His Jewel

Divine Exchange

I love the great exchange….the divine transaction that takes place each time we approach the foot of the cross bringing our sin, sickness, and pain, and receiving God’s wholeness, healing, and life in return.  Isaiah 61:1-3 says that God gives us beauty for ashes.    Sixteen years ago, I found myself in a heap of ashes after experiencing painful rejection, abandonment, and divorce.  But. in that place of brokenness and despair, the Lord in His tenderness and kindness began to speak beautiful words of truth to me……“You are a jewel.”  At first these words came through my pastor, as nearly each week he would  at me and Even though I wasn’t fully able to accept that at first, over the months and years.  I wasn’t even sure I could hear God’s voice or that He really knew me, but in February 1997, in Pensacola, Florida, He spoke in such a way, I couldn’t deny it.
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