Friday, July 6, 2012

I Didn't Exaggerate

As per SAMMY'S request, here is my tattoo. (Sammy, I love it when you comment, but just have no way of contacting you. Would love to be FB friends!!!)

I told y'all it was not small nor was it hidden.

I bet the friend across The Pond has no idea it really was THAT bold from the pic I sent in an email.

Cracks me up every time I see it and try to logically remind myself that THAT is MY arm.

When I try to envision something similar in size and color on another woman's arm, I do sort of cringe a bit, but then on my own arm I adore it. It means so very much!!!!!!!! It's a constant reminder that I am free, but must choose to live in that freedom.

Habakkuk 3:19--"The Lord God is my strength and will make my feet like hind's feet and make me walk upon my high places." (Old Testament from the Bible)
(((This became my life verse at age 19 when I read the beautiful allegory called Hind's Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard)))

The sun symbol is priceless to me. I can only explain that one in private messages.

Galatians 5:1--"It is for freedom that we have been set free. Stand firm, do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery."  (New Testament from the Bible)

If there are questions about the Biblical stance on tattoos then follow this link: Sacred Ink

I fully believe these bodies we live in are where the Holy Spirit resides as well as these are just shells of who we are and to Whom belong. It's just skin.

I have been able to use this tattoo in ways that I never imagined already.  It's fabulous.

To also answer Sammy's comment from a couple of posts ago about how I am changing my outlook and ways of loving people: hmmmm---great question, Sammy. I am still living each day as it comes and asking for God to show me exactly what it means and what it's supposed to look like when I am surrounded by church activities and church life.....being married to a minister. We just finished vacation bible school and are gearing up for summer camp. Our lives are consumed with clean Christian work.

We have, however been ministering to a friend who's been in dire straits. It has been messy, but PandaPop has done all the foot work on this one. He loves it, but I feel like I prayed for something to come along, then when he was called at 1:00am in the middle of the night to drive into the not-so-safest part of our metroplex area to pick this guy up and get him to safety.......I was freaking out a bit, because THAT kind of stuff hasn't happened to us in a very long while. However, God has blessed in the situation over and over!!

Messy work.

I'm not sure what each day will look like for me. It's hard to change your ways of living when it's what you've known for so long. You get into routines and to shift those routines makes you uncomfortable. It's easier to go with comfort and what you know works than to delve into unknown waters. I can't stand getting into water that I cannot see clear to the bottom.  It's scary as to what's lurking beneath the surface. Same with getting out of our comfort zones and going all the way under the murky water.

I'll try to post as things unfold around here.  For those of you who have not talked to me on FB.....I'd love to hear your take on my tat.

Here's a final thought on it that was sent to me by a tatted up friend:


  1. I LOVE IT! I really am shocked that it was so bright, big, and out for everyone to see. It is perfectly done. I do believe it will serve as a teaching to those who don't know God.
    I do not have a tat. I'm always so intrigued by people's tattoos and the story behind them.
    I love hearing your story of change. Very helpful.
    Always reading your blog,

  2. Oh my gosh, it's GORGEOUS!! I love the colors. And you're right, it's not in a spot that can be hidden. It sounds like that's an important part of its significance--it visible for all to see. Good for you!

    Thanks for your kind words. I'll friend you on facebook again and hopefully you'll find me. I definitely did once before, but you just never know if it went through or not. I go by "Sam" on facebook. (Samantha is my full name.)

    What have people said about your tattoo? Have you gotten any negative responses? I really love it!

  3. Been following your blog since PandaGirl was little (along w/Spicy Mom). Would love to be FB friends w/you! I have 4 from China and my cousin has 2 through the foster system, so I know whereof you speak - we've lived it all, too!
    Love the verses you chose! Would love to hear more of your stories behind their significance for you!
    Becky Cambio Cormier (Chinamama4) (so you can check me out and see that I'm legit...) :)

  4. I LOVE your tattoo! It's fabulous! I want a tattoo, but I'm a little freaked out by it all! :)