A God-given identity.
It’s always been my personal struggle. And I know it is a struggle for many.
Because the attacks against our identity begin even before we are born.
The baby growing within the womb of a woman unprepared and unwanting of the pregnancy. Studies show that even in this stage of life, the ability for a child to attach and connect with love is significantly impacted.
The baby born into a home of addiction, detachment, abuse, or neglect soon internalizes the belief that somehow they were never enough. It was their fault the abuse happened.
Loss of life. A parent, a caregiver, a sibling, or a significant other person from within life leaves a gaping hole to even a small child.
School, sports, dance, and other activities bring celebration and grief. Teachers, coaches, leaders and parents sadly use their platform to attack the identity of children. Failure is breeding ground for self-condemnation without an adult speaking truth and encouragement.
Relationships are life-giving, yet betrayal inevitably happens. The sting can leave our worth in devastation.
So, as the enemy prowls and finds his way into the words and lives of the many within our midst, he seeks to destroy our identity. Because he knows something very powerful.
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Friends, today I pray for you. I pray you grasp your God-given identity and leave behind the identity the world placed upon you. You’ve carried it much to long.
Additionally, I want to share with you a powerful post and resource about identity. I know that I and many others can tell you how wonderful you are in the eyes of God. We can tell you to walk away from the labels of ‘not enough’ that have been stuck to you in the darkest moments of life. But you will ask,
“The lie of shame settles deep within the hearts of those affected by trauma. It is a belief that the events must be kept secret or else seldom talked about. It is the belief that because of the trauma there is something inherently wrong with the very essence of who you are.
This shame is a lie.
And this lie can only be overcome when brought into the light.”
To read more from her post, Fighting the Lies of Trauma, follow me over there. When you do, would you love on her in true #MomentsofHope fashion? And would you remember that you, my friend are a child of God? Chosen. Loved. Planned with purpose. And able to live victoriously with hope and freedom knowing that your identity is one created by the God of the Universe!
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What I ask of you:
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2. Important: If you don’t have a blog post or podcast that resonates with HOPE, join in other ways as you pray and encourage others with a comment or a prayer.
3. Please leave a comment on the link just before each of your links. Would you love on them well? Encourage them in their efforts to share the hope of Jesus. If you have time, stop by more than one sweet writer’s little corner of the blog world!
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5. If this gives you hope, would you consider sharing it with others to give them hope, too?
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