Mental Starching with a Tattoo

Faith, to my mind, is a stiffening process, a sort of mental starch. - E.M. Forster

I'm dressed today in clothes that are much too big.  I've got on green shorts that I continually hoist up with my pinkie fingers (my other fingers are covered in primer paint), a white tank top and pink wool socks.  (A vision of loveliness, yes?)

A change is taking place in me and with it a change of color in my home.  It's time for fresh, bright and new.  Time to rid myself and my home of dank, dark and old (well, at least where the wall color is concerned.)

I'm smiling because the newness is taking root deep down inside me, too.  I've felt it coming for a while now but it's really been grabbing hold the past couple of days.  

There is still an anxious gnawing in my belly from time to time because I want so badly to tell of this change and to have a specific issue resolved in a positive (okay, MY) way.  It's not time, yet.

However, God knows best.  God is faithful.  He is true.  He is trustworthy.  And, He does not need my help to do or fix anything.

To keep myself in check I gave myself this "tattoo."

It's based on 2 Corinthians 10:5 (KJV):  "Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ..."

I'm depending on my faith.  I'm holding fast to Christ.  I'm tossing every worry and negative feeling, doubt and fear into His capable hands and asking Him to replace them with His thoughts and words.

I reread my "tattoo" every time I have the urge to sneak a glance back at a negative something or other.  I re-ink it when it begins to fade.

It's amazing how much more peaceful I am.

Permanent changes aren't quick or easy.  They are more like the slow turtle that moves steadily along the path and passes the pausing hare to win the race.

I think this new change and this new focus is so very worth it...  Just like a new coat of paint.... only for your insides!

PS:  I wrote a new post here also.  Feel free to click and read.


  1. waiting to see what colors you have chosen, you know i like photos and details details details.. i might be able to read your tattoo without my glasses. LOL... good luck with the painting.

    1. Not sure I'll be posting colors - it's just "white" instead of green and purple!! But we'll see!! :)

  2. Change can be both exciting and scary at the same time. Each small step,is one more step forward. May you rejoice in the changes.

    1. You are so right Ruth!! I am rejoicing in the changes! Thank you!

  3. Way to go...always fun to have a new look! I like the tattoo...