My name is Kerstin Anderas-Lundquist. I was born in Sweden to Per & Brita Anderas, on March 6, 1946. In 1948 we left to begin a missionary life in Chile; in 1956 we moved on to Peru. On May 1, 1969 I married an all-Swedish guy from Karslkrona: Bengt Göran Emanuel Lundquist. God blessed us with two daughters: Eva-Marie Elizabeth and Ruth Carina. We served as missionaries in Peru and Bolivia. In 1988 we moved to the United States to work at Life Publishers in Miami, Florida. I was to assist in developing the line of Sunday School Curriculm in Spanish known as Vida Nueva. I live in Springfield, Missouri, and am retired from work at the Assemblies of God Headquarters. My husband and daughter Eva-Marie have been promoted to Heaven. Carina is married to Thom Cole and they have given me four gourgeous grandchildren, even five (teen-age John). I will be writing about my life, past and present, blended with visions for the future. My deepest desire is to spread the “seed of love”–inspiration to serve God and our neighbors with love and compassion.
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