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INKED: Choosing God's Mark to Transform Your Life

Monday, April 08, 2013

Throughout the book, authors Kim Goad and Janet E.Kusiak use tattoo culture as a metaphor to describe how Christ is able to radically change the marks made on our minds and on our lives.
Tattoo: n. an indelible mark or figure fixed
upon the body by insertion of pigment
under the skin or by production of scars. 

What kind of ink 
has colored your life?


INKED: Choosing God's Mark to Transform Your Life

How have you been pierced
and stained by pain?

To read more stories of transformation or to share your own,
visit: www.InkedbyGod.com.

God can turn our gashes into glory!!

(c) Inked ~ http://www.inkedbygod.com/

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Recently I was contacted by Julie Dowd on behalf of Abingdon Press
to consider being a part of a blog tour for the book
  Inked: Choosing God's Mark to Transform Your Life.   

To be honest, I didn't expect this book
 to touch my heart the way it did.

I started the book this morning 
and could not put it down!!

Below you will find my heartfelt review...

For the past few years, I have been walking through my own wilderness journey; 
it's been a very dark place and there have been times when 
I've contemplated if my faith walk is really worth it.  
BUT, each time, God has always reminded me that it is worth it...
and it is worth the pain...and it is worth dying to self.

In the book, INKED, they take the process of deciding on a tattoo...
 ...what you want to put on your body ...how you want to be inked
...how you want your body to be transformed to tell a story.

I want my life to tell a story.
A story how God took the broken girl 
and restored her into something new.

My time through the wilderness has been a time of 
...pruning ...cleaning up ...dying to self.

In the book, it talks about how you get to a point when you've made your decision
about what tattoo you want...what the design is going to be...
...where you want it placed, what the story is going to tell, how it relates to your life.

The chapter is called, "Getting (and Staying) in the Chair"
This chapter impacted me the most

Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel,
because you have struggled with God and
with men and have overcome.
~ Genesis 32:28 (NIV)
The Artist carefully looks over all the marks that have been
made on the canvas of our lives, and he loves us anyway. He may
never ask us to sell everything we have, but he does ask, “Are you
willing to let go of the smears and smudges that have stained you
and let me make a more vivid design of your life?”

Excerpt from Inked: Choosing God's Mark to Transform Your Life 
by Kim Goad and Janet E. Kusiak. Published by Abingdon Press 2013. 
This time in the wilderness has been God asking me, 
"Will you allow Me to heal the deep hurts, wounds that man has put on your life?"  
That I, myself have put on my life.  
And God asked me, "Will you allow Me to make a more vivid design of your life?"

And the whole journey has been about trusting Him...
 and choosing to get in...and to stay in God's chair 
while He works on me...my heart.
It’s time to allow God to ink on us what He will. 
The ultimate design will be worth getting in the chair, 
no matter the cost.

Excerpt from Inked: Choosing God's Mark to Transform Your Life 
by Kim Goad and Janet E. Kusiak. Published by Abingdon Press 2013. 
We all know that following Christ, that there's a cost...
but, we also know that sometimes, the journey gets hard...
Sometimes after deciding to get in the chair, we struggle with
staying in the chair. We’ve committed to Christ and his purposes
for us, but life gets hard. Staying in the chair hurts. We get weary.
At this point, some are tempted to give up. But some push
through the pain and the exhaustion. These are the ones tattoo
artists call “wrastlers” — people who, even after fainting in the
chair, still decide to finish what they started.

Excerpt from Inked: Choosing God's Mark to Transform Your Life 
by Kim Goad and Janet E. Kusiak. Published by Abingdon Press 2013. 
I want to be a woman who wrastles with God
One who even after fainting will get up again and finish what she's started,
 ...what God's called her to do.
God honors our “wrastling.” God wants us to have
the kind of persevering faith that says, “I won’t let go until you
bless me!” But God also wants us to rest in Him, to rest from the
marks of sin and strife and instead find rest in the complete fulfillment
of the design God has for us.

Excerpt from Inked: Choosing God's Mark to Transform Your Life 
by Kim Goad and Janet E. Kusiak. Published by Abingdon Press 2013. 
This wilderness journey has been a time of wrastling for me.
Wrastling because my self will is so strong.
Wrastling because I want my own way.
Wrastling because I think I know best.

But, the truth is that God's ways are not my ways
And His thoughts are not my thoughts
And therefore I need to trust Him in the journey
And I need to stay in the chair
To become who He's created me to be
To fulfill the destiny He has for me
To fulfill my purpose for being here

The journey has been full of ups and downs,
but I'm truly finding a place of rest in Him
A place where I'm calm despite the storm surrounding me
A place that I know that I can go and be with Him, in spite of all obstacles
My heart is learning to trust Him completely
Not only in my life, but in my marriage, with my kids, and with family and friends
To trust the journey...
but, most of all to trust the Maker
The writer of Hebrews helps us understand where we find our rest:
“Therefore, brothers and sisters who are partners in the heavenly calling”
—because of all of this, because He became like you in
every way so that He can help you when you are tempted, because
He got in the chair and stayed in the chair — “think about Jesus.”

Excerpt from Inked: Choosing God's Mark to Transform Your Life 
by Kim Goad and Janet E. Kusiak. Published by Abingdon Press 2013. 
The thing I've learned most in the wilderness season
 is that with Christ, I can do all things.
And most of all, that when I am weak; He is strong
And that no matter what comes at me 
through this spiritual journey in life
that He will be with me
He will never leave me or forsake me

Rejoice always. Pray continually.
Give thanks in every situation because this is God’s
will for you in Christ Jesus.
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

All of us are on our own journeys
We each have different stories
And there have been many highs and lows that have inked our life
But God can take the broken and make it new
Trust Him

Allow yourself to be pierced by God’s love 
and to be permeated by God’s holy imprint.
Allow God to transform you from the inside-out.

This is my prayer.
Amen.

#PRESSon...it's worth it!!!





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