who do you think you are?

sunday dan, madi & i went to passion city church. i realize it’s confusing and hard to follow but we are very plugged into our local church, which is grace fellowship, but we love and have been connected with & somewhat regular attendees at passion too.

louie shared what certainly was for me very memorable and powerful. he’s going through ephesians this summer & sunday was the first installment.

a lot of what i’m sharing today is truly from louie’s mouth. i’m adding in my own thoughts here & there too. you can watch live here,  message is called “WORD” .

often times when we hear “who do you think you are?” it’s usually following up something feisty or cocky or misbehaving we’ve done. but he asked the question to get the wheels turning for us.  often times we feel we need to “act” & “do” first. but one of the awesome things about the Lord is what HE does in & for us when we just believe in Him.

information comes to us all day long. the average teenager sends & receives well over 60 texts per day. i have a few teenagers living in my house & i can assure you that’s a low count. adults ( since we’re a little behind the techy times) send & receive about 60 emails per day. facebook & instagram can continually send the message that we aren’t having enough fun or eating at the best foodie joint. those things all shape & form the answer of who we think we are. sigh…

but god wants to get in on the conversation & inject reality into the framework of our thinking.

sunday as i soaked in all he was saying ( and writing 5 pages of notes) i kept thinking about my girls.  my hearts desire for them is that the voice of god breaks through all other messages they’re bombarded with ….and that they’ll believe that voice.

not the voice that says you need to dress & look like a VS model at age 12. thankyouverymuch. not the voice that says you have to have a boys approval or his attention or a date to homecoming to prove you’re beautiful. not the voice that says you’re a failure if you’re anything less that perfect (whatever perfect even is). not the voice that says you have to go to this college or that college or that you have to do things to your body or that you have to give your purity away. not the voice that says no one cares, you’re all alone, it’s only you, you’re not enough.you’ll never be enough.

 

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your past isn’t not the definer of your future

you are not captive to your circumstances

circumstances do not trump our connection with god

god starts with who we are, not what we do

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10 times in the first 14 verses of the first chapter of ephesians, paul says “IN CHRIST”. we come out of the old and we are in the new. we are a new creation.  by grace we are inseparably linked with jesus. amen. amen. & amen. because i sure need HIM. not Paige.

if He lives. i live……and He lives.

if He wins. i win…….and He wins.

if He can. i can………and He can.

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i’m telling you what. the things, the messages, the pressure, the crap our children are bombarded with these days is mind blowing. often times i pray that i am not one of the voices that has hurt or damaged my girls. i realize my reader niche is mostly women, women who are raising children…do you feel like that too? like you’re intentions and motivations are good but worry on the flipside if you’re doing it wrong?

anyways. my heart is pondering the following verses for my girls right now. i pray they KNOW him. that the eyes of their hearts are enlightened so that they will know the HOPE they have in him. i pray that they are dialed into his voice. that they are able to turn down the volume on all those other messages. that they know KNOW him and KNOW who they are in HIM>

saved. chosen. loved. free. whole. holy. righteous. overcomers. and fearless.

ephesians 1.16-21.

  I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come

 

{i realize some of ya’ll might not be able to get past being worried madi got herself all tatted up. especially since i shared savannah’s recent event at a tattoo parlor in athens. it’s henna. relax}

July 2, 2013 - 5:27 pm

Lindsay - Incredible post…can’t wait to listen!

July 2, 2013 - 5:29 pm

Sheri - Awesome post sister. One of your best. I think I’ve said that a few times lol. And I think that tat would be awesome on Madi.

