About

I am a …  fitness geek {I ask for athletic clothes and books on fitness for birthday presents}.Petite {I usually round it up to 5′ 2″}. Introvert {enough said}. Homeschooled {yes, I love my teacher … }. Farmers’ daughter {not a farmer … a farmer’s daughter}. Health nut {and nut lover}.

I’m not a huge fan of labeling myself. Maybe that’s partially because my labels aren’t everything I wish they were. But it’s also because I don’t think labels do a person justice. There’s more to a person than what they look like and the roles they fill. Even a person’s interests and personality leave something missing.

That said, I don’t think labels are all bad. They help us learn about a person … that’s why I listed some of my labels. The problem comes when we think these labels are the person. Galatians 3:28 states, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (NIV). The other labels shouldn’t matter to us when compared to who we are in Christ. Whether we wish it or not, our identity will forever be linked to Him.

And that’s the final label I want to give myself. I am … wow … a child of God.  Though I in no way deserve it, I’m in this relationship with Christ and it changes how I see myself and the world around me.

This is going to affect what I write. When I was wondering how much I wanted to include God in this blog, I was asked, “How much does He matter to what you’re writing about?” My answer? “A lot!” God is changing the way I see myself. The only way you and I can become confident and fulfilled and satisfied is through Christ. In Him we are forever beautiful.

I’m not writing this because I have all the answers, but because I don’t. I want to sort it all out. I want to share what I’m learning with you. Because I know I’m not the only one who struggles with self-worth. My desire is that what I write would encourage you (and myself) to loosen our grip on all the labels we’ve accepted for ourselves and embrace the identity God has given us in Christ. Forever beautiful.

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