“beauty from ashes”


The dust
beneath my feet nourishing
my will
to rise beyond the ashes
I am
breaking through this dirt
You see
nourishment for tree roots
A dream
of growing above this
morning sun reflects on branches
I will
stretch my wings and let it go
To soar
toward the Spirit’s flow

Pink Wings – Hearts Arise Gala auction item
(Raising money to stop human trafficking)

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11 thoughts on ““beauty from ashes”

  1. That one has such movement and flow…

  2. bottledhobbies says:

    I love the impressionistic feel you have going on in this painting and there’s so much movement. The bird just tops off the whole painting. I like the fact that the bird is very real looking. It balances out the whole painting.

    • feelingpaint says:

      Thank you! I am amused when I look back at the process and just kept saying to myself, “It’s not done yet!” The bird, as you sensed was the final piece.

    • bottledhobbies says:

      Yeah, it’s taken my a long time to finish some paintings, too. Like you’ll look at it and you know that something is missing, but you don’t know what. And you don’t want to do something to mess it up, but it drives you crazy not having it done.

    • feelingpaint says:

      totally! I usually err on the side of “well, let’s see if this helps” just so I can make a decision about whether it’s a total restart project or not.

  3. Leah says:

    Hi Misty…I don’t know if you remember me from Evangel…I was invited last minute to attend the Pink Wings Gala while I was in town. When I walked by your “Beauty for Ashes” painting and read the title and description, I was moved. I’ve never purchased anything through a “live auction” before, so that was a little nerve wracking, however I just felt that this painting spoke to me. I now have it hanging on my bedroom wall 🙂 The personal note that you included with the picture totally resonates where my life has been and where I’m at now. I don’t know if you recall that I lost my husband, Dan Loades, in a workplace accident about 5 1/2 years ago now. I have since remarried and moved to Fort St. John. It has been the biggest refining and stretching time of my life. I just wanted to thank you for the encouraging words that spoke straight to my heart as well as the beautiful painting. You truly have a gift.

    Leah Loades (Reimer)

    • feelingpaint says:

      Leah!!!!! I am SO GLAD you wrote this, and so glad to be able to be a part of your journey in this way. It was not a mistake…God wanted you to have that badly. I am really blessed that He touched your heart with its message, as it is really quite scary for me to step out like that at times.

      The inspiration for the painting came to me when I was sitting in the hospice with Dwayne’s grandma, in a moment of full awareness of the Lord’s presence by her bedside. Instead of sadness, there was beauty there.

      I was able to talk to Debbie at the funeral yesterday, and learned of what happened at the Gala, and it just seemed like the most fitting moment to learn about it. Thank you for opening your heart to being ministered to in this way…what a beautiful story and promise you have! Congratulations on your marriage and enjoy your new family.

  4. Leah says:

    Thank you, Misty for your response and words of encouragement as well as the courage you have in sharing the story about Dwayne’s grandma…from what I remember she was an amazing and loving woman of God. It definitely is in what seems the “darkest” times in our lives, that the Lord shows Himself to us, speaks to us so clearly and tenderly and directs our footsteps. What an amazing testimony you have to this. I’m praying that the Lord will continue to direct you in the gift He has given you and that many will be blessed and changed by it as I have been.

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