September 25, 2014

Identity-Rubies in a Diamond World

"A capable, intelligent, and virtuous woman-who is he who can find her? 
She is far more precious than jewels and her value is far above rubies."
~Proverbs 31:10~

Oh that Proverbs 31 lady! She just has it all together doesn't she?

She likes to wake before dawn and is an excellent cook.

 I am still tired when I get out of bed at 9:30 and cook to the sound of a fire alarm. 

She is the quintessential woman. The woman all men want to marry and the woman we all wish we were.

I cannot talk about identity and not talk about this woman. I am 100% confident that she knows her identity in Christ and is unwavering in wonderment of who she is. Thus, giving birth to everything else she is that convicts us normal mortals to the core.

It is out of knowing her identity that she becomes this virtuous woman that men are lucky to find. And it is this woman that is worth “far more than rubies.”

Wait. What?


Why not diamonds?

We like diamonds God.

So why is it that a woman of good character is worth more than rubies and not diamonds? I actually came to this answer through my roommate and her search for all wisdom and knowledge through Uncle Google.

She found that a flawless ruby is more precious than a diamond of the same size.

So while the world searches for diamonds, God is searching for rubies.

The world places value on the diamond; God places value on the rubies.

The world would love to tell us what are value is. If we have more education our value goes up. If we have a successful career your value goes up. If you are a perfect size zero your value goes up. Perfect hair? You got it; your value goes.

We constantly hear that in order to be a diamond we have to do, say, and look a certain way.

God agrees. To be a diamond you do have to check all the boxes, but that’s why He is calling us to be rubies.

To be a ruby, we have to recognize that our source of value is the one who created us and planned our days before the formation on the world {:think on that one for a second-crazy:}.

We have value because when God created us, he breathed value into our being. He saw this time in history and knew that who He had already planned on you becoming was perfect for this time in history.

So many of us are walking around wishing and desiring to be a diamond, when you already are a ruby. Stop striving to be something you already are. Just be who you are. You are a ruby.

And when you realize what you are you are, then you can go fulfill all you were meant to be.

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September 20, 2014

Identity-Marred Clay

This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord
 “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.

You may have read in my last post, God has really been speaking to my heart lately on the topic of identity. I wrote a post about this beautiful image God gave me one day walking to school about how He wants to be the sole autograph on my heart.

Since then He has continued to grow me and stretch me and remake me in this area of identity.

I believe that one of the greatest reasons God chose to bring me all the way to Australia was so that he could help me find my true identity-in him.

By nature I am a people pleaser, to the extreme. I have realized in the past few months that so much of my identity was formed through trying to please other people and trying to fit into a mold that I thought would be the most pleasing to them. Meanwhile, I forgot to ask God what He thought about who I had become.

 I am certainly not blaming anyone, this is no ones fault but my own, which means it is my own responsibility to change it.

So why share something as personal as this journey on such a public platform?

As I talk to other women here who I believe are incredible, anointed, and just down right amazing I began to realize how much ground we have given the enemy in this sphere of our lives. So many women are wavering or simply crumbling in the area of their identity.

“Am I good enough?”
“Am I pretty enough?”
“Did I do well enough to make them proud of me?”
“Do they see me?”
“Am I worth being seen?”

It seems that we all have questions and doubts in our minds like these but we keep quiet about it because we “aren’t suppose to be” adults who have somehow lost their identity along the journey. But the truth is, countless women have lost a piece of their identity throughout the journey of life whether it be through similar situations as my own, marriage, motherhood, or any other number of possibilities.
When I read the verse above I realized that though I have been in his hands, I have allowed my pot to become “marred” by allowing God’s hands to be pushed away by the molding hands of others. Now God is asking me to allow him to take me back to that beginning stage, so that he can remake a pot that is a perfect vessel to house everything He has put within me.

It sounds so beautiful and poetic, but basically He is asking me to go back to mush. It is vulnerable and the capacity of a lump of clay is nearly zero, but the potential of that clay when shaped only by God is limitless.

