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Who Am I?

A number of Pastors are teaching on this subject right now – I love when God speaks through many voices!  This post was originally published under a my former blog in July 2011, but the question is just as relevant today.  Enjoy!

I love going to flea markets and yard sales, finding something unique, and then trying out my negotiating skills!  It’s so exhilarating to score a deal! Case in point, last summer a girlfriend and I were out bargain hunting and I picked up the cutest little side table – made of solid wood, well maintained, and the perfect size I needed for a bedside table in the guest room!  They don’t make tables like that anymore, and for that reason alone, it is worth far more than the $4 I paid for it!

The more uncommon something is, the greater its value or worth!

Now let me ask you a question.   WHO ARE YOU? 

Who Am I (preview)
Who Am I (preview)

From the day of your birth, you have been seeking answers to the timeless question of WHO ARE YOU?   As an infant and toddler, you looked to your parents and immediate family for clues to who you are.  As you grew older, the voices of friends, teachers, employers and lovers gave definition to who you are.

Some of you reading this were shaped by encouraging voices that regularly told you how special you are.  Their words of encouragement continue to inspire you to stand taller, dream bigger, take chances and live life to the fullest.

Some of you were shaped by critical voices that told you in words or by their treatment of you that you were not and never will be good enough.  That you don’t have what it takes.  You are second rate, or worse still – you are worthless.

Which takes us back to that question –

WHO ARE YOU?  Or put another way, what is your identity and what is your worth?

As you pause in your reading to answer that question, pay careful attention to your answer – as your choice of words will reveal much about how you define yourself, and how you define yourself says a lot about how you perceive your value or worth as a person.  And beloved, every single day, you make choices for yourself and for others that are influenced by your perception of your identity and your value or worth as a person.

For the continuation of this conversation and to see the rest of this picture, see “Who Am I? (Part 2)” posting shortly.

The Valley of Dry Bones and Failures

Do you have a ‘valley of dry bones’ in your life?    Passions and aspirations that once inspired you but are now dead and decomposed, their sun-bleached bones discarded into the dump heap?

I do!  Over the years, I’ve had many hopes and dreams that seem to come for a season (nearly overtaking me in their power and all-consuming passion), only to fade away into nothingness over time. Sometimes they were displaced by a new and more captivating dream. Sometimes I abandoned them out of discouragement, weary of chasing something that seemed to be forever out of reach. And some just plain old DIED on me, no matter what kind of emergency life-support treatment was applied!  And my bone pile grew.

Ezekiel 37

Periodically I like to walk among those old bones (it’s important to do that from time to time) and recently, I came upon one particular bone … a bone so old that there was virtually no evidence of life left on it anymore.  It made me a little sad to reflect upon the dreams I had back then, and what this bone represented.  I was so sure that I heard the Lord calling me to do that thing, but ….  I guess I misheard, I’ve been known to do that a time or two-hundred.

“… and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry.  He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”  I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.”

Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!  This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.  I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’ ”      (Ezekiel 37:3-6)

But as I looked at that old bone, a most wonderful thing happened.

“So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone.”  (Ezekiel 37:7)

His gentle voice whispered into my spirit …. ‘Daughter, I am the one who breathes life to your dreams.   Trust me.  Don’t try to make it happen in your own strength or rush Me.  It will happen at the appointed time.’

Thank you Lord, I receive that.   I think I’ll be hanging onto that bone now, lovingly tending to it until You breathe the fullness of Life into it for Your glory.

Be Blessed,
Jenny