Over the years as life happens, we find that certain comments, opinions and even our own thoughts have an impact on who we believe we are. Little things like, "Gosh you are so clumsy," or "Sorry but you are just not musically talented," or even our own thoughts: "I'm so dumb why did I do that?" begin to affect how we show up in the world and we begin to limit ourselves, our dreams and our goals. Before we know it, God lovingly reminds us of the root problem, when we begin to see our children fall into similar patterns, as they question their self-worth when a punk kind down the street calls them names. WHO WE ARE and WHAT we believe about ourselves is far more important than we realize. The thoughts we have are powerful, much more than we realize (more on this in another post) but the thoughts of WHO WE ARE are key factors in our lives that can impulse us or drag us down.
My child once told me as she came home crying because she was called ugly and teased on that she wasn't pretty and that she would never make friends. I told her she was beautiful and amazing inside out, she said I had to say that because I'm her mom. She didn't believe me and I was hurt, and unsure how to proceed. Yet, How many times have you said the same to God? As he tells you that you are loved and precious (Isaiah 43), how many times have we not believed that we truly are WHO and WHAT He says we are. Maybe we have forgotten WHAT He says about us because the world is constantly reminding us otherwise.
Then God asked me to SHOW HER what WHO HE SAYS she is by showing her WHO HE SAYS I AM. As young children we find some sense of identity in our parents and what we believe OF THEM shapes what we believe of ourselves. So understanding WHO WE ARE is related to WHOSE WE ARE. I knew I needed to remind her of WHOSE SHE IS, not just what the world thinks. The voices of the world are so loud at times, they constantly bombard our mind with lies, but going directly to God's loving truth is always the way to go.
WHO GOD SAYS WE ARE
So I opened up the bible and started from a few verses including in Isaiah where her reminds us of WHO GOD SAYS WE ARE and HOW MUCH HE VALUES US. As I did so, I shared how at one point I too questioned my worth. I shared how I too wondered if I was valuable or if the words of others should affect me, and how I came to the point where I MADE A CHOICE, a PROMISE TO MYSELF that if it didn't align with WHAT GOD SAID then I was not going to believe it. That gives us a special kind of superpower many don't have. This special power found in God's word is truly worth looking at and reminding ourselves and our children of. I INVITED HER to CHOOSE WHO she would CHOOSE to believe the kids at school, the tv, her friends, or even the world of GOD regarding WHO SHE IS.
I think this was a good reminder for myself as well of WHAT God says of Me and WHO He SAYS I AM.
Maybe we all need to do the same, and ask ourselves that question, even several times throughout our week:
WHO do we CHOOSE to believe in regards to WHO WE ARE?
I want to share a special and unique way in which I have learned to hear God´s voice in his word. As we read the scripture truly feel God speaking it directly to you, insert your name into the text. God speaks through his word and therefore we can be sure he calls us by our name and we know the text written is for us, with certainty that He does talk to us.
Isaiah 43:1-7 WHO God Says YOU Are
Isaiah 43:1-7 NIV
But now, this is what the Lord says—
he who created you, _______ (your name),
he who formed you, ____________ ( your child's name):
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you __________ (insert your name or your child's name here);
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
2 When you pass through the waters, (YES even when things get really shaky and unstable GOD IS WITH YOU)
I will be with you __________ (insert your name or your child's name here);
and when you pass through the rivers, (YES even when overwhelming circumstances seem like rivers that you could drown in, you will not, GOD IS WITH YOU)
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire, (Even when you are going through burning pain and sorrow, GOD IS WITH YOU)
you will not be burned; (He will never leave you or forsake you no matter how heated the situation feels)
the flames will not set you ablaze.
3 For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I give Egypt for your ransom,
Cush[a] and Seba in your stead.
4 Since you are precious and honored in my sight,
and because I love you, __________ (insert your name or your child's name here)
I will give people in exchange for you,
nations in exchange for your life.
5 Do not be afraid, for I am with you; __________ (insert your name or your child's name here)
I will bring your children from the east
and gather you from the west.
6 I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’
and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’
Bring my sons from afar
and my daughters from the ends of the earth—
7 __________ (insert your name or your child's name here) who is called by my name,
whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed and made.”
I know we can all use a little reminder of WHO GOD SAYS WE ARE as we remind ourselves to BELIEVE HIS TRUTH not the world's. Reading these verses is a beautiful reminder of WHO GOD SAYS WE ARE and that we are not to conform to the world but to RENEW OUR MIND to know what God's good will is for and in our lives, as Romans 12:2 reminds us. Above all I know that just how we as parents are pleased and rejoice when our children stand in the truth of who they are, what they stand for and how worthy they are, God too is full of joy when we walk in HIS TRUTH.