Welcome back sweet sisters in Christ! I trust and pray you are enjoying His presence more and more! If you’re struggling today, consider yourself in good company! As you read, please know I’ve prayed for you! ❤
Well! We are wrapping up this series of If All The World's A Stage! I hope you've enjoyed it! If you've missed the other posts, you can easily find them on the Series page listed in the menu of this blog!
We last talked about how we can please God just by clinging to Him. He so loves being with us! Today, I wanted to talk about finding our identity in Him and how that leads us to worship Him!
A Hard Lesson for Mom
Prior to having children, there was a time when you could have easily found me in a closet at a school playing games and secretly teaching children how to communicate better, like how to say their /r/ sounds. Since my son was born, I stopped working that way and started working in a completely different way.
Motherhood changed me. It gave me a reason to serve and love wholeheartedly in my everyday routines, yet I fought it. Boy I did. I wanted to use my mind; after all, I’d spent all these years in school trying to be one smart cookie! I hadn’t learned much of anything those years about using my hands. Housework was just not fun. The Lord helped me by giving me a reason to carry out all that handy, not so dandy, but rather blandy work!
Today, when I fold clothes and hopefully put them away, it’s not just so I’ll have something to wear tomorrow (and know where it is), it’s so I can teach my kids how to sort colors, organize messes, match like items and to serve others too. It’s also to relieve them of any anxiety or stress and to help our day run smoother. Motherhood has taught me that children are much more complex than a speech impediment and are worthy of our best love, time, and attention, even if some of that attention is teaching them to do things I really don’t like to do!
Since beginning homeschool, I’ve realized those things I used to do are just not as possible to do. Take working on my own son’s /r/ sounds, for example. He should be saying them fine by now, but he has not learned that so quickly ( what are the odds, truly!?)
Instead of adding speech therapy to my plate, I decided to send him to another therapist.
Now that was humbling.
This was extremely difficult to let go of, but it was also freeing. I no longer saw him as someone I need to fix where I felt the pressure to meet /r/ blend goals at the sentence level like everyday, all day. I can see my son only as my sweet boy whom I love and enjoy communicating with him. I can just hear his jokes and laugh!
You see, it was very easy for me to be very critical of my son’s speech. It was as if I saw my son as someone who had this problem, like something was wrong with him that I really needed to fix. It kept me from enjoying his ideas. I’d interrupt him just to see if I could illicit a good /r/ sound. I didn’t have patience with him. I couldn’t just enjoy being with him in those moments. But imagine how he felt trying to tell me something he was excited about only for him to leave frustrated that he couldn’t articulate it AND that his mom couldn’t share in his joy in that very moment. It breaks my heart to realize it, but I just couldn’t hear him.
He came with the most willing heart to spend time with me, and all I could hear was his problem.
Our Father Loves Us Just the Way We Are
Do you ever feel your Heavenly Father thinks that way about you, sweet sister? That He can’t hear you because you keep messing up?
When Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sins, He RIPPED that curtain that said we weren’t good enough to stand and be heard by the God of the Universe.
As Christians, We are already loved, cherished, and pleasing to our Father because of what Jesus did when He died on the cross to save us from the penalty of all our sin.
(If you are unsure if you are a Christian, please go here!)
God sees us as His children and He loves us for who we are! We don’t have to do anything differently to be loved any more by our Heavenly Father, just as my son would never have to fix his /r/’s to be any more loved by me!
If we will let our Lord help us and as we cling to Him, the Spirit of Jesus with His Word becomes our own therapist, if you will. 🙂
He helps us to learn the next thing and practice it, and learn it and practice it and practice it some more in different ways until we get it!
Jesus is helping us, sanctifying us through and through because it helps us to communicate His love more clearly to those around us, that God might be more glorified. He doesn’t need us to bring Him glory, He already has all the glory, but He loves us so much, He chooses to shine through us! This is how we shine as stars in the world!
“Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life…” Philippians 2:12-16
Verse 13, helps us to see that God is the One who works in us to will and to work for His good pleasure. He’s the one that gives us the get-up-and-go. He’s the one who powers us to move! We do not do good on our own. As we surrender to the Lord and cling to Him in prayer and meditation on His Word, we will experience more of His power.
Not too long ago, it would have been nearly impossible for me to have shared with you my sinful heart against my own son. People pleasing has been such a struggle, including protecting my image or my identity. It’s silly really. Christ in me and Christ being shown and known is all that matters!
I love that precious boy more than anything in this world! I wanted him to not be hindered by his speech. I’d protect him from every joke or anxiety from it if I could! But could it be that his speech wasn’t as much the problem as my own pride? Pride that said a skillful speech therapist’s son should have perfect speech?
My identity is not found in being a great speech therapist or in being a perfectly loving mom.
Who would I be if not for Jesus!?
My Identity Is In Christ Alone
The sacrifice of Jesus’ perfect body gave me my identity!
Once I became a Christian, I lost my old identity. I no longer can identify myself by what I do, where I live, who my parents are, how I feel, to whom I’m attracted, where I’m from or what I’m knowledgable in as my identity-No! my identity is completely in Christ! I don’t need to justify my tendencies OR my circumstances as part of who I am.
