Embraced. I read that word in a fellow blog post today.


  1. hold (someone) closely in one’s arms, especially as a sign of affection.
  2. accept or support (a belief, theory, or change) willingly and enthusiastically.
  3. include or contain (something) as a constituent part.

Tears fell from my eyes reading how the significance of embrace has impacted this person’s life and the clarity of how two very similar lives can take two very different paths. The simple truth that love, never hate is what overcomes even the darkest of shadows. Because grace is and always will be the differentiator.

I immediately recalled the short visit I spent with my sister this weekend.  She had not looked at my faith tattoo until then and the first thing she said to me was this…the writing looks like a heartbeat. Whoa! I had not realized this until she pointed it out a few days ago. So today, I find myself LOVING my tattoo even more than yesterday! If that is even possible.

Here is the deal…I carried a photo of this tattoo on my phone for several months because when it was time to actually get the ink it was exactly what I wanted. Faith, written out in the shape of a cross and an infinity sign. But heartbeat? I had not made that connection until my sister said it…

My faith tattoo looks like a pulse.❤️

Okay Jesus, Wow! I did not ask the tattoo artist to have it turn out that way.  But there it is in the shape of the lettering. You and I both know how much this tattoo is a symbol of my faith and it is placed on my wrist so that every time I look down I’m reminded to look up instead. In the silent corners of my heart when it’s just Jesus and I and I’m whispering, I did not ask for it to turn out this way.  That tattoo is who I am in Christ and it includes the pulse. Permanently engraved on my wrist, until I’m dust.

Notes from my readings today.

The first Adam became a living person from dust with a perishable body that returned to dust just as is the reality for all of us. But the last Adam (Christ) is a life giving spirit from heaven and in Christ, our heavenly body will never die. The law gives sin its power and that results in death. But Jesus gives love.

Just like the apostle Paul, those living truly in Christ will suffer. In fact he wrote this verse:

Those others do not have pure motives as they preach about Christ. They preach with selfish motives, not sincerely, to make my chains more painful to me.

Philippians 1:17

A pure heart for Christ is often entrusted with suffering. Not all suffering is from the devil then instead it is suffering for Christ kind of love. Christ-likeness is more powerful and most evident in this kind of embrace. That right there is Jesus kind of love.

I wrote down these words. In Christ, a heartbeat lives long after its pulse has passed away.  Perhaps then some of the strongest pulses have already embraced this same life giving spirit from heaven.

Loved By Grace,