Insecurity....Identity.....Who Am I?

Do you suffer from INSECURITY like I do? I think if we are honest, most of us are in some area of our life or maybe even all, suffer from being insecure or not knowing who we are (IDENTITY). I think that if I had known years ago, I mean truly known that I am HIS, a child of God and a sister in Christ, my life probably wouldn't have gone down the road it did. But that is the past and I cannot change that, what I can change is how I view myself now and live a life of being secure and confident in who I am as a child of God. 

Most of my life, up until 3 years ago, was spent in the darkness of addiction, prostitution, thievery, homelessness and so much more. I was lost and didn't know who I was or why I was here, other than to suffer, by personal choices and lack of love for myself. But that all changed the day I fully gave my life to Jesus and started following after Him. 

Did you know that Satan tried to tempt Jesus by attempting to cast doubt on who Jesus was and to Whom He belonged? It was in the desert, (Matthew 4:6) says,  Satan said, "If you are the Son of God." Satan's tactics are no different for us. He will attack our identity and if we don't have a firm grasp on who we are and to whom we belong, we will be vulnerable to his lies. Anyone who is lacking that firm grasp of who they are and their values for which they stand can and will fall prey to the enemy's lies; single women looking for companionship at the expense of their virtue (I know because I have done it), businessmen/women willing to backslide on integrity to get ahead, even Christ followers stuck in secret sin when victory is within their reach. That is why teaching our children early on who they belong to.....Jesus.......is so very important. I wish my parents had taught me this and I wish I had also taught my children that they are God's children, that they belong to Him. 

So many of us live our lives trying to please others to find acceptance and validation. I know because I was always changing to become what I thought others wanted me to be so that they would accept me and like me.  What we are really searching for is our identity and the confidence that comes from knowing it. Insecurity means no sense of identity, which makes it easy to believe lies, leading to an unrealistic fear of what people think. I spent too much time in this cycle, what a yucky way to live. It's no wonder I have struggled with depression and addiction. And it's no wonder the enemy wants to deceive us about identity since everything we do flows from that source. Remember, YOU are a child of God, He made you, Christ died for you, and that should tell you something....right?!!!

Our identity is found in HIM. The unchanging, all powerful, Creator of our souls. He already knows everything about you and He still loves you. He knows your secret sins, fears, worries and thoughts AND...He still accepts you for who you are......just as you are.....right where you are. (Romans 5:8) says, "But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Did you hear that? Jesus died for us while we were still sinners, now that is love and that should show who we belong to. We are HIS!!! We can be sure that He never changes so our identity is rock solid, but we have to stay connected to Him to keep rooted in this security. I know that the ONLY reason I am doing so well in my sobriety is because I have finally seen who I am in HIM. There is a song by Casting Crowns called "Who Am I" that has forever changed the way I see myself. Please don't think that I am saying it was this song that changed me because it wasn't. That is only done by realizing who I am in Christ, submitting to my Heavenly Father and daily reading His word, the Bible. 

Life is not perfect, nor am I, but life is truly amazing and there is an unexplained joy and freedom when you continually look to Jesus for who you are. My prayer is that my story helps someone, at least one, to find out for themselves who YOU ARE IN CHRIST JESUS AND THAT YOU LIVE WITH YOUR IDENTITY IN SWEET SECURITY OF OUR HEAVENLY FATHER. 

BLESSING TO YOU! 

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My Why? Why Young Living? Why Network Marketing?

Hello and welcome, my name is Denise. I am so glad you decided to spend some of your valuable time and come meet me. I want to share with you how I came to be where I am at with Young Living and in a NWM (Network Marketing) company. I actually think it should be called "relationship marketing" since this business is all about relationships.  I am a God fearing, Jesus following, Bible believing wife, mother, grandmother, friend, avid YLEO (Young Living Essential Oil) user and living a sober chemical free healthier me abundant life. Wow, that was a mouthful, huh? I had so much more I wanted to say, but I thought I better keep it short, LOL. 

