The Shocking Truth About Identity

Identity
One day, I woke up and did not know who I was any more. For as long as I could remember, I’d worked hard to be an excellent teacher, a committed youth worker, and a beloved friend. I poured my whole life into these roles, and my whole identity was wrapped up in my skewed perspective of what made me important.

But then, God allowed me to experience a crisis of identity. My world came crashing down with disappointment and failure. A close friendship ended badly. I realized I was burned out from juggling too many ministry commitments. I struggled to maintain composure in front of my students. My spirit was weary, and I felt adrift in a sea of doubt.

Negative thinking consumed me. I felt

Rejected,

Betrayed,

Defeated.

How would I move forward when everything I loved about me was gone?

In the days that followed, I made one crucial decision that saved me…

I am honored to share the shocking truth about identity

over at Missional Women today.

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In the Quiet

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Y’all, last week was hard.

I spent most of the week sitting bedside in a hospital.  I sat in the quiet and prayed.

I prayed and waited for God to show up.

I waited in silence and hoped against all odds.

I hoped for the light of God’s love to break through the darkness.

In the silence, God strengthened me and reminded me that He hates death as much as I do.  One day soon, His glorious light will break forth and death will be no more.

Until then, I will look up and latch on to the Truth that my Triumphant Lord will return soon to rescue and restore His own.

God abides with me in the quiet.  His hope never runs out even on the hardest of days.

 

It’s a Good Thing to Hope for Help from God

“I’ll never forget the trouble, the utter lostness,
    the taste of ashes, the poison I’ve swallowed.
I remember it all—oh, how well I remember—
    the feeling of hitting the bottom.
But there’s one other thing I remember,
    and remembering, I keep a grip on hope:

God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out,
    His merciful love couldn’t have dried up.
They’re created new every morning.
    How great Your faithfulness!
I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over).
    He’s all I’ve got left.

God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits,
    to the woman who diligently seeks.
It’s a good thing to quietly hope,
    quietly hope for help from God.
It’s a good thing when you’re young
    to stick it out through the hard times.

When life is heavy and hard to take,
    go off by yourself. Enter the silence.
Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions:
    Wait for hope to appear.
Don’t run from trouble. Take it full-face.
    The “worst” is never the worst.

Why? Because the Master won’t ever
    walk out and fail to return.
If He works severely, He also works tenderly.
    His stockpiles of loyal love are immense.
He takes no pleasure in making life hard,
    in throwing roadblocks in the way:

Stomping down hard
    on luckless prisoners,
Refusing justice to victims
    in the court of High God,
Tampering with evidence—
    the Master does not approve of such things.”

-Lamentations 3:19-36, MSG

Something to think about…

 

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Take Refuge

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Sabbath is more than the absence of work;

it is not just a day off, when we catch up on television or errands.

It is the presence of something that arises

when we consecrate a period of time

to listen to what is most deeply beautiful, nourishing or true.

It is time consecrated with our attention, our mindfulness,

honoring those quiet forces of grace or spirit

that sustain or heal us.

– Wayne Muller, Sabbath:  Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in our Busy Lives

Something to think about…

 

I’m sharing “Take Refuge” with like-minded friends at Faith-Filled Friday.

 

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