That is who I am

Tell us a little about yourself...

I so “dislike” forced intimacy!

“Tell us a little about yourself, who you are; tell us your story” and then a big smile.

The telling of me to a group most often times involves them wanting to know “my story ,” a telling of my past.

I believe that is Not who “I” am anymore.

I am a new creation in Christ! He has given me a new heart.

My past does Not define who I am.

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So…who am I? Well, to begin with…

I am first and foremost -a sworn follower of the King-a disciple and lover of Jesus Christ

I am Ulrike Grace Shumborski – wife to, singer/songwriter, Robert Leon Shumborski.

I am -a mother of two children, a natural grandmother of four grandchildren

I am a writer of fiction and non-fiction.

I am an artist of pencil sketching and watercolour painting.

I realized the request could have been made clearer.

Did they want to know who I am or did they want to know my story?

My story and who I am are two different things!

I am Not my story.

My story is the journey which has brought me to today.

My story is that which God has used and is using to make me who I am today.

My story is Not finished yet!

My journey is Not done!

So, again…who am I?

I am who I am today despite the twists and turns, the hills and valleys, the mountainous crossings of my journey. All thanks to the faithful grace of my Lord Jesus!

 

My journey is only the path I took to get me to where I am … my journey was and is not who I am. It was not even who I was, even in the lowest, darkest parts. The circumstances of my journey God used to forge my character as through fire to accomplish His will and gifting in me. However, He never left me! Not once did God leave my side or make me walk on my own. Even when I did not acknowledge Him, or was ignorant of His deep love and did not know how personal, how intimate a Savior He wanted to be.

 

Today I have a better idea. Yet His love and faithfulness, the depth, the completeness of it is something so big and God-like that I will never have the capacity to fully understand. It is in response to God’s love and faithfulness – that that has made me who I am today - Not my journey - Notmy circumstances in life.

 

So, again…who am I?

 

Endangered deltoid balsamroot flowers growing under Garry oak trees
Endangered deltoid balsamroot flowers growing under Garry oak trees | Source

I am a loved, cared for creative child of God.

I am a gentle flower in His garden of His rest. A flower which rests under the protective stance and shadow of His oak – the Great Lord Jesus. He provides my sun, my shadow, my sustenance.

I am an artist – both with words and with drawing pencil.

I am a mother of His people; a nurturer, a binder of wounds with His love, His balm of healing.

I am a true believer of God and His callings.

I am an encourager of His dreams and calling.

I believe when God has called someone to something –He has put that dream and calling in the heart of that one and will supply all else to make sure they get it done!

I am the biggest fan of God’s precious children. I desire to see them run, strong and true – the course He has set out for them.

That is who I am.

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The Gentleness of a Butterfly
The Gentleness of a Butterfly
The Swiftness of a Hummingbird
The Swiftness of a Hummingbird
The Majesty of a Bull Moose
The Majesty of a Bull Moose

I love the quiet.

I love the place of repose in His presence.

I love to just be in His creation!

I love to walk out into a wide open space,

-where I can see, and see, and see

-where I can absorb all that space and hugeness!

I love the mountains for what they tell me about God

I love the endless prairie for what they tell me about God.

I love to stand in His creation and absorb who He is!

I love to take strength from Him.

 

That is who I am.

I love to love.

I love to laugh.

I love to cry, by myself – or with those who are crying.

I love to live, sense, be a part of His life.

That’s real.

That is what I am all about.

That is why He made me.

To Live.

To Love.

To Share.

I love to see and learn who God is in

-the gentleness of a butterfly,

-the swiftness of a hummingbird or

-the majestic strength of a bull moose in the fall

 

All these things tell me who God is!

I can trust these images of my Creator every bit as much as I trust the Words He left to guide and encourage me, to strengthen me.

 

I am created in His image!

I am Not God – but His Image is in me – in my being.

 

God purposed that even as the butterfly, hummingbird, moose, prairie or mountain say something of God, show something of God – so He purposed that I would too.

What a gift! What a privilege! That I would carry about in me some aspect of the image of God!

My heart beats in loving thunder rolls at the thought.

That is who I am.

 

 

I am expressive, whether it is accomplished

-by pen with words

-by pencil in drawings

-by the sharing my heart with others or sharing theirs

 

That is God!

 

God does not only want to share Himself with me.

God wants me to share myself with Him.

What a thought…What a glorious thought…that is a prairie wide thought…one to be absorbed. Stand, look, absorb, and see that the Lord is good!

My Prayer of Praise!

Oh Lord – You are so full.

Right now my being – this fragile vessel of bone and flesh– is full of You!

I am awed.

My journey is Not who I am.

