One of the things I struggle with is remembering my identity in Christ. (this is a link to Freedom in Christ ministries, specifically their "Who I am in Christ" verses. These are AMAZING by the way. A very neat ministry and a great set of verses focusing in on three common areas where people struggle. "I am accpeted, I am secure and I am significant.")
While not literal voices, I definitely have a running track in my head. Unfortunately, I've allowed it to record junk, so what I hear are things like "failure," "disappointment," "just give up," and "I hate my life." I often said that (I hate my life) to myself on the hard days. Even on not so hard days, if I were to be honest.
I'm finding myself having to work crazy hard and intentional to stop those thoughts when they come along. I've let them just run so wild and free in my head, that they just pop to the front with very little effort on my part.
Elijah starts to scream (for the bazillionth time in the last 5 minutes)..."ugh, I hate my life." Sydney and Elijah get into yet another fight..."grr, I hate my life." The laundry is still wet after being in the dryer..."dangitall, I hate my life."
Ridiculous to be that mad over laundry? That's the point. I let it go for so long, it's just everywhere all the time ready to tell me lies.
So, one remedy has been to read the identity verses and listen to Hello my name is, by Matthew West. The chorus of this song is "Hello, my name is Child of the One True King." Man, when you really stop to think about that, how can you let words like "failure" and "disappointment" linger! (actually, yes i do know how. but that is a whole other post).
Another fun song for me lately has been We Shine, by Stellar Kart. It also talks about who we are in Christ (redeemed, free, belonging to Jesus, alive, meant to shine in the world). And the best part about that is that, then, we get to sing for God, speak with words of love, dance a little wild, becase we belong to JESUS! We are his possession. (Titus 2:14) (this came on in the car the other day, and Elijah was head banging away...so awesome.)
So, I'm reclaiming my identity.
Hello, my name is child of the One True King...you can call me Naomi for short.