Here’s the thing-stay with me sweet sister: Regardless of whether or not I have a tendency to eat too much when I’m stressed, or if I have a tendency to neglect the dishes right after dinner- those tendencies (the things I do) OR whether it be how I’m shy with my neighbors, or nervous when someone else drives (the way I think and feel). They do not define me as gluttonous, or lazy, shy, or a nervous person!
My identity in Christ frees me from those worldly labels because He has already justified me as holy and righteous! Even if I continue to fight these tendencies whether they are sinful or potentially sinful, my desires are becoming like His, and He is helping me to be like Him as I cling to Him: to only eat when I’m hungry more and more, to wash the dishes when they are dirty more and more, to reach out to people whose doors are closed, and to bite my critical tongue more and more. 🙂
The Spirit of Christ will help me to act on it! I can do what He’s called me to do, with joy, with peace, with strength, with love, kindness (list the fruit of the Spirit) because of the ability with which Christ supplies me as I cling to Him in prayer and pray His Word!
My identity is not found in my son’s clear speech, in my occupation, in my role as mom or in my tendency towards pride.
My identity is in Christ. He is the only one I need to focus on, be more like, and please!
If we are identifying who we are with anything but Christ as the main thing, we are losing our sense of value, purpose, and peace. We will be reaching for a deeper love, a need to please people, a need for acceptance, self-worth, and purpose all our lives, but we will not find it until we realize our ONLY identity AS CHRISTIANS (If we have truly surrendered completely to Christ) is found in Christ.
Have you found it? Oh I pray we all do! And that we do so more and more!! If you have, please don’t be afraid to share it! The world desperately needs to know, and we all need to be reminded!
A Worshipful Heart Pleases the Lord
His character is so deep, vast, and precious. It’s a joy and a privilege to learn more about our God!
“1Therefore I urge you, brothers, on account of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.”Romans 12:1-2
As we choose to offer ourselves to God by surrendering our will to Him, clinging to Him, and trusting Him, we can’t help but worship Him! It is in this willing worship that our lives truly bring God glory.
Worship is not a production we must somehow pull off perfectly on the big stage of life. It is not a production for people to see what we want them to see, or hear what we want them to hear, or think what we want them to think.
Willing worship, is the personal accountability that we choose to put on ourselves as we consider how God’s Word and our relationship with Him is truly affecting the way we ultimately do anything.
When Job fell to his knees and worshiped God amidst all that loss, he did so willingly because He knew God was worthy. All that Job had known of God and experienced with God led him to surrender under God’s will, God’s mercy, and God’s love.
“Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong.” Job 1:20-22
As we learn to please the Lord by clinging to Him, trusting in Him, surrendering to Him, and worshiping Him, it helps us to live a life that is a pleasing aroma to Him not because we are good at doing something, but because we are learning to want a closer relationship with Him.
Yes, we are simply learning to love Him more.
No matter what happens, no matter what we lose, no matter what they think, no matter what we did wrong.
Simply put, willing worship of God is pleasing God alone while relentlessly seeking to love and cherish Him more than we did yesterday.
That is it.
And we don’t even need a stage for that! 😉
In every injury, trial, critical comment, honked horn at us when the light already turned green (but I didn’t see it ’cause my arm was reached way back, nearly out of joint handing something to my crying kiddo-yes, pleasing my kid- and myself, I might add 😉 ), whatever it is-
In everything, can God still be worshipped?
Yes! He is always worthy of our praise! Find His Praise! In every tough situation, practice seeking His praise and proclaim it! People who have contagious joy know how to seek and find His praise! Don’t lose it. We cannot forget the power of praise! Don’t forget the thrill of such treasure! ❤
- Recall that God is worthy of our worship in everything: The next time you find yourself pressed with emotions, stress, or complacency, how can you worship God? Cling to Him by dwelling on His worthiness by remembering anything about who He is, what He’s done, what He’s doing and what He’s promised to do! Sounds great, but are we really doing it?! Ask the Lord to show you!
Should this series overwhelm you with personal failures or needs, just ask the Lord, “What is my personal next step of obedience? Lord, what would You have me to repent of, grow in, or trust You in?” Please do not try to do it all right now, we cannot. I repeat, we cannot. Just ask Him, what one thing is it? And go from there! I would love to be in connection with you on how the Lord is working!!
**I’m super happy to share with you all that I am now a proud momma of a dear son who has now learn to say his /r/ sounds correctly!! Praise the Lord!!😊🙌
Pray With Me!
Lord, teach us what it means to live our lives in willing worship. Open our hearts to go to You and Your Word for our sinful tendencies. Lord, we worship You alone and we long to be more like Christ! We want to shine as stars in this world! We want to bring You glory and bring your hope to those around us! Help us, Lord! Lord, free us to grasp a heart of worship that revolves around You alone, and no other. We need You alone. You alone we worship. You alone we praise in every situation.
Take us to our knees. If our knees won’t hit the floor, Lord, take us there!
If our eyes won’t look to You, Lord, take us there!
If our hearts don’t long for You, Lord, take us there!
Enable us to grasp Your love that we might grow in our adoration, praise, and love of You alone more and more with each passing day!
In Jesus’ Name,
I hope you enjoyed the 3 part series on If All the World’s A Stage! You can go here for the 1st part and here for the second! God bless you bunches!! ❤