Tuesday, January 31, 2012

my favourite things/ beauty for ashes

the things we lay down
we offer up
we give up
we reconcile
were never ours to begin with

how we are clothed
when we lay all this down
of pride
of arrogance
of self will
all that is left

and here it is
that we can enter
the Holy of Holies
feet bare
and on holy ground
we find all that is beautiful
all that is worthwhile
all that is truly life

He promises
beauty for ashes

It was another of those glory days
when the sky is dark with gloom
with promises
of storm
and all around enough brightness
to crack any storm
to break through any forboding
any fear
any little piece
of little faith

as my eyes beheld this glory
my heart beheld the glory
of His working in my life...
a big thing for man to unravel
all the intricacies of a soul
to find the festering
and put balm of healing to it
but God in His glory
need only reveal a piece of Himself
and it is enough
If I can only touch the hem of His garment
I will be healed
If He will only speak the Word
I will be made whole

beauty for ashes

my friend Dawn Blanchard over at http://dschondog.wordpress.com/2012/01/30/out-of-the-cloud/
has posted a letter from her husband's grandmother's mother, her lifetime spanning from July 8, 1848 to June 30, 1915. I share that here and ask you to enjoy her entire post and see an actual photo of this precious letter... a true blessing.
Dear precious Christ I gladly give you my heart and my life in the best way I know how. I want you to own all there is of me. I want to love you with all my heart — I do not — want to share it with any one else. I want you to take my love and to take all there is of me no matter what you must bring into my life or what you must do in order to possess it. Take me any where… do with me anything if thus I may be brought to know you and to love you with my whole being. I want to be with you continually. I want to spend each moment of my life in loving companionship with you. I want to leave with you all the planning and doing. I want you to have your way in all things. I know you love me and that you wish to do the very best for me.

S.R. Clapsaddle  [Susanna Rebecca Fry Clapsaddle]

so on this glory day
my heart was again laid bare
before the One who is able
the One who makes whole
and if He should so desire
the One who heals

me laid bare before
this One
who owns me

In this I am content
whatever He must do in order to possess me 

I know He loves me and that He wishes to do the very best for me

beauty for ashes

my favourite things

To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for  mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.”

~Isaiah 61:3


  1. Amazing! Beauty for ashes. I love your poetry.

    1. Ivy... so glad to share it with you! God Bless you!

  2. Absloutely beautiful. Reminds me of my time spent in Alaska.
    I write and maintain a spiritual blog which I have titled “AccordingtotheBook” and I’d like to invite you to follow it.

    1. we have hiked up behind the bear Glacier in Alaska and had our breath taken away for all the beauty that continues on and on!
      Thank you for the invite to follow your blog!

  3. Susanna Rebecca would never have even had a thought of what encouragement this prayer would bring to others 100 years after her life on earth was over. I wonder if somehow she can see all this. I don't think so. Bless you, Susan, for extending her influence. She was completely sold out for God.

    I loved the photos of your home with the pups interspersed throughout. What stellar companions!

    As you are to me,

    1. Susanna Rebecca... would love to know much more surrounding her life... interest is sparked! I think a sign over our heart saying 'sold out' would be an exceptional conversation starter :)
      and yes... puppies are such faithful companions!

  4. When the sun shines on the snow, the whole landscape is transformed into a wonderland. So beautiful.

    1. When the Son shines, we are so transformed :)

  5. I really enjoyed reading the posts on your blog. I would like to invite you to come on over to my blog and check it out. God bless, Lloyd

    1. Thank you Lloyd, I came by today and will check up there again certainly. May God be honoured through our lives always.

  6. Susan,

    what a beautiful place you have! wish i could be there...maybe settle down somewhere like that. love your post, the letter, what a blessing to be here today! (oh, and thank you for your comment at Craig's!)

    blessings in Christ,