July 2, 2013 - 5:32 pm

Kerri - Paige, to paraphrase you, this about sums it up: “…my heart’s desire is that the voice of God breaks through all other messages..” Amen, sister! XOXO

July 2, 2013 - 5:36 pm

heather - love this.
constantly feel that my quest to “teach” my kids is hindered by my harsh tones. i just want them “get it” .. to undersand “WHY IT’S A BIG DeAL” —

convicting.
love you.
xo

July 2, 2013 - 10:00 pm

Lori H - I agree, the messages our kids are getting are horrible. I often wonder if I did the right things and protected them enough. I have to remind myself that He cares for them more than I do, as impossible as it might seem. I try to commit them to His care every day. Thanks for this post, Paige! Our pastor has been delving into Ephesians too. I love the verses you quoted. Maybe they need to be my next memory verses 🙂

July 2, 2013 - 10:01 pm

Wendy - Love this! It’s funny that you mentioned Ephesians because that’s what I started reading this morning in my quiet time. I love how God pulls things together for me! Thanks for sharing.

July 3, 2013 - 10:03 am

D'Nese - Love this post. Perfect read for today. In regards to the tat, I personally LOVE it. It looks great on her wrist. I’m digging it. Simple enough and super cute.

Have a great weekend.

July 3, 2013 - 10:15 am

Tammy - Paige,
A friend forwarded your post to me. Amazing God~cident. We too go to Grace and frequently find ourselves @Passion City. This past Sunday we did exactly that and Wow, what a message. In Christ~ the beautiful and simple truth of living out this life in His Spirit. I cannot stop thinking about it. I too have teenagers and feel exactly like you do… kindred spirits.

July 3, 2013 - 2:58 pm

April - What excellent Word-Love it! Knowing who we are in Christ is knowing how much God loves us! And Oh, how He loves us!

July 4, 2013 - 10:34 am

Amy Avery - This is such an amazing post dear friend! Every ounce of it is so very true and it is something I think about with my own girls as well as those with whom I encounter at our church. Do they hear the message above all else that God loves them and that they are precious and perfectly and uniquely made in his image. Do they hear that and do WE hear that too? St. Francis of Assisi said, “Preach the Gospel always and when necessary use words.” That statement to me is so profound. We have to live out through our actions and BELIEVE the good news of the Gospel not just say it in words. Paul said too in the passage you shared, “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.” The very thoughts we have for our own children were the same that Paul talked about so many thousands of years ago as he wrote to so many different communities like the Ephesians to let them know that all of the other outside competition for their own worth was not real, that God’s love was the real way, that they belonged to God and were redeemed through Jesus’ death on the cross. Even then the peoples of Ephesus, Rome, Corinth, you name it had the same battles in their own minds as to knowledge of their self worth. Amazingly we still battle the same outside messages just in a different form in our world today. All we can do is trust and live out the Gospel, and love each other as God commands and know that God can and does work through each of his faithful. I thank you for this sharing and for this too, you live out the Gospel each and every day. You let your girls know not only by word but also by action that God loves them. You have allowed God to shine through your gifts and talents to build a force field of the Good News around your girls. Some of those competing messages may filter through, but all told, God’s message wins in your girls each and every time. Happy 4th dear friend!

July 4, 2013 - 10:52 pm

Susan arduino - Hey Paige ! I went to Passion this past Sunday too. I was so blessed by the worship and the message. I just started reading Lou ‘s book: I am not but I know I am. Great book ! I recommend it!!
Susan A.

July 5, 2013 - 9:26 am

Jennifer - I would think a mom of daughters and even sons would all feel this way…or I would hope. Even with a little 4 yr old I often think if I am teaching her through my words and actions enough or do I just sound harsh. With how society is today and I know it will just get worse as the years go by – I know it’s my responsbility to make sure that Kennedy and Isabelle are equipped with God’s word, HIS instruction, HIS standards and not that of mine and the world. Loved the post. Needed the post!

July 23, 2013 - 11:35 am

Mimi - Great post! The fact that you’re concerned means you will not be the voice that hurts or damages but the voice that loves.
Continue doing the good work and wearing out the knees of your jeans from praying. 🙂 Your writing and pictures all point to a happy loving family due in part to you being a wonderful mother!