faith and ink

 top: thrifted // necklace: gift // shorts: Gap // shoes: Keds

If you follow me on instagram, you may have noticed that I did something slightly major this weekend.

I got a tattoo.

I didn't tell a lot of people it was happening-- besides a quick chat with one of my brothers and a text to a friend -- the husband was the only one who knew when I made the appointment and he was there when I turned my wrist over to Alexis, the tattoo artist and her buzzing needle.

After ten minutes-- really it took that long-- maybe less, I emerged with two simple words on my arm: "by grace" in my own handwriting.

I've wanted a tattoo for awhile because I wanted a declaration of my faith-- a bold mark on my wrist that reminded me and told others what is in my life.

"By grace" is from Ephesians 2:8, a Bible verse that says "For it is by grace you are saved, through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is a gift of God."
Anything good in me, anything good in my life, I believe is from God -- an act of His grace, a pure gift without a hidden motivation. I believe I can't do anything to earn His love or lose His love. And in faith I trust that grace.

In turn, I want to live a life marked by grace, where I receive grace from God and can turn around and freely give grace to others.

Often, I know I'm too quick to judge others but this is my reminder that I have no right;  I'm just as guilty of many things, perhaps worse things. And so I lean on grace-- grace for me, grace for others.

xo, erika


  1. Where did you get your adorable shorts?

  2. It's beautiful, Erika! I think it's a great reminder of your faith and I love that it's on your own handwriting.

  3. this is lovely and it looks beautiful. congratulations!
    kw ladies in navy

  4. I love your outfit + your tattoo!! The font + placement is perfect!! I can't wait to one day get a tattoo too!! :) xo

  5. YAY! Loving your ink and what it means to you, it looks fabulous!

  6. 1) You look adorable
    2) Love those shorts
    3) Your tat...so awesome. I love why you chose it too.

  7. I love that tattoo! I constantly go back and forth about getting something in the same place.

  8. I just love your new tattoo and you are so brave! It's awesome that you have a special reminder of something so important that you will have always. :)

    Cute shorts!

  9. I love the outfit. Your shorts are too cute :)

    I'd love it if you can drop by mine and check out my latest post: www.fashchronicles.blogspot.com

  10. beautiful. My husband has scriptures on his wrists too. Yey!

  11. I love how you took photos during the process!! You look like it "ain't no thang" which makes me feel like I should be able to do it myself. I have for so long wanted a tattoo but never made the commitment to pick a place, pick an artist, and just DO IT. Song lyrics in my hand writing have always been one of the options I've considered. I have a few. Maybe that is also part of the problem....deciding!

  12. Oh my gosh how exciting! I love the words you chose! And the simplicity of it. This makes me braver to get my first tattoo this summer. I am planning on getting a small one of Michigan since I will be leaving her behind shortly. Was thinking of that same area or a little bit further up on my forearm.

  13. I LOVE it! This has always been a somehwhat secret desire of mine. I told Ben that if I still want one by the time I'm 30 then I'm getting it. You are too cute girl! Your tattoo turned out so amazing! xoxo


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