I like tattoos. Actually, most people in my generation probably like tattoos.
I got my first tattoo when I was 8 years ago...back in the day before it was popular to get wrist tattoos. Jonathan and I met later that year and he thought my wrist tattoo was cool too. Back then, we had no idea we'd fall in love and get married so he got a similar tattoo. Now we're the cheesy couple with matching tattoos.
(If this picture looks bad, it's because it's a picture of a picture. The actual photograph by Blume Photography is great.)
My wrist tattoo is two verses that remind me that I no longer live and it's Christ in me.
Philippians 1:21-For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
Galatians 2:20-I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me.
And now, on the [near] year anniversary of my second tattoo, I decided it was time to share it with the blogging world. (Actually, I just needed to make sure my parents saw it first.)
So...here is my year-old tattoo that I dreamed up, Jonathan designed, and Tanner executed. Yes, it was in Turkey...and no mom, I don't have HIV or Hepatitis. The needle and ink were clean.
Even though I like tattoos, I'm not a big fan of the pain. To keep my mind off of it I was telling Jonathan a story, but I was talking so quickly the tattoo artist stopped and asked me if I was rapping.
Here's the only post-healed picture I have of it. Thanks again to the incredible Blume Photography.
The tattoo starts with a wave in the middle of it. God has always spoken to me through being around water. It's refreshing and life-giving. One time, while praying, I asked God, "Who do you want to be to me?" He replied, "I am your fountain." Psalm 36:9 says, "For with You is the fountain of life, in Your light do we see life."
The next picture is a bird. There are two separate meanings to this one. The bird itself is symbolic of a nightingale [even though it doesn't look like one]. Nightingales are famous for being loud and singing in the nighttime. When they are in cities and loud places, they sing even louder. My hope is that I can be a nightingale--one who sings loudly of hope and peace and love and eternity. I want to sing in the darkest of nights and the most desolate of places. The heart is a reminder that I sing because He gave me a new heart. Ezekiel 36:26 says, "And I will give you a new heart and a new spirit I will put within you."
The olive branches are reminders of the fruit that will be produced through me if I remain in Christ. "I am the vine and you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he is it that bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing." (John 15:5)
Jonathan has 3 tattoos, and plans for more. His are awesome as well. Maybe I can get him to post about his tattoos in the future.
What tattoos do you have? What tattoos do you dream of getting?