Tattoos & Grace

“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God?

Or am I trying to please people?

If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”

-Galatians 1:10

So, I got another tattoo.

Tat2

I love it- but I was nervous to tell other people about it.

People feel strongly about tattoos.

A lot of people have told me that they want a tattoo, but the fact that they are permanent scares them.

I think I should be more scared. At one time I probably would have been…

I don’t think anyone who knew me growing up would think that I would love tattoos- but I do.

I guess I’m not scared because I’m committed…actually Jesus is committed- which is what truly gives me peace.

This past year, I’ve been blessed to see my own sin.

It was hard and it hurt.

But it was a blessing.

It allowed me to truly experience God’s grace and faithfulness.

“The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” -Romans 5:20-21

My brokenness brought me to my knees

and there I found my Savior who was pouring out

living water.

“‘Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” -Jesus, John 7:38

God’s words were the only thing that brought my heart peace.

And as I read His Word, I was blown away by His heart- by Him.

God is a strong faithful Father and a jealous Lover.

Strange paradox, I know- but just because it doesn’t fit into our human framework of comprehension doesn’t mean that it’s not true. And I guess when you look on something so beautiful, it’s okay if you can’t understand it- it just is. You just are. It’s freeing.

“What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” -Romans 6:1-4

This brings me to something I’m really really excited about— I completed the sequel to 22 & Single. It’s all about this new life business that Paul speaks about in Romans.

Really cool how God brought it together. I don’t know when or how it might be published. So many questions— Do I try to self publish again? Do I just focus on 22 & Single? Do I do nothing?

Yesterday a press release went out about 22 & Single and I’ll be speaking on a relationship panel January 12th at Mankato State University’s Cru. (Yes, I’m going to be the single girl on the relationship panel—if you’ve read 22 & Single, you know that this is proof that God has a sense of humor:))– if ya’ll could pray that the Lord would give me wisdom, worthy words and open doors, and that I would simply abide in Him- that would be amazing.

Another little life update—I’m loving Cru New Staff Training! Learning so much and feeling incredibly blessed to have this opportunity. We’re in week 3 – which means I’m almost done with my first two grad level seminary classes: Intro to Christian Theology and Bible Study Methods. And- I should be doing homework right now so I best get going:) I would love to hear how you’re doing and how I can be praying for you.

Thanks for stopping by.

Keep reppin the King ya’ll-

Katie

***Here’s the deal— I would love to clarify one thing: I’m totally not promoting tattoos. I probably would have at one time- but seriously- they’re permanent. Really think and pray about it if you are considering getting one. My parents told me that I couldn’t get one until I graduated college. I’m so glad they had that rule, although at the time I wasn’t. I don’t think I would have been ready to make such a permanent decision. That may not be the case for everyone. Seek the Lord. Love His Word. Live His Truth.

Here’s some resources I’ve found on tattoos if you’re interested in learning more—

Ask John Piper: What do you think of tattoos and body piercings?

Pastor Mark Driscoll on tattoos

Are tattoos a sin?

Is getting a tattoo a sin?

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” -Ephesians 2:8-9

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