Just to let you know up front. This isn't going to be a post about Treyson and how it felt having his first birthday without him being here with us, or about Ray being in the hospital(as some of you know that she was). While I'm sure that I'll write about Treyson's birthday and all the emotions that went along with it, and I'll probably mention at some point that Ray had rotavirus and had to be hospitalized, this short post isn't going to be about any of that. I'm posting to tell you that I got a tattoo.
Yup. A tattoo.
I had it done about a week and a half ago. It was one of my life goals. (I can actually see my mom cringing at this very moment. Not because I got a tattoo, even though she wasn't thrilled when she learned about it, but at the fact that getting a tattoo was actually one of my life goals.) Not just any life goal, but in the top FIVE of my life goals. My number one life goal, that goes without mentioning because if you know me you know that this is a absolute given, is to whole-heartedly follow God's will for my life no matter where it leads or what He calls me to do. That goal is so far first in my life that it isn't even apart of the 5. I know that if following Christ is my number one goal in life, then I don't have to put things like, "being a good wife", or "being a good mom" as goals. Following Christ obviously calls me to do and be several things that are so basic to my Christian faith that they go without mentioning. My top 5 goals list is more of a personal thing. It is things that I personally would like to accomplish before I die. If Christ calls me to something otherwise that doesn't include my personal goals, then I am completely fine with. Each of my personal top 5 will be bathed in prayer before I attempt to acheive any of them....as was the tattoo.
I know, I know. You have probably never heard of someone praying about getting a tattoo...but I did. I prayed for over a year about getting a tattoo in general and I prayed for over a month about the exact tattoo that I got.(My mom probably has permanent cringe marks on her face after reading this.) Any way, back to praying about tattoos.
The tattoo I got gently expresses my pro-life view. It is something about myself that I know is permanent, so why not permanently express that on my body? Okay, okay. I know that I just opened myself up to a huge Biblical tattoo debate which I do not wish to engage in, so I think I'll just change the subject back to my original point with was my top 5 personal life goals, not whether or not you think tattoos are Biblical.
My other 4 life goals are:(in no particular order, because honestly there isn't a particular order)
1. Write a book
2. Adopt a child
3. Surf in Hawaii
4. Be a missionary to a foreign country
It makes no difference to me at what point in my life any of these goals are reached. In every step of each individual goal the Lord's direction will be sought, so the outcome really isn't left up to me. I CAN tell you that accomplishing two of these four remaining goals is already in the works. But I'm not going to tell you which two. I am still praying for God's guidance as I decipher His will from my own desires. I am pretty sure that in the next couple of months I will be sharing with you about one of these things and asking for prayer. But until then, I guess I will just have to leave you waiting and ask for prayer in general.
Love you all.