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Note to Self: Remember Who You Are

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Dear Bree,
Today you are sitting at a computer desk in a job that doesn’t fulfill your wildest dreams. You get up every morning during the week and drag yourself to the office and do the menial tasks before you. You stare at the clock as it slowly creeps on, minute by minute, towards 5 o’clock…

Today you also sit at a computer desk in a job that has allowed you to live in a 2-bedroom townhouse on your own for almost four years.  The paycheck you receive from this job allows you to wake up every morning in a warm bed, and take a hot shower before you drive your 2012 Toyota Corolla to work, where you get to work alongside your father, a hard-working, strict, but faithfully loving man, who you still look up to, even at the age of 30.

Do you remember the days of your life where you didn’t worry about what others thought of you?  Where you played and laughed and waved at strangers, just like the little boy that waved at you this morning as you let him and his scowling father cross the street before you in the pouring rain.

Do you remember what it was like to not be insecure, or anxious?  Do you remember what it was like before you met that evil character that has robbed you of so many happy moments, that character named Doubt?

Look at this picture above.  Look at the crooked smile of that five-year-old version of yourself.  Look at the awkward bangs and over-sized ribbons she sported so proudly.  Focus on her eyes; how she is looking up with confidence to the photographer, knowing that he would make her smile.

Look up, Bree!  Look up to the One who will make you smile, even through your tears. Look up to find your confidence and to banish the doubt you feel so strongly in your heart.  Look up to find the definition of who you are.

You are not defined by your job as merely the Administrative Assistant at a local consulting engineering firm.  You are not defined by the fact that you have three college degrees, that are collecting dust in some drawer somewhere in your back bedroom since you are not working in your field of study.

You are not defined by the bills that stack up or the debt you have collected.  You certainly are not defined by the broken relationships with men that could not remain faithful in a relationship, one where you poured your heart and soul into it, even as you turned a blind eye to their list of short-comings.

You are, however, defined by the fact that you are a Child of God.  One with a purpose, only known by the Creator of the Universe.  You were beautifully and wonderfully made by the careful hands of a God who sent His right-hand man, Jesus to earth, wrapped in flesh so that He could experience life and its trials and disappointments just like you.
But He also sent Him to walk among men so that He could pay a bill you could never afford to pay.  He sent His Son to be flogged and beaten, spit upon, and ridiculed.
He sent His Son to carry a wooden beam that His hands would be nailed to.  He sent His Son to stumble through crowded streets of people who were so savagely pleased to see Him walk to His death, instead of the accused murderous criminal, Barabbas.
He sent His Son to climb the hill to Golgotha, where He ever edged His way closer to the grave.  And He most of all He sent His Son to endure the most brutal and humiliating death upon a cross, for YOU, Bree, to wash away and cancel all of your sins.

Look up, Bree!  Look up and thank your God for all that He has done for you.  Look up and thank your God for all that He is doing for you.  Look up and thank your God for all that He will do for you.  Look up and thank your God for the opportunity that you will receive one day, to meet Him face to face and sing His praises forever.

Stop looking at the ground as you pass people on the street.  Face your doubts and fears head-on.  You know that You can overcome and achieve greatness, if only you begin to Look up to see who you really are.

Read the chart below (A Confident Heart, Pg. 107-108) and understand that you’ve…

“got to get [your] good enough from Jesus.  [You] belong to Him, [you are] clothed in His righteousness, forever beloved and accepted; a constant receipient of His steadfast love and grace”.  – Gary Morland

I am accepted…

John 1:12    I am God’s child.

John 15:15    I am a friend of Jesus Christ, as His disciple.

Romans 5:1    I have been justified.

1 Corinthians 6:17    I am united with the Lord, and one with Him in spirit.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20    I have been bought with a price and belong to God.

1 Corinthians 12:27    I am a member of Christ’s body.

Ephesians 1:3-8    I have been chosen by God and adopted as His child.

Hebrews 4:14-16    I have direct access to the throne of grace through Jesus Christ.

I am secure…

Romans 8:1-2    I am free from condemnation.

Romans 8:28    I am assured that God works for my good in all circumstances.

Romans 8:31-39    I am free from condemnation.  I cannot be separated from God’s love.

2 Corinthians 1:21-22    I have been established, anointed, and sealed by God.

Philippians 1:6    I am confident God will complete the good work He started in me.

Philippians 3:20    I am a citizen of heaven.

Colossians 3:1-4    I am hidden with Christ in God.

2 Timothy 1:7    I have been given a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind.

1 John 5:18    I am born of God, and the evil one cannot touch me.

I am significant…

John 15:5    I am a branch of Jesus Christ, the true vine, and a channel of His life.

John 15:16    I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit.

1 Corinthians 3:16    I am God’s temple.

2 Corinthians 5:17-21    I am a minister of reconciliation for God.

Ephesians 2:6    I am seated with Jesus Christ in the heavenly realm.

Ephesians 2:10    I am God’s workmanship.

Ephesians 3:12    I may approach God with freedom and confidence.

Philippians 4:13    I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.

Remember… “Don’t fret or worry.  Instead of worrying, pray.  Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns.  Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down.  It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.
Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious – the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.  Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized.  Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.”  Philippians 4:6-9, The Message

What did YOU look like before you met Doubt?

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  1. Bree, this is beautiful! It is so easy sometimes to let the product of our world define us. I have been struggling with this big time this week. You words were a great encouragement to me! Thank you for taking the time to share!

    1. You are so right! Comparison does a number on our hearts and provides us false identities. We need to put a stop to our tendencies to reach outward for love and acceptance, and take a moment to reach upward so that His grace can remind us who we really are. I am so blessed to know that my letter was able to touch your heart today! I pray that you will continue to remind yourself how wonderful and worthy you are, even in the darkest of moments!

    1. Renee, I must admit that I squealed like that five year old version of myself when I saw your comment! Thank you so much for being brave enough to candidly share your struggles with doubt in such an inspiring way. Chapter after chapter, your words have reached out and grabbed hold of me. Also, thank you so much for taking time to stop by and read. Have a blessed rest of your week!

  2. Thank you for sharing. Your blog speaks to me I’ve been struggling this week especially today and you have touched my heart and reminded me of who I am or rather whose I am. Thank you! God bless!

    1. Thank you so much for your comment, Camille! I love that, “who I am and whose I am”. Such a great way to think of it! Keep looking up, girl, He’ll bring you through!

    1. Aww, Veronica, thank you! It amazes me, with each comment how many others are out there facing the same struggles, doubts and fears. Keep your chin up, reaching to the One who can help us overcome! Be blessed!

  3. Bree this speaks volumes my friend. I needed this reminder that there is more to me than titles, degrees, etc. Not that I’m one up on those things but some times I look back and thing did I pour myself into the right things.

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