About Beauty For Ashes
Beauty For Ashes – Isaiah 61, came about through inspiration by The Holy Spirit in a series of visions and instructions over the span of 4 years. I have always had a special place in my heart for hurting people, the voiceless, forgotten and damaged among us. To strengthen and encourage others is just one of the many ways I choose to use the gifts God has given me and simply a part of how He made me. I created my first plaque and card set after a teenage neighbor of mine was tragically hit by a car and killed while on his skateboard one November night in 2006. The Lord inspired me to make a plaque for the family to display in their home in memory of their son Paul. He provided me with the entire design of the plaque down to the scripture to put on it and the colors. As it turned out, these were the exact colors and scripture chosen by the family when planning for his service. I learned this when I attended the funeral, the day after I gave Paul’s mother the plaque and to my surprise, upon walking into the church the plaque was beautifully displayed, front and center surrounded by pictures of Paul. I was honored that they saw fit to display the plaque in such a beautiful way and share it with others. I felt humbled by their appreciation and was pleased to have played a small part in adding a touch of beauty to such a tragic and somber day. After this event and experiencing Paul’s mother’s tears and speechlessness upon seeing the plaque , I knew that God would use this gift to bless the lives of many people, which He has done. I could not imagine what it feels like to lose a child and how desperately a parent would want to keep their memory alive. I have witnessed over the years how healing and comforting it can be to have a loved one memorialized in this way. To have a beautiful display of love, a gift directly from the Father. A treasure to own and an extraordinary display of a lost loved one’s name in lights, forever illuminated through the brilliance of crystal. In person, these plaques and scripture cards are truly a sight to behold. Though powerless by themselves, my plaques and cards are directly inspired by the mind of Christ to bring comfort and emotional healing to the recipient. This has been expressed to me time and time again from those who have received one and I am humbled and honored every time I hear this testimony. One mother tells me as often as she’s able through social media that she looks at her plaque every day, a mother who lost her baby at only 4 months old due to a heart defect. God has anointed my hands to make these special works of art and I humbly create them for His glory. With these plaques, I am also blessed to serve others and minister to hurting hearts all over the world.
To comfort the brokenhearted. To console all who mourn. To announce and display the goodness and truth of God’s word through published handcrafted visual art as directed by the Holy Spirit.
Based on Isaiah 61
Beauty for Ashes Crystallized Canvas Plaques are made using genuine Swarovski Crystals hand set on solid, patterned & textured acid & lignin free paper with digitally printed wording. Layered strips of high quality paper are positioned then applied with a strong adhesive bond, providing a varied, dimensional look resulting in a unique, one-of-a-kind piece of artwork. After being hand set, each crystal is individually polished to provide the maximum shine possible. Each print is a handmade art piece & is not reproduced or available for sale. They are given free of charge as a gift to the receiver under direct inspiration and instruction by the Holy Spirit. In addition, each plaque is delivered with a special personalized prayer/confession card specifically for the receivers use.
The purpose of this blog is to share how the Father is using this ministry to bless and impact the lives of others. I share the stories of the recipients who receive the gift of a Beauty for Ashes, Isaiah 61 plaque and the process God employed to direct the design. In addition to these stories, I use this platform as a vehicle to bring encouragement, comfort and encouragement to hurting hearts while sharing prayers and confessions that declare God's word. I endeavor to bring God glory and to sow the gifts He has given me into the lives of others as He directs.