Finding My Identity by Sonya

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This new season in my life has brought me to a place of finding my new identity. I have been a stay at home mom for twelve years and my last child went off to kindergarten a week ago. I can’t describe in words the emotions I felt as my baby boy went off to school. My four kids don’t need me now like they used to but have different needs, as one is in 7th, 5th, 2nd and now kindergarten. So they are in different stages and don’t depend on mom and dad as much as before. I feel my identity has changed and I am now trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. This season has been so hard for me because you raise your kids and have invested so much time and energy into them that in the midst of it you forget what your identity is and what God created you to be.  Then I read 1 Colossians 3:1-2, “Since then, you have been raised with Christ, set your heart on the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things.” This verse spoke to me. As a child of God my focus is not on the worldly things but on heavenly things. I have put so much focus on my family that at times I miss what God is calling me to do beyond that. As I have reflected over the past week, God has called me to much bigger things than raising my family and has instilled in me passions that are tugging at my heart. I have been listening to His voice and praying and He has shown me opportunities. The more I am praying over these things the more God has opened doors for me to be a part of ministries that deal with human trafficking and working with single moms.  I realize after following His voice He is showing me my new identity in Him and the Kingdom work He has set in front of me. Finding my new identity has been hard because I had to cut the umbilical cord to my kids and let God grow and shape them when they are at school and anywhere. It doesn’t change the mom and wife I am but I am learning more than that and God created me to be a “light” in this dark world. Through listening to God and prayer it has helped to direct my steps and know His will for me and that He has chosen me for such a time is this. So remember your identity is in HIM and that comes first in who you are. 1 Peter 2:9 says it wonderfully, “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness in to his wonderful light.”

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