A Mother's Identity Crisis

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Too often women are seen, even by themselves, as "just a mom," to the neglect of all that they have to offer.  Caryn Rivadeneira, author of Mama's Got a Fake I.D., helps women see some of the false ways they may identify themselves and reclaim God's bigger plan for their lives using all the strengths, talents and spiritual gifts that God gave them. 


What gifts of yours have you neglected or diminished the use of since becoming a mom?
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Identify yourself. Make a list of your strengths, talents, spiritual gifts and propensities.
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Craft your "better answer." How will you answer people when they ask what you do?
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How can you live out who you are? Thinking about your above answers, how will you find time to nurture your strengths, gifts or hobbies?
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These simple exercises of thinking through your identity can have a profound impact on your self worth. As you prayerfully consider how you will apply these things, keep going to the Bible for God's comfort and His picture of who you are. In this next video, Caryn shares some passages that were especially meaningful to her as she worked through her identity crisis.


What are your biggest frustrations right now with your life as a parent or a professional?
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Read Psalm 23. As you do, consider how God cares for you and write how this psalm comforts you in your your frustrations you listed above.
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Read Psalm 139. As you do, consider how God cares for you and write how this psalm comforts you in your frustrations you listed above.
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What other psalms are especially meaningful for you or particularly appropriate during this season? Why?
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You're first marker of your identity is that you are in Christ, and losing sight of that will certainly distort your entire self identity. Take hold of who you are as a daughter of the Lord, and ask Him to lead you in using all of your wonderful gifts and in the blessing of your role as mom.


If you want to read more about how to break free from false guilt and follow God’s lead in sharing who you really are, you can find Mama's Got a Fake I.D. by Caryn Rivadeira here