I’ve never had the courage to get a tattoo, but it doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t sit a dear friend as she got hers. A little backstory about our friendship and her tat. A mutual friend connected me with Alisha Silver, a local wedding and pet photographer, when I was living in Asheville, NC. The connection was about photography – Alisha needed someone to be her sidekick during weddings.

Our friendship was clinched one evening during a wedding early on in which she mentioned not feeling well. My response was, “Well, don’t you go dying on me!” Pulling out a line from our mutual (unknown at the time) favorite, “Dumb and Dumber” we both cracked up laughing! It truly was a friendship birthed from laughter and joy from that point forward. Aside from learning the art of photography from apprenticing under her brilliant skill, I found a treasured friend in Alisha. It was some time later after this friendship blossomed that I invited her to a JustBe retreat. I asked her to share her story – her encounter with Jesus – that led her to tattooing her hand with the reminder that she is indeed, beautiful!

“I’ll never forget the first time I heard Becca describe the term “Be U t Ful”… that one simple term hit my heart on a deep level immediately. It felt like a big Ah-Hah moment! So many people, including myself, seek to be beautiful to others. In the way we look, in what we do, what we have, etc. We always fall short by comparing ourselves – always! This one simple term changed that for me. It changed the definition of what truly is the meaning of beautiful. BE who the Lord designed U to be, in the finished work of the CROSS, and FUL of His spirit. I felt unique all of the sudden, despite how insignificant I used to feel. I felt relieved to know the truth, to know my unique beauty in His eyes. I wanted to be reminded on a daily basis of this, in all that I do. So I decided to get a tattoo of this term… so on the days when I start to feel that “insignificant” feeling, I look down at my hand and remember what I am to Him. I am His creation! He designed me the way I am and every day of my life, His spirit lives in me!”

Thank you, Alisha, for your beautiful story, and your beautiful self! And remember – He has your name tattooed on His hand in remembrance of you!

“Behold, I have indelibly imprinted (tattooed a picture of) you on the palm of each of My hands…” 

Isaiah 49:16