What do you believe about who you are in Christ?

By: Joy Byers

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10

There are three things for which I am immensely grateful in my life. First - I have a clear understanding of who I am in Christ. Understanding that I am His daughter, loved accepted and redeemed gives me clear perspective and releases me from the feeling the pressure of competition and be something or someone that I am not. Second, I have been given gifts that have been deposited in me by the Holy Spirit that God fully expects me to be use. Last but not least, I have the privilege of serving on teams where I have been affirmed in my identity and gifting. 

I have spent countless hours sitting with people who do not have a clear understanding of who they are in Christ, where passion and gifting have been suppressed resulting in a belief that they are of no value or use for Kingdom work. When we allow others to define who we are and how we function as a healthy part of the body of Christ, we do ourselves an injustice. This manifests itself most frequently in women shying away from opportunities that God is placing before them as we turn our backs and walk away. When this happens, the ENTIRE body is affected as we each have a part in God’s Kingdom Work.

When we understand how God has uniquely equipped us we begin to understand that we are all part of God’s plan. Our gifting is meant to complement one another and come alongside to make a whole, healthy functioning unit working together. Our world is filled with people who tear one another down and that is a most unflattering representation of who Christ is in each of us.

But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9

Jesus called us to be different and that uniqueness in us testifies to God’s goodness and power to bring about lasting transformation in the lives of His children. As we stand shoulder to shoulder and lean in to the hard work of ministering in the ways we have been gifted, we recognize that God has uniquely created you and prepared you to do what the person beside you cannot and is not supposed to do. 

And the special gift of ministry you received when I laid hands on you and prayed—keep that ablaze! God doesn’t want us to be shy with his gifts, but bold and loving and sensible.

2 Timothy 1:6

What do you believe about who you are in Christ? About your gifting? Who in your life has affirmed you in your gifting? What opportunities have been placed before you that you have walked away from? Where have you allowed others to limit your dreams, and quench the flame that God placed within you for His purposes and His glory?

What would it look like for us to live and serve in a way that honoured each part of the body? Men and women serving together side by side...How different would our world be if men and women affirmed one another in their gifting?

We share together the responsibility of using our gifting. We have a unique opportunity that God has put before each one of us, something that we are ALL responsible for - that is to make Him known and bring Him ALL the glory. As we think about that and lean in, remember when we affirm one another’s gifting and allow God to work through each one of us - we shine brightly for the kingdom.

It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work. For we are both God’s workers. And you are God’s field. You are God’s building. 1 Corinthians 3:7-9 NLT

Gather Women Manifesto


We women from across this nation.

We, who see each other dressed
in sparkling perfection 

that only a King can create.

We, one for all and all for One Saviour.

We, the indwelling of God’s love 

fully received and fully restored.

We, who believe each other and in each other.

We, who call forth the women 

we are meant to be,

echoing our thunderous testimony, 

listening to the harmony 

of our diversity.

We, who gather as the one, the few, the many 

We, who stand together arms locked,
hands folded, 

and knees bent.

We, women who dare to be fireworks
that bring light to darkness.

We, women who hold our sister up
like hands in holy worship 

We, who give her HOPE, the HOPE that is HER heritage in full bloom

We, women who will not settle
until all women RISE

Rise with a righteous strength that
goes beyond reason.

Rise with a love that is beyond fathom.

Rise with each other, for each other
and through each other.

We gather together

and together we Rise.

- Dagmar Morgan Sinclair

Author of Diamonds//Slam Poetry Champ //Speaker//Pastor//Performer

Recapture the Wonder


True confession. Last week, where I thought I really wanted to be…needed to be…was at an amazing leadership conference, sitting with my friends old and new in an auditorium full of world-changers. 

So much of my identity and worth was attached, is attached to me showing up in those spaces.

Introverted? Actually, yes. Yet I have an inordinate need to be visible, to be seen, where it matters and when it matters. I crave the inspiration, the buzz, the synergy. Crave is not a good word, friends. Rarely is it a good word.
This craving I have, that perhaps some of you might share, is one that needs to be wrestled to the ground with a cease and desist order, once and for all. Because the myth, even the lie, that wonder can only be experienced in big spaces in the spotlight, perpetuates, is that you need to be seen to be valued. This is so not true.

 When I really pressed in last week, I heard so clearly that the right place to be was right where I was.  I heard so clearly that my place of worth is not driven by context or platform, but by Presence. God always has me where He wants me because He’s got some things He wants me to know, to hear, to create. I would not be open or listening in a crowded room of louder voices, telling me how to be more, be better. The inspiration is credible and amazing, to be sure. But the craving for it is from a darker, more insidious origin.

 I know myself. I know I am more quick to choose a place where other voices and powerful presentations fill the space in my empty heart. Maybe I’m even an addict for the ‘wow’. I am grateful I chose, with great effort, to give back my ticket for the ‘wow’ and instead chose to embrace the wonder.

There is no ticket required for the wonder. 