You, God, (Father, Jesus, Spirit) is who I am.

Your love, Your grace, Your salvation of forgiveness and restoration, Your strength, Your rest, Your ability – You – that is who I am.

You in me.

Me in You.

Lord, I bow my knee in love and admiration of who You are!

My Lord and King.

My Father , My God.

No wonder the lilies trumpet Your glory, and the bluebells of the forest ring out Your praises.

No wonder the grasses of the prairies wave in joyous wonder at Your grace and the mountains stand in respect for Your majesty!

Oh my God how all in all You are in the earth.

How all in all You are in Your people, in Your Church, in Your children, in me.

You are holy – You are all – reachable and unreachable - You are everything!!!

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Mekenzie 5 years ago from Michigan

Amazing Hub. You are a work of God's own hand. I know that my past prepared me but, as you stated, my past does not define me. It was obviously used by God to shape me and to teach me long my journey. God delivers us from our past and it reveals what His love and mercy can do with a very broken life.

It is ALL Him! All glory goes to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I am blessed by your life and wisdom Urlike.

Great Hub!

BIG HUGS,

Mekenzie


Inge 5 years ago

What a beautiful, wonderful Hub. You are such a beautiful human being, which such tremendous insight. I totally admire you and thank the Lord that he brought you back into my life. I do love you ~ favourite cousin of mine.


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UlrikeGrace 5 years ago from Canada Author

Makenzie! Hello my dear sister...With God when He says He will restore us...He restores all of us...God does not re-create out past, or make it better, the past is the past is the past. However He does redeem it for His glory...what I fail to see so often is that He was doing this the whole time...it is sorta like He looks over His shoulder and say, Give it time... just wait til you see the outcome of this...He alone knows the beginning from the end! Halleluiah!!! Love you sister...Ulrike Grace


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UlrikeGrace 5 years ago from Canada Author

Inge! We are both beautiful, wonderful creations in the Lord. I am so blessed that you were lifted up by the words of praise and love from my heart. God is so faithful and that is what holds us and strengthens us. Bless you my darling...hope to see you soon...Love Ulrike Grace


Thorine 5 years ago

Oh Ulrike that is so absolutely wonderful. That we (I) could truly grasp what you have written here is too wonderful. To fully realise that we are in the image of God Almighty, to fully realise that the past is NOT who we (I) am and what I DO is not who I am, this is freedom. Thankyou for being willing to share - Bless you for allowing The Lord to speak through you.

Love you my sweet.


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UlrikeGrace 5 years ago from Canada Author

Thorine, I am so glad this has blessed you. It has and is freeing to know that it is not what I do that matters to God so much as who I am. And i am in Him! There is a wonderful [piece of God in all of us...we just have to rest and let it do its shining! Blessings to you, i love you too...Ulrike Grace


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heart4theword 5 years ago from hub

Truly lovely, will have to come back and re-read this one:)


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UlrikeGrace 5 years ago from Canada Author

Thank you Heart4theword...I am glad this hub has blessed you...your reading has encouraged me...blessings to you Ulrike Grace


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Andrew0208 5 years ago from Zion

Glorious! Christ in you; the hope of glory. Quite an inspiring hub with angelic like photos. Keep up the good work and remain blessed.


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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

It is never the true you that they seek to know, but that little bit of gossip that could be spread.


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UlrikeGrace 5 years ago from Canada Author

Andrew0208...Thank you and blessings to you for coming to visit and having a read...

Dave Matthews...never is a big word...but there is truth in what you say...that is why it is so graceful to be who we are becasue of God and His mercy than becasue of anything we do...bless you brother thanks for stopping in to have a read

Grace and mercy to you both and all my readers...you all encourage me so much...humbly yours Ulrike Grace


Raymond Tremain 5 years ago

Great story Ulrikegrace and all true at that,

yes it does become hard when you get asked who are you?

what I mostly say is that I'm a born again christian, ( some people can't handle that)but I go on to say that my father is our Father in heaven (that gets them more worried) as they don't know what next I'll come out with.

God loves all

Raymond


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Darrell Roberts 5 years ago

Wonderful!! I wish you all the best.


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UlrikeGrace 5 years ago from Canada Author

Raymond Tremain, it's a joy to know that our Father is in heaven and right with us all the time. Thanks for reading and commenting I appreciate that. Blessings to you.

Darrell Roberts...thanks for stopping in and having a read. Blessings to you.

