12 this might quite possibly be the most hard-core post that you will ever see on this blog.  let's be honest.  hubby and i aren't exactly edgy.  we wear j.crew and boat shoes.  we collect books.  ben plays classical violin.  we eat organic, local, free-range, non-GMO, whole foods brand, free trade certified yadayadayada.  we wander through galleries.  we listen to NPR.  we are coffee snobs.  we discuss C.S. Lewis and Reformation theologians.  hubby wears a tie to work every day, at his financial sector job.  i am a filofax-toting nerd.  our last name is whitehouse, for pete's sake.  but as of last weekend, that husband of mine is a full-fledged, bad mamma jamma.  i am talking tatted.  inked.

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for the past few years, he has been tossing around the idea of getting a tattoo.  we have discussed symbols, biblical references, music, etc.  but it was always just talk.  we had narrowed it down to some kind of reformation reference {the five solas, etc.} or musical somethingorother.  and then, the perfect idea popped into my cute hubby's head:  bach's musical signature.  bach said that "the aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul."  and thus, he would sign SDG {Soli Deo Gloria, to God alone be glory} at the end of most of his scores.

and so, it is fitting that if my hubby would have something inked onto his arm, it would be an homage to bach...and more importantly, a reminder that to God alone be the glory.

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and here it is...in the flesh.  on the flesh.  Soli Deo Gloria.  please note the rough quill effect and everything.  ink, in every sense of the word.  and i happen to think that it is pretty amazing that my man wants a visible reminder that in EVERYTHING he does {no matter how incredible he is} to God alone be the glory.  a humble heart is a thing of beauty.  and i think that it is pretty cool that my remarkable man wants to wear his heart on his sleeve like this and acknowledge that it is God alone.  that this life is a vapor.  that talent will fade.  that flesh will fail.  that earthly glory is futile.  that all will pass away.  God alone.  but purer and higher and greater will be our wonder and transport when Jesus we see. 

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i really like this tattoo.  i love the meaning behind this tattoo, that it has depth and a story.  and i love the man who wanted this tattoo.  his commitment to the Lord.  his desire to use this body of flesh to serve his Maker, all the days of his life.  SDG.

I Corinthians 10:31

so, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.