Beauty for Ashes

beauty instead of ashes

“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.” Isaiah 61:1-3

{Keep reading this post for the give away!} Why did God send His son Jesus to earth as a newborn baby to grow in wisdom in stature, to walk a hill to Calvary, to die on a rugged cross and rise again three days later? No other passage describes so clearly WHY Jesus came to earth. And the passage is from Isaiah, meaning these were prophesies that were written before Jesus came to earth and then they came to fruition in the life of Jesus!  To proclaim good news To bind up the brokenhearted To proclaim freedom for captives To release prisoners from darkness To proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor & the day of vengeance of our God To comfort those who mourn To provide beauty for ashes To give a garment of praise for those who have a spirit of despair

Do You Believe?

Do you really believe that God can turn your ashes into BEAUTY? Take the trials of our lives and make something beautiful out of them? Use our suffering for His glory? Take the broken pieces of our heartache and make them into something beautiful? Sometimes when we look back on the hard things in our lives, we can see how God has redeemed situations or people or relationships. But, in the middle of it? That is a different story. In the middle of our trials, when we can look for the beauty, that is where faith steps in. Faith means we trust that God’s plan is bigger than we can see. Faith means we know God to be loving and kind, no matter how difficult the circumstance. Faith means we look for the eternal among the temporal, and we believe it is there. Faith means resting in Christ and being still before Him. Faith means we quit trying to fix the situation and turn our complaining to gratitude. Faith means counting our blessings instead of our complaints. Faith is what it looks like to believe God can take the scary situation we are in the middle of and use it for His glory and for our good. And even make something beautiful from it. Beauty for Ashes Bible Journaling

{Used on this page: Stamps from Beautiful kit, card from Beautiful kit, clip & ribbon from Beautiful kit, stickers from Hobby Lobby, watercolor paints}

Beautiful Kit from Illustrated Faith & Dayspring

Illustrated Faith - Beautiful - Devotional Kit Did you know that Dayspring and Illustrated Faith have a new partnership to bring us awesome Bible journaling products and kits? I may have swooned when I started looking at all their Bible journaling items! Washi tape, stamps, pens, paint…all of it! These new Bible journaling kits from Dayspring & Illustrated Faith are GORGEOUS! I was so blessed to receive the Beautiful kit to review for this post as well as a kit to GIVE AWAY to one of YOU! Included in the Beautiful kit:

  • 1 devotional booklet (14 devotionals)
  • 1 stamp pad
  • 1 clear stamp collection with 1 sheet of cut outs enclosed
  • 1 roll of washi tape
  • 1 package of 3 Scripture sharables
  • 1 sticker
  • 1 bow clip

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Author: Candace Crabtree

I'm Candace and I'm grateful you're here. It is my heart's desire to encourage you while you're visiting and remind your heart of the truths of God's Word and the power of His love to transform lives. Great is His faithfulness! {Note: this blog does use affiliate links.}

130 thoughts on “Beauty for Ashes”

  1. I actually have not started my Bible jourmaling adventure yet but I have made an art journal. With that, my favorite supplies are the mediums – gesso, matte medium, mod podge.

  2. I think Bible journaling is so pretty. But I’ve been too scared to make that leap with my own Bible. I’m not artistic and I lack creativity. I’m hoping one day to get started and have been collecting ideas in the meantime.

  3. I just attended a Mom’s in Prayer gathering on saturday and the theme were these exact verses and this was a beautiful thing to read this morning. Thank you for your God given insight to these passages. I like the idea of bible journaling really beautiful what you did with the passage. Rebecca in the Netherlands

  4. I received a journaling Bible for Christmas and have just started learning about this creative outlet! My favorite tool is colored pencls!

  5. I would love to start journaling. Both Bible journaling and prayer journaling. I’ve gotten into a creative rut since having kids and find I never doodle or just let my thoughts flow like I used to do.

  6. I enjoy color and art! I am so thankful God created such a myriad of colors!!! I admire many of the Bible journaling pages I have seen and have a strong desire to learn and do Bible journaling now! My favorite tools would be colored pens, pencils and stickers — but I would be interested in learning and experimenting with them all — what a dream of fun!!! Thank you for the encouragement to try my hand at this form of reading and meditating on Scripture.

