A Time for Stones [Identity]

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Linking up to the The Gypsy Mama to take the Five Minute Friday writing challenge (only mine’s on Saturday) where we write unedited for five minutes on a topic. This week’s word is Identity.


Ask me who I am and I’ll say mother, daughter, sister, friend, wife, editor.
On confident days I may even add writer.
It is true. I am these but so much more.
I am an accountant, a maid, a hair stylist, a logistics manager, a counselor, a confidante, an educator, a lover, a nurse, a travel agent …
And there are more.
I struggle and wonder which to be at each moment. Sometimes I even wear the wrong nametag: counselor when it should read wife; friend when it should say mother.
Because none of them came with an instruction book. Each becoming comfortable only after a season.
I’m in the midst of some of those identities. Others I’m nearing the end or perhaps just beginning. A splattering of hats I’ll wear all my earthly life. Many are only momentary.
In my uncertainty in how to play certain roles I need to relax, take it one day at a time. Realizing I’m not asked to know it all or be it all.
There is a time for all things.stone

And in some things I’m throwing stones, in others I’m gathering, and in still others I’m doing both at the same time.
But the most important thing to remind myself is each of these identities are temporal, ending with my departure from this earth.
The only one that truly lasts, the only one to put all my stones in, the only one of eternal value is my identity in Christ.
And that’s an identity worth hanging my hat on.

There is an occasion for everything, and a time for every activity under heaven: … a time to throw stones and a time to gather stones (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 5, HCSB).

Reflections: What identity are you struggling with right now (mine is author)? Have you cultivated your most important role, your identity in Christ?

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By His Grace,



  1. Linda Smith on May 12, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Oh, Julie — again it is I who have been blessed.

    • juliesunne on May 12, 2012 at 5:59 pm

      You’re sweet, Linda! Enjoy a blessed Mother’s Day.

  2. Paddy Druhl on May 17, 2012 at 9:23 am

    I so enjoy your thoughts. I am a Chritian pastor and struggle to keep my mind in line with Go’s mind. I appreciate your challenege to me to continue striving to be the person I want to be for God.

    • juliesunne on May 17, 2012 at 11:53 am

      Thank you for your kind words, Paddy! You certainly alone in your struggle as I do as well. I am grateful the Lord is using me to encourage others. Blessings.

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Julie Sunne

Hello, I'm Julie, an imperfect wife and mother of four. Life in this broken world is not always easy. Yet, joy can be found in each day through the grace and mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I find it's easy for our day's blessings to get lost in its happenings. But God's "mercies never end" (Lamentations 3:22) and His "grace is sufficient" (2 Corinthians 12:9).

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