who: searching for our true soul identity

ballerina on a rock - who_ searching for our true soul identity @poetryjoy.com

Our true soul identity isn’t always clear. Who we are deep inside can become distorted in a complex maze of roles, labels, problems and pain. Especially if we assimilate flawed views and opinions of ourselves over the years.

As children we can be parented and nurtured well or damaged by careless handling and bad experiences. Such things help shape our perspective. They can also create a false persona we try hard to live up to.

Thankfully, there is someone who has a clear-eyed view of who we are. Our true identity is safe with God. He sees our hidden self. The parts we feel ashamed of and hide from others. The truth of who we are deep down.

God sees into the depths of our soul. He knows our heart and what we are capable of. He sees all we are in the process of becoming by His grace. He loves us unconditionally, unreservedly and eternally. I know who I am because I know the awe-inspiring, holy I AM Himself. It’s a great relief and a huge blessing to be so well known and yet so amazingly loved.

Who

her real identity was swallowed up
in a dark, murky sea of hurt and pain
washed with woundedness, false guilt
and shame, because she didn’t know
who she was or how to reclaim herself

her who became her do as she
sought to find herself in tasks
and helping others, but deep
inside she ached and cried with a
hollow void, and she lost her voice

until God revealed the way back
to being herself, to being whole
was through the cross of Jesus Christ
his beloved Son, and her true soul
identity, her “who” was wrapped up
in his mercy, grace and endless love

instead of worrying about her loss
she could open up like a fragrant
flower, spill out her life in writing
words and prayer, let her focus shift
toward Whose she has become by
faith, who she is now in his embrace
© joylenton

who - searching for our true soul identity poem excerpt (C)joylenton @poetryjoy.com

I’m sharing my poem with the fabulous five-minute-friday writing community. This week’s prompt is ‘who’. You are welcome to join us. Just click here to read the great variety of posts being share. 🙂

16 thoughts on “who: searching for our true soul identity

  1. Beautifully written Joy! And absolutely true. I loved these words ….”It’s a great relief and a huge blessing to be so well known and yet so amazingly loved.”

    What a precious and loving God and Heavenly Father we have! Thank for sharing ♥️🌷
    Christine

    • Hello Christine, thanks for visiting! It’s lovely to meet you. I’m glad you could relate to those words. God’s love never ceases to thrill and amaze me! Have a blessed weekend, friend. 😊🌼💜

    • Janis, it’s so good to reconnect and see you here again! Thanks for reading and responding. I appreciate you being here. And I hope to pop over and read your post before the weekend is through. I still get your newsletters. Blessings! x 💜

    • Hi Karen. Thank you so much for stopping by. Leaving out capitals is something poets often do. Not all that challenging once you get used to it. Bless you for your kind encouragement! 😊🌹

  2. Joy, what a beautiful poem and the song by Lauren is so good! “He loves us unconditionally, unreservedly and eternally. I know who I am because I know the awe-inspiring, holy I AM Himself.” Amen He knows all about us – past, present and future – and He loves us more than we can imagine! Blessings and love to you, dear Joy! xoxo

    • I know, Gayl. It’s such a mind blowing thought to know the God of the universe humbles Himself to love and save us! Such love is truly beyond our comprehension. I’m so pleased the poem appealed to you. The song is one of my favourites. Blessings, love and hugs to you, dear friend! xoxo 💜

  3. Dear Joy,
    Oh this is so beautiful, and brought tears to my eyes again. Because I can see God doing this very thing in you and your sharing here:
    “she could open up like a fragrant
    flower, spill out her life in writing
    words and prayer, let her focus shift
    toward Whose she has become by
    faith, who she is now in his embrace”
    I know this is why I am so touched when I read your words, because you point to the One who holds you in His embrace. Thank you Dear Friend for giving your heart. Blessings, love, and hugs to you. xoxox

    • Dear Bettie, oh really? How wonderful that you can sense God’s hand on my life and through the words I write! I never planned it that way, but God has used the FMF prompts over the last few weeks to draw out deeply personal poems from my heart. My hope and prayer is for someone else to see themselves within the lines as well.
      Your deep spiritual sensitivity and attunement to poetic phraseology certainly helps you to sense far more than most. I’m thankful for the perception God has given you, dear friend. Another precious gift you have! Blessings, love and hugs to you too! xoxo 💟

  4. Thank you, dear Joy. It’s such a precious comfort to know our identity is safe in God. That past junk can sometimes pull us down like quicksand, but God is faithful. “His mercy, grace and endless love” pull us free and wrap us up. 🙂 Love and hugs to you!

    • Trudy, I love how you have described the way God rescues us from “our past junk” which sinks us like quicksand. It really does feel like that sometimes, as it pulls our emotions out of kilter. It is indeed a “precious comfort” to know our true identity is safe in God. Thank you for adding your thoughtful insights here, dear friend. Love and hugs to you too! xo 😊💜🏵

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