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Like an old-fashioned nesting doll, my identity seemed buried somewhere within—a series of selves so well compartmentalized that I was unsure of who I’d become. Even as a young child, I was adept at acknowledging only those feelings and thoughts that I considered good and, before I realized the cost, I’d grown into a woman unsure of who she’d become.Untitled design

Just a few years ago, I peered at my reflection in the mirror. How had I gotten along as far as I had in life without a better understanding of me? I was bewildered. Perplexed. Unsure of how I might overcome this lack of personal insight.

Have you, dear Friend, ever experienced the loss of you within the pages of your life? Perhaps your identity crises began when your marriage—once a relationship of youthful hopes and dreams—ended unexpectedly. Maybe you lost sight of self in the chaotic call of mothering children. It could be you awakened one day as an empty nester with nobody at home and suddenly unsure of the woman within.

I don’t know your circumstances, but I know that you do have a heavenly identity as the Daughter of Christ. You are God’s one-of-a-kind-beauty. And, in Him? You are adored…cherished…loved abundantly.

He knows you intimately—even if you do not. Give yourself permission to become acquainted with the woman He made you to be.

Blessings,

Tammy

 

Today’s Prayer

 Dear Father,

 You love me and know me intimately. You knit me together in my mother’s womb and created me to be a beautiful reflection of your image. Guide me into a deeper understanding of who You designed me to be—my temperament, my talents, my gifts, my purpose—that I might serve You more fully.

 

Thank you for loving me, Father, as I am now and as the woman who will one day be made complete in Christ.

 Amen

 

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Action Steps

 

  1. Take an online spiritual gifts test and/or a Myers Brigg personality test
  2. Read A Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
  3. Reintroduce a hobby you used to enjoy back into your life

 

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The dark moments in the past have a strange way of remaining alive and, while I’d thought moving ahead meant leaving them behind—discarded in the emotional trash heap–I’ve discovered the unexpected. God can use all of it.

In His hands, anything—and anyone—becomes new…restored…redeemed. Whatever the sin. No matter the regret.

Beauty!

Sometimes, though, I’m captured by the enemy’s lies. Instead of receiving God’s promises—I live as if the lies are true. Who do you think you are to tell people about Jesus? If they knew the truth about you…well, no one would listen.

 And a mental recording plays over and over—untruths spilling into my heart.  Unworthy. Unchangeable. Unloved.

 But when I heed those messages then I discount everything Jesus did for me—trading His perfection for my failures. Heavenly hope for my humanness. Sacred separation for my Divine acceptance.

Have you, too, grabbed hold of the adversary’s lies? Believed God is unable to do His work in you? Found that you’re stuck in unbelief and losing spiritual momentum? Remember, dear Friend, if you are in Christ then you were called for a purpose…on purpose. It’s time for us to throw off those hindrances and follow after Him—each step taking us deeper and further into those places that are less about our hang-ups and habits and more about Jesus.

This is the day to believe truth.

 

 Scripture for Reflection

Because of this decision we don’t evaluate people by what they have or how they look. We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly don’t look at him that way anymore. Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him.

(MSG 2 Cor. 5:17-19)

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Absolutely nothing can get between us and God_s loveThe sounds of celebration and revelry rang in stark contrast to the dull feeling of isolation growing large and heavy in my chest. While men and women laughed and swayed in time to the strains of music,  I pasted on an obligatory smile and engaged in meaningless conversation–hoping nobody would notice the discomfort in my voice.

I’d waited impatiently to be part of the gathering–to belong to these people. But as soon as I arrived, I understood. The longing was mine alone.

Needing a few moments for reflection, I slipped away from the crowd unnoticed.

Sometimes loneliness is felt more in the crowd.

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