Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thankful to be Me~

Free.

Free to be me...whoever "me" might turn out to be.

This was always the deepest desire of my heart. From the sidelines of life, I stood watching the rest of the world march to the beat of its own drum while aimlessly stumbling around in the dark to hear the beat of my own heart.

Everyone else seemed to have it all together. Everyone seemed so confident in who they were, in what they were doing, in living their life. Nothing in my life felt normal or comfortable.

Don't get me wrong. I grew up in a beautiful family. The trouble with me, was....well.....in me!

My search for me has been a long, lonely, and often, frustrating journey. It's not easy lugging heavy suitcases filled with insecurity, self-doubt, fear and a whole lot of other "unmentionables" around day in and day out.

My search for me has led me on many "goose chases", too. After all, I was looking for me. Me was searching for I. Talk about spinning in circles and getting nowhere.

But then, God stepped in.

From a prayer spoken in my heart, God started leading me on a path of self-discovery. As I began to search for God, little by little, I began to see glimpses of the real me; the me God created me to be.

I began to see myself through the eyes of my creator.

I began to realize that the emotions I feel, along with my personality, my talents, all 5 feet nine inches of me was intentionally, meticulously, lovingly crafted by God.

AND...in His eyes....it is good. I am good. Not good in myself, mind you, but good in the undeniable truth that God does ALL things well!

Any accomplishment I achieve, any award I win, any head I might turn, has nothing to do with me and everything to do with my Heavenly Father. It is He who has created me and it is He who is at work through me.

I can't be boastful about who I am.

Any "peculiarity" I have, any idiosyncrasy I have, any distinction I may have has nothing to do with me and everything to do with my Heavenly Father.It is He who has created me and it is He who has made me who I am.

I can't be embarrassed about who I am.

I can simply be who I am.

The balance for my life is found in Christ. The answer to who I am is found in Christ. The answer to why I was created is found in Christ.

God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us to do good works, which God planned in advance for us to live our lives doing. Ephesians 2:10, NCV

For we are God's [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live]. Ephesians 2:10, The Amplified Bible

I'm no longer concerned about fitting in or joining the "human band". While others continue marching to the beat of their own drum, I have found the harmony of my life in Christ.

As long as I am marching to the beat of God's heart, I know who I am.

Praise belongs to the King
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I am free.




Free to be me.





Free to be who God created ME to be.




What could be more freeing than that?

And, guess what?

It IS good.

Who I am...in and through Christ... is good....very good, indeed~



still giving thanks...and reposting~

and joining beautiful Emily at:





and lovely Tracy at:



9 comments:

  1. I LOVE this...this is a sweet work the Lord has done in my as well...one that He wants for all His children...
    Blessings and Happy Thanksgiving

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  2. love living in that freedom of knowing i am loved just as i am...and just being...

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  3. there is so much freedom...I need to remember that!

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  4. ahh. that was like a breath of fresh air.. :) thank you again for the reminder of His goodness.

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  5. Hi Stacy - amen, free to be me. God created me the way I am - I must choose to use that which is me, for good and not bad! Great post
    God bless
    Tracy

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  6. Finding the harmony of our life in Christ...makes the dance much smoother. :) Thanks for the reminder that God does all things well! Happy Thanksgiving dear friend!

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  7. This is so cool,
    it is great to be free and smile.

    unbeatable sentiments here,

    Happy Thanksgiving.

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  8. such freedom in this post, friend. what a beautiful truth. xo

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  9. Love your last line about marching to the drumbeat of God's heart. I "get" this whole post. I think God is edging me to more of this... slowly. :)

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Thank you for leaving a "heartprint" of your own.