Joy Journey | My Identity

(This post is sponsored by Illustrated Faith and this devotional kit was sent to me for review but all opinions are honest and my own. This most may contain affiliate links.)

Hello everyone! I may not be finished with all of the devotional kits from February but I just couldn’t wait to jump in and journal an entry using the Joy Journey devotional kit from Illustrated Faith!

Check out the process video to see how this entry came together (grab a snack…I included a life update and a little check your heart moment so it’s a long video).


But to all who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name…

John 1:12

Please tell me I’m not the only one who feels pressure from the world, family, friends, and/or social media to associate my identity with the type of job I have or how educated I am. We live in a society where our identities are firmly attached to things of this world and I’ve spent the last 4-5 years trying to break out of that pattern.

Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not bad to have a college education or a great job but I think it’s important to bring all of those decisions to the feet of God to see what He would have you do and remember that our identity is found in Him…not the initials behind our names or what we put on the employment line of the forms we fill out.

For years I feverishly pursued a college degree and a job in healthcare. I started attending college classes my sophomore year of high school and for the first 6 years of my sons’ lives I worked full time with a two hour commute and went to school full time. I felt that I wouldn’t be considered successful if I didn’t live my life this way…I thrived off the constant struggle to climb the ladders in society.

Almost 5 years ago I stopped. I stopped it all. My marriage was falling apart, my children hardly knew me, I was horribly depressed and I knew something needed to change. God was loudly and forcibly calling me to stay home, raise my kiddos, be a wife, and pursue ministry work. I WAS TERRIFIED! Who was going to bring in a paycheck (my husband was only employed part time and sporadically at that time), what about my 401K, how were we going to survive?

Funny thing is, God is bigger than all of that! Shortly after quitting my job, my husband found full time work for a great company that had better benefits than what I had. I was able to start going to class parties and field trips, pick up my boys when they were sick, attend Bible study classes, and pursue work that I could do from home on my own time.

I discovered and am continuing to discover what I was put here for….to study God and share Him with others. Now I know this is going to look differently for everyone. He might be calling you to evangelize in your corporate office or with the fellow students in your doctorate program but, for me, this is what it looked like. I am finding that my identity is in Christ and not anything else.

Wow! Thanks for hanging with me through all of that! This devotional is SO GOOD! I have so many more thoughts that I want to document just from the first session so stay tuned for how I do that.

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Until next time!

❤ Lindsey

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  1. I too left my corporate job and career as a Marketing Director to raise my children. I went back to a trade i learned in high school as a nail technician to have flexible hours. We have less stuff but we have more of me and my heart and my time. My girls are 19
    And 17 and I would not change a thing. I had to work hard to remind myself my identity is in whose I am not what I do. I belong to God. I am a predestined heir to the throne of grace. Hallelujah!

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