Who are you? What do you do? What is your purpose? What are you passions in life?
Do these questions give you a moment of pause? Do these kinds of questions ever make your heart beat a little faster or maybe beat almost out of your chest? Do you hear these from others? Do you ask these of yourself? Do your answers change depending on what stage or circumstance in life you are standing in at this moment?
I say to my children, 9 or 18, anytime they leave for school, "Remember WHOSE you are!" Steele responds with, "God's! That means be like Jesus. That means be kind, in all I say, think and do. And guard my heart above all else because all I do flows from it." Every morning on his way to the catch the bus. Cadrian's response is, " I will, Momma!" I have even been known to say this to the hubby when he texts me while at work and his mind and heart are weary from working around so many men who are not believers and take a toll on his mind and heart!
As a woman, wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend, my "Who am I?" is subjective to which "hat" I am wearing. Over the past few years, though, I have made a concerted effort to discover who I am in Christ. I am on a quest in discovering, fulfilling and living out my purpose. My divine purpose and God's WHY for having fearfully and wonderfully creating me!
It is a quest, a journey, a process of refining, breaking, molding, growing and allowing God to be exactly WHO He is and to do exactly what He is good at within me! It is NOT fun at times. No one enjoys being vulnerable or broken or to feel as though there is no control in their life. BUT!!!!!!! I am finding that by allowing these events and events throughout my life, past and recent, are ALL for the fulfillment of HIS purpose for me in life. There are so many men and women in the Bible who welcomed God's refinement of them to be used in the Kingdom in ways only He could orchestrate. Many of those used did not "welcome" the refinement per se. God used them anyway and gave them exactly what they "thought" they were lacking in order to accomplish the end purpose.
Our identity, in any stage or circumstance, in life must first be found in Christ. Period! No more, no less. This identity must also be intimately based in Him. God tells us throughout his love letter WHO we are in and through Christ. Why don't we listen, grasp and stand unwavering in that identity? Fear? Societal views or "norms?" Rejection? What is your why?
FEAR IS A LIAR! Identify who is your true enemy and recognize what weapons are used to hinder you from stepping into, claiming and living WHO you are in the only place it matters..........In Christ!
2 Peter 2:9 says, "But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you our of darkness into his wonderful light."(NIV)
Ephesians 1:4-5 says, "For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will." (NIV)
I encourage you to read on in Ephesians 1, specifically verses 6-14 to learn more about WHO you are in Christ to gain more understanding. These are truths that seem to be easy to recite but so incredibly difficult to live. Why? We can learn, recite, memorize, teach or preach all of the Scripture we want in life but if we do not APPLY what we are told, what we learn, what we "believe," we can NEVER become who God intends us to be or fulfill the amazing, specific, predestined purpose God has for us and had for us before he created the world!
What do you have to lose in discovering God's will and His purpose for your life? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!
Matthew 6:33-""But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will given to you as well." (NIV)
God loves so incredibly much that our human minds can not even comprehend it. He has a plan for each and every one of us and his plans are GOOD! He is good at being good, it's what he does! It's WHO HE IS!!!!!! LET HIM!
Daughter, Sister, Wife, Momma, Friend, Warrior Princess, Sold out follower of Christ. There is more to me than meets the eye. A beautifully broken, messy, loving, imperfect woman praying to inspire others to find the JOY in this Joy-ney we call life!