my chains are gone

If you've been around this blog for long, you probably know that I love tattoos. At this point I have five, including the big one I had done at the end of The Tattoo Project and the one that I shared a sneak peek of in Monday's post.

I promised I'd share the story of my newest piece, so here it is...

The tattoo fresh after it was done. It's in the not so pretty, peeling stage right now.

This tattoo serves as two as a reminder of the saving grace of Jesus Christ and the other as a reminder of my family who have gone on before me. 

In case you don't know the song reference, the words are lyrics from Chris Tomlin's "Amazing Grace -- My Chains Are Gone", and for me are the most beautiful reminder of the Lord's loving redemption in my life. I am so grateful to no longer be bound to my past, bound to sin; the chains of that are completely GONE due to His redeeming blood. I chose to have the lyrics put on my wrists, in the place where chains are so often put, so I could remember daily the sacrifice made on my behalf.

I know I've also mentioned the relationship I had with some of my "great" (as in great grandmas, great uncles, great aunts, etc.) relatives in my previous posts, and this tattoo serves as a reminder of several of them who have left this world before me. I had the privilege that so many people don't get of knowing four of my great grandparents in my life time and they were so important to me. Unfortunately, my family hit a really rough patch where we lost two of my great grandmas and my great uncle in just the span of a few months. I had the honor of singing "Amazing Grace -- My Chairs Are Gone" at their funerals and the song ALWAYS reminds me of them. I can hardly hear the song without thinking of them and tearing up. They played huge roles in shaping me into who I am today.

So there you have it! Another tattoo and I'm sure it won't be my last -- sorry, Mom!

Do you have any tattoos or want any? Tell me about them!