Sporting A Black Eye For Jesus

I recently made a trip back to my hometown to visit my family. This trip happens every 5 to 6 weeks since I also have my beautiful daughter-in-law cut and color my hair. I always look forward to these trips and spending time with my parents, children, grandchildren, siblings, and the rest of my extended family is fun.

My last trip was probably the most relaxed and laid-back trip I’ve had. This time, I didn’t have an agenda of people to visit or places to go. In fact, I don’t think I even put on makeup the entire time I was there. 😳

I was laughing and telling Joe about not wearing makeup the entire trip. The following day, I needed to take photos, etc., so I went to put on some makeup. That’s when I noticed my right eye looked dark in the corner. Since I hadn’t worn mascara in several days, I knew it wasn’t that, but I had no idea why it looked like that. I brushed it off, thinking that I must not have slept well while I was gone.

The next morning, there was no mistaking that I had a small black eye coming on. I showed my eye to Joe, and he asked me who I had gotten into a fight with. You talk about being confused; I racked my brain to think of something I might have done to get a black eye.

Then, it hit me! My cross hit me. I can’t remember exactly what I was doing, but I remember that my cross flipped up and hit me in the eye area. At the time, I remembered thinking, “whew, I’m glad that it didn’t hit me in the eye; that could have been dangerous.”

Once I figured out what happened, I laughed and said, NOT TODAY, SATAN!

I love wearing my crosses, and I have several that I wear all the time. Some are small, some are ornate, and some are large. The one I was wearing at the time was large and on a long chain, so that’s why it could flip up and hit me in the eye. But I’m not wearing the crosses as a fashion statement; I’m wearing them to show others that I love the Lord.

Matthew 22:37

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’

My love of the Lord comes in many different forms, but wearing a cross is a way that I can show my love to others. The Lord loves us in many forms, also. He shows up grace, forgiveness, and mercy. But, His greatest display of love also involved a cross.

Romans 5:8

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

1 John 4:19

19 We love because he first loved us.

My black eye is a small price to pay for showing my love and pales in comparison to the price Jesus paid. But, each time I look at my necklace, I’ll be reminded that showing your love for the Lord can leave a mark, and it’s one I’m willing to have.

To God Goes The Glory!

Have A Blessed Day!

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  1. I am late to this party but gosh I appreciate your perspective in this post!

  2. Martie Lowe says:

    With Easter right around the corner this article on Jesus and the Cross is so appropriate. We need to live daily with our hearts set on Him and our eyes focused on Jesus’ great sacrifice on the Cross so that we might have eternal life!!! No greater gift!!! Thank you, Jesus for the Cross.

  3. Debbie Brown says:

    I love that you share your faith to everyone and not ashamed of it.
    The way you shared your story about your cross was very touching.

  4. Judy Mueller says:

    A beautiful statement of faith and sure hope! My husband (we had 60 years together) gave me my gold cross w/small diamond many years ago. I wear it often but will leave it to my daughter when I go Home. Judy

  5. Maureen Welch says:

    I have been looking for a plain gold cross like the one you are wearing on the opening page, could you share the link?

  6. Thanks for your Bible Study.
    I look forward to your scripture choices every day. 🙏

  7. Robin Alion says:

    Thank you for sharing your faith and one of my many favorite verses from God’s word, Romans 5:8. So deeply grateful for God’s mercy and grace. One of my favorite songs goes with that verse, “A Sinner Saved By Grace.”

    Blessings to you

  8. I love your cross, I wear mine every day! Thank you for these verses as they are favorites and for sharing your faith. Have a blessed week!

    1. Enjoyed your comments today. I wear a cross and often it will open a conversation. I love the symbol of love of the cross.

  9. Are you familiar with Dear Mushka? It’s a jewelry line (primarily) and all the jewelry is based off scripture. The sweetest family is behind it…it’s another way to share Jesus and for personal reminders/encouragement.

  10. Ginger Hiller says:

    I need to start wearing one of my cross necklaces all of the time! It is a reminder for me to always behave in a way that pleases my Heavenly Father. Thanks for sharing your story.

  11. Vicki Richards says:

    I love that you love the Lord as I do!

  12. I love crosses, too. I always love seeing yours. I’ve awakened with a black eye, but not bcz of a cross. I’ve had a black eye from burning my forehead with a curling iron!
    I love that you’re a Christian and not afraid to share your faith.

  13. Love all your posts, but especially the Sunday ones! Thanks for sharing your faith.

  14. Cherry Spiers says:

    Satan tried, and the Lord deflected! Blessings on you and your family.

  15. Amy McFarland says:

    Thank you for sharing your faith💕

  16. Your Sunday posts are always my favorite because they focus on our Lord Jesus Christ – Savior of the world. Having a picture analogy like the one with the black eye is wonderful. We all have marks/scars that are seen or unseen regarding our faith. It’s those that are seen that show others what Jesus means to us are the ones others see symbol be it a cross, a T-shirt with a Bible verse or a plaque with a saying sitting on our desk in the office, but our actions towards others can show even greater who Jesus is and why he’s important to us and I see that in so many of your posts. Keep it up 🥰

  17. To God be the glory! Seeing the good and God in every circumstance.
    Have a blessed day

  18. Jenniffer Groski says:

    AMEN! To God be the Glory! Thank you for the uplifting post-we got another 10 inches of snow last night here in N WI and it’s still coming down so spirits are a bit low right now. Thank you for helping me change my focus from being depressed about the weather to an attitude of gratitude and celebration for a God who loves me and all I have to be hopeful about!

  19. Sally King says:

    Amen and Amen !!
    I love reading your posts on fashion and the like , but the BEST part is how you give GOD the Glory every single day.
    You are an inspiration to me and and I’m sure you are to others , too.!
    Have a Blessed day🙏🏻🙏🏻

  20. I love your personal stories usually including Joe, and especially the ones that you tie on a message from God. I wear my Maltese cross everyday. It has very special earthly meaning, but the Heavenly meaning is what makes it a great statement.
    I so enjoyed all your fashion posts this week – the white shirt one the most I think!

  21. Glada St. Clair says:

    Be careful with those crosses : ) but amen.

  22. Melissa Palmer says:

    Wow; glad you weren’t hurt worse.

  23. Pamela Sasa says:

    Precious story Tania, thank you for sharing. It’s a good feeling to read and know there are individuals out there whom are not afraid to express their love of God!

  24. I love this story. My prayer is we would all be willing to get a black eye for Jesus, whatever form it may take 💗

  25. Dana Smithmier says:

    Tania-this is my favorite post yet. I look forward to your Sunday messages! A black eye is a small price and a great reminder…..that we are so blessed in this country. We can worship without fear and that is huge!! Have a great week🙏

  26. Terry Nostrand Dupree says:

    I too wear a cross each and every day. It is the same one each day, small and simple and beloved. I have noticed your crosses; in fact, the cross you had on when your blog did the random “pop up thing” on my computer is why I looked and started following you. Thank you for being bold for our Lord! Keep it up. I enjoy your posts and all the great affordable choices! I actually am less skeptical now about ordering clothing on Amazon (my husband aka The Treasurer is not quite as happy as I am🤠)

  27. I have gotten away from wearing my cross. I will put it on today. Thanks for the reminder. 🥰

    1. Mary Hall says:

      I love to wear mine too. Might as well announce who I belong to.

  28. Good thing it didn’t hit you in the eye. You were definitely being protected that day.