Today, we’re celebrating with author Lillian Duncan. Lillian has offered a devotional for your day and a peek at her new book, Betrayed. Hope you enjoy.
BEAUTY FOR ASHES
Isaiah 61: 3
…and provide for those who grieve in Zion 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. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.
Beauty for ashes!
This phrase comes up several times in my soon-to be released book, BETRAYED. In fact, I would even go out on a limb and say it’s one of the themes of the story. It’s not a secret so I can tell you, my main characters—Maria and her daughter—are in the witness protection program because Maria was betrayed by her husband in the most horrible of ways. (You’ll have to read the story to find out the details!)
Betrayals hurt! I know—I’ve lived through a few. They were ugly and painful and nothing I would ever want to live through again. Unfortunately, even years later a word, a picture, a smell, or a song can trigger the memory, and for a moment the pain still crashes in on me.
That’s when I remind myself of this verse. Beauty for ashes.
In fact, if you choose to let them, betrayals can ruin your life. If you choose to let them–but you don’t have to make that choice. You can choose to understand when someone betrays you that is about their character, not you and your worthiness as a person.
Or you can get stuck in the past. Stay angry and bitter and pitiful. Not a fun place to visit, let alone live there. Go ahead, feel the pain and the anger and all those other powerful negative emotions, but then let God heal you. He will!
In my own life, God definitely kept his promise of beauty for ashes. He has given me the desires of my heart. I now have a godly, loving husband, and I’m a published writer. God restored my life and gave me beauty for ashes. He will do the same for you.
BETRAYEDby Lillian Duncan
Witness Protection Program claims they can keep anyone safe if only they follow the rules, so Maria follows the rules–every rule. She’s given up everything–her friends, her family, her past, even her name to ensure her daughter has a future.
Reborn as Veronica Minor in the sleepy little town of Sunberry, Ohio, she struggles to rebuild their life amid the beauty of her flower shop. A life where her daughter can have a happy normal childhood. A life where her daughter will never know that her father was a monster.
When a child disappears, Veronica prays it has nothing to do with her past, but what if she’s wrong? Not knowing whom to trust, she trusts no one…and that’s her first mistake.
To celebrate the release of BETRAYED, I’m giving away a virtual gift basket at Tiaras & Tennis Shoes. The virtual gift basket includes a copy of my books, SERENITY SPRINGS, OHIO; DARK ALLEYS; and GEESE MATE FOR LIFE. Along with the books, a $25 Amazon gift card is included plus a few books from some writer friends. To enter the contest, simply hop on over to Tiaras & Tennis Shoes and leave a comment on the post titled CELEBRATION! Winner will be chosen and announced on February 14.
Lillian Duncan…Stories of faith mingled… with murder & mayhem.
Lillian is a multi-published writer who writes the type of books she loves to read—suspense with a touch of romance. Whether as an educator, a writer, or a speech pathologist, she believes in the power of words to transform lives, especially God’s Word.