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Who are you?

Who are you? This is the catch,  you can’t say:

  1. your name
  2. your occupation (including students), or anything else that you spend your time doing
  3. your relationship to others (e.g. I am the daughter of so and so, or I am the friend of so and so)
  4. anything that you own or possess

Your answer has to define who you are from the inside, not with reference to anything external, including other people (or pets!), or how you pass time. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Photo Credit: http://www.fuentesevangelism.com/holy-spirit-by-power5.jpg

I am a Spirit-filled woman of God, who has been saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, not because of my own goodness (because I when I met Him, I was anything but good), but because of His goodness and mercy. I was created, as all people are, for the glory of God, and it is when I am glorifying Him, that I am most fully who I am… the Spirit-filled woman of God… me.

I am a woman of great joy, as is anyone who has been set free from a prison of fear and pain. I walk in that joy at all times, even in the midst of physical pain, because even in the midst of all that pain, I know that it will pass… that there are others who have suffered far more than me… that one day, I will feel no more pain… that in my weakness, His strength is made perfect… This is who I was created to be, and joy is an integral part of who I am, again, not from my own merit, but because this is who God created me to be.

Photo Credit: http://media-cache0.pinterest.com/upload/25473554112709347_d0j2UHoa_b.jpg

I am forgiven and forgiving. Because I have been forgiven much, I am able to forgive much… There are times when I am extremely angry… when someone hurts me or someone I love… when I see the victims of tragedies… when I see injustice… when I witness sin in me or in someone else… when what is right is called wrong, and what is wrong is called right… But I am able to forgive the men, women and sometimes even children, who commit these sins and atrocities, because I too have sinned and fall far short of God’s glory, and if He forgave my sins, then how can I not forgive the sins of others? 

I am loved and loving. Because God loves me, I am a woman of love. I love those who love me back, and I also love those who hate me. I love those who treat me kindly, and I also love those who have hurt me, abused me, rejected me, cursed me and treated me unfairly. I don’t like what they have done to me, but I love the people, not because I’m a great person. Believe me, if you knew me, you would see my flaws, and how I have struggled to love those who have “done me wrong.” I am a woman of love because I am loved by God. Do you know that even when I was in the midst of my deepest, darkest sin, He loved me? Oh, and get this… He didn’t just tolerate me or say He loves me. No, He loves me passionately, knowing what I’ve done, and what’s been done to me. He loves me with a love that is indescribable, and He wooed me with His love, and I couldn’t help myself. He sent His only Son to pay my death penalty for the sins I had committed. I fell head over heals in love with Him, and the funny thing is, the deeper my love for Him grows, the deeper my love for others grows.

Photo Credit:
http://thrasheradoption.blogspot.com/2012/02/mommy-who-jesus-loves.html

In summation, who am I? I am a Spirit-filled, joyful, forgiving and loving woman, because Christ changed me from a spiritless, melancholy, unforgiving and bitter woman when He gave me new life.

© 2013
Cheryl A. Showers

The LORD Your God Is With You

The LORD your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17 NIV)

Zephaniah 3:17
Zephaniah 3:17 (Photo credit: Charlotte90T)

Wow. Have you ever had one of those dark times? One of those times when your heart is heavy, and you can’t share why you’re so burdened? Have you ever grieved, and again, you can’t share what it is you’re grieving for, or why or who, but it’s there, like a weight in your chest? It’s like a lump lodged in your throat, choking off your ability to breathe or speak or even utter a sound, for fear you’ll completely fall apart and lose the composure you’re trying so desperately to maintain…

That’s where I’ve been today, and then I visited a friend’s blog, and I saw that she had done a study on one of my life verses… Zephaniah 3:17. And I heard the voice of the Lord as He spoke to me:

Beloved, be still, I Am with you
Do you remember what I told you long ago?
Do you remember what I showed you?
Beloved, I Am with you now
I’ve never left your side
I Am here –
Beside you
In front of you
In back of you
Covering you
Within you
I Am here, Beloved
I Am with  you

Beloved, I Am mighty to save you
Don’t you remember what I did for you so long ago?
Remember how I arose and showed Myself strong on your behalf?
Beloved, I was with you then
I Am with you now
I Am here –
Beside you
In front of you
In back of you
Covering you
Within you
I Am here, Beloved
I Am with  you

Beloved, I take great delight in you
I am neither ashamed or disappointed in you
Beloved, you bring Me joy ~ you’re the apple of My eye
Beloved, I Am delighted with you
I Am here, My love
I Am here –
Beside you
In front of you
In back of you
Covering you
Within you
I Am here, Beloved
I Am with  you

Hush, My love ~ be still
Let Me quiet you with My gentle love
I know you think you failed Me
I know your heart is shattered and crushed
Peace, be still ~ You have not failed Me
I Am here –
Beside you
In front of you
In back of you
Covering you
Within you
I Am here, Beloved
I Am with  you

Hush now as I sing to you a song of joy
Listen, can you hear My voice?
Beloved, do you hear the melody as I sing?
You are My beloved, My treasure, My bride
Beautiful, Adored, Worthy of My love
I Am here –
Beside you
In front of you
In back of you
Covering you
Within you
I Am here, Beloved
I Am with  you

Oh how He loves us! I am so grateful for His word today… so thankful for His love… The LORD your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17 NIV)

© 2012
Cheryl A. Showers