My husband and I recently began watching the HBO television series, King of Thrones. We are starting at the beginning and considerably behind, so we’ve been watching it pretty regularly. It’s really quite interesting seeing the world from the perspective of such a vastly different culture than what we are familiar with these days. One of the main characters is a son who is referred to as the bastard. Back in those times, if you were illegitimate, the stigma was a scarlet letter. It’s hard to watch this young man walk under such a great cloud and accept his horrible treatment as something he deserves.

He has accepted it, as society has taught him it is who he is; it’s his lot in life. His assignment. His identity.

What do you say about your own identity? Who does your family say you are? Your spouse? Friends? And who do you want to believe you are? What are you simply just settling for? Now contrast that with what your spirit says about you, down deep inside?

What perception is keeping you from walking in the fullness of your purpose?

I personally have struggled with some whose opinion of me are based on more often on subjection, and oftentimes, projection. My motives are questioned and  intentions devalued, because of misconceptions of what people like me (Christ-followers), are “supposed’ to act like. Or when I deviate from traditional family expectations and patterns of communication/values. When I fall short of their expectations, or merely deviate from what they would want from me, the criticism and attack is frankly more painful than I like to admit. It’s hard to even have a significant conversation with anyone without hearing the voices of my accusers in my head. Even great accomplishments are overshadowed by those who would happily remind me of who I used to be, what I am still not, or who I will never be.

A bastard daughter I am.

And yet, here is this truth. That is NOT who Christ says I am. Certainly not who God says I am. Never perfect, but always perfecting, those of us who choose to believe we are God-breathed, God-designed, and living with a divine purpose, MUST also choose to remind ourselves who we are and WHOSE we are.

My prayer for you today is that you would discover who you ARE, who you are designed to be, regardless of whatever circumstances, expectations, limitations or perceptions you have lived under up and to this point. May you find the freedom to pursue your life with all  limitations removed.

Refuse labels. Overcome perception. Trust God.  Be free… Don’t be a bastard.

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9

So that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs, having the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:7

The Lord will make you the head, not the tail…. Deuteronomy 28:13

I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse, and all the peoples on the earth will be blessed through you. (Said GOD!) Genesis 12:3

For the Lord is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. (Those who are redeemed by Him) Psalm 84:11

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people. Ephesians 1:18


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