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Beauty instead of Ashes


Have you ever walked through a dark season that you thought would never end? A time when you really had to look for “the light at the end of the tunnel?” I know I have and I am sure I am not the only one. There are times in life when we have to walk through some dark, lonely nights. Times when we cry more tears than we would like and our hearts hurt more than we thought possible. At times in our hurt we question God. We wonder where He is. Why did He let this happen? Can He even hear my prayers?


With a tender, healing heart of my own, I write this to encourage you that God does hear you. Even more than that, He sees you. He knows you and He loves you. He cares deeply about your pain and wants to bring healing to your broken heart. Most of the time God doesn’t answer our prayers how we expect Him to. When I asked God for healing I never thought He would use a ranch and a few amazing horses to heal my broken heart. He actually answered my prayer BETTER than I expected. (He’s pretty good at doing that!)


Being at Freedom Reigns Ranch for only two weeks now I have experienced God like never before. I see Him in everything. The staff, the volunteers, nature, and especially the beautiful horses. The Lord loves to have fun with us and give us laughter as we heal. There truly is joy in the journey. He took my dark season. My broken heart. Placed me on a ranch with a few amazing horses and brought me back to life. He is true to His word and will never leave you in your brokenness. He truly gave me beauty instead of ashes, joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of despair.


Jesus is a good father, a faithful friend, and our healer. I am forever thankful for His promises and even more thankful He is a promise keeper. Don’t give up. Your story isn’t over. Healing is yours… it’s waiting for you. Be open to how it will come. The Lord may surprise you and meet you through a horse. You just never know!

Isaiah 61:3 “ 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.”

Written by Natalee Rogerson, Volunteer Coordinator

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