Remember Who You Are

Was there a time in your life where you felt God pour straight into your soul? As if He really knew you, He loved you, and He was completely aware of where you were at?

If you answered yes, I wonder, is your experience of Jesus’ love a thing of the past?

Becoming A Lost Sheep

When I was in college, I studied the scriptures tirelessly. I received many undeniable answers to prayer. I marveled at His hand in my life.

Marriage made me a better person, a more giving human, and drew me closer to Christ in ways I may never have experienced otherwise. But, in one particular way, my connection to God also suffered: I was too happy!

I tried to consciously share my joy in prayer, but it was short-lived. Slowly, work, date night, and to-do lists got in the way of my quality time with God.

Simply put, unless I had a specific reason to turn to the Lord, I forgot.

Not only that; I also had an incredible husband to turn to in my sorrows.

Unexpected Idols

And there’s nothing inherently wrong with that, but I once heard a woman describing a difficult period of her life, and, of working through it, she said:

“I realized [my spouse] was my husband, not my Savior.”

And it stopped me in my tracks.

You see, an idol can be anything you put before your relationship with the Lord โ€” from your money, pride, and politics, to your partner, your friends, or your fitness.

As Jesus told Thomas, He is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14: 6 KJV).

Forgetting to Look Up โฌ†โฌ†โฌ†

Over time, this gradual setting of God on the back-burner backfires with a vengeance.

You’ve likely heard this story before:

You Are Special by Max Lucado

As a kid, I used to sit in the children’s section and read the bookstore’s copy, before we bought our own.

The author tells of a group of wooden puppets called wemmicks, who label each other with stickers: stars for popularity, and dots for โ€” not-so-much.

After receiving only dots throughout the book, a young boy comes across a girl who has no stickers at all. In fact, any stickers she receives refuse to stick! When he asks, she tells the boy to go and see their Maker. He obliges, and when he inquires about his friend, the Maker says:

For now, just come to see me every day, and let me remind you how much I care.

When my own hardships came along of course I lost sight of my identity! I forgot who I was, because I forgot who I was to Him.

So, how do we intentionally check in with our Maker?

6 Ways You Can More Readily Feel God’s Love

#1: Pick a time and a place to connect. More than morning and evening prayer, try to carve out just 5 minutes a day to think about Him, ask His advice, and consecrate your daily activities for His divine purpose. He will magnify what you can do, and let you know that He is there!

#2: Make your connection meaningful. When you pray, don’t pray on autopilot.

I listened to a great podcast episode the other day, where Josh and Christi Straub discussed the difference between content-based vs. process-based conversation.

Content-based conversation focuses on what happened that day. Process-based conversation focuses on how you feel about what happened that day.

In other words, don’t be all business. Good or bad, make time to tell God how you feel.

#3: Read His word, and listen for His voice. Since starting this journey, I notice the clamor of the world much more. In some ways, focusing on what is in my heart drowns that out, but blogging, social media, and media in general, also lead to more exposure.

There are a hundred different “right” ways to do things. If you want to know which is for you, ask God, not Google. Read His word, and tune-in to His voice. As you allow Him opportunities to answer your prayers, He will remind you how much He loves you.

#4: Act when prompted. The more you act on information God entrusts to you, the more promptings you will receive. Be willing to be on His errand:

For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

Matt. 16:25 (KJV)

#5: Ask for help. Depression, anxiety, and other matters of mental and physical health are real and debilitating.

If you consistently feel helpless, or worthless, you may need to seek out the help of trusted friends and family, as well as a professional.

Don’t be afraid. You are not defective. You are enough. And knowing that will change your life for the better. You just have to take that first step.

#6: Share your story. Finally, share you story. Bear testimony of what the light of Christ has done for you. Peace and love multiply as we mourn with those that mourn, and use our God-given experiences to empathize with those who are where we have been.

Remember: you are special, because you are His.

Whether you have never felt, once felt, or currently feel God’s redeeming love, here’s to intentionally taking steps to feel it again and again.

