Phone Cases, Phylacteries and Testimonies (+ a GIVEAWAY!)

In the Old Testament, the people of Israel were instructed by God to carry physical reminders to love God with all of their heart and soul. That is where phylacteries came in. Phylacteries are two small, black, leather cubes containing a piece of parchment inscribed with a variation of:

You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might (Deut. 6:4-9, 11:13-21, and Exodus 13:1-6). 

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. -Deut. 6:5-9

These little boxes are attached with straps to the left arm and to the forehead during weekday morning prayers by orthodox and conservative Jewish men. The people needed that constant physical reminder of how the Lord brought them out of Egypt and how He wanted them to live. It was a very obvious way to keep their gaze on the Lord. 

To employ such a literal, public reminder of God's love is extraordinary to me. Although we now live under a new covenant and are not bound by Old Testament instructions like wearing a phylactery, Jesus continued to remind us in his ministry that to love our God is the most important commandment. Personally, I often need the reminder of this truth, especially when all the noise of the world and the lies of the enemy fill my mind and heart.

Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart. -Pr. 3:3

We live in a time where Christian sayings and Bible verses are stamped on just about everything - from t-shirts to prints. So, when I had the chance to partner with Prone to Wander to review their phone cases, to be honest, I was a bit hesitant. You can be selective with who sees your Bible verse prints inside your house or where you wear a t-shirt with a Christian saying, but phone cases? That is out there for everyone to see, everywhere. 

But that's exactly the point. Because we are living testimonies of Christ and His love (2 Cor. 3:3), and we cannot be ashamed to proclaim that we are His children (Luke 9:26). The last few weeks, I've learned firsthand that a case with beautifully lettered Bible verse is a definite conversation starter. 

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I carried the blush Beauty for Ashes case for a few weeks - because of the shimmer on the case, it is difficult to read from certain angles. So, many times, people would crane their necks to read my case or ask me what it said. Often, that lead to a conversation about what this verse means, giving me a chance to share how much hope that verse brought me in seasons of hardship (1 Peter 3:15). 

But a case - no matter how beautiful it is or how powerful the Scripture written on it - is merely decoration. It can serve as a reminder to trust in the Lord, to be still and that there can be beauty from ashes, but it cannot substitute for a set apart life that is a living testimony of God's great love and mercy towards us or for remaining daily in His word and prayer. Because you show that you are a letter from Christ, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts (2 Cor. 3:3).

Now, the exciting part: Prone to Wander is hosting a giveaway for y'all, so make sure to enter to win here! Giveaway ends April 25, 2018.

I received these cases in exchange for my review from Prone to Wander. 
Opinions  I have expressed are my own.
Yelena Bosovik