Comfortable in my own skin…becoming who I was created to be
I am learning
Learning to become comfortable in my own skin.
I have been on a journey and have hit many bumps.
It hasn’t been an easy process. I have had to fight even when I felt like I had no strength.
For as long as I can remember I have tried to fit into a certain mold.
Revelation: I wasn’t created to fit, I was created to fly.
Free people not only dance but they fly…they soar.
The human heart is not only desperately wicked but it is painfully fragile.
This heart of mine has experienced deep wounds.
Wounds that went a lot deeper than I previously thought.
My perception of who He is was jaded so consequently I didn’t know me. I didn’t know that I was fully accepted.
But I now know Him and He is showing me who I was created to be…. did I mention I am learning to become comfortable in my own skin?
The process is not always easy.
I have to fight in prayer like crazy to have a renewed mind…I am accepted, no masks or performance necessary.
Yeah comfortable in my own skin.
I am experiencing a new level of blood bought freedom because chains don’t look good on me.
Who knew that there was a warrior underneath all of this?
Who knew that from all that pain compassion for the broken would be birth?
A compassion that stirs real intercession.
Who knew that pride would fall to the wayside when I stopped trying to be “perfect” so that I can be “liked.”
Releasing pride has given way to humility and humility opens the door to His grace.
There is no turning back. I chose to move forward into more freedom, becoming who I was created to be.
Yeah comfortable in my own skin.
How about you?
About the Author
Hello there! I am Anika and I am definitely one of those. Passion oozes from every fiber of my being. I love to love. Sounds cheesy, I know, but I already told you that I am one of those kinds of people. Read on to find out some more interesting facts about me… 1. I love me some Jesus. I love to testify and if you hang around me long enough you may hear me bragging on the awesomeness of God, like how • He gave me a house I couldn't afford • Healed two of my children • Gave me a yes when I wanted to say no 2. I married a younger man…OK, not really. I was 23 while he was 22. My birthday is in April and his in August, but it’s our running joke. Nevertheless, after 13 years of marriage, I happen to love him deeply, and it still makes for a great story. 3. I have experienced the pain of two miscarriages and the joy of delivering 6 children (3 boys and 3 girls). I have both a bachelors and masters degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Early Childhood Education, which I put to good use staying home with the kiddos. 4. I attend an awesome church where my husband is the Assistant Pastor. I am also a part of a not for profit organization that encourages women to walk in their God given purpose. 5. I am addicted to prayer. 6. I am considered nice by most, definitely extreme by design. I am politically incorrect. 7. I take the scenic route when telling a story, but I promise if you hang on long enough, I eventually get to the punch line. 8. I have great ideas but I sometimes procrastinate. Jesus and I are working on that one. 9. I am guilty of overthinking things (refer to number 8). 10. I am originally from Jamaica. Surprise…sunshine and coconuts are two of my favorite things. 11. I subscribe to the Paleo Diet and actually did a round of Whole 30. 12. I love to experiment in the kitchen. 13. I make an absolute mess when I cook. I try to clean as I go but get distracted with cooking. Go figure. (My family doesn't always enjoy my cooking but I make them eat it anyway.) 14. I love people and enjoy talking to them—even the weird ones. I tried being otherwise but found it doesn't suit me well, so I'm learning to be okay with being me. 15. I have traction alopecia and wear wigs and am crazy enough to believe God for restoring my hair follicles even though the doctors have said otherwise. 16. A movie is considered good only if it makes me cry...more than once. Sound of Music happens to be my all time favorite. 17. I really wish I sang well. I really don't. 18. Telling people about Jesus is my favorite past time. And if I'm not talking about Him, I'm talking about my family or some random health fact I learned on Google. 19. I love redemption stories and happy endings, that’s why I said yes to Jesus. Feel like you know me a little more? Well good! Please continue to stop by my little corner of cyber world. And do leave a comment. Remember I love to talk to people!