I no longer have to take on the identity of others but can remain grounded in what God says. I have found that embracing my true identity in Christ is exceedingly better than any counterfeit version someone can try to place on me.
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I was caught in a deep hole that consumed me the more I tried to find value in materialistic things, but none of them satisfied. I was so worn down by the tragedies in my life. I became hopeless.
I was bitter, rude, and full of loss. I had lost sight of that happy little girl I once was. I’m sure I could’ve kept going down this road of insecurity and depression but God fiercely intervened: He had a different story for me.
Rejoicing doesn’t mean ignoring or being fake, and I think that’s a reason why we are afraid to rejoice sometimes. It’s like we aren’t validating ourselves. I am a firm believer in acknowledging what’s going on and being real, but not letting it control you. There’s a balance, and that’s where choosing joy comes into play.