Trade Your Ashes For HIS Crown


(Isaiah 61:3 NIV- 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.)

One of my favorite songs to listen to as I’m praying in the mornings is a song called “Glorious Ruins” by Hillsong. More so than music itself, I am a lover of lyrics. I listen to every single word of a song. And so as I’m praying, I like to listen to songs that will relay the worship and the cry of my heart to the heart of God because sometimes I’m in such awe of Him and so amazed that I have the honor and privilege of being in His Presence that I simply can’t find the words to speak forth on my own. If you’ve followed my blog then you know that I am a crier and my deepest and most intimate form of worship is displayed through my tears.

This morning as “Glorious Ruins” began to play and I began to sing, I felt those words truly take root it my spirit. I was filled with The Presence of The Lord and I just wept. Part of the song says: “When the mountains fall and the tempest roar You are with me. When creation folds still my soul will soar on Your mercy. I’ll walk through the fire with my head lifted high and my spirit revived in Your story. And I’ll look to the cross as my failure is lost in the light of Your glorious grace. Let the ruins come to Life in the beauty of Your name. Rising up from the ashes God forever You reign. And my soul will find refuge in the shadow of Your wings. I will love You forever and forever I’ll sing”.

Those words truly translate my gratitude for all that God is and has brought to my life. They reminded me that at the cross our failure is lost and replaced with the honor and privilege to stand, walk, live, and breathe in His incredible purpose for our lives. They reminded me of the truth that lies within today’s focal passage and the beauty that it relays from God’s heart to ours. We get to trade in our ashes to behold the beauty of His crown!

God wants to take all of the ruin, ash, and despair that burdens us and replace it with His crown of beauty, His oil of joy, and His garment of praise. He created us in His glorious image. His splendor rests upon and within us and we should never be ashamed or afraid to embrace that and look, live, and love as such. Through Jesus our ruins radiantly come to Life in such magnificent form. Where we see ruins within ourselves, God sees treasure because He knows the beauty that He created within us.

So today, I want to encourage you to not focus on your ruins, but to focus on Jesus and allow Him to show you the beauty and Life that lies within you through His Holy Spirit. Today, I want you to make the choice to trade your ashes for His crown! Live in the light, love, and Life that He provides! He’s worth it and so are you! (John 8:12 NLT- Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I Am The Light of the world. If you follow Me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have The Light that leads to Life.”)

I love you guys!

Believe, Be Beautiful, Be Brilliant, and Be Blessed! 🙂

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26 thoughts on “Trade Your Ashes For HIS Crown

  1. Beautiful, Tai! So glad I clicked on you, my next door neighbor at #RaRaLinkup. Your words so speak to my heart and I am listening to Glorious Ruins and drinking it all in because I am one of His ashes to beauty brides. Hugs and love…Thanks for this lovely, uplifting site.

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  2. Tai, your posts are always so encouraging. I am not familiar with the song you refer to, but I, also, really pay attention to the lyrics of the song I listen to. I find so much to identify with as I hear the words. Sometimes, it is like a prayer, when I am listening or singing along. You are so right that we need to keep our focus on Jesus rather than our “ruins.” When we take our focus off ourselves and put it on Christ and remember who we are in Him, we realize how much we are loved by Him and experience His transforming power. Blessings to you!

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    • Amen to that, Gayl! So thankful for HIS love and how that love has transformed me into so much greater than I could’ve ever imagined becoming on my own. HIS power is perfection! How beautiful is it that HE offers us that same power through HIS HOLY SPIRIT?!

      Here’s the link to the song if you would like to listen to it.

      Infinite blessings to you, Love! 🙂


    • Amen! Thank you so much, Leah! I’m so glad that you stopped by and I hope you’ll visit again soon. Can’t wait to read your link up post! Infinite blessings to you, Love! 🙂 #RaRaLinkup


  3. Yet another reason why I love you girl. You all up in my LIFE verses. Isaiah 61:1-3 tell the story of my LIFE and what the Lord has done for me (and the few verse after that are filled with sweet promise too). When I saw the title it captured me because just tonight as I was reading my children their devotional, it talked about receiving a crown.Twice within 2 hours my crowning has been confirmed. I receive it!

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    • Wow! THE LORD works in amazing ways! I love that HE gives us what we need right when we need it most. There is no one greater than our GOD!

      So glad that your heart has been encouraged by what HE planted in my heart to share with you guys! Love you and infinite blessings to you, Lovely! 🙂


    • Carolyn, you are so very welcome! Thank you for always being so kind and encouraging. Can’t wait to see your beautiful face at “She Speaks”. We’ll have to have a worship party there! 🙂 That song is a part of my morning prayer time every morning, listen to it in the mornings and we’ll worship together in spirit until we get the chance to meet up. Love you, my friend! Infinite blessings to you, Love! 🙂

      Here’s the link to the song. 🙂

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  4. THANK YOU Tai for this precious reminder to focus on Jesus, not the trials and burdens we face each day. I love the idea of listening to music when praying. I can identify with how there are more times I pray through tears than words. Praising God for your encouragement today. So blessed to have selected this post to read via #DanceWithJesusLinkup 🙂

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    • You are so very welcome! I’m so glad to hear that your heart has been encouraged by it! If you turn on some worship music as your praying, it will bring so much life to the time that you spend with GOD! If you need some suggestions, let me know and I’ll send you a list of songs! Infinite blessings to you, Love! 🙂

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  5. Beautiful Tai. I read your post while listening to the song. It was a wonderful encounter with the Lord. I am going to add this song to my compulsive repeat play list. Your words breathe the Spirit of the Lord! Loved this Tai: “GOD wants to take all of the ruin, ash, and despair that burdens us and replace it with HIS crown of beauty, HIS oil of joy, and HIS garment of praise.” Yes Lord, take it all and replace it with all of you! We want all of you now! Come Lord. I praise you for Tai, a beautiful ruby on earth.

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    • Kelly, you are always in my prayers! You are the essence of the beauty of GOD here on earth. Your heart is so pure. I always think of this verse when I think of you. (Psalm 46:5 NIV- GOD IS within her, she will not fall; GOD will help her at break of day.) I see THE SPIRIT of THE LORD radiating from within you and I know that HE is going to do something great through you each and everyday. You are a treasure and I’m thankful for you! Love, peace, joy, strength, and infinite blessings to you, Love! 🙂


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