Completely Authentic

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.

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Sarah Coleman is wife, mother of two boys, writer, pastor, teacher and friend. She loves Jesus with a passion and the feel of Australian sand beneath her toes.

5 thoughts on “Completely Authentic

  1. Debby

    That’s one of my favorite portions of Psalms Sarah. True, authentic words about the true, authentic God.


    1. Sarah Coleman

      Thanks for reading Debby.


  2. Rachel

    Love this, love the scripture, thanks for linking up with SheLoves!


    1. Sarah Coleman

      Thanks Rachel for dropping by.


  3. Anne-Marie

    Hi Sarah, I love how much you pack into your opening lines, and then how extensive your verses are. 🙂 This dwelling on and soaking in what is truly real in the heavenly places, and trying to soak out what the world and our own minds do to mess with us. I love that. A great reminder to put on Christ. Thank you. And thanks for this offering to the theme of Authentic this month!


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