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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Dying to Self -- A Birthday Post

With our firstborn, Therese during her First Communion recently.

I don't know about you but I like telling people my real age. :) I feel that it is a gift to be given another year in life and so, I do not mind one bit that I am getting older (hopefully wiser).

Today, I turn 38.

Wow. Big age.

At 43, my own mother passed away and so in just five years I will be as old as my Mama was when she went Home to our Creator.

It is true that death puts things in perspective and with the end in mind, in September of this year, 2013, I "killed" myself.

I died to myself.

I buried the old Nikka.

I usually have seasons of my life when I have these "rebirths", when I tell God that the old is gone and that I am reborn....only to get caught up with life and "resurrect" my old sins of pride, envy, etc... You know, become a zombie again.

But for reasons that can only be attributed to God, this year, when the Lord showed me my
"true self" - my most sinful self, which horrified and shamed me - in increments and then all at once, I saw myself for who and what I truly was, and it was NOT a good sight.

I was :

- full of pride
- full of resentment
- full of self-righteousness
- full of envy
- full of bitterness

In short, I was full of myself and not as "good" as I thought myself to be. I was a sinful, prideful woman.

That was the reason I deactivated from Facebook that same day I "killed" myself.

Facebook, for all its wonderful connectivity elements made me :

- egoistic
- boastful
- self-centered
- restless
- envious
- unhappy

...for the most part.

It is not bad in and of itself, but for me,

Nikka IN Facebook, made for a very, very shallow woman who "played it up" to an "audience".

It also made my thoughts soooooo NOISY. I was noisy. People were noisy. Events were noisy. Raves were noisy. Rants were noisy. God couldn't tell me anything without having to shout perhaps and even then, He wouldn't still be able to get any point across. My own mind and spirit were too filled with worldly concerns that anything He would have said, would have simply fallen on deaf (or deafened) ears.

I used to think that this whole season of my life would be a hidden one. But because of a suggestion from my dear husband whom I respect, I am blogging about it.

I wrote on that fateful day that I "died" to self in my journal, that:



"I will not announce the little or big lessons the Lord will instill upon me. I will not post about the little or big changes in my heart and mind that constant prayer brings about. I will not share it with anybody unless doing so may bring further enlightenment not only to the listener but to me as well. I feel that telling the world about this secret part of my life will in effect diminish the merits of whatever virtue/s I may have acquired through this exercise." 


My journey from hyper multi-tasker to peaceful wife may seem crazy to those who know me, or even to those who don't. But, when God called me, He had already instilled a desire so strong to let go, that I simply had to say YES.

It was by far, the scariest thing I had to do. Giving birth four times was scary, yes, but "killing" my old self, letting go of my desire to control my husband and our lives, etc. was far scarier.

But when I finally did, it was the most freeing decision I have ever done in my entire life. And, what is wonderful is that this time, it is FOR REAL.

I really have let go... I really will let God lead me through my imperfect husband. And boy, is it liberating!

Today at 38, I want to thank God for giving me another year. :)

With eyes focused on Him as I tread this journey as a submitted wife, with a renewed spirit... my old self is no more, and on my 38th birthday, the Lord has given me not just another year at this physical life, but a NEW and PEACEFUL LIFE with Him.

Praise God for birthdays! :) I feel reborn. :)

Happy birthday too to my sister, Erica who is celebrating her 33rd year today. :)
 

2 comments:

  1. Hello! I'm enjoying all your posts! I see ME in all your posts (before you came to the Lord). Makes me realize how sad my life is! Thank you for the wake up call :)
    Keep posting! :)

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    1. Hi Anonymous! :)

      Glad you are enjoying the posts!:) Don't worry, you are not alone! There are a lot of us scattered all around the world. What is wonderful is that once the Lord opens up our spiritual eyes to our sins, the very thing that makes us sin (dominant,go-getter, personality) is the VERY THING God would use for His Glory!

      We all need the wakeup call. :)And once we are awake from our long stupor, we have to die to this sinful self every single day. It is no longer us but Christ who lives in us.

      God bless you! :)

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