Let’s be real. I sit and write in track suit pants. My kids have grubby faces and spill yoghurt. In the past two years I was hurt by Christians, and struggled with anxiety. I felt like giving up.
I am all for being authentic. I don’t want to put myself on a pedestal – declaring to the world that everything is rosy, when deep down I am a mess. But is this life Jesus came to give? Life in abundance?
The daily grind is chaotic. There is struggle. There is pain. My mind likes to remind me when I have failed, tells me no one is listening, and I have nothing to offer. Guilt punishes me for my sins. Insignificance stops me from reaching out. I sink into the miry clay of reality.
Do I listen to the world or the Word?
That is not the real me.
I am more than a conqueror. (Romans 8:37)
I am the righteousness of God in Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
I am the head and not the tail. (Deuteronomy 28:13)
I always triumph. (2 Corinthians 2:14)
I am a new creation. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
I am God’s masterpiece. (Ephesians 2:10)
I am not ashamed. (Romans 1:16)
I am daughter of the King. (2 Corinthians 6:18)
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)
I am redeemed. (Galatians 3:13)
I am free. (Galatians 5:1)
I am forgiven. (1 John 2:12)
I reign in life. (Romans 5:17)
I overcome. (1 John 5:4)
Psalm 40:2-3 He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord.
I live lifted and steadied. I sing a new song for He has done amazing things. Now, I am authentic.
This is a link-up with SheLoves Magazine.