Nesting Dolls

My freedom from slavery to sin, Russian stacking dolls, U.S.S.R.
Nesting dolls and I have something in common.

I bought my first in the late 1970’s marked “Made in the U.S.S.R.”  These letters stood for the Communist enslavement of much of Europe.

Under Communism, the stacking doll wore a uniform of red, white, and yellow with a few flowers to remind her of freedom she didn’t have. 

But when the wall fell, she came alive. Artists’ hands, freed from the shackles of atheism, again painted her with beauty, mystery, color and life. 

I once wore the uniform of slavery to sin, marked with "made in Adam." There were flowers of God’s image on me, but they were mere reminders of the freedom I’d lost.*

Then the Great Artist freed me, carved repentance and belief on my heart, and painted me with garments of grace.

Nesting dolls and I have something in common. No wonder I like them so much.
* Romans 5:12-19
If you'd like to see my complete collection of Russian Stacking dolls, click HERE.  

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  1. I was introduced to nesting dolls on my first trip to Ukraine so I knew I would enjoy your post, but wow! what an amazing analogy....and one that will stay with me--and point my heart to praise every time I walk by the display of nesting dolls at our house. Thank you Gail! Also loved your photos and descriptions of your spectacular collection of nesting dolls. Well done!

  2. Thanks for splashing me with God's goodness today. I hope you don't mind if I wade around a bit to get to know you. This looks like a refreshing place to dip into all good things.


  3. Wow. I love how you do that! Take an everyday object and bring it back to reality of God's Word. You have a gift and I'm so glad you serve the Lord with it. :)

  4. What an awesome analogy!
    I have a set of nesting dolls that a friend brought me back from Russia. They sit on a shelf in my living room. Now when I look at them I'm reminded of God's ability to transform us.


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