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Friday, May 11, 2012

Identity...(time for 5 minute Fridays)

Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.
1 Corinthians 3:16-17

Friday, again.  Where a bunch of merry warriors take up the  thegypsymama's gauntlet  to drop everything and write.   My readers, such as they are, now expect a FMF.  The rules are simple…

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking. REALLY.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Visit people who linked up before us & encourage them with generous and thoughtful comments, because we all know how good they feel.
Game? Come join the fun!



When you land at my blog, I try to tell you who I am, because that’s what folks say you should do…offer an introduction.  So, to the question, “what is your identity?” I have replied, “woman, wife, mother, daughter, granddaughter, runner, dancer, friend, mentor, professional, and humble servant."  That's what I thought.  But when I am living my identity instead of defining my identity, what does my life reveal about who I really am??

 Living in the modern Western world, is it possible to live just one authentic life? I can honestly say in retrospect, the younger me had a few iterations.  Around 40, I started to refine my true identity.  Not until I was 40 did pray at work (at least not formally).  Not until I was 40 did I invite those who needed to to pray with me there (I think God used a particularly toxic office as one of my refining fires).  Not until I was 40 was I entirely unafraid to be me…no artifice, no pretense, thinking, praying, and then saying and doing exactly what I felt (led to say or do). 

Regarding my identity, I’ve always been me, like a virgin mound of clay before sculpting.  I just needed work.
The Master Artisan…today’s proof that God is good.



  1. I can be difficult to be authentic sometimes...Thanks for sharing your heart.

  2. "The Master Artisan…today’s proof that God is good." I really like that, and it is hard to be authentic in today's world, everything seems to be such a sham around us. If we can just be ourselves, we have done our very best!

  3. Thank you for the lovely comments on my blog, I am really encouraged reading your words. I too have had the toxic office, refining fire experience, not fun but a true character builder! Happy Friday


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