Ariel’s TRUE IDENTITY.

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A couple of weeks ago I started an online bible study with over 43,000 other women all over the world. We are reading the book “Made To Crave” by Lysa Terkeurst. It is an amazing read if you haven’t read it yet. Take it chapter by chapter though. Let it soak in! You won’t regret it! I PROMISE!

Chapter 5 of the book was about our identity. Lysa gave a list of different things that she had identified herself with that weren’t God identities. It got me to thinking about what I identify myself with. The ones that aren’t God honoring. The ones that the enemy has placed in my head and heart.
1) Ariel, the one who has divorced parents.
2) Ariel, the one who has an eating disorder.
3) Ariel, the one whose father doesn’t care about her.
4) Ariel, the one who keeps failing at school.
5) Ariel, the broken girl.

For the past 7-10 years this is what I have identified myself with. It hasn’t been with Christ, it has been the above list. Why? Because I haven’t used the bible verses that I have memorized to fight off satan, I have just let his words saturate my heart, and mind and just let that be the “truth” that I believed.

That is no longer the case anymore. I am ashamed of not letting God define me. I should have known better, but I am changing that Now. Today. Not later.

My Identity with Christ. My true Identity
(I actually was listening to Mandisa’s Identity In Christ playlist on her spottily while writing this and the 1 Girl Nation song titled In His Eyes really spoke to me. The beginning of this list is from that song with a bible verse behind it! This song totally broke me.)
Ariel, the one who is treasured.
Malachi 3:17
“They will be my people,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “On the day when I act in judgement, they will be my my own special treasure. I will spare them as a father spares an obedient child.”
Ariel, the one who is BEAUTIFUL.
Song of Solomon 4:7
You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you.
Ariel, the one who is perfect.
Psalm 139:13-15
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Ariel, the one who has worth.
Titus 3:5
He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,
Ariel, the one who is loved.
John 3:16
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.
Ariel, the one who is to die for.
Romans 5:8
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Ariel, the one who is KNOWN.
Jeremiah 33:5
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
before you were born I sanctified you.
Ariel, the forgiven one.
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Ladies, we are all made for more. We are made to thrive in Christ. To be his disciples and have our identity through Him. Don’t listen to the ways of this world. Read the bible. Soak it all in. Use God’s words to fight the devil. The devil is not worthy of our identity, of our time, of our peace. We need to give it to God and find our identity through Him.

Love you all, and God Bless,
Ariel

 

#Empowered

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Women from all over the world and I are doing an online bible study through proverbs31 over the book “Made To Crave” by Lysa TerKeurst. It just started this week and are starting chapter 3 tomorrow. It is NOT too late to sign up. If you are not already registered please go sign up. You WON’T regret it! http://proverbs31.org/online-bible-studies/#

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This picture depicts my last 6 years of life perfectly. I felt chained the a scale, It was a constant battle between the scale, the numbers, my measurements, and calories. I would spend hours and hours a day counting calories, figuring out what I wanted or could eat, doing workouts, weighing myself, and measuring every little bit of my body that I could.

After a few months of drastic starving myself I would decide that I didn’t want to live that way. That I wanted something better for myself. I would eat normal for a couple days and eventually fall back into the eating disorders cycle. 

Most of the time I really did know that this was not good for me, that I was just ruining my body, and tearing it down one skipped meal at a time. I knew it but I didn’t want to admit it. I knew I was harming myself and everyone around me, but I didn’t want to feel defeated. 

Even the last two months I have jumped back and forth between eating normal and cutting back a lot more than I should have to loose weight. I was about to fall hard back into the eating disorders, and then I found this bible study. (That is definitely a God-moment) 

The word Empowered is exactly just how it sounds. I feel empowered. I am empowered to overcome the eating disorders. I am empowered to beat them like I have never beat them before. I am empowered to think of myself as beautiful without having to lose weight to do so. I am empowered to be at a healthy weight and love myself as is. I AM EMPOWERED. 

I am so thankful for this bible study. I wish I could tell everyone who has worked on this Thank You enough for them to understand, understand what they are helping me with. They are using the gifts that the Lord has given them to help us other women. Us women who have been in ruts, and at the end of our ropes. There is a way out, and it is through God. When you crave God more than anything else you will be empowered. You will rise up. You will be closer to God! 

If you are still reading this and not doing the bible study, please go sign up right now! Don’t hesitate. Don’t waste a minute! It will be completely worth it!

 

God Bless,
Ariel