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Today’s Truth

Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we also believe, and so we also speak,

2 Corinthians 4:13

Friend to Friend

Ever had one of those weeks when everything that could go wrong does go wrong? You can’t find your groove to save your life and your circumstances repeatedly trip you up and stress you out?

I remember one such week for me. I battled insomnia in the worst way, which made me feel prickly all over. My children were out of sorts too. They were under the weather and crabby and seemed to cry over the littlest things. I felt irritable and easily frustrated. And so tired that my skin hurt.

At one point I passed by a mirror and winced. I didn’t at all like the reflection staring back at me. I saw only the worst version of myself. Tired. Crabby. Exhausted. Brain-fogged. Which was especially uncomfortable since I had a speaking event coming up that weekend.

How could I possibly prepare my heart when I couldn’t even find my footing? But then, deep within my soul, I sensed God’s invitation to trust Him with the surface parts of me, things that I could barely stand to acknowledge, as well as to trust Him with the deepest parts of me that still needed healing and wholeness.

Amidst the temptation to loath myself and cringe at my weakness—I put my foot down and prayed: Lord, even here, even now, I belong to You. And despite my bleary eyes and messy hair, I’m still Your treasure—a spoken-for heir of God. This is true because You say it’s true. So I speak it out loud for my own ears to hear and I choose to believe it until my heart fully knows it. Thank you, thank you for seeing past my frazzled exterior and for valuing the treasure of my soul. I wrap my arms around Your grace. I seek Your face in this place And I will finish this race because You promised to get me safely home. In Jesus’ Name, I pray.  Amen.

Something stirred in my heart after that prayer. I knew God’s words were true regardless of how I felt about myself.

First we dare to believe. We grab God’s truth as our very own. Then, amidst our choice to believe, we walk and talk like it’s true.

When faith makes its way into our ears, it also finds its way into our hearts. In my experience, when my ears hear my mouth say truths that God has reflected in His Word, I’m changed. I’m strengthened. And I remember once again that I’m not who I was. I’m not what I do. I’m someone God loves and enjoys.

As we go through life, we’ll walk through storms that smash against us. We’ll try to find our footing amidst the pelting rain and the whipping winds. Sometimes those storms are of our own making. Sometimes they’re the natural elements of a fallen world. And sometimes we’re turned upside down in a storm that had nothing to do with us, and everything to do with someone else’s rotten choices.

No matter the reason for the storm, at times we’ll find ourselves responding in ways that are beneath us. We’ll say things we wish we hadn’t. We’ll be forced to reckon with our humanity and with our very real need for a Savior.

Praise God we have one!

During such times it helps if we remind our souls that we love because He loved us first. We can walk in His promises, not because we’re perfect, but because He is. We can enjoy His presence because He’s the One who invited us there in the first place. We can and will be used greatly by Him because He knew all about our frailties long before we were ever aware of them, and He planned ahead of time to redeem us from them. Amazing grace!

Let’s Pray

Thank you, Lord, that even when I trip up, You’re there to catch me. You don’t disgustingly look the other way. You’re grace is enough for me! There is no one like You! I will believe. I do believe. I will, therefore, speak with boldness and great power.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Are you kind to your soul? Do you see yourself as an heir?

Dare to believe (and speak) what’s true about you because of Jesus.

More from the Girlfriends

Today’s devotion was taken from Susie’s book, Your Powerful Prayers: Reaching the Heart of God With Bold, Humble Faith. Learn more about Susie by visiting her website at

www.susielarson.com. Be sure to connect with Susie on Facebook at www.facebook.com/deeperlifeinchrist or on Twitter at @SusieLarson.

59 Responses to “When You Forget Who You Are”

  1. As always, you nail it Susie!Thank you for being a conduit for Truth!

  2. Crystal Kennedy says:

    This was beautiful and speaks directly to me. I’ve had many days where all I do is judge myself because I don’t feel like I look as good as I used to or how I don’t look as good as other moms. It’s just like you said, in those moments of weakness I need to pray and thank God for all the blessings I do have, thank God for giving me a husband who loves me in my worst state, and thank God for loving me no matter what my past maybe. Thank you for your beautiful words of encouragement.

