Who AM I

Once upon a time...
I was lost, identity unknown and my decisions derived from fear-
I was constantly on guard, exhausted in my attempts to stay two steps ahead of the enemy-
I was withered, from lack of nourishment
spiritually as well as emotionally-

Who I am, is a woman of purpose, the fear has ceased-
Who I am, can now keep an open mind, recognizing that not all are the enemy-
Who I am, may not always know the ingredients or motives, but clearly recognizes the substance-
Who I am, has blossomed through the word of God-
proud of my reflection, knowing my worth and never minimizing my contributions, big or small-
Who I am, is a child of God, thankful to finally know Him! 

( Our Daily Bread Devotional from May 16th, 2023 by Winn Collier)

When the San Francisco Evening Bulletin printed “Emperor” Norton’s announcement, most readers laughed. Norton made pronouncements aimed at correcting society’s ills, printed his own currency, and even wrote letters to Queen Victoria asking her to marry him and unite their kingdoms.

He wore royal military uniforms designed by local tailors. One observer said Norton looked “every inch a king.” But of course, he wasn’t. We don’t get to make up who we are.

Many of us spend years searching for who we are and wondering what value we possess. We flail, trying to name or define ourselves, when only God can truly tell us the truth about who we are. And, thankfully, He calls us His sons and daughters when we receive salvation in His Son, Jesus. “Yet to all who did receive him,” John writes, “he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12). And this identity is purely a gift. We are His beloved “children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision . . . but born of God” (v. 13).

God gives us our name and our identity in Christ. We can stop striving and comparing ourselves to others, because He tells us who we are.

Reflect: How do you know you’re chosen by God? How does being His child help you understand your true identity?

Prayer: God, I know that I’m Yours. Help me feel confidence in knowing that I’m born of You—a child of the King. 

Published by 5thgenerationgirl

Tammy Wynette is a mother of three and a “G-MA” (grandma). Born in Warren, Arkansas, she currently resides in Sacramento, CA and is pursuing an AA degree in English at American River College, with plans to transfer to California State University, Sacramento (Sac State). She is an active leader and role model in her community, she works with teens sharing and teaching poetry, as well as providing insight for young parents to prosper. She has certificate from NAMI (The National Alliance on Mental Illness) and is a trailblazer & Griot, keeper of stories/traditions passed down from her ancestors. As an Author and motivational speaker it’d be an honor to present at your events to inspire, encourage & let our VOICES be heard! She has short stories and poems published in Our Black Mothers Brave, Bold and Beautiful!

9 thoughts on “Who AM I

  1. It’s interesting your post this week is about identity – yours or the “Emperors” – as I was thinking about the teen years ahead for T. Those teen years are so interesting as adolescents try to figure out who they are… the search continues well into our 20s and then start to take shape in our 30s.

    I think so much of that search is motivated by an insecurity in our self and we get more comfortable in ourselves as we get older.

    I think for me, and others that do believe, knowing your connection to God – or an equivalent depending on your beliefs – provides security in the world and in one’s self.

    Wishing you a lovely weekend, Tammy! I’m shutting down work and heading into the weekend now. 😆😊

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