Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Soul Tattoo: Living Out What God Put in You - Craig Jutila

These are my notes from Craig Jutila's breakout
Soul Tattoo.

The Sacred Heart is a medieval symbol of Christ's sacrifice.

The sacred heart signifies the redeeming love of God. 

Those who devote themselves to the Sacred Heart do so to create 
within themselves the love and compassion as taught by Christ.

Guard your heart above all else, 
for it determines the course of your life. 
Proverbs 4:23

Guard means to keep. Keep something of high value. 
If you have something of high value you do whatever you can to guard or protect it.

The Heart Symbolizes Kindness 

In Judaism, the word 'heart' represented the core of the person. The heart was considered the center of spirituality. The heart was the emotional center, and from there flowed love and kindness. 

Let the LORD remove every memory of him from the earth, because he did not remember to be kind. He drove oppressed, needy, and brokenhearted people to their graves. 
Psalm 109:15-16

The Crown Symbolizes Suffering 

A.W. Tozer said, It is doubtful that God will use you greatly until he has hurt you deeply.

My sacrifice [the sacrifice acceptable] to God is a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart [broken down with sorrow for sin and humbly and thoroughly penitent], such, O God, You will not despise. 
Psalm 51:17

Broken Things

Jacobs Hip 
It was not until Jacob’s natural strength was broken that he came to the point where God could clothe him with spiritual power. 

The Soldiers Jars 
It wasn’t until Gideon’s three hundred soldiers “broke the jars in their hands” that God’s power brought terror to their enemies. 

Esther and The Law 
It was not until Esther risked her life and broke through the strict laws of the King’s court that she received favor to rescue her people from death. 

Jesus and the Bread 
It wasn’t until Jesus broke “the five loaves” that the bread was multiplied to feed the five thousand. 

The Perfume Bottle 
It wasn’t until Mary broke the “jar of perfume” that the fragrance filled the house. 

It is through the process of brokenness and suffering that miracles occur.

The Dagger Symbolizes Courage 

It symbolizes the willingness to take action, to be bold and fearless. A Dagger Tattoo that appears to enter the flesh with the tip often reappearing symbolizes that an individual has been wounded in life. 

Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord. 
Psalm 27:14

Take Courage...Don’t Wait For It!

The Rose Symbolizes Hope 

A tattoo of a rose with thorns reminds us that beauty does not come without sacrifice. The road of hope often has a few thorns along the way but at the end of the thorny branch is something beautiful. 

But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun] 
Isaiah 40:31a

The Flame Symbolize Passion 

Passion is a strong emotion that has an overpowering or compelling effect. Apathy is the opposite of passion. Lack of interest, listless, unconcerned or indifferent.

Why People Loose Their Passion 

1. Familiarity 
2. Keeping The Wrong Company 
3. Nothing to Fight For 
4. A Hard Heart 

How To Get It Back 

1. Get Around Passionate People 
2. Pray For It 
3. Keep Daily Reminders 

Never lag in zeal and in earnest endeavor; be aglow 
and burning with the Spirit, serving the Lord. Romans 12:11

Keep my commands and live...
Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart. 
Proverbs 7:1-3

Craig Jutila is an author, leadership coach and communicator speaking to audiences and teams throughout the country on the topics of marriage, family, leadership and living lives of health and balance. In their most recent book, “From Hectic to Healthy: The Journey to a Balance Life”,” Craig, along with his wife Mary, share their story of a life lived out of balance and how they had to fight to find the right seasonal pace for their life and family. Craig also serves as president of Empowered Living a company that provides leadership and resources for parents, families, children and leaders.
Twitter: @craigjutila

1 comment:

  1. loved this and all the examples, I love that quote from A.W.Tozer too!! Great post Wendy!!


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