Before God, our family, and friends...
An outward sign of our inner convictions to...
... Remain physically pure
... Guard our thoughts and emotions
... Not give away our heart or hand until God's timing
... Keep our heart and mind fixed on Jesus instead of passing attractions
... Strive to live a life of purity with our Father's help
... Fall in love with Jesus and give our hearts completely to Him.
I settled on the one pictured to the right, for I appreciated the beauty and simplicity of it. There were many beautiful rings, but this one clearly portrayed that I was dedicated to guarding my heart. The single diamond in the center of the tiny heart symbolizes two different things for me. First, it reminds me that I am guarding the treasure (purity of body and mind) inside my heart, where I hope it shines for the world to see. In addition, it reminds me that I am saving my heart for one man (the single diamond).
Before I even imagined that I'd get a purity ring, I didn't see much of a need for one, other than the fact that it would be pretty to wear. I was already committed to "waiting, not dating", and my convictions were strong. When Luke and Michele told me they'd get me a purity/promise ring, I grew very excited, and was even more so when I began to page through the possibilities. The first day I wore the ring, I was so excited, and kept looking down and admiring it. Since then, I've discovered that it's very helpful in keeping me focused. All I do is glimpse down, and I'm reminded once again that I'm saving myself for one.
I received my promise ring as a birthday present on November 17, 2005 from my parents. It was a total surprise to me, as I didn't wear much jewelry and much less rings. They always got in my way. But this ring had new meaning to me. It was given to me to signify the promise I had made to keep emotionally, physically, and spiritually pure. Mother and I had been talking about a month earlier and she asked me if I had decided to let them guide me in my late teen years and follow their decisions for me until I'm of age to make sound decisions on my own. I said that, yes, I definitely wanted their help with the difficult decisions that would come with growing up.
The diamond in the middle represents my promise and purity, and though the three hearts on either side do not significantly mean anything, I like to see them as my six siblings helping to guard me. I also look at my ring often when I'm wearing it and thank the Lord for such a beautiful, but also helpful gift. For whenever I look at it, I'm reminded of the promise I have made to purity.
"Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life." ~ Proverbs 4:23
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God." ~ Matthew 5:8