She is clothed in strength & dignity

Literary Tattoos: Proverbs 31:25 Bible

This tattoos belongs to Brittany Rene.

It is from the bible. I did not chose it because of its religious connotations. The specific verse is from Proverbs 31:25.

“She is clothed in strength and dignity,
And she laughs without fear of the future”

I chose this particular verse because no words better describe the heaven and hell I have experienced while living on this earth. My journey has actually made me stray away from the teachings of the church and find my own beliefs.

My greatest challenge in life came to me 8 years ago and I continue to struggle with everyday. It has made me who I am by destroying who I thought I was. This piece is a reminder to me that when my challenges seems unbearable, and my road seems dark, I must laugh because whatever comes my way, I have faced worse and survived. My struggles have given me strength that I never thought I was capable of and my history has given me eyes to see the world in a way I never thought I could. Despite the many tears that I have shed, I am thankful for where I am today and where I may go in the future.

There are numerous translations of this verse, all basically summing up the picture of a woman who has struggled and succeeded and thereby given herself the strength to face what ever the future brings her. She has no option but to succeed.

I know not failure. For in my life, to fail is to die.


Theme Week: Tattoo Misspellings

Day 4: Religious error.

Literary Tattoos: Theme Weeks Spelling and Grammar Mistakes 2 Chronicles 7:14

Chronieles?  Oops.

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

- 2 Chronicles 7:14 (King James version)



Literary Tattoos: Mary Stevenson Footprints

One night a man had a dream. He dreamt he was walking along the beach with the Lord. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene he noticed two sets of footprints on the sand — one belonging to him and the other to the Lord. When the last scene had flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints and he noticed only one set. He also noticed that this happened during the lowest and saddest times of his life. This bothered him and he questioned the Lord. “Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, you would walk all the way with me, but I noticed that during the most troublesome times of my life there was only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why, when I needed you most, you deserted me.”

The Lord replied, “My precious child, I love you and would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, those were the times when I carried you in my arms.”

- Footprints by Mary Stevenson


1 Corinthians 13

Literary Tattoos: 1 Corinthians 13

“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

“Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

- 1 Corinthians 13