September 24, 2009


"never doubt in the darkness what God has shown you in the light."

we successfully fulfilled Taylor's birthday adventure today...

we've been planning this adventure for a very long time...but before i explain the story behind it, i might as well just go ahead and reveal the results first ...figure most of you are going to scroll down before reading anything anyhow...

we both got TRUST tattoos.

mine is on my wrist.

they both have lyme green stars.
green stars symbolize HOPE.

Taylor's is on his forearm.

the idea of permanently inking ourselves with the word "TRUST" was conceived already about a year and a half ago. our desire in doing it was two fold. one - it was to be our special way of celebrating god's faithfulness in fulfilling his promise of healing. secondly - we felt it was a unique way to share with those we meet the story behind the word TRUST.

the initial plan was that this would be something we would wait to do until i was 100% healed.

of course, we never expected that this journey of TRUST would still be raging on.

this summer i experienced some of my darkest moments of doubting and questioning God's promise to me... His amazing grace and tender mercies are what brought me out of it.
God is so faithful to meet us even in our darkest moments because he is trust-worthy. just shortly after that, taylor and i were talking about just how challenging it can be to continue to believe what God has promised when it feels so very dark and hopeless. it was during this discussion that taylor said, "you know, mom, we need to get our TRUST tattoos now."

it was exactly what i had been thinking.
it was exactly what i felt i NEEDED to do, too.

yes...inking TRUST before the fulfillment of it is complete is in a way our statement of faith in what God has promised. our way of saying,

"yes, even in the midst of the darkness, i believe God's promise! I believe that what he has said He will do, HE WILL DO!"

and lastly,
about that 2 day delay!
we're still not exactly sure how that mix up occurred.
i now know why...

i sat down to do my devotions this morning - i read from a book called "31 days of praise"
i opened it up to DAY 24
the verse for today, Sept 24th was OUR TRUST VERSE!
so amazing!

from the bottom of your heart;

don't try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he's the one who will keep you on track.
Don't assume you know it all.
Run to God! Run from evil!
Your body will glow with health,
your very bones will vibrate with life!

~proverbs 3:5-8

P.S. a small note of importance: our tattoo adventure was discussed with DR H. obviously i had concerns about whether or not this was a wise choice at this time - he gave me 'permission' and the complete "A-Okay" stamp of approval :)


dylan said...

This is just plain awesome. You guys are both amazing. <3

Shanan said...

SWEET! Love the tats! What a fun and symbolic way to celebrate another year! And I love the verse for the day! Amazing you guys!