2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! I LOVE Dallas. Two of my daughters (soon to be three!) attend college there. I love everything about the city – vibrancy in the arts (of which I have yet to visit a museum but will soon!), incredible restaurants (we have several favorites), beautiful shops lining the streets (and I am not a shopper, but with three girls you have to shop a little), and the loveliest, friendliest people. Every now and then I find myself battling a sense of insecurity in a town that full of so many beautiful things and people.When I’m in Dallas, as much as I love being there, I have to stay vigilant in prayer. I have to adjust my grip on my knowledge of who I am in Christ. I stay in constant prayer for my girls who are in the midst of that swirling materialism. I ask Him that they would not get consumed with having the right “things,” but they would embrace the right One who equips them and brings a sense of security… that they would intimately know the One who loves them. Joyce Meyer says, “We have an epidemic of insecure people in our society today. Many people have an identity crisis because they don’t really know who they are and they base their worth and value on all the wrong things – what they do, what they look like, who they know, what they know or what they own.” I have to agree with this dynamic faith leader. Whether the insecurity is visible or invisible, if we are honest we all have them. When I was in Lubbock, TX for a book signing at Capricho Interiors there was the most beautiful sales girl working there. As she shared her heart and desire to minister to others, she asked that I would pray for her, that she would be secure in who she was. You see, she had a slight scar on her upper lip and told me that she had some birth defects and did not want the insecurity to get in the way like it had in the past. My comment back to her was that she was incredibly beautiful. It came from the inside and burst forth brightly on the outside. I pray that despite my circumstances I would continue to be a light to those around me - that I would press into a GOD who knows me, formed me, shaped me, and loves me. I pray that I would find my identity in Christ always and not the world around me! I want to be secure!