Congratulations to, Michele Walston! Michele, you are Friday’s winner of a free copy of The 30 Day Praise Challenge and a $10.00 I-tunes gift card. Please email me your mailing address and I’ll get your book and gift card in the mail!~
Recently, I read Finding Roses in the Dust by Erin Brynn. I highly recommend it! The book recounts the year that Erin spent with her husband and two children living in the war torn country of Afghanistan. Erin writes with raw honesty about the changes God works in her life to bring beauty even in the desert. The book reminded me of the verse in Isaiah 51:3b which says, “Her desert will blossom like Eden, her barren wilderness like the garden of the Lord. Joy and gladness will be found there, Songs of thanksgiving will fill the air. ”
God has a way of bringing beauty to even the most difficult places of our lives. I watched Him do this in my own life as I took the praise challenge. Living through cancer, dealing with the un-resolved issues of the sexual abuse I experienced as a child, walking through some very stressful events in the life of my husband and his ministry, many days were filled with pain. But, as I learned to experience God’s presence in my times of praise, He brought beauty even in my wilderness.
How about you? How have you experienced beauty during times of suffering in your life? Leave a comment. I’m giving away a Paul Baloche CD today and copy of The 30 Day Praise Challenge.