“Beloved. This is the year of My Favor. I AM raising you up from the ashes, My Child.
The enemy has tried to sweep you aside and bury you in fear, regret, and feelings of insecurity. Fear not and do not weep.
I AM the Anointed One, your Rescuer and Deliverer. I AM giving you BEAUTY for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.
Do not give up, Dear One. These ashes are not your portion. Your fire has not gone out.
Once again, I AM rekindling that Fire within you. For your shame you shall have double; and for confusion you shall rejoice in your portion.
My Everlasting Joy belongs to you. For I have lifted you up from the horrible pit and set your feet upon the Rock.
You are not stuck, Beloved. The One who loves you would never leave you in this condition.
I AM the Lifter of your head and the Comforter of your soul. You are My Bride, the Redeemed of the LORD. You are Mine.
No one can pluck you from My Hand. I AM proclaiming liberty to you, My Child. Whom the Son sets free is free indeed. Rejoice, Beloved.
You no longer dwell in darkness for I have clothed you with the garments of LIGHT and salvation and wrapped you with the Robe of righteousness.
I AM your Bridegroom who redeems your life from destruction. Take My Hand, Beloved.
You are RISING from the ashes of defeat into VICTORY. I AM the God of Resurrection and NEW LIFE!”
“He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet on a rock, and established my goings. And He has put a new song in my mouth, even praise to our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD,” Psalm 40:2-3.
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you,” Isaiah 43:2.
“Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: who forgives all my iniquities; who heals all my diseases; who redeems my life from destruction; who crowns me with lovingkindness and tender mercies; who satisfies my mouth with good things; so that my youth is renewed like the eagle’s,” Psalm 103:2-5.
“And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit, who dwells within you,” Romans 8:11.
“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; to appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.
And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.
But ye shall be named the Priests of the LORD: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves.
For your shame ye shall have double; and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them.
For I the LORD love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
And their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people: all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed which the LORD hath blessed.
I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations,” Isaiah 61:1-11.
~ Deborah Waldron Fry