  7. I haven’t tried Bible Journaling yet, tho I’ve been following a few bogs on it. I’d love to give it a shot!

  8. I just started journaling in my Bible and love it! Would love to try out a kit. Thank you for the encouragement in your blog posts!

  9. I live these stamps and this idea! Trusted Christ as my Savior almost 20 years ago! Praise the Lord for His redeeming grace!

  10. I have a confession. I haven’t started journaling in a Bible yet. I can still hear my Granddaddy telling me how precious the Bible is. Read it but don’t write in it, he would say. He had several well worn Bibles and beautifully written journals that he used for his studies. I have followed in his footsteps, but I so want to be the rebel and journal in my Bible. 🙂

  11. It would be amazing to win this! I have never gotten one of these kits before and when I saw this one I knew it is something I need to spend time on. Thank you for for this opportunity.

  12. I have yet to begin Bible journaling. I’m not sure which journaling Bible I’d like to purchase yet, but I’m definitely in the market! I really like the different highlighter and pen choices for Bibles.

  13. I have never done bible journaling. I would love to try. I am not what you would call artistic by any means, but just having the space in my bible to jot down what God puts on my mind, that would be a new exciting adventure in my walk with Christ!

  14. I enjoy Bible Art Journaling. I tend to use more hand writing and lettering than drawing but I am practicing drawing on separate paper. This is a rich time with our Lord.

  15. I’ve been dying to start bible journaling for forever now! I think winning this would be a great jump start into that. I know that picking up this hobby with kill my desire for perfectionism!

  16. I love Bible journaling, I’m like a lot of the other people on here, Im a little scared/nervous about jumping right in. I feel like I dont know where to start…i love my colored pencils, stamps and washi tape. I would loooove to win this kit!! Thanks


  17. Yes, I enjoy Bible Journaling, but since I am not an artist my tools are quite basic. My favorite are highlighters specifically made for using in a Bible.

  18. I so enjoy worshipping the Lord through my bible journaling. I recently gave a bible journaling class to our Women’s Ministry at church. About 52 attended and they got to experience it first hand through a bible practice page with my supplies and tools. I so enjoy using the Faith Illustrated tools the most.

  19. I’ve been highlighting my Bible for years, and just recently have started journaling and would love more direction.

    1. Que el PP cada vez que habla eché por sus bocas sapos y culebras ya ni no debería sorprendernos.También creo que es un paso muy importante el que se ha dado en Cuba y que este proceso tiene que continuar. Esencial que EEUU levante el bloqueo.Un beso

  20. This is so beautiful! Haven’t started Bible journaling yet, would love to though. I do use Washi tape, stickers and colored pens in my planner.

  21. I have been a Christian for over 30 yrs and I love doing my journel with colored pencils and book marks, love this idea very much

  22. I have done this when I was young, but the times were when you were not supposed to write much less draw in your bible, but sometimes it can be clarifying as long as you don’t get caught up in the drawing and not focusing on the word. Love the devotions

    1. جد موضوع كتير حلو وحلو انو المحمية دائما تفوم ع جمع الايادي من اجل نظافة البيئة فكل الشكر والتقدير الى محمية اليرموك الطبيعية

  23. I would LOVE this. I am have doing scripture writing since November and I think this would be an awesome addition to what I am already doing.

    1. Pareil que pour Tom …Mon porte monnaie ne supportant que les prix bas de chez nintendo je préférerais un réseau sur Wii ou DS.Sinon c’est bien de s’arrêter au feu rouge sinon on risque un accident ! /o/Hum que j’aimerais jouer à GTA moi …

  24. Journaling in my Bible is a new idea for me. I have not yet done so but have doodled meaningful scriptures in the past.

  25. Thanks for bringing my attention to the ashes to beauty in the verse; I’ve always paid more attention to joy from mourning. I would love to try this kit; illustrating my faith has been so wonderful for my time with God this year!

  26. I have only used a book with a pen. What a special way this would be to journal prayers, answers to prayers and things in my Christian walk.

  27. This set is beautiful. I love Bible journaling! It adds creativity to the encouraging messages and learning of my Bible studies!

  28. I’m not an artist, so my favorite supplies are washi tape, stickers, and random “findings.” And I don’t use a journaling bible, I like writing the scriptures, so I write them and then journal around them. It’s turned into my journal, bible journal, prayer journal all in one. And I love it! It’s the first thing I do in the morning and the last thing at night and feels like a continuous conversation with God.

