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My Tattoos and Their Stories

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I’ve had a lot of readers ask me to share about my tattoos – what I have, where I have them, why I got them.  So here you are.  Finally.  You’re welcome.

1.  Forget-me-not flowers
My first tattoo is of my favorite flower, the forget-me-not.  They’ve been my favorite flower for as long as I can remember.  My grandma has grown them in her garden since I was about 3.  Whenever she’d take me out to pick vegetables or flowers, I would always look for the forget-me-not and pick a little bouquet of them.  They always fit perfectly in my little hands.  Now, they flower itself is about as big as my pinky finger nail.

There is also a German legend about them that says when God made the earth, He was painting each flower certain colors.  The forget-me-not was so small that it thought it’d be overlooked, so it cried out “Forget me not, O LORD!” And God smiled and said, “I never would forget one of my creations. Here is a little touch of leftover blue that I have”. So He painted the flower a light sky-blue, and it smiled, thus making the yellow center.  I love that story.  It holds a lot of personal significance to me because of a certain time in my life when I was really struggling with my identity and self-worth.

 2.  Undone
This one was inspired by the song Getting There by my role model and  favorite worship leader, Steffany Gretzinger.  Also this verse:

“Then said I, ‘Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips…and for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts’.”
- ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭6:5‬
3.  Symbols on my left arm stand for “God is infinitely greater than the ups and downs forever.”
4.  My zodiac constellation, Aries is on my right wrist.
5.  Spanish tattoo
The tat on my left wrist says “Your will, for Your glory, in Your timing.”
My best friend always reminds me to say this, especially during difficult times. She’s planning on getting it too but just in English.
6.  This star made of music notes simply represents my love for music and stars in one design.
7.   Innocent Life 
This phrase is written in Elvish font with a cross as the “T” in innocent.  My first name means Innocent.  And my middle name means Life.  So I thought it’d be cool to get a tat that says ‘Innocent Life’.  It’s not only the meaning of my name but also, a reminder that I am innocent in God’s eyes because of Jesus’ work on the cross.  It’s ironic too cuz the cross hurt the worst while getting done.
The whole tat was kinda painful but when it hurt the worst, I asked my artist “What letter are you on?”  And she said “The cross.” And I was like dang….. 
So the whole time I was in the worst pain for that, I just replayed “He endured more than this for me” over and over in my head.  It was really emotional and humbling.
8 & 9.  Trees and Mountains
For quite some time, I’ve wanted to get a tattoo that represented my beautiful Oregon home.  It is known as the second largest forested state, and I have always been in love with the tall, gorgeous woods I have lived around.  So I thought “Why not get a tattoo of some graceful fir trees?”
And I did.
I’ve dreamt of getting my beautiful mountains tattooed onto my body journal for almost a year.  So now I have one ankle tattooed with my Oregon home representation, and my other ankle shows my second home in Peru – the Huascaran Mountains, the largest ones in the Andes chain.
10.  The Arrow
Before it can fly, an arrow must be drawn back.  Every inch is harder as it stretches and pulls it taut.  The arrow seems to be moving farther away from the target as it’s pulled backwards, but it is the only way it will truly reach its target. 
The arrow is us.  The bow is life.  And the Master Archer is the Giver of life and the Author of our stories, aiming us in His perfect direction.
And yes, I will be writing an article about my view and convictions on tattoos.  Keep calm and stay tuned.


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