Thursday, March 24, 2011


It's what comes from fire
Fire hurts
It's painful
It destroys
The leftover
All that remains
Or is it?
What will I do with it?
Why is there even more?
When will God stop the fires?
Maybe He won't stop the refining until it is ALL ash and I realize HE IS ALL I NEED
God promises to bring beauty from it
But I have to give it to Him
Let go
Dear God...please...bring on the beauty!
**Added 3 hours after I published..."One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock." Psalm 27: 5-6


Kimberly said...

I. Love. You. Sherly.<3

Thanks for your honesty! I am praying for you always!


UL Cards Fan said...

Praying in agreement with you Sheryl. ENOUGH ASH. Dear Lord, please bring healing and beauty to my friend.

laurette said...

Continuing to pray for you! HE loves you more than you can imagine.

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Always praying for you .....Praying for that beauty to come

Sassy Granny ... said...

You know, I live in the land of Mount St. Helen's. When it blew in 1980, the word "ash" took on a new meaning. What a mess! It was sterile, electro-magnetic & inhospitable. But you know what, people actually turned it into some of the most amazing glass art & other items. And today, that ash has become the host & fertilizer for a whole new forest. It's unbelievable!

The beauty within the ash is incredible; so the beauty from the ash is bound to be priceless.

Can hardly wait to see the glories you're going to be wearin'


nancygrayce said...

There seems to be enough ash to go around! We just keep praying!

Alicia The Snowflake said...

I know exactly what you mean. I have felt that refining fire lately. May we keep leaning into the Father and trusting Him. Sending hugs & prayers your way.

Amrita said...

Dear Sheryl, God can use ash for his purposes too. I am reading the book o f Numbers, where all the ceremonial rituals and sacrifies are given, God had special instruction even for the ash and residue.
Dear sister, I know ash hurts, its ugly and bitter and I have it too in my life, but God can use it as a fertilizer.

Luv you

Jenn said...

Praying for you...that God will show you the beauty in his plan.

laurette said...

Just saw your update! Continuing to pray...especially love the verse from Psalm you added! Remember HE loves you so much!

Sheryl said...

Praying for you my sweet friend. God is with you. What He desires is that He would increase and we would decrease, like John the Baptist.

We are happiest when we see HIM as the only place to find our security, significance and acceptance.

Love ya,

Deidra said...

Sheryl, thanks so much for stopping by today. So fun having you at the party! :)

I read your post and this passage came to mind:

"That precious memory triggers another: your honest faith—and what a rich faith it is, handed down from your grandmother Lois to your mother Eunice, and now to you! And the special gift of ministry you received when I laid hands on you and prayed—keep that ablaze! God doesn't want us to be shy with his gifts, but bold and loving and sensible." 2 Timothy 1:5-7

Be blessed, my friend. Let's keep on shouting, shall we?

kendra22 said...

great blog fellow sister in Christ!!

have a great day