She stood under the dark and confusing sky of her past, searching for meaning to life, for truth, for something greater than herself… and Truth replied. She turned her face to the light that illuminates the path into her destiny. A branch once broken by the storm, now breathed back to life and grafted into a living and fruitful tree.
Her feet no longer move to the enemy’s lies for now she dances to the song written for her. The rocks that once cut her feet now lay crushed as soft sand for her feet to walk in. The altar to the unknown gods was shattered for now her hope is anchored in a beautiful, solid and unbreakable foundation laid for her to walk before the beginning of time.
Her defiled feed sack dress was replaced with the pure garment of praise. From a crushed bud to a rose in bloom, her life is a testimony of what Perfect Love can do. On her head she wears the crown of princess. “Daughter of the Most High God” her birth certificate reads.
Her heart that had been shattered by abuse and foolish choices, all the pieces scattered through the years of her life, she now holds up restored and protected by her Creator who can redeem what is humanly impossible.
She may look alone, but make no mistake! She is surrounded by heaven’s armies who fight for her. Her value is no longer defined by what happened to her or by the reckless choices she made, but by what was done for her. In response to what was done for her she worships the One True God who was willing to die to pay for her sin, her healing, and her total redemption.
Pearls along the way remind her that beauty and joy are found even in the darkest places and that her value is not based on her circumstances or her choices, but in what her Creator says about her.
I ordered this piece of art to remind me who I am and whose I am. Every element of this piece of art is a reminder of my story of redemption. I haven’t even named all of them because it’s hard to describe all of them and this would be much longer if I told you the entire story all at once!
During one of the darkest nights of my life, I cried out to God and He personally answered my prayer and that’s why I didn’t take the pills I intended to end my life with. Another time as I was alone and in a bad place praying for answers and a sign that He cared, I opened my eyes and looked into the dark sky just in time to see a star fall. On clear nights I like to tip my head back and gaze at the stars drinking in the intricate beauty and remembering all the promises of my Father that were shown to me as I wept under the stars on some of the roughest nights when the pain and nightmares kept me awake.
One day, I was running along a beach, just running… wishing that I could somehow outrun the demons of my past… and I came across a bunch of broken shells. As I knelt there a wail pierced deep through me at how shattered they were beyond repair… and I realized that it wasn’t the shattered shells that made me weep, but my own shattered soul which I felt was beyond repair. That’s when I heard that gentle whisper, “I know where every broken piece is whether here, a distant shore, or even at the ocean floor, and I am fully capable of putting it all back together again.” I struggled to really believe that for a while. Thankfully our God is a very patient Father who never gives up on me. When I finally took that leap of trust, He began to gently restore my heart to be exactly as He created it to be. He doesn’t waste pain or our mistakes, but neither does He inflict us with pain. Our God is a restorer of what is broken. A protector of our hearts and He gives us a new name.
Seeing this piece of art reminds me of how far the Father has brought me. It helps me to visually solidify my identity. While it is a priceless and unique piece of art, it is also man made, and that fragility is a constant reminder to me that while the things around us can fall apart, our identity and what has been done for us never will!
My prayer is that not only will this art work remind me who I am, but that my story would inspire you to trust the Father and embrace the process of His perfect redemption.
Tina, with Tina Jewels Creations Her Instagram has been awesome to work with. She not only listened to the word pictures I gave her, but prayed for me as she worked and sometimes she had an idea that totally fit my story that I hadn’t even thought to mention to her.
An example of that would be the dress… During a pivotal breakthrough the words of the song “Priceless” by King and Country “I see a rose in bloom at the sight of you, Oh so priceless” came to me… I wasn’t certain how to incorporate that specific concept. When Tina bounced the idea of making the dress from flower petals it immediately hit a chord in my heart and made total sense.
Music has also been a tremendous blessing to me. I could list many songs that I have listened to along the way that have soothed my heart. A few that are depicted in this artwork would be… Here is a youtube playlist…
Beauty for Ashes by Rosie Joy, Priceless by King and Country, He Has Time by Jamie MacDonald, We Dance by Steffany Frizzell Gretzinger & Bethel Music, This Little Light of Mine by Addison Road, Flawless by MercyMe, Stars by Skillet, Known by Tauren Wells, Remind Me Who I Am by Jason Gray