“I have struggled with childlessness, shame, low self-worth and chronic morbid obesity all my life – at my heaviest, I weighed 26 stone. I first came to Beauty from Ashes 7 years ago but then ran away from God, BFA, Church and more or less everyone else when I thought I was failing to ‘live up’ to other people’s expectations and maintain weight loss. Such visible failure is very, very painful. I consider myself incredibly privileged to spend my life at Beauty from Ashes praying with the lost, the broken, the wounded and the damaged. I am passionate about Jesus’ longing to heal the broken-hearted. I had lost all hope when the Lord used BFA to give me back my life and thereby my relationship with Him. I am on a journey towards healing – not the finished product yet – “but I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed to Him…”. As well as the prayer ministry I love to speak at conferences, retreats and women's events as well as preach in churches and to share and write about ‘All the wonderful works of the Lord.’
During 2017 and 2018 Papa John and I found ourselves walking through “the Valley of the Shadow of Death” after a shock diagnosis of Stage 4 Prostate and Bone Cancer. A year before he died, Jesus showed Papa John the golden gates he would walk through into the heavenly realm and on 17 July those gates were opened wide and Papa John walked into the welcoming arms of Jesus in a transformed body.
Unshakeable Stories, Unshakeable Truths is a faith podcast aimed at sharing candid faith stories, ministries, and worldwide missions perpetually born out of hardship and crisis which are making an unshakeable difference today. With the goal of offering listeners a virtual hand of hope, wisdom for winning, and insights on how to identify and step into their life purpose and ministry.
Carol works full time at Beauty from Ashes ministry in Kent. She has a real anointing to call women into their God-given destiny and her days are spent in prayer ministry with those who are struggling with hurts and heartbreak in their lives.
In today's episode, Carol Bostock shares her story of finding healing. Listen as Carol shares stories from her childhood, and how God used those hurts to bring Beauty out of the Ashes.
At the May Glory School, guest speaker from Beauty from Ashes, our own spiritual daughter, Carol Bostock, spoke on the marriage traditions as depicted from the Talmud and Torah, in turn, opening up the scriptures to us that so much of what Jesus spoke to His Church is actually from the language of the marriage covenant traditions of the Hebraic culture. Had we been a part of that particular culture, we'd have known and heard what Jesus was saying throughout everything that He taught and said to us and His disciples: that He has always been and always will be asking us to enter into the intimacy of the marriage covenant with Him as our Bridegroom. He is calling us into a most intimate relationship with Him. Not one of master and servant, as so many works-based teachings have proposed. He is in fact proposing to us, His Beloved, to enter into the wedded place, the place of the honeymoon, the secret place with Him, where we will be completely open to Him, completely transparent, completely His from now until eternity, should we just say Yes. Lord, we say, Yes. We say, Yes! Help us, Lord, to be your bride, to learn to love You and adore You as You deserve. To be wedded to You in bliss, forever and ever, for richer provision, in healing and in health, until death do us join together in the heavenly afterlife, (assuming we do not first skip death to spend eternity with you in these mortal bodies...) We now pronounce, we are man and wife, head and body, bridegroom and bride. We kiss our Husband. Amen