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God’s Priceless Treasure…..

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God’s Priceless Treasure

Have you ever made, painted, designed or invented something that has given you great joy and a feeling of accomplishment?

Painting, writing, pottery or craft can be very rewarding because although we start with raw materials, we can create something really beautiful even a masterpiece.

What a sense of accomplishment what joy, it even feels part of us maybe because we have given of ourselves to achieve it.

So we forget about all our mistakes this one object is valuable, a priceless treasure a thing of beauty.

1 DAMANGEDWhat happens when someone comes along and calls our treasure worthless and ugly throws dirt all over it even trying to destroy it,

“How do we feel?” the heartache would be too great to describe the anger and pain too real.

Then someone else comes along who understands what we have achieved, who can see the beauty in what we have created,

They can see behind the dirt and blemishes and appreciate its true value they even want to restore it back to its original beauty regardless of the cost.

Our joy would be great we would be so thankful and our treasure would be given a place of honour and be protected.

We are God’s Priceless Treasure He created us and He doesn’t make mistakes, our value to Him is beyond measure.

Think of His pain when He sees us hurt, broken, damaged, needing to be restored.

Jesus understood His Father’s pain, He came to restore us back to our original beauty, the cost was great but His Love was greater.

We can never understand the Father’s pain or can we ever repay what He suffered so we could be restored,

But we thank Him, we thank Him with our whole lives because

He gives us His greatest Treasure.

Annie

 

Beauty for Ashes…..

 
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A stranger came by the other day with an offer that set me to thinking.
 
He wanted to buy the old barn that sits out by the highway.
I told him right off he was not thinking right.
 
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He was a city type, you could tell by his clothes, his car his hands and the way he talked.
 
He said he was driving by and saw that beautiful barn sitting out in the tall grass and wanted to know if it was for sale. I told him he had a funny idea of beauty.
 
Sure, it was a handsome building in its day. But then, there’s been a lot of winters pass with their snow and ice and howling wind.
 
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 The summer suns beat down on that old barn till all the paint’s gone, and the wood has turned silver grey. Now the old building leans a good deal, looking kind of tired. Yet, that fellow called it beautiful.
 
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 That set me to thinking. I walked out to the field and just stood there, gazing at that old barn. The stranger said he planned to use the lumber to line the walls of his den in a new country home he’s building down the road.
 
 
 He said you couldn’t get paint that beautiful Only years of standing in the weather, bearing the storms and scorching sun, only that can produce beautiful barn wood.
 
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  It came to me then. We’re a lot like that, you and I, only it’s on the inside that the beauty grows with us.
 
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  Sure we turn silver gray too… and lean a bit more than we did when we were young and full of sap. But the Good Lord knows and we don’t walk alone.
 
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 And as the years pass although He does not bring them He uses the hard weather of our lives, the dry spells and the stormy seasons for good and Trusting in Him to do so beautify our souls that nothing else can produce.
 
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And often folks holler because the want life to always be easy and so they don’t Trust God in the hard times!
 
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  They took the old barn down today and hauled it away to beautify a rich man’s house.
Story – Author unknown 
 
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Someday we too will go to the Heavenly Home where the Lord has prepared a place for us so beautiful and so wonderful that we cannot even imagine its dimensions.

 
There will be no storms or dry spells because we will have been prepared and made ready to enjoy all the Treasures that have been stored up for us by the works that God prepared for us to do in Jesus’ name even before we were, born, works that we have been  equipped and empowered to do by Him.
 
 This Treasure is not of sticks or straw or even bricks and mortar it cannot become weathered and decayed, it is of Love, Joy, Peace and Hope overflowing in abundance and these will not disappoint us.
 
 
So no matter what Storms or dry spells we face in life we are not alone and nothing nor anybody can destroy what the Lord has prepared for us, and as we serve and glorify Him in all we do and say…He will lift us up and give us a place of honour and we will walk with Him and talk with Him and our friendship will never end.
 
Isaiah 43:1-3 – Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.”
 
So we Trust the Lord everyday in  everything and know  He will use what ever comes to  prepare and equip us although we may not be aware of the role they play they will contribute to the Hope, Joy, and Peace we have and the Treasure that is stored for us in Eternity.
 
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God is in the process of mouldering and shaping us and others, as we seek Him it’s His hand that guides us and it’s His Love that we share.
 
Through the good and the bad we give thanks because when we Love the Lord He works all things together for good… He tells us when we search for Him with all our heart we will find Him…How good is that!

Robin Robin a dear Blogging friend,  honestly shared her heart focus with us recently and also compared herself in her former years to  a Dirty old shack and we all are of course, that is why God tells us to clean our vessel and He empowers us to do so and then we are no longer clothed in ashes of sin but have the  beauty of Holiness within. 
 
2 Timothy 2 (20-21) But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.
 
 Beauty For Ashes
 
Burnt barn
 
 
 Words – Beauty For Ashes
 
He gives beauty for ashes
Strength for fear
Gladness for mourning
Peace for despair
(repeat)
 
When sorrow seems to surround you
When suffering hangs heavy o’er you head
Know that tomorrow brings wholeness and healing
God knows your need, just believe what He said
CHORUS
 
When what you’ve done keeps you from moving on
When fear wants to make itself at home in your heart
Know that forgiveness brings wholeness and healing
God knows your need just believe what He said
CHORUS
 
I once was lost but God has found me
Though I was bound I’ve been set free
I’ve been made righteous in His sight
A display of His splendour all can see 
CHORUS(x2)
 

by Crystal Lewis