Ashes are ugly, they are gritty and displeasing to the eyes
Ashes are remnants of what used to be
Ashes are the result of something being burnt
Ashes are the result of something that has gone through the ringer
Ashes represent grief
Ashes represent humiliation
Ashes represent worthlessness
We’ve all been through situations and circumstances that have resulted in ashes
We’ve been hurt, disappointed and discouraged because of these ashes
When the thought of that situation revisits our minds, our hearts begins to ache, it’s a thorn in our flesh
Any resemblance of that experience and the person(s) involved in it automatically makes us defensive
We’re stuck, unable to move forward…we relive the moment over and over again
You may even be experiencing that “ash” moment as you read this
It’s a fresh wounded, the pain is continuously oozing out
The amount of tears that you’ve cried over this issue can’t be numbered
It may be a broken relationship, a failure, a loss, a career disappointment, an academic issue, a family issue, etc.
Today I have come to deliver good news to you. No matter how bad and ugly the situation is or has been, it will work for your good (Romans 8:28). God is turning it all around (Psalm 126:1); it’s not your final destination it is a temporary stop over. Look onto your father, trust him to heal and restore you. He is the one that has the ability to make all things beautiful (Ecclesiastes 3:11).
It’s a beautiful exchange, he gives beauty for ashes (Isaiah 61:3). Stop holding on to the ashes, let it go! Make room for beauty, that is what God has prepared for you. Let it go, forgive that person, forget that disappointment. God is set to do a new thing (Isaiah 43:19)
Trade your ashes for God’s beauty today, it will be worth your while.
He has great things in store for you. When he turns it all around you will marvel at how it turns out. He will exceed your expectations; it will feel like you are dreaming.
So what do you say? Are you ready for the beautiful exchange?
ABOUT BUNMI ADEBIYI
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Bunmi Adebiyi is a pastor at God’s Love Tabernacle International Church. She has a calling to young women, with the mandate to empower them into becoming well rounded women within their societies by fulfilling purpose and honoring God with their bodies (she will be officially launching her personal ministry soon). Bunmi is the owner and CEO of BeDazzling a company whose vision is to redefine fashion by making modesty the new “sexy”; it specializes in men and women jewelry, clothing, and accessories.
Bunmi is also a Public Health professional by training and a writer, she specializes in poetry and Christian non-fiction.
Bunmi was born in Houston, TX and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She is the first of four children. Bunmi has a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences from Howard University and a Master’s degree in Public Health from Morgan State University. After graduation from Morgan State University, the Lord laid it on her heart to move to Nigeria. It was one of the toughest decisions that she ever had to make that turned out to be one of the best decisions of her life.
Bunmi is married to Tunde who is also a Pastor at God’s Love Tabernacle International Church and a Medical Doctor by profession. They have a beautiful daughter named Toluwani Eden.
Together they are on a mission to take the gospel of Jesus Christ to the ends of the Earth and to enjoy life abundantly while doing it.