Ulrike Grace


rls4immanuel 5 years ago

Ulrike Grace, once again you have shared from your heart with spiritual excellence. I do believe that Father is well pleased with this message. Definately out identity is totally wrapped and enmeshed within God, our amazing creator. God's love for us is so amazing (maybe someone should write a song about that) and it is "HIS" life in us that is the foundation of our idenity. Fallen humans are consitantly looking for "one up" on each other. So, the question "Who are you" can carry undertones of "I need information that helps me control you or gives me liscence to feel superior to you." If we truly love each other with the love of God, then you are absolutely correct in that the past is irrelevant in that Jesus has forgiven us through the power of His blood sacrifice. If our sin is a far as the east is from the west in God's mind then I think it is rather foolish and very unprodctive for us to engage in the activity of digging it up and "studying" it again. Each one of us is a unique creation of God and if we truly love one another, we would do well to prove it by seeking to help each other discover that God given uniqueness. Good work Ulrike Grace. You are definately one of God's scribes (sorry, not Scripture. That is finished). However, He has a job for you to do for Him today with the pen or computer, whatever the case may be. Keep up the great work and remember, you write for your King!


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skye2day 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Beautiful hub. Praise God 'sista' mekenzies little saying, she is so precious. Your writing is beautiful, heartfelt and inspiring. My past is a testimony to others that I lived for a larger purpose a cause for Christ and a testimony on His Love and Grace, Mercy and Goodness. You are right on sista, when born into Gods family we are ade mnew creatures in Christ. I thank God I live to say so. You pictures are captivating and God has so Blessed you with that pencil. You keep on shining the Light within. In His Name, Jesus.

Sending a warm Hug. Blessings.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota

My favorite line:

"I am Not my story.

My story is the journey which has brought me to today."

A beautiful and interesting introspection.

It kind of makes me want to write my own.


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FaithDream 5 years ago from (Midwest) USA

Beautiful hub and a great tribute to your faith. It's nice to meet you. I too am living my dreams everyday, I'm living the FaithDream. :)


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago

Splendid Hub!


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Saintatlarge 5 years ago from Canada

Well said UG... Terrific, I believe you captured something that we can all learn from and aspire to. Blessings, L.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago

UnlikeGrace, BEAUTIFUL! The TRUTH really does set you FREE! There is such freedom when you KNOW that the Lord knows your heart! You are transparent before HIM! In the eyes of the Lord you are HIS child! A work of art in Progress created in "His Image!" Our true security & significance can only be found in the LORD! Praise God! WONDERFUL!

Thank You for sharing In HIS Love, Grace, Joyk Peace & Blessings!


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parrster 5 years ago from Oz

My dear Ulrike Grace, YOU ARE a blessing; and blessed.


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UlrikeGrace 5 years ago from Canada Author

rls- you have been and are a great encouragement to me...I do so appreciate you. Thank you for your insightful comments and the fact that you think so much about what I write! what a humbling thing to have someone put thought to your words. Makes me appreciate how careful I must be in what I present for thought. Blessings to you...grace and peace...Ulrike Grace


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UlrikeGrace 5 years ago from Canada Author

skye2day - you just keep on praising the Lord and Creator of us all. He will continue leading you down your journey. May you be a shining star for His glory and honor! Blessings to you little one...Ulrike Grace


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UlrikeGrace 5 years ago from Canada Author

FaithDream...bless you for stopping in and having a read...I am honored that this testimony to the graciousness of our God has blessed you!Grace & Peace to you.

tnderhrt23, thanks for your comment and reading...blessings to you.


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UlrikeGrace 5 years ago from Canada Author

Saintatlarge...always good to see you here. thank you for your kind words. It is something that is not already attained to be I strive to make this a part of my natural thinking. The truth of the Word of God and not what the world has tried to make me. Blessings to you Saint...your sister in Jesus our Lord, Ulrike Grace


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UlrikeGrace 5 years ago from Canada Author

DeBorrah K. Ogans...Amen! It is only as I learn to walk transparently before God in all trust and faithful love that I will ever be able to walk transparent in front of "man"...and it is only in the secure strength of the Spirit that I am enabled. Bless you for stopping in to read. I appreciate it. Love Ulrike Grace


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UlrikeGrace 5 years ago from Canada Author

My dear brother Parrster! How I have missed you on the hubs but life is to be expected. Thank you for your kind words...may the love and strength of our Father bless you and enable you to do what it is you must do for His glory and honor. May His purpose be fulfilled in you and your family. Love in Jesus, your sister Ulrike Grace


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada

This is truly beautiful, and such a wonderful expression of God's grace .... making us new and forgiven everyday. Blessings!


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UlrikeGrace 5 years ago from Canada Author

THank You prairieprincess...God is the one who makes all things new and makes us beautiful no matter what we have done or been into! Thanks for stopping in to have a read and leave a comment. Blessings to you Ulrike Grace

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