About 4 months ago I challenged myself to go through all of the I AM‘s of the bible. We know God is the great I am, this is what He calls himself when talking to Moses. God is whatever He needs to be in your present circumstance and beyond. There is no one word that can describe Him, He is, was, and will be. But what many don’t realize is that God also tells us who WE ARE in the bible. We are all different, and God loves us all uniquely, but there are some truths in how He made us. You are no accident my friend, He knew you before you were formed.
Personally, I struggle with who society tells me I should be, or stumble on figuring out my purpose in this life. I realized this was because I didn’t fully understand who God made me to be. And in order to do that, I needed to dig in deep. So that is partly what I have been doing these past months. Forcing myself to be quiet and still, forcing myself to be WITH my family (not distracted), and trying to simply walk in the rhythms of grace.
Some people seem naturally confident. I am not one of those people, I wish I was. But I am learning.
I started to write down everything I would come across in my bible reading about who God said I was. I researched on the internet and pulled up lists other people had compiled, like this one my Joyce Meyers. And as the pages grew, so did my understanding. These truths are how God sees me. Not the lies I tell myself. He doesn’t hold back His love until I reach the vision of my future self (the funnier, better looking, good deeds version of me). This is how He has always seen me…
…and this is how He sees you too.
Now as I pray every morning, I state out loud who God says I am. I repeat it every morning, at least the ones I remember off the top of my head, and I ask Him to write them on my heart.
I pray as if God is sitting right next to me, I picture Him in my head sitting with me as I pray out loud – and that He is really HEARING my prayers. I am not just offering them up to some infinite in space, but to a Father and a friend who is sitting right next to me. I can feel His loving arms around me, and know He is there.
I am not going to say I have got it all together yet, I am still learning. But along the process of learning who God says I am and asking Him to write them on my heart, I am using my gifts the best way I know how. Making little things here and there that help to reaffirm these truths.
The I Am floral bible skirt is one of these creations. Using every bible verse I could find, I made a fabric inspired by this dress I made for my daughter.
I AM FLORAL BIBLE SKIRT
I know I am not alone in my search for understanding and worth. By reading through these versus, praying, and occasionally even wearing these affirmations in a way that reminds me every day how God sees me, I am writing a new song for myself.
You are not alone. Not only have I been there (and still fall in the same, stupid pit from time to time), but I would venture to bet that half of your friends feel the same thoughts on a daily basis.
You are greatly loved.
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…