I love summer. It’s hands down my favorite time of year. Sun, heat, iced tea….ahhhhh! But summer also brings about my birthday and wedding anniversary. This year I celebrated my 36th birthday, and the next day my husband and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary!
To commemorate these celebrations we decided to venture out of our suburban setting in Shakopee, and head downtown. But to take it to the next level, we both agreed that a tattoo was the way to go. So, to Guns & Needles we went!
I decided on getting the first few words of my ‘life verse’ permanently placed on the inside of my wrist.
“Be Joyful Always”
The verse goes on to say…pray continually, giving thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16).
My children had mixed emotions about their mom getting a tattoo (so did some others…)! But here’s what I shared with them: 10 years ago, before I had children, I was NOT a joyful person. I was happy at times and knew how to put on a smile and have fun (in large part due to my husband), but I did not live this verse out. I actually went through a season of depression in high school and had suicidal thoughts. I also went through a season of depression in my early 20’s, and it wasn’t until God convicted me with this verse (again in large part due to my husband), that life change began to occur.
I committed to memorizing this verse and my husband and I kept each other accountable to its truth! I would say it repeatedly in moments when I felt the complete opposite. I would pray it and ask God to help it to be more than just words, I wanted it to be the way my heart actually felt. I knew this verse was the truth, but it wasn’t yet my truth, and that’s what I was working out.
Can I tell you, it worked! It was a process, and I’m not perfect at this, but as I’ve believed this truth for my life, it’s become true! Many people who know me now think that I’m a “joyful always” person. It’s not because I’m naturally that way, but because the power of God’s truth has supernaturally transformed me to be that way. I believe God’s word, and God’s word never fails (Luke 1:36-38). So what about you? What is your life verse that you need to cling to until it becomes you? Who do you have in your life that can keep you accountable to the truth?
I’m not saying you have to go get a tattoo of it, but if you do, I have a place I would highly recommend!