I am Sheryl Giesbrecht Turner. I am a woman who loves Jesus, former widow of a 28-year marriage, almost two-year new marriage and wife of my second husband, mother of two biological children, mother-in-love of ten children, grandmother of thirteen, devoted daughter, avid employee, and conscientious writer, and truth-telling, inspirational speaker. I am a recovered chain cigarette smoker, alcoholic, and drug addict. I survived stage-four non-Hodgkins lymphoma. It’s amazing to remember how I felt in January 2005, after two surgeries and a year of chemotherapy, when my oncologist called to say, “Sheryl, you are totally cancer-free.”
I have been told I am a wonderful confidante, friend, and mentor. I am also a chocolate connoisseur, coffee snob, professional dieter, dedicated runner, consummate socializer, cross-cultural networker, and last but not least an unapologetic tom boy. These titles describe things I do and relationships I have but they do not describe who I really am. I am a saint who sometimes sins. I am adopted into God’s family. I am a child of God. If we know who we are in Christ, we realize the victory has already been won. The battle is over, but you and I must claim the victory we have in Christ, our victor. Each of us must know our identity, that is, who we are in Christ.
Who am I in Christ? I am accepted. I am God’s child (John 1:12). I am Christ’s friend (John 15:15). I have been justified (Romans 5:1). I am united with the Lord and I am one spirit with Him (I Corinthians 6:17). I am secure. I am free forever from condemnation (Romans 8:1–2). I am assured that all things work together for good (Romans 8:28). I am a citizen of heaven (Philippians 3:20). I can find grace and mercy in time of need (Hebrews 4:16). I am significant. I am a branch of the true vine, a channel of His life (John 15:1–5). I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit (John 15:16). I am God’s temple (I Corinthians 3:16). I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13). —From Who I Am in Christ by Dr. Neil Anderson, Bondage Breaker.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for restoring my identity to what you intended it to be in the Garden of Eden. You made it possible for me to be everything you designed me to be.
For additional thoughts about becoming more like Jesus and finding out whose you really are, check out my blog at Transformed Through Truth.