    • Susie Larson Susie Larson says:

      Oh, Crystal, you are so loved and so blessed! I know for me, when I started to make those faith-statements out loud, it changed something in me. I’d say you should march around inside your house and declare what’s true about YOU because you belong to HIM! The devil will hate it and your heart will love it. That’s one of the ways I strengthen myself in Him. Bless you!

  3. joanna kearns says:

    PLEASE PICK OUR FAMILY WE HAVE GONE THROUGH VERY SERIOUS SUFFERING FOR YEARS AND STILL ARE NOW IT WOULD HELP US OUT ALOT !

  4. Cindy McGuire says:

    This was just what I needed to hear today. There is so many times I feel like I can not go any further or why me or why is this happening. I have to step back and pray and turn it over to God. God can when I think I can’t.

    • Susie Larson Susie Larson says:

      Dear Cindy, I’ve so been there. I pray you find a new strength in Him. He is with you and will carry you! As you cast your cares on Him, may your load suddenly feel lighter and your steps more firm. He will not fail you. Bless you!

  5. Alana Morgan says:

    Thank you, Thank you Susie Larson for decluttering my brain with your powerful words of wisdom!!!

    I AM A CHILD OF GOD!!!

    xoxo

  6. Lisa Harness says:

    I dare! I’m an heir!

  7. S Hausler says:

    Hey Susie, Well said. I’ve been struggling with proper view of my own failures and the struggles my peeps are going through. BUT God is at work in me and showing the way. Love your honesty and transparency. Rock on!….He is our rock.

  8. Thank you for this devotion. I have been struggling and struggling with something for a long time now and when I read this devotion today, it really hit home and stirred something up deep inside of me. It made me realize that I truly am loved by God.

    • Susie Larson Susie Larson says:

      Dear Maureen, you ARE deeply loved by God! May God heal your soul and make you whole and may He give you a fresh revelation of His love. He is so for you, Maureen. Bless you!

  9. Tammy says:

    I needed this reminder that I’m a chosen heir. It’s so easy to forget when you’ve been tried by the trials of this life. Not feeling fresh and fighting the lies of this world.

    • Susie Larson Susie Larson says:

      Dear Tammy,
      I’ve so been there. May you tuck yourself under the shadow of His wing and find rest there until He replenishes you. He cares deeply that you’ve been tattered by the storms and He will restore you. Bless you, dear Tammy.

  10. Sandy Callahan says:

    Great reminder. No matter how mundane our lives fear, we are always special in God’s eyes. Thank you. Needed this.

    • Susie Larson Susie Larson says:

      Sandy, thanks for your note! It’s true. I often pray the tGod will help me stand on His truth, especially when it doesn’t feel true. That’s when our faith muscle develops, no? Bless you!

  11. Vicki says:

    Thank you for this devotional. It spoke to the struggle I face often. I came looking for encouragement and I was not disappointed.

  12. Gae Reimer says:

    Love the inspration!

  13. Valerie Kesler says:

    Thank you Susie, you are one of the best encouragers in my life. You provide quality edification and true spiritual nourishment. My husband and I love to read your writings together. God continue to bless you and to make you a blessing.

  14. Mona says:

    Brought tears to my eyes . . . thank you!

  15. Lori says:

    This devotional is just what I needed right now. The part of your prayer, “I choose to believe it until my heart fully knows it” especially resonates with me, because I surely don’t always feel those truths.

  16. Janie says:

    Thank you. Going throught hard times. This helps me realize how much God loves me.

    • Susie Larson Susie Larson says:

      Dear Janie, I pray that your sense of God’s love and presence buoys you up and makes you strong. May He give you a promise from His Word that you can grab hold of and hang on to. May He give you a vision for where He’s taking you so you have the courage and conviction to keep walking, keep believing, and keep hoping. He will not fail you. Bless you, dear one.

  17. Merrie Posey says:

    Thank you! I have been struggling with so much doubt and anger! Thank you for reminding me that I am loved and accepted and I am to do likewise!
    Blessings on you!

    • Susie Larson Susie Larson says:

      Dear Merrie, Thank you for your note. I pray God untangles that under-the-surface stuff and brings deep healing and replenishment to your soul! I’ve heard that anger is a secondary emotion and stems most often from fear, hurt, or frustration. It always helps me to retrace my steps and discern which of these I felt first, before I felt anger. And isn’t it great to know that in the process, you’re always loved, always accepted. And you get to be a work in progress without the condemnation. That’s amazing to me. 🙂 Bless you.

