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Someone I Can Identify With 

Today is Sunday?! Wow, it doesn’t feel like a Sunday!

Cub 3 made this statement earlier this week, and the truth is, our Sundays haven’t really felt like our normal Sundays since Poppa Bear’s (PB) sabbatical began at the beginning of this month. We haven’t seen our church family in about three weeks, but it feels like three YEARS!!

The summer months do cause us to lose sight of what day of the week it is at times. Most of this sabbatical feels like any other summer except that PB gets to participate in all of our summer activities without having to work around his church schedule.

Like most families, we take more trips during the summer than any other time of year. When I know that we’ll be around a big crowd of people, I make sure to dress the girl cubs alike. It’s easier to pick them out in a crowd and if they were to get lost, I would be able to describe them easier (yes, that’s how the worrier’s brain works). I used to do the same with Cubs 1 and 2 until they no longer wanted to dress alike. So, Cubs 3 and 4 have many matching outfits just because of summer outings that help me to identify them as my girl cubs.

So, I’ve been thinking about this identity thing. Our identity is everything, right? We can be identified in SO many different ways – some good, some bad. I can be identified as a woman or an African American or a mama bear or a preacher’s wife or as being short or a friend, an aunt, or a sister. However THE most important one is a child of God. 

Being a part of God’s family comes with many perks because identifying with Jesus means that I am all that and a bag of salt n’ vinegar potato chips to him!! My cubs may have features and behaviors that identify them as our cubs, however our love for them doesn’t even come close to how much they are loved by our Creator as a part of his family.

He loves us…ALL of us so much!  Don’t pay any attention to the negative identities that the enemy wants us to focus on.  We are God’s children and that means…

…we are a part of God’s family; an heir.  Romans 8:16

…we are God’s masterpiece. Ephesians 2:10

…we are fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14

…we were set apart before we were born. Jeremiah 1:5. 

…we’ve been called out of darkness (those negative identities) into His marvelous light. 1Peter 2:9

…we are forgiven. Ephesians 1:7

I love being identified with Him!

Mama Bear

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A Faith Walker Birthday!

I just couldn’t let today end without sending out birthday love to our Faith Walkers team captain, Vonetta!

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She is one of the most hilarious, hard-working, Christian women I know!

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When V shared her diagnosis with us, I prepared myself to be supportive, inspiring, and encouraging in any way that I could.  Never did I expect to be the person who would be supported, inspired, and encouraged by the way she crushed breast cancer.

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Vonetta finds enjoyment in running long distances (she’s a little crazy), and I don’t anticipate ever running a half marathon with her at anytime in the near future.  However, I am overjoyed and excited about walking 39.3 miles with her in a few months!  She is my sister and I’m glad God crossed our paths when He did!  Sometimes the struggles and storms we go through are for the benefit of others. I know that Vonetta would never have chosen to be used by God in the way that she been, but I know that there are many of us who have been blessed by being able to witness her faith walk.  Hmmm…how appropriate that she named our team the Faith Walkers!

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Happy Birthday, Vonetta!!

We are still working toward raising funds for the AVON Walk for Breast Cancer.  You can donate to our goal by donating online HERE.  If you’d rather send a check, just send me a message and I’ll share instructions for that option.  Thank you so much to those of you who have already helped us reach our goal!

Living for Him!