Beauty for Ashes (a song from Shauna)

I have always been an optimist. Suffering & heartache tend to change that a bit. I still am a true optimist …. just nowadays, I find myself cautious. I find myself looking at “younger, naive” folk & saying “they have no idea”

Sometimes I look at pictures of a “younger, more naive me” & can’t help but laugh a bit. Just so clueless. So clueless about reality, struggles. Clueless about people. 

I absolutely adore this post. It echoes what I have been saying for months about pain & suffering; about tough things we experience. Shauna posted the Crystal Lewis song, 

Beauty for Ashes…I thought Id share, here are the lyrics….

Just beautiful. 

“When sorrow seems to surround you,
when suffering seems heavy on your head,
know that tomorrow brings wholeness and healing.
God knows your needs, just believe what He says….”

“He gives beauty for ashes,
strength for fear,
gladness for mourning,
peace for despair….”

“when what you’ve done keeps you from moving on,
when your 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 says…”


January 23, 2011


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  1. Elizabeth Ann (Elizabeth Ann's Recipe Box

    January 23rd, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    love you! 🙂

  2. lauren and nelson

    January 24th, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    love this. i look at my wedding pictures and think the same thing. i almost crave the innocence and naivety sometimes…but ultimately i know the struggle makes us better. thanks for sharing!

  3. Amber

    January 24th, 2011 at 10:38 pm


  4. Shauna at The Reed Life

    January 25th, 2011 at 6:21 am

    so lovely Casey.
    thank you for your words.
    i can tell you are searching out God's voice in your life.
    that is is inspirational.

  5. Amber

    March 9th, 2011 at 4:22 am


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