A few weeks ago I was in class with my tutorial instructor and I was talking to her one-on-one after class. She is normally rather direct, but she looked at me in a very motherly way and without me saying a word to her about anything she stopped me and said, “You care about other people don’t you?” I said “yes, too much.” With my answer she smiled and wrapped me up in this big hug. Then she whispered in my ear “I did too, once.”

Now if you knew this woman you would never guess that she would have ever looked like the insecure mess I often am. She is bold and confident. Fierce. Fearless.

Watching her and her life lived out before me tells me what my identity looks like when I tune into what He says about me and listen a lot less to what others say about me.

It changes everything about the way you live. You start to live bolder because you are no longer walking on eggshells wondering if what you are doing, saying, or who you are becoming is pleasing to those around you.

You are fearless to peruse the dreams and desires in your heart because you are only fearful of what happens if you don’t rather than if you do. 

And you are finally designed in a way that fits your purpose. Instead of trying to complete everything God has placed in your heart to do through striving, you approach it from a place of rest and grace because you allowed Him to make you into a vessel for this very purpose.

When we allow “The Potter” to mold and shape us we can be sure that who we are is exactly who He needs us to be on the earth to fulfill His plans and purpose!

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September 17, 2014

I'm Back!

Hi friend! It feels so good to finally have a moment to breathe, sit down at the computer, and share my heart with you. First of all, if you are reading this, thank you. Thank you, for being so loyal to me in this corner of blogland even though posts are few and far between these days. I am still learning to navigate this new season, but sitting down and just sharing my heart with you all is therapy for my soul. I am reminded as I sit here how much I need this blog and the outlet it gives me. My prayer is that as my heart spills out with the words on this page that God would touch your heart as well.

So this post is just a bit of everything. I want to catch y’all up on life in Oz, introduce you to one of my friends, and give you a little commercial of what is to come in a new series I want to try out on the blog.

I am going to stay true to my random character and actually go in reverse order of what I just told you.  First, the commercial…One of the greatest things God is revealing to me here are these beautiful truths about identity. I want to take you all on that journey of identity with me and just unpack what He is showing me. My prayer is that my journey will somehow inspire, touch, or at least cause you to think about your own.

Next up, I need you to meet my friend, and you may not know it yet, but you need to meet her to. This is my friend Linds.

Yea, did I mention she is gorgeous? She totally is. {:Inside and out:} I have known Lindsay since I was a teenager. We were in youth group together at our then church, went our separate ways and then about 10 years later we were reunited at a different church where I started attending and she was interning. {:Crazy God connections huh?:} After reuniting, she has been one of the strongest Christian friendships God has given me. Her wisdom and love for people is unmatched. AND lucky for you she started a blog. She started it as a place for her to just journal her thoughts, but her thoughts are gold and you will be better for reading them. Promise. You may have read my post about her and her adorable hubby here.

Oh, and yea, finally how about some pictures to keep you updated with life here over the past few months?
I serve on a team called Frontline at church. It is the 25-35 year old age group and I love it! We have been playing life-size Jenga the past few weeks and it gets pretty serious. Look how tall that is! This guy is probably about 5'9'' if that gives you any indication.

I am not sure I have ever been to a more beautiful place than Australia. A few weeks ago I went to an outlook point over Sydney and as we were there, there were fireworks. What an awesome surprise. 

This girl is one of the first people I met here and she is pretty much the The end.

This is church! Yup, whoever said Christianity is dead is going to the wrong church. It is alive, well, and spreading.

A huge portion of my time here at college is spent serving. But, when you have the right attitude and serve with awesome people it makes even the most mundane of tasks fun {:like plating food at 6am for a breakfast of 500+ people:}!

We have chapel each day with all the students of the college. If the word "chapel" makes you think stuffy, boring church service then this chapel service would totally shatter that definition for you. LOVE chapel and what God does through it.

And these are the people I have class with every day. Legends.

I hope you are having the best day! *HUGS*

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