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I have so many thoughts running through my mind whenever I want to write a new blog post. It can usually start as one idea and end up finishing somewhere else completely. This one stayed still.

I've been on an incredible journey and I'm still a-travelling. A journey of strengthening, honesty, growth and identity. I've asked God to give me words and surround me with people. Words that will mean something to help me grow and people that will hold me accountable - love me - stand by me. I say it often and now it's just comical...'when you ask God for something from the deepest part of your heart - He pours so your cup is overflowing.' Comical because He is showing me wild dreams come alive in Him, bigger than ever.

In the last few months, Ive specifically asked God to give me a word. I've had many words come to me in my quiet time of prayer...while reading the scriptures and also from others (I think thats one of my favorites). Recently, I was at an weekend youth event - it was a restoring and empowering weekend for us all. I tried not to concentrate on myself but on the young people that had come to restore and reconnect with God. I wanted them to be disturbed and shifted by God - I prayed that He would blow breath into their lives like never before and make them uncomfortable - it was such a blessing to see. I wanted to set myself aside and give them all the direction I could to lead them to a closer relationship with Jesus.

It happened...Oh did it happen!!

Towards the end of the weekend, two friends who I know pray over me, my life and dreams where standing behind me as I was playing the piano for a worship set - and I shivered. I couldn't stop the shivering and goosebumps - I KNEW they where praying over me and that God was breathing new air into my visions. At the very end of the weekend another friend brought me a note - closed it in my hand and said God wanted her to say these things to me. I was blown away.

Words like LOVE, PURITY, RADIATE, MERCY, PURPOSE.

All words that God had been speaking into my life and marriage. I'm always surprised and ALWAYS remind myself I shouldn't be so surprised.

- God knows what He's doing -

God spoke through these women into my life, even on a weekend that I had said wasn't about me. He reminded me of my purpose and the plan that He has for me. Through the women I was encouraged that the harvest is still coming...Amen!

As women we are so hard on ourselves. We overthink everything, instagram, Facebook, Twitter, text messages!! I told a friend today - 'Throw your phone away - the devil lives in it!'

"Look for yourself, and you will find hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ and you will find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in" C.S.Lewis

We look at instagram - and how others have perfected their hair and make up as well as having 4 kids hanging off them. We see ambitious women posting pictures of their perfect house, perfect office, immaculate kitchen, garden filled with pretty plants...and we compare. Firstly - a lot of that isn't real - I guarantee you if they turned the camera around, there are dirty diapers, vomit, and garbage everywhere!

“Christian selfhood is not defined in terms of who we are in and of ourselves. It’s defined in terms of what God does to us and the relationship he creates with us and the destiny he appoints for us. God made us who we are so we could make known who he is. Our identity is for the sake of making known his identity.”

We do not have it all together! No one does! I could not even begin to think what gutter I'd be in if my purpose, my identity wasn't found in Christ.

Sisters, our identity is found in Christ - the fakeness of this world can try, but it will not be able to shake you from your firm foundation.

Jesus is that firm foundation - always!

Cast your burden on the Lord,

And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved. Psalm 55:22

We are unique daughters of the most high King. We are strong women, but the world slips in every now and then, makes us doubt, makes us crumble, makes us compare.

"And remember, there are two things which are more utterly incompatible than even oil and water, and these two things are trust and worry...

When a believer really trusts anything, she ceases to worry about that thing which she has trusted. And when she worries, it is plain proof that she does not trust." Hanna Whitall Smith

I said to friend recently - 'We are the same person' and she said ' Oh - I'm sorry!!' You can't more real than that!!

We are all different - with our own problems, some we'd rather not share with anyone. But its ok to be different - it'd be an immensly boring world if there were 8 billion Lily's. REALLY BORING!!!

We just need to learn to hold our head up high - fix our eyes on Jesus and be encouraged by the women in scripture like Esther, Deborah, and Ruth. They all had radical stories of obedience, with a purpose to find identity in Christ.

I want to live like Esther - be a woman who truly lives out God purpose for my life. I want to take risks for God and dream bigger than big. I don't want to look sideways but straight ahead - as hard as it is - and as easy as it is in our world to compare yourself with others.

I want to rise up and live out God's already planned purpose in my live, and find my identity in Him.

1 Samuel 2:9

I AM...guarded

I HAVE...His prevailing power and protection

I CAN...be free from trying to make everything happen on my own

Are you ready to take risks?

Are you ready to look straight ahead, instead of behind or sideways?

Are you ready to throw your phone aside and give Him some time?

Give His planned purpose some prayer?

Find your identity in Him?

Are you ready for your moment...'for such a time as this?'

"If you keep quiet at this time, someone else will help and save the Jewish people, but you and your father's family will all die. And who know, you may have been chosen Queen for just such a time as this." Esther 4:14

Photography: Lili Ditmer

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