Who Am I?

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This year all of the Hearts at Home Third Thursday Thoughts posts have been along the “Love Your…” theme. We’ve talked about loving our purposes, loving our failures, loving our successes and more. This month, the theme is Love Your Identity. And so, I found myself pondering the question- “What is my identity?” In other words “Who am I?”

I’m a wife. I celebrated my 20th wedding anniversary this past week. I’ve been blessed to have a marriage to my best friend. It’s not without any difficulty, as with any marriage, but I have someone I know is always on my side, who always loves me. I love being a wife.

I’m a mom. I have four great kids. My oldest is 15 now, and it’s hard to believe. My baby is 9! I can’t believe that I soon won’t have any elementary aged kids. I love being a mom. I love taking care of my kids. I always wanted to be a mom, so, as Jason often says- “I’m livin’ my dream.”

I’m a homeschool teacher. I was a teacher in a traditional school before I had kids, but teaching my own kids has been totally different. I’ve had to “unlearn” some of the things I learned about teaching because they just don’t work in homeschooling. I absolutely love homeschooling. I enjoy spending time with my kids. I love it that we have a flexible schedule. I love the one on one time. I love being a homeschool teacher.

But as much as I love all of these roles, I cannot find my identity in them. My husband might let me down. He gets frustrated with me and hurts my feelings. He makes decisions I don’t agree with. My kid might let me down. They disobey. They make mistakes. They do things I don’t like. Homeschooling will end one day. My kids will graduate one day. I won’t be a homeschool teacher any more. If my identity is found in these things, I’ll be crushed. I’ll be depressed. I’ll be miserable.

My identity is not in these things even though I love them. My identity is found in God. I am a child of God, beloved, cherished. He loves me so much that He sent His Son to die and pay for my sins so that I could live with Him forever some day. I am created to glorify Him and to rejoice in Him.

And that’s who I am.

I’m linking up with Third Thursday Thoughts at Hearts at Home.

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