Dog Tags, New Year- Old? Project

2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here!”

This feeling inadequate, not enough, has been a well-worn, deeply rutted track my thoughts have raced on throughout my life. As God has grown me closer to maturity, I have actively worked to line up my thoughts to the Truth of this scripture. It takes quite a bit to bounce the wheels out of such a deep rut, but slowly God has been working His transformation in my mind and soul.

In the early days of making jewelry, God popped an idea into my mind of what He wanted to say through my crafting. I needed to become a much better metalsmith in order to make the idea into something solid, and I just didn’t seem to be able to make the concept take shape.  So, I set the idea into the periphery and set about making jewelry from what I had at hand: first beads and silver wire, then purchased stones and cabochons, and finally stones from my dad’s collection and the fruits of Mark’s and my collecting.

In the Father’s perfect timing, He has completed the picture of the idea He let me glimpse 15 years ago and I would like to share it.  The necklaces are called Dog Tags. Just like the ID tags a soldier wears to identify his name, rank, and serial number, these pieces  identify who we have become because of the finished work of Jesus Christ.

It’s pretty stinking exciting to know those feelings of inadequacy I struggle(d) against have been redeemed to become, to name a few, LOVED, CHOSEN, FAITH, HOPE, FREE, BLESSED, PRECIOUS! 

Each Dog Tag is set with a semi-precious stone chosen for its Biblical meaning, ie: Sapphire- Grace, Yellow Citrine-Faith, Garnet-Loved etc., and decorated with either a heart (symbol of love), butterfly (symbol of a new creation), or flower (Spring, or new life). I included a small disk with the corresponding Scripture reference.

This is just a few of the finished ones, I am making more! If you are interested in wearing a Dog Tag, you can find them on my website: http://www.anndehoog.com

Dean says, “Uh, WOW”, his eyes large. He has a paperless office. I think my studio hurts his head. :^D
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