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I am not

I am not my house.
I am not my husband.
I am not my debt.
I am not my children.
I am not my past.
I am not my cancer.
I am not my parents.
I am not my mistakes.
I am not my…

I am a child of God.

I am forgiven.

About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

You are an artist. Yes, you are. Really.

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Get the FREE illustrated, sort of a comic book, “You Are An Artist.” Believe in yourself and your ability to draw. xo Pamela

  • Wow, what a powerful and moving poem. I’m so thankful that we are forgiven by God! 🙂 Nice new blog btw!

  • this leads right into writing I have been doing lately. Nicely put.

  • Judy C.

    What a powerful statement you have made. It is so amazing that God has created each of us to be different and even though we are all sinners, He accepts us as his child and forgives us each day. May God continue to bless you each day.

  • Such an important reminder! Thanks!

  • Jaana

    Simple yet so clear and true!

  • Michelle

    I love how you define who you are not and then ease into the final who you are – and knowing that you are a child of God you are also forgiven. We don’t live perfect lives, and no one ever said a Christian life would be easy. We are suppose to struggle knowing, trusting, believing in God. Thank you for the power of your words.

  • Each line is so simple, yet each line makes me reflect- as you must have as you wrote. Those things in the “I am not” lines cause us a lot of grief, because we’re always leaving out the “not.” Thankfully, the “I am” lines are powerful Words of Truth! Thank you for the reminder.

  • I love this. It is as simple and as true as your slice. Thanks for writing it.

  • You are everything you are and more! That’s what makes you special!

  • I love the simplicity in this piece yet it says so much in so few words. Powerful.

  • Iya

    And beautiful child of God- you are even more than forgiven- you are are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that you should walk in them… Eph 2:10

  • Yes, we all are forgiven…….well put!!

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  • writekimwrite

    Hallelujah! A truth that makes all the difference.

  • Veronica

    Pamela – Really well put. It’s so easy to get caught up in all of that, thanks for the reminder that we are not those things – just a child of God.

  • nanc

    You are a treasured child of God, Pamela! xo nanc

    • pamelahodges

      Thank you Nancy. We have something in common.