  18. Shawn says:

    I love the inspiration and hope you bring and serve as a reminder that God is present

  19. Shawn says:

    You are an inspiration of hope and serve as a reminder that God is always present

  20. JoEllyn says:

    I so relate to you! I have MS and three littlle boys. I’ve had so many days that every step feels like I’m walking through quicksand, and it’s a struggle to keep joy in my heart. But God does work all things for the good of those who love him and have been called according to his purpose, and I praise Him through this because I have learned to rely on Him and His will for me. Thank you for this reminder that God loves us and is with us through it all.

    • Susie Larson Susie Larson says:

      Dear JoEllyn, You are a super hero! May Jesus continue to sustain and encourage you and, I’m just going to er on the side of faith here and ask Him, ‘Lord Jesus heal my friend completely! In Jesus’ Name, I pray, Amen.’

  21. Tara says:

    What a great encouragement, Susie! Thank you for your powerful words of truth.

  22. Tara says:

    Thanks for those powerful words of truth, Susie! You always inspire and encourage. 🙂

  23. I must be a GIG because I’m always writing or thinking along these lines. I just reminded myself of that very thing. It is like one or two things won’t stop you so the devil throws a few more darts.

  24. Vicki Waide says:

    I have spent so many years blaming others for why I am such a mess. God has been showing me that even though others have hurt me that I am also a sinful person and need His forgiveness just as I need to forgive. Sometimes I feel the weight of my sin and forget His grace. I needed this reminder that He loves me and does not condemn even when I fail.

    • Susie Larson Susie Larson says:

      Wow, Vicki, that’s such a powerful insight. I’ve heard it said that we can’t put our list on the cross and hold ‘their’ list in our hands. But as soon as we reckon with that truth, the enemy tries to come in like a flood and bring accusation and condemnation. Thankfully, we can and should refuse him because there’s NO condemnation for us because we’re in Christ Jesus. May you receive a fresh revelation of grace and mercy, peace and joy. You are His! Bless you!

  25. Becca Lewid says:

    Beautifully written and very touching truth! We are, because HE IS… Girlfriends in God and Susie Larson, thank you all for your insight and your willingness to let the Holy Spirit speak through y’all to all of us! ❤️🙋🏼❤️

  26. Becca Lewis says:

    My corrected email and name! 😬

  27. Lin says:

    I always enjoy your words of inspiration & encouragement.

  28. Truth and a wonderful reminder.

  29. Holly Paul says:

    Wow Susie, You have such a gift from are Almighty Father. Thank you for using that gift! You have the Holy Spirit alive active in you. Thank you for Rising up and speaking the name of Jesus in this hurting broken world. He is mighty to Save and takes great delight in us! You are truly a gift to so many. May the most powerful Almighty Savior bless you and keep you make His face shine upon you be gracious unto the Lord look upon you with favor and give you His peace Amen! Praise be to God!

  30. Diana Turner says:

    Loved this and yes I have had those times when I just wanted to sit a ask why me. Like you said I needed to remember whose child I am, an heir yes indeed. I thank my God every day not always verbally but in my heart. Thank you for writing your heart.

    • Susie Larson Susie Larson says:

      Diana, isn’t that the truth! It’s especially during those difficult seasons that we need to put our foot down and remember who we are. Our identity is never up for grabs because of Jesus and the victory He won for us. Bless you, dear sister!

  31. Becky says:

    Thank you for the reminder. I too often forget whose I am. I look at myself thru the eyes of others or myself instead of thru the eyes of my Heavenly Father.

  32. Lorna Kroneman Gerk says:

    In God! We are, because HE IS…

    Girlfriends in God and Susie Larson, thank you all for your insight and your willingness to let the Holy Spirit speak to us all!

    These posts are empowering words and very touching truths beautifully written from the hearts of my Girlfriends In God!

    Thanks, for striking my FUNny bone to put a little GIGgle in my step, today!

    Lot’s of Loving Hugs & Many More Blessings, GIG

  33. Jada Smith says:

    Thank you for this-I frequently struggle with the same issues! 🙂

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