Wednesday, April 3, 2013

I Know Whose I Am


Every week, Holley Gerth’s God-sized Dream Team gets together to encourage each other. I invite you to join us. After all, even if you’re not in the process of pursuing a God-sized dream, we all need some encouragement in life, don’t we?

Holley’s question for us this week…
Why is your dream worth pursuing, fighting for and seeing through no matter what happens?

I recently had to get my driver’s license renewed. In the state of Iowa, you receive a temporary license and wait for the new one to be mailed to you in approximately 21 days. This was my first time renewing my license since this became the procedure, and I didn’t know what to expect.

As I tried to decide what day I had hours to spend at the DMV, I started to feel a little panicked at the thought of turning in my license and leaving with only a temporary. I can’t even remember the last time I didn’t have a picture ID. I needed my picture ID!

Thoughts raced through my mind…

What if I get pulled over when I drive to Nebraska later this month?

How do I renew my library card without my picture ID?!

What if I need to buy pseudoephedrine from the pharmacy in the next 21 days!?!

Somehow, I was getting my identity mixed up with having, or not having, a picture ID. But that’s silly, I told myself, it’s just an ID. I know who I am and where my identity is—in Christ.

And then I wondered, is this how it feels for someone who doesn’t know her identity in Christ?

I may worry and start to panic when life isn’t going well and everything is about to change, but I know Whose I am—and He doesn’t change.

So, to answer Holley’s question…
Why is my dream of encouraging women in their walk with Christ worth pursuing and fighting for?

Because I know what He’s done in my life—the comfort He gives, the stability He provides, the love and grace He washes over me—and I don’t want to keep it a secret.

I want to be a witness for Jesus.

I want other women to see and feel God’s work in their lives—to know without a doubt that her identity is in the One who never changes.

As it turns out, (don’t laugh) the temporary ID has a black and white picture on it. So, it’s all good. Well, except maybe for the picture itself. But no worries! I get to do it all over again in 5 years. {smile}

In Christ,
Laura 

8 comments:

  1. I'm with you in wanting to be a witness for Jesus.

    Full-colored blessings in all you do!

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  2. Hi Laura
    I can assure you that not one of us has oil paintings in our driver license books!
    Oh well, like you said our identity does not lie in that book!
    Visiting from Jennifer's
    Much love to you
    Mis

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  3. I am so thankful that God knows who I am! And you are so right in that we know what He's done in our life. Our story is worthy telling!

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  4. So good to be reminded that my identity is in Christ. Anyday, but for me especially TODAY. Thank you, Laura!

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  5. I truly enjoyed this post. It was like sitting down with a friend over coffee to laugh and be encouraged by the reminder of our true identity in Christ and the peace that this brings. God bless you lots! :)

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  6. It's nice to find your blog via missionalwomen.com! ;)

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  7. What a good reason for wanting to get to know other women. I totally want this too...to be a witness for Jesus Christ. Thanks for always being so faithful in linking up over at WholeHearted Home each week.

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  8. A friend gifted me a mug that said, "My life goal is to weigh what my licence says I do."

    I love your answer: "Because I know what He's done in my life." When our hearts bubble, it's a natural reaction to tell someone.

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Thank you for sharing your thoughts!