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Crown of Lies | You’re 3 Steps From the Person You’re Meant to Become

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 What we think is ultimately who we are becoming…

Jo Saxton, Author, Speaker, and Entrepreneurial Coach, positions it this way, “Who were you before anyone told you who you were supposed to be?”

Think about that for a minute. As I sit here thinking about how our thoughts shape us, I can’t help but hope that we are molded into the people we are called to become. I hope these next few minutes help you to think about three things:

  1. Who were you before your identity became what the world wanted it to become?
  2. I hope you’ll begin to notice how our thinking ultimately shapes who we are becoming.
  3. I hope, in time, that you’ll be able to let go of the broken pieces that have so wrongly defined us.
If you’re already an overcomer, I hope you’ll cheer us on from the sidelines and share with us how you bravely rose from the ashes. It’s ok to be a work-in-progress, but let’s not stop searching for who we are called to become.
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So who do you want to become?

I know without a doubt that I want to inspire others. I want to give back. And most importantly, I want to live for the One who created me for this purpose. I have a deeply-rooted desire to help anyone in need. Helping people has always held a special place in my heart. But, before I could confidently proclaim this, I lost my voice. I allowed others to mute my deepest wants and desires. And “I don’t know” quickly became my most overused phrase for the majority of my life. Pleasing others became my idol.

Sometimes people willingly and unwillingly offer their own content to our story without knowing anything about our lives.

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In losing my voice, I noticed how frequently they cast their thoughts, both positively and negatively, onto myself and others. And even worse—sometimes they cast stones. Life happened too fast to realize how quickly I was losing my identity. Many times I was told who I should be without regard to what I thought, and I accepted it even though internally I knew it wasn’t right. For years while living the path others wanted for my life, I was tempted multiple times to stop helping—to even stop living.

 I write this to you now because I wonder how many other people have experienced this and how often it deterred them from living out their calling for a season or even a lifetime? Have you ever reached this point—the point where your circumstances are so suffocating that it dims your light so completely that it seems as though you are in a pit absent of all light? If so, I am with you, sister. Despite the overwhelming feeling of darkness, there is still Jesus therefore there is still light and hope. If it feels far away to you right now, hang on just a little longer. 

Can you recall a time in your life that naturally brings a smile to your face?

I remember a time of abundant hope in my life where I was living unashamedly, heart-abandoned for Jesus. No matter the trials that came my way, my life was filled with so much joy, and I’m humbly thankful I get to live that way, NOW! Both seasons, while very different from one another, were ultimately shaped by what I thought about myself, others, and Jesus. During the times I was quick to lose hope, I had my gaze and thoughts fixed on my brokenness. I hadn’t healed from past wounds. My broken pieces were my crown. Amazingly, Jesus never left my side. I experienced, in huge, ways how our brokenness can meet the unwavering goodness of God. He helped me fix my gaze back onto Him and heal from my pain and circumstances. He replaced my crown of lies with a crown of truth. He gave me a voice worthy of having and showed me that of all the things that will happen and of all the people that will speak into our lives, His leading is the one that’ll guide us to where we are meant to be.

“He replaced my crown of lies with a crown of truth.”

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Over the course of my life, He has led me to peace through thinking on these things:

His truth is what reminds us of our worth in the midst of abuse.

 
  • Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
    Matthew 10:31

His promises are what remind us that we are not alone when we are in a pit of despair.

  • Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
    Romans 8:26-27

His loving hand is what guides us to His grace time and time again. 

  • Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
    Hebrews 4:16

There will inevitably be circumstances and people that will try to tear you down, but He says,

  • “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.”
    Proverbs 19:21
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It is His purpose that will stand

Events have stolen so much from me but they don’t have the final say. Before anyone told me who I was supposed to be and before abuse set in, I was a dreamer. I dreamt of inspiring others and giving back in ways that seemed farfetched. For as far back as I can remember—from the time I was a child drawing hopscotch on the sidewalk or sweeping the kitchen floor, I dreamt of helping however I possibly could. Fast forward to adult me—I love to create and share my knowledge in any way that can help others. He has made it abundantly clear that I am created to dream up the seemingly impossible ways of making a difference through helping others.

“What we think is ultimately who we are becoming.”

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It is time to let go, shift our thoughts, trust Him, and dream, again, my friends. Dreaming is the easy part. Making it come true is challenging. By visiting my site and reading this post, you’re helping my dreams become more of a reality. So thank you for believing with me that we can make a difference. Thank you for helping us live out our vision over here at Truth Inspired—Live inspired ➕ shop with a purpose!

 

We want to help YOU, too! What are you overcoming? Who do you hope to become? What are you dreaming up? With this blog, I look forward to sharing snippets of my life with you as well as bringing things to you that can truly help, encourage, and inspire!

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