โค Jenny

Ideas for Discussion

  1. When did you first feel His love and know it was for you?
  2. What helps you “tune in” to His love and tune out of distractions?
  3. Who are youโ€” in three sentences or less?

27 thoughts on “Remember Who You Are

  1. Nice post! Obviously Scripture is full of pertinent passages for what you described. For those in the “rut” though, Paul’s second letter to Timothy covers all the bases: God’s grace in the good and bad times (which, the letter was written before his death but he hardly considered that the “low” point of his life), the importance of the Word (spoilers: it’s VERY IMPORTANT), and how God is faithful in His grace and word.

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    1. Yes!! Paul understood grace so well. And I love how you point out his emphasis on the importance of God’s word. I will have to go back and re-read that section for some personal study. Thank you for sharing! ๐Ÿ’•

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  2. Thank you so much for the reminder… I needed to hear all this.

    (1) When did you first feel His love and know it was for you?
    My sophomore year at Jeromeville; you’ll read about that later. But I really can trace it all back to that night freshman year when my friends were being loud and I threw the tantrum. I was given an opportunity to tell that story in 2016, when I was invited to speak at Jeromeville Christian Fellowship’s Alumni Night, and I hope that maybe some other freshman out there was inspired to reach out to some other confused lost kid who needed to experience God’s love. (That’s kind of a spoiler, because at the current point in my story I hadn’t yet attended any JCF events, I just knew of the group because I had friends who went… sorry! I may have told you about that already before, though.)

    What helps you โ€œtune inโ€ to His love and tune out of distractions?
    Whatever it is, I’m having a hard time with it nowadays… :\

    Who are youโ€” in three sentences or less?
    I’m still trying to figure that out.

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    1. You’re welcome โค๏ธ. I’m glad it was meaningful for you. I’m excited to hear the full story of your coming to Jesus, when we get there. It’s certainly a blessing the people he puts into our lives.

      A couple of people gave some good suggestions here in the comments!

      I just finished writing the first episode for our podcast. It’s a couple of months out from launching, but that is what I’m hoping to focus on – knowing and owning your identity. It’s such a struggle. I am still trying to figure all of it out, too. But I’m learning ๐Ÿ˜Š.

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  3. This is amazing! When we decided at the beginning of the year to sell our house and move all we were focused on was looking for a new home. We found one we loved and put in an offer before really stopping to pray about it. There was another offer made and accepted right before ours and it made us both stop and think! We immediately thanked God because if we had bought that house we would have not been able to make the payments and still have money for other things, too. I kept hearing, โ€œFix the houseโ€ and had no idea what that meant until that day. Now we are obeying God and focusing on renovating our house before selling. I really learned a lot that day! Always pray before any decision no matter how big or small.

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    1. I love this, Michelle. This is exactly what I think “consecration” means – being willing to take those decisions to God, even the small ones. Everything works together for our good when we involve Him in that process. Thank you so much for sharing โค๏ธ.

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  4. Loved the share ma’am. ๐Ÿ’ฏ

    When I am having difficulty focusing on His love – I listen for His leading and it could be to reach out to someone and in return I find healing yo my heart or read my promise book etc.

    God’s love is so abundant. We can’t afford to do without it!. Its out life!

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    1. That’s so beautiful โค๏ธ. When we have difficulty, we just need to listen and He will guide us. His hand is in every detail of our lives, especially as we invite Him. Thank you for sharing ๐Ÿ˜Š. God bless!

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  5. I love this! We tend to think idols are images and weird looking voodoo stuff. Our goals, relationships, and anything we value more than our relationship with God are idols. Our spouse can become an idol. Only God’s love in our hearts can satisfy and set us free.

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  6. Love this post Jenny, thank you! You made many great points. We have to be careful not to allow idols (rather people or things) to take Godโ€™s place in our lives. We need Him every moment of every day, not just when things are hard. Spending time with the Lord is a necessity.

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    1. Amen โค๏ธ. I love how you say that – a necessity. It’s something I have to continually remind myself to prioritize. Thank you for sharing and for stopping by today, Dawn! God bless ๐Ÿ™.

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