Without going into great detail, let me just say that I was stuck in an addiction for 22 years of my life and now celebrate 3 years sober and what an amazing life it is. I used to be a Medical Assistant, 2 years in Pediatrics and 2 years in OB/GYN. I loved my job and it was my everything, so much that it came before everything and everyone. Maybe that is why it was taken out of my life? I got put on permanent disability due to Degenerative Disc Disease (6 spinal fusions), a major car accident that almost claimed my life and some mental issues (no need to go into that right now). 

At first, not working and having a monthly income was great, but as time went on, what little bit of self-esteem or worth was quickly fading. So basically, I had a 7 year stretch where I say I was sober, but honestly I had just changed one addiction with several others that I was able to function on (for a bit). But after being out of work and seeing myself through very pessimistic attitude and eyes, I quickly picked up my Meth addiction and added it to the Alcohol, Marijuana, Opiates and Tobacco. WOW!! What a hot mess!! OK....just a mess. 

After reaching my bottom and with some tough love from my husband, family, drug counselor, Pastor and some great sisters in Christ coming along side of me to help me rebuild my life, I came out of the darkness and into the light. I accepted Jesus Christ as my Saviour on May 18, 2013 along with my wonderful husband, Marc. Sober on July 17th and baptized on August 4, 2013. It has been a steady uphill climb every since and I am truly blessed. 

About a year later, I accidentally stumbled upon an old friend through Facebook. I don't remember exactly, but I must have posted about all my back pain and sick and tired of being sick and tired and she messaged me to say she had something that she knew would help support my body for a healthier life. At this point, I was game to try anything since I was not wanting to use anything with harsh chemicals with many side effects. When she told me it was Essential Oils, I just thought, Oh great.....some of that black magic voodoo hippie juice! But then I decided since I had tried many other "dark" things that didn't help, why not give it ONE chance? ONE chance is all it took and I was hooked. The benefits I felt from just that one use of the pain cream was amazing, but I questioned if it really was these Essential oils or maybe a coincidence? As I started using the sample of RC and felt the support for my respiratory and immune systems too, I knew that this was no coincidence. I stopped the pain cream for a couple of days and pain level went up, then I started it again and it went down.....YEP.....it's this voodoo stuff. I no longer think it is voodoo, it is the lifeblood of the plant that has amazing properties and God put them all here for us to use in a smart healthy way to support our bodies just like it does for the plant. 

I knew immediately that I wanted to do the business side of Young Living even before I got my kit, which took me 3 months to save for. Most people don't come to do the business side like I did, but I am a very different person, LOL. I just knew that if these products helped me so quickly that I wanted in on this. I missed and wanted that rewarding feeling of helping others with their health and I wanted to get off of SSI so that I could feel good about myself and be self-reliant, while contributing to the work force. I didn't want to struggle any longer, living paycheck to paycheck. And though I am not quite out of that cycle, I am well on my way. Every  month I have increase my paycheck a little by little, but I realized in May of 2016, this year, that I had been treating this as a hobby and not giving it the business respect that it or I deserve. That was a turning point for my business and things have started to pick up. 

I am excited and pumped to see what is in store for my future with Young Living. I am creating strong empowering friendships with like minded people who are so positive, nurturing and push me to become more than I had ever dreamed I could be. But what has stood out and struck me the most about doing this business, is the personal growth that I am going through. The changes that are taking place in me are truly astounding. Talk about blowing my mind. Though none of this would be possible without the blood saving grace of Jesus Christ, I am thankful for this company who loves like Jesus and has a heart for mankind, which shows through their outreach support programs. D. Gary Young, founded this company over 20 years ago and the products speak for his love, passion and integrity for the highest and purest quality products for me, you and all the world. See: seedtoseal.com 

If you are looking for a career for any reason whether it is needing more income to pay for a child's education, mortgage, a new car, paying off debt, retirement, plan b (God forbid we should need it), vacations, helping your church with additions (like I want to do) or any other reason you have, take a look at Young Living. There are many good NWM companies out there, just do your research and thoroughly check them out. You need to love the products that they produce and trust who they are, integrity is HUGE. 

Thanks for you time and if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. I'd love to answer them and if I don't know, I will find out for you. 

Blessings, Denise

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