What's Written On Your Body and What's Written On Your Heart

Tattoos! I've always thought they were so cool! The idea of being able to display something important to you on your body in a beautiful and creative way intrigues me. Unfortunately, my religion regards tattoos as sinful, and because I have grown up and decided that it is the religion I want to follow, I do my best to obey this rule.

So, if you couldn’t already tell by that, I'm kind of a religious woman. And although that is not usually my focus in my posts, today I want to use it as a segway into something I think it’s important to remember. I'm so grateful for the small and tender mercies that God has -by no coincidence - placed in my life. Today I was in the bathroom at church after a fun youth activity in which everyone played capture the flag with flour bombs. After the fact, I found myself washing my hands of flour when a woman that has been a friend of my mom’s for many years and who has known me since I was twelve-years-old entered and began talking with me. It was just a casual conversation, but then when I started wiping down my legs which incidentally were also covered in flour, she noticed the small tattoo on my ankle.

When I explained to her it’s meaning, (which you can read about in one of my previous blog posts) and how afraid I was of the judgment that I have and often do receive from members of my church, she looked at me dead in the eyes and said, “it means something special to you and that is enough reason for me.” I am incredibly grateful for such a loving response, and she went on to describe how many of her relatives have beautiful body art themselves, and while our church urges us to keep our bodies free of all tattoos and excessive piercings, tattoos are often symbols of very special pieces of oneself that they want to share with others and keep as reminders. She told me that she understands this and once almost got a tattoo herself.

I began to cry as we spoke more about the effect that my choice had on my relationship with my family during a time when I was questioning the church and how it has affected my life since then. I’m so grateful that I was given something that I didn’t even know I needed: A chance to talk my thoughts and emotions out with someone who loved me. And sometimes, that’s all any of us really need.

Jo gave me a hug and a kiss on the cheek and told me that everything was going to be okay and we talked a bit more about scriptures that talk about the things that are written on our hearts. She told me that she believed having something written on your heart is a similar sentiment to having something written on your body.

I believe that she was meant to have this conversation with me and to send me looking for excerpts of scripture that talk about things being written on your heart, so I’ve decided to include those that I found below in case anyone would like to read them.

Love always,

Romans 2:15
15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another

Hebrews 10:16-17
16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.

Jeremiah 31:33
33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

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