What about me? Who am I?

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Have you ever taken a picture of yourself and then just sat and looked at it and wondered-who is that person? OK, that may sound a little weird but just bear with me!

I have struggled my whole life with who I am.

I was never the prettiest in school or the most athletic. I had horrible acne and glasses. To top it all off I really didn't know how to put on make-up so I always felt super self conscious.

I was not the greatest reader. I struggled with my schooling.

I am a klutz.

I am horrible at organization.

I really seriously thought that I was a joke that God decided to make just for the fun of it.

Then add getting married and two babies right after the other resulting in a post baby body that (in my mind) left MUCH to be desired I was pretty angry at God.

There. I admitted it-I was angry at God.

March 2014-I realize that for years I have been listening to so many lies and believing them and I pray and ask the Lord to show me who I am in Christ.

Wow.

As I dove into scripture I realized the TRUTH that has been in there all the time about who I was in Christ and what beauty there was in that!

So I thought I would share some of those truths for any of you that really made and continue to make a difference in my life:

Lie: I am unworthy.
Truth: Jeremiah 31:3-

The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying:
“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.

Lie: I am a failure.

Truth: I am a work in progress! Phillipians 2:6-

being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;

Lie: I am taken advantage of.

Truth: Jeremiah 29:11-13

 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.


Lie: I am alone.

Truth: Hebrews 13:5

 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”


Lie: I am useless.

Truth: Phillipians 2:13

 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

Lie: Fear is a part of life.

Truth: 2 Timothy 1:7; Joshua 1:9; Proverbs 29:25; Psalm 27:1

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.


Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”


The fear of man brings a snare,

But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid?


Lie: I can never change.

Truth: Ezekial 34:27

Then the trees of the field shall yield their fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase. They shall be safe in their land; and they shall know that I am the Lord, when I have broken the bands of their yoke and delivered them from the hand of those who enslaved them.


Lie: God does not want to help me.

Truth: Psalm 118:5-9; 13-14; 17

I called on the Lord in distress;

The Lord answered me and set me in a broad place.
The Lord is on my side;
I will not fear.
What can man do to me?
The Lord is for me among those who help me;
Therefore I shall see my desire on those who hate me.
It is better to trust in the Lord
Than to put confidence in man.
It is better to trust in the Lord
Than to put confidence in princes.

You pushed me violently, that I might fall,
But the Lord helped me.
14 The Lord is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation.


I shall not die, but live,
And declare the works of the Lord.


Lie: I am unholy.
Truth: 1 Peter 2:9-10

 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.


Lie: I am not cared for.

Truth: Jeremiah 31:3

The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying:
“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.


Lie: I am given the short end of the stick.

Truth: Psalm 1
Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
    Nor stands in the path of sinners,
    Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
    And in His law he meditates day and night.
 He shall be like a tree
    Planted by the rivers of water,
    That brings forth its fruit in its season,
    Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.
 The ungodly are not so,
But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.

Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,

Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
 For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the ungodly shall perish.

So what about you? How do you fight the lies that the enemy sends your way?
I have these verses written in the front of my Bible so I can find them quick when I need to be encouraged to dwell on the truth rather then the lie.

Do you ever struggle with wondering why God had even bothered to create you?
I did for many many years and I still do honestly BUT the Lord has been opening my eyes lately to TRUTHS about who I am and who He has made ME to be and that has helped!

What is your favorite verse for combating lies and why? I would love to hear it!










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  1. Love this post, Katy, and I can relate to feeling self-conscious. But I would never have guessed you struggled with thoughts like this, because you strike me as someone who has a strong sense of purpose and wants to serve The Lord with her life - and you do! Thanks for always being such an encouragement to me - I know God has used you in my life just through your blog! :-)

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    1. Aww thank you so much Callie!!! I loved this and it was such an encouragement to me! YOu are my blog "I want to be like her" lol and I just love how sweet you are :) Thank you!!

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  2. So far as I can tell, your feelings are VERY common for women. Can't speak for men, but maybe you could ask your hubby whether men struggle so much with these issues. Women are designed for relationships in a way that men were not, so I suspect this makes us more likely to compare ourselves with others in ways that are not Christ-like!
    Recently I was complaining to my hubby that I couldn't find a Bible study that I found challenging and soaked in Scripture, and so he challenged me to do my own. So, I have started the ground work, and as I feel that before we can even start to understand ourselves, we must understand who God is, I have been looking at His divine attributes - what He is, and it has left me in awe - He is amazing - and yet, He loves us - He chose us to bear His image - we can't be rubbish then! So, that would bring me to a verse for you to combat the lies we often entertain... What about: So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them - Genesis 1 v 27 - not the verse one would automatically think of, but it has a lot of meaning in it, doesn't it? =)
    In Him,
    Betsy

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing Betsy! That verse is so beautiful because when you stop to think that GOd created is in HIS image-wow, what an amazing truth that I think we can tend to overlook. So much meaning!!
      It is also so so true that in order to understand ourselves we need to understand HIM. I have been realizing the importance of that and also how little I know and understand who God is! So it is almost like I am starting all over again on my journey to really truly know and understand for myself WHO God is :)
      So exciting!
      Blessings :)

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  3. I really love this post! I can sympathize with you on never feeling satisfied with your appearance. I think we would both be shocked if we saw ourselves the way our husbands see us. I am so happy you are finding peace and learning to accept who you are! May God bless you and keep reminding you that you are His wonderful creation :) Love ya!

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    1. Awww I love you :) God is so good! Thank you for your encouragement :)

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  4. Growing up I hated myself. I mean, everything about me was awful in my eyes - the way I looked, dressed, behaved, etc. At school I was the one to be teased ALL THE TIME. I didn't have any friends, so the other kids made even more fun of me for talking to my cats (and sometimes to myself, in public). It was a vicious circle of rejection and stepping out of social situations. I can't tell you how many nights I cried and prayed to God that he would just kill me - at 8 years old, mind you. In my teens, I was angry at God. REALLY angry. I hated him (there, I said it!). And then, in my late teens/early twenties, I just didn't care anymore. God and I had nothing to do with each other. I lived my life, and he did his thing. I wasn't angry anymore, I just didn't care.
    The last few years, however, we've been talking again. We discussed it in detail, I told him what I thought, and he shared some of his thoughts. Right now I can say that we get along pretty well. I still haven't understood some of the things in the past, and we have a lot more work ahead of us, but I think it's going to be ok.
    Point I'm making is that this is a dynamic relationship. You will change as you grow older, you will see things with different eyes. A relationship with God is very much like the relationship with your parents - you don't always agree, or see things their way, and when you're small, they are your heroes, and then times will come when you think everything they do is wrong, and then you will mature some more and understand them. But in the end, no matter what happens between you, there is always love, and that's what matters most (aka 1 Cor 13:13).

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    1. Wow thank you so much for sharing so openly. I can relate with the teasing/hatred at school (i was nine) it was horrible and I am so sorry you had to go through that so young. You are so right about it being a relationship that is alive and growing and changing that is the beautiful thing about our God :)
      Thanks for sharing!
      Katy

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  5. And here I was thinking you look like Jewel Staite. It's amazing how differently we perceive ourselves than others!

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