Tuesday, February 8, 2011


Last week I received an e-mail from Tiffani from House of Belonging. Every week she hosts the meme Word Women Wednesday's. She challenged us in the e-mail to create art using words about a day of our lives. I've never participated in this meme but this challenge intrigued me. I started with a blank slate and started typing words and placing them in different fonts and different type sizes. There was no rhyme or reason. Just words. Words of how I see myself in a day. Words of how I expect the world sees me. Words of who I am in the world.


After I completed the challenge I was excited.  I loved the work that I completed.  I loved how it looked.  I laughed at some of the words I would use to describe me and my day.  However, the more I thought of this the more I heard Him telling me that this is how I see myself.  This is how the world sees me.  But this isn't how He sees me. 
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. (Colossians 3:1-2 NIV)
It's easy to focus on things about ourselves.  It's so easy to pay attention to how the world sees us.  It's easy to believe the lies instead of the truth.  We each have been raised, redeemed, set free on the cross.  Yet we continue to look around.  We continue to try to "conform to the world."  Mom, wife, sister, daughter, resident pot scrubber....this is the world view.  This is also the lie.  Because we aren't only these things, we are so much more.
But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” Exodus 3:11 NIV
Then King David went in and sat before the LORD, and he said: “Who am I, Sovereign LORD, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?  2 Samuel 7:18 NIV
Who am I?  This is a question both Moses and David asked God.  This is the eternal question we all ask.  Who am I?  Am I really only how the world views me.  Am I really only how I view myself?  Then I hear His answer to the eternal question.

I am His.  He created me.  He bought and paid for me with the ultimate sacrifice.  Why?  
For God so loved the world that He gave  His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:16 NIV
He loved me, just because I am His.  Not because of who I am; what I do or do not do.  Just because I am His.  The world may tell me things about myself, but at the end of the day there is only one truth that I need to remember:  I am   

I'm linking up with Jen at Finding Heaven for the Soli Deo Gloria Sisterhood;

iFellowship at Seeds of Faith;


and Tiffani at the House of Belonging for Word Women Wednesday,


Jodene Shaw said...

This is beautiful. I love the truth of your post. The contrast of the first green square with the 2nd ... in which all that remains is all that matters.

I love your blog title too...I am lost in the prairies of South Dakota...but very much found by Him and He found by me.

Nice to meet you!
love & grace,

Jen said...

Ahhh! Michelle! Did you see my quotes from Exodus on my blog today? And did you know that OF COURSE I am studying 2 Samuel in the Moore, Shirer, Arthur study. I LOVE YOUR WORK and I love how you heard His still small voice calling to you in the midst of your artistic endeavor. You beautiful. You are precious. YOU ARE HIS!

Donnetta said...

LOVED this! So true. Thanks for such a profound reminder of who I really am... His.


I had just read you little bio . . . so thought your first piece would have Canadian on it. :)

So simple this truth . . . HIS.

Beautifully written.


Kim said...

So beautifully simple that word -- His. And so true. So why is it so easy for me to forget? Thank you for reminding me!

Renee Ann said...

Love this post! It really touched my heart. And I really like what you put in your sidebar bio--that as you watch the fields produce fruit, you know God is producing fruit in you. You've encouraged me today. So glad I stopped in from iFellowship! Blessings!

Eileen said...

Oh, I love this post! I am HIS. Beautiful :) Nice to meet you!

Tiffini said...

Oh my Michelle - how creative are you! I love this...the end square...His!
ok..gotta ask..did you do hair at one time and a pharmacy asst.?
I love knowing more about you:) thanks so much for sharing in the challenge

Hershey's Moma said...

What a blessing. Beautifully said from beginning to end!

Bobbi said...

Well put sister dear! Amen!!

Amy Sullivan said...

I LOVE THIS! Both pictures. What a great visual, and super fun idea for a link-up

It's Grace said...

This was beautiful, Michelle, and so are YOU.

Thanks for sharing :)


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