Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.
Who am I? I am a woman! I am a woman of God saved by His Grace.
Who does He say I am? Daughter.
My identity is warrior of Christ first and foremost.
As a wife and mum to two smalls, I can sometimes (okay a lot of times) find myself pouring my identity into these labels, but that is not just all I am. I am both those things and I am more! Rooted firmly in the rock of Christ.
When I was a toddler, I was adopted alongside my sisters. This probably did bring some insecurities and confusion surrounding my identity, but I was secure and loved by my parents, who supported me and helped me understand.
I knew who I was.
Growing up, we can begin to struggle as labels start to consume us, maybe by peers with words such as ‘strange’, ‘weird’, ‘misfit’, ‘too big’, ‘too thin’, ‘preppy’, and the list goes on.
I feel like I fell into a misfit category.
Sometimes we allow the things we do to become part of our identity such as ‘ I am only me if I’m wearing make up’ or ‘I am playing / watching football’. While things like football may be a part of us and what we do, it is not all of us!
If we allow it to, our labels can consume us and send us into dark swirl storms.
Don’t hold onto labels you don’t want, or have outgrown, or that have never really been part of you at all.
They are not your identity and we are not our labels, we are Christ’s.
You are more than your labels.
If you are struggling with your identity then seek God in prayer and ask him to show you who He says you are.
A phrase I coin a lot is, ‘Be a flamingo among a flock of pigeons.’
It’s okay to stand out. Dare to be different. Let your light shine out.
The world needs you to be you! We mustn’t allow anyone to dull our sparkle!
I am secure in who I am in Him.
It hasn’t been an easy process and I’ve battled through many storms, but those storms can not shake who I am and tell me who I am not.
Do you know your identity? Seek out a friend and pray it out if you need.
2 Timothy 1:7 For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
Do not allow the ways of Satan to label you, to whisper lies of who you are not.
Your identity is unique and it is in Christ.