My friend, Sarah, recently wrote a  post I’ve already referenced once, Exodus. I told her I was going to steal her idea and so I have.

This whole concept seems very valuable given the tone of the blogsophere lately, even around here.

Baxter Kruger, one of my favorite theologians, has a lot to say about the big lie: “I am not.” 

Faith in this lie has been humanity’s basic struggle since the original fall. I am not loved. I am not valuable. I am not good enough. I am not accepted. I am not _____ – you fill in the blank. I believe that we can trace all sin back to this lie. Envy, strife, lying, manipulating, presumption, gossip, slander, adultery, murder, theft. If you think about it, I think that the ultimate motivation behind all types of sin is an attempt to manage the pain of believing “I am not.”

The occupation of God since the fall then, has been to restore us to the truth. It’s interesting to me, that when God calls Moses to cooperate with Him to lead a bunch of slaves into freedom, Moses asks, “Who shall I tell them that this God is?” The answer: “I AM.” We are valued because the great “I AM” values us. 

We are loved, because “I AM” loves us. “I AM” stands in direct opposition to “I am not.”

So here are my confessions, inspired by my friend,

I am a working mother.
I am valuable.

I am primarily a stay-at-home mother.
I am valuable.

I talk about politics and religion. A lot.
I am valuable.

I am a know-it-all.
I am valuable.

I am, in fact, the keeper of my home.
I am valuable.

I don’t have a church home.
I am valuable.

We never did plant that church. Yet.
I am valuable.

I love my tinies so much, it scares me sometimes.
I am valuable.

I fell in love and got married young.
I am valuable.

I believe in soulmates. Still.
I am valuable.

I’ve never travelled the way that I wish I could.
I am valuable.

I am overweight.
I am valuable.

I don’t have any retirement savings.
I am valuable.

I am female.
I am valuable.

I have had several miscarriages.
I am valuable.

I am learning to be authentic.
I am valuable.

I don’t have a visible ministry.
I am valuable.

I don’t have my life figured out.
I am valuable.

I am in Christ.
I am valuable.

I am deeply loved.
I am valuable.

I am beloved of God.
I am valuable.

“I AM” has shown me love and value beyond mere productivity. 

Slaves know about productivity. Egypt in its worldly wisdom understands value = productivity. But “I AM” leads me into freedom with His counter-cultural value system. 

And His reality is the only reality I am interested in. 

It’s the only freedom to be had.

So what is your confession? “You are valuable.

(Italics are direct quotes from Sarah whose entire post inspired this one. Image from Relate Church‘s LifeWomen conference.)

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  • Adelle

    This is exquisite. You had me at “I am a working mother. I am valuable.”
    Thank you for your authenticity!

    Adelle @ ready…GO!…get set

    • So nice to “meet” you, Adelle. Thank you for stopping by and for your email. Blessings, sister.

  • oh yes. i clicked over the first time you posted her fabulous post, and i loveyours just as well. considering the crazy intense stuff going on in my life, i can only think of one thing to add (it’s heavy):
    i am a sexual abuse survivor. i am valuable.

    phew, that was a lot to say.

    • Oh, Misty. You are valuable. You are loved. You are valuable. You are loved. Thank you for this.

  • Jill@ClearestGlimpse

    Thank you. I am me. I am valuable. You are you. You are valuable. Isn’t God good?

  • i LOVE this. i don’t know you, but this blog and your children are clearly two visible (and impactful) ministries.

    grace and peace

    • Thank you for that timely reminder…you’re right.

  • Stephanie

    What a beautiful post, Sarah! You really are: VALUABLE. And you offer so much value here on your blog. Thank you.

    Tell us more about your dream to plant a church. I’d love to hear your thoughts on that.

    • Oh, Stephanie…such a long, drawn out dream without a conclusion yet! I’ll maybe write more about it later. Suffice to say, when we left Texas it was to plant a church in Calgary. Now we live in Abbotsford, just outside of Vancouver, and are no where near starting a church – five years later! God has been faithful but it’s been a HUGE, monstrous change in perspective, life and everything in between.

  • I agree. You are valueable. I’m glad I found a string of these types of posts. Love the inspiration. And whatever you are not…yet, you can be with God (! You are possible!

    My confession: I AM POSSIBLE