  29. I love keeping a faith journal and use water colour pencils and permanent coloured markers. Occasional you can find some good stickers. This kit looks great. I live in Canada but have a postal box in the US just in case that helps for the draw. Love this site – thank you and blessings.

  30. I’m loving the kits from illustrated faith. I’m starting bible journaling as a Mother’s Day treat to myself!

  31. I haven’t started yet-this giveaway, if I won, would be a great start. Just being creative with the Lord and His Word seems like it would be the most fun.

  32. I almost bought a journaling Bible yesterday. I love to journal anyway, so what better place to do it than in the Bible.

  33. I haven’t started journaling yet but just learned of it. I would love to receive this kit to enhance my Bible study time.

  34. I’m fairly new to bible journaling. Since joining the bible journaling community & embracing this method, I’ve discovered so many creative ways to express what I read. I look forward to reading more. I really enjoy experimenting with new tools & adding splashes of color & lettering to my Bible pages!

  35. I just started bible journaling about a month ago. I LOVE it! And I get bolder and more creative with each new post! It’s helping me learn more about the Word, but also to remember where to find certain verses. I have wanted this kit since the day it came out! My favorite supplies are probably my stickers, my clear stamps, and my washi tape. It’s been so much fun!

  36. I haven’t done much Bible journaling – I’m new at this. I like using colored pencils in my Bible. I try to keep it simple. I’m not much of an artist!

  37. I have always underlined and made notes in my bible but haven’t actually played with the various materials for such beautiful journals in my bible. This is a beautiful kit for anyone wanting to start bible journaling.

  38. What a beautiful journaling piece. I love your Beauty for Ashes page! And this Beautiful kit is pretty awesome!!!

  39. I am just dipping my toes into Bible journaling. I LOVE my colored pencils – prismacolor – cuz they are beautiful and soft.

  40. I think Bible journaling is a beautiful way of melding art with Bible study – would enjoy adding these tools to my stash for some colorful and meaningful time with God’s Word. 😀

  41. I haven’t tried this, but I would like to see where it leads. It sounds like a good way to add another dimension to my relationship with the Lord.

  42. Beauty from ashes…how perfect is this during this Holy week. This blog post is truly a blessing!

    I recently purchased a beautiful journaling Bible. I started a few pages but have been afraid to mess anything up!

    Seeing your blog post today reminded me of God’s pure and unconditional love. We are perfect in his sight!

    While I would love to win the journaling kit, I already feel blessed to have come across your blog today!

    Thank you for spreading the Good News!

  43. At the age of 69 and having raised nine children. One biological and eight adopted, I have just now desired to purchase a journaling Bible and leave something tangible for my children to see and read. I was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer 4 years and 9 months ago. They have given me 3-5 years to live and if it jumps to another level, weeks to months. I had all the symptoms of MS and that is what they were looking for. So much more I could tell you. But the Lord gave me Paalm 118:17 and praise the Lord, I am still here. Looking for a new beginning at this stage in my life and walk with the Lord. Blessings and thanksgiving to you and your ministry !!!!

  44. I invested in a nice set of soft colored pencils and just love them. So far that’s what I like most although I haven’t done much yet. Thank you for this giveaway opportunity!

  45. I’ve never Bible journaled before but have been interested in giving it a try. Thanks.

  46. Thank you for sharing I would love to win this! My favorite Journaling supplies are washi tape and acrylics!


  47. I have had my eye on the Beautiful kit for some time! I’d love to win it!

    My favorite supplies so far are sharpie pens, IF pen, prismacolors, watercolor and stamps.

  48. This is truly a beautiful kit. I love the colors and stamps.

    My favorite supplies are Microns, gelatos, and water color pencils.

  49. Love to Bible Journal! Right now I am enjoying using Pens and Colored Pencils. But want to start using more Materials….Stamps, Stickers, Tape, etc

  50. My favorite tool to journal with is my Bible! That’s as far as I’ve gotten on my journalling journey lol

  51. I have not done Bible Journaling yet, but really want to. This kit looks awesome!! What a blessing for whoever wins. Thank you for all the information!!

  52. As soon as I heard about Bible journaling I knew I wanted to try it! Hoping to save some money up to get my daughter and myself one of these Bibles and work on it together!

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