Tuesday, October 11, 2011

"We Encourage" - His Creation



Are you comfortable?

Comfortable in your own skin.

Are you comfortable with who God made you?

This has been on my heart lately and I know it's something everyone struggles with. The journey of finding our identity in Christ is different for all of us. I used to think it had something to do with age.
That somehow the addition of years brought wisdom. And while this may be true in some cases, I think it has more to do with your relationship with Christ.

I am not pretending I don't have any insecurities, that would be a lie. I am saying that Christ has brought me to a place where I realize He is not insecure about me. I am His creation, and He doesn't make mistakes.

Scripture tells us...
"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be."
Psalm 139:13-16

When I think about my favorite people to spend time with they all have one thing in common. They know who they are, in Christ. I want to encourage you not to argue with what God thinks about you. He made you, and everything He makes is good. Do you believe that? Do you believe it's true about you?

There is such a ease and peace about just living the life God calls you to. Not worrying about what other people think or trying to keep up with a life someone else is leading.

I want to be simply...who God created me to be. I'm grateful to God for bringing me to this place.

The place where I seek Him first.

The place where I use the gifts and talents He has given me, appreciate the gifts and talents He has given others, and not confuse the two.

The place where I don't waste my time worrying about what other people think of how I'm dressed, how my house is decorated, or how my kids are dressed.

The place where I appreciate how God made me and appreciate how God made you.

"For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."
Ephesians 2:10

I am committing to spend my time doing the work God has prepared me for, believing what He says about His creation. The rest... can worry about itself.





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20 comments:

Heather said...

amen sister. God is definitely teaching us similar things these days! you are a beautiful creation-- both in and out!! i love you, friend.

hannah singer said...

"The place where I use the gifts and talents He has given me, appreciate the gifts and talents He has given others, and not confuse the two."

BAM.
praise jesus. thank you! xoxo

Krista said...

I have recently come to this place too...thank goodness. Excellent point about appreciating who Christ made you and who He made others to be, each good.

Finally linking up today!

Michele said...

I just recently found your blog (so glad I did)! I kind of shared a similar theme in my link up post. Learning to be who God made us to be, not comparing, just being. I look forward to reading all of the other encouraging blog posts that joined in. I'm definitely at a place in my life right now where I could use it. Thanks!

Pamela Stein said...

That's exactly what I've been going through, and still learning so much! these are great words of encouragement that we really need to hear and be reminded of... thanks, girl, for this space you give all of us to lift each other up :)
xoxoxo
Pame

Heather @ we.are.the.holdens said...

... and when we have found that place of peace with ourselves and who God has made us to be we put others at ease_ exude a warmth. Kinda like what you do..love ya Jami. :)

Jamie said...

This is such a profound post. Insecurities and being comfy in my own skin is such a struggle. I love how you put that you want to be simply. Simply as God created you. Thank you for the beautiful encouragement!

Kara @ Just1Step said...

This is such a struggle for me! Like how to differentiate between what God has made me or how He wants me to be that I have not yet achieved, versus wanting to be someone God doesn't want me to be. It's so hard to draw the line.

Thanks for this post. :)

Alyss said...

Amen. All the way. Props. Kudos. All of that. I simply love this post. My dad is one of those people who is completely comfortable and accepting of who He is in Christ and of who is has been created to be. I'm working towards it, too.

Anna of IHOD said...

Beautiful.
It takes a long time for a person to feel comfortable in their own skin. Especially for women. I was lucky to be reminded often by my father that I was beautiful because I was a daughter of the king of kings.
This carried me through my high school years and even now when I am tempted to compare myself to others.
Hope you are doing well my friend!

gina lou said...

When I first became a christian, christ follower 9 years ago, about a year after I remember saying to myself, "So all christianity is, is getting back to who we were originally created to be." So basically before the FALL in the garden! So yes, I agree with you, it doesn't always come with age, or where you go to church, or how much schooling you've had, it comes with KNOWING God and LOVING God. The more we know Him the more we will waste ourselves on him like the woman with the Alabaster jar! God just wants us to go back to that first commandment, Love Him with all our mind, strength and soul, and others as we love ourselves.
Thanks for doing encouraging Tuesdays Jami, I partake in it!!!

Mrs. T said...

I hope it's okay that I linked up something that has a link up on it...?? I normally do my link up on Monday so it wouldn't be there, but I wanted to share this post... if that's offensive, let me know!!!!! :)

EverythingIam-blogspot.blogspot.com said...

Hugs!

Jamie said...

Yay for another We Encourage Tuesday. I am loving all the posts and the new bloggers I am discovering through this!

Nicole said...

So great.
My post today was also on identity and where it should be rooted. I'm SO encouraged by the idea that God is in control and never makes "mistakes". The past several weeks my home church has done a study called "Weird. In a Good Way." and we're learning about something called indirection. One of the ways the Holy Spirit changes us to His likeness is helping us form a new story; the right story about who God is and Who we are in Him. Love mediating on all this with you!

Sarah said...

Amen and AMEN! Thank you for sharing this :) There's no more of a secure place than resting in Jesus and finding our identity in Him.

Rebecca @ heartland farmhouse said...

True words!
I've come to feel that peace the last 3 or 4 years & it is GREAT, so freeing!!!

Thank you!

Megan said...

Such a well-written post!! And truly, another way to focus on trusting Jesus, completely. I'm grateful for the grace He gives us, and the unconditional love He has for us :)

angie on maui said...

Jami, I barely know you, but I have such love for you! You are an incredibly intelligent and articulate soul and I admire your relationship with Christ. Thank you so much for sharing yourself with us and encouraging us with your words.

These points really resonated with me:

The place where I seek Him first.

The place where I use the gifts and talents He has given me, appreciate the gifts and talents He has given others, and not confuse the two.

The place where I appreciate how God made me and appreciate how God made you.


As much as I try not to, I still struggle with each of these on some level...and I long for the day when I am in a place where I can confidently say these things!

You are wonderful...keep being the inspiration that you are!

xoxo
Angie

Amber Maheu said...

This is great. Thank you so much for sharing this. I just started following and I am so excited to keep reading another believers thoughts. You have an awesome blog.