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Our Story Is Not Our Identity
Where Are You Home? The Journey to “Become Home”
“Why Have You Come Here?” – Part 1

Our Story Is Not Our Identity

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This post was originally published on the Chris Lautsbaugh’s blog at http://www.nosuperheroes.com/our-story-is-not-our-identity/ and is re-posted with permission.

A few years ago, our family completed a journey to adopt and emigrate our son from South Africa. This process took over four years and included custody, name changes, countless documents, and finally culminated in him receiving his U.S. citizenship and passport.

My son’s identity has changed. He has a new name, a new country, and a new family heritage.

This does not change his story. Where he came from will always be a part of his life, but how he is known is completely different.

It is this way with all of us. Our past is a part of who we are, but we have a new identity through Christ.

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Where Are You Home? The Journey to “Become Home”

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Sometimes as missionaries and expats we do not often express the sense of loss and separation one goes through when following the call of God that moves us across countries, cultures, and/or oceans. So I am thankful for Angharad’s post last week on the “pain of saying goodbye” to home for another country (if you missed it, you can read it here: The Pain of Saying “Goodbye”). I can also understand this on a personal level. And please don’t misunderstand me; as much of this is difficult, much is also a desired, exciting, and joy-filled experience.

But at the same time and maybe after going through stages of grief and journeying through transition to living somewhere else other than my “original home” (cultural, birthplace, family, etc.), I find myself in another place emotionally and maybe spiritually too – a place that surprises me today but in a good and thankful way. A place where I survey where I now live with more fondness, even with a love that continues to deepen. Where I claim the beauty, the diversity, the people, and with contentment my heart says, “Yes.”

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“Why Have You Come Here?” – Part 1

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This post was originally published on the author Christina Quist’s website http://www.thequists.com and is re-posted with permission.

Have you ever caught yourself thinking about or intrigued by a specific person, people group, or place? Maybe even a cause? You know, you try to put it out of your mind, but at random times, it returns? You don’t even know the person, or have never been to the place, but you feel a connection with it, a responsibility or longing to know more?

The first time I felt this particular connection to someone was Michael Jackson in the fifth grade. I may or may not have been misguided by hormones. This is not what I’m talking about. This is stalking.

As I get older, I know there are specific people designed for me to not just pray for, but I know I have a part in their lives and they in mine. We are meant to be entwined for however brief a moment (Ephesians 2:10).

I’m kinda used to the crazy. I mean, we up and moved to South Africa because of a powerful draw and call we felt to a very specific place. Once you jump off the deep end, it gets easier every time.

Which is why it wasn’t unheard of for me to make my way to the Middle East without an agenda or goal in mind. Or heck, without my husband, well-rehearsed missions team, a lot of money, or even knowing a hint of Arabic. Just me and my new friend who I met a few months ago.

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