20 April 2011

Giving Glory to God!

This is Erik's latest tattoo. It was designed by our brother-in-law, an amazing artist, Ky. It is Ephraim's name in Hebrew, with the design of trees coming out of the letters. I will say it looks even more amazing in person. Erik's tattoos are therapy for him. Ever since we lost Ephraim, Erik felt like he wanted a new tattoo to memorialize our son. We are so blessed to have Ky be the designer and to show off this amazing work of art...God inspired!

This is the tattoo Erik got after we lost Ivy, over 2 years ago. Once again this was very therapeutic for him and I still enjoy looking it and remembering our precious daughter. Both of these tattoos have and will continue to serve a purpose for more than just Erik and I. They are also a witnessing tool. When people see these tattoos they often ask about them and Erik has the opportunity to share the story of our children in heaven and to share the Lord and His love for us. It is constant therapy to talk about our children and to share what the Lord has done in our lives through these children.

I started reading the amazing, constantly talked about, overwhelming book Crazy Love. I have heard so much about this book and after reading only 2 chapters I can agree with the reviews that it is amazing and thought provoking. It also made me think of Erik and his tattoos. The author, Francis Chan, tells us that the point of our lives is to point to Him. Whatever we are doing, we should be glorifying God. It is His movie, His world, His gift. Francis Chan reminds us that whether life is good right now or we are suffering....always bring the glory back to God. Our response to our circumstances is seen by the world. Our part is to bring God glory, no matter what. "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."
1 Corinthians 10:31 I know tattoos can appear to be damaging to the body, but it all depends on how you look at them. Erik's tattoos point to God and bring him glory. I also hope that this blog points to God and brings him glory. It is all about Him....He is everything!

Bed Rest Book Club
I recently finished, Where Yesterday Lives by Karen Kingsbury. I couldn't put this book down, I finished it in two days. I love the way Karen Kingsbury writes. The story is of a family who come back together after the death of their beloved father. It is an amazing story of family, faith, and love. It reminded me a lot of my own family and even had me in tears as I thought about changes that come to our families and how those changes can draw us closer or far apart. Excellent book. 4 stars!

I am now reading Crazy Love by Francis Chan and The Scarlet Thread by Francine Rivers. I am trying to balance the non-fiction and fiction. I also love Francine Rivers and her christian romance stories.

If you have any book recommendations...I am always up for ideas! I have lots of time to read!

Love to you all!
Whatever you are doing today....make sure you point to Him and bring him glory!



  1. Jamie,
    Try Calm My Anxious Heart by Linda DIllow. I just finished it at a women's bible study and it is fantastic!


  2. I love you, Jamie! Praying constantly!

  3. I just finished Crazy Love last week! It was awesome. Since I liked it so much I just started Forgotten God by Frances Chan. I have lots of books if you'd like I could send some your way with the boys. Just let me know! Take care.

  4. Jamie, I highly recommend "Heaven Is For Real" It is based on a true story about a little boy in Neb. who went to heaven.
    You are an amazing Godly woman. You and Erik are such good role models for other young people and exhibit a great example of how marriage should be.
    Bless you both,

  5. The first tattoo is simply amazing! It inspired me to get one similar but with Jesus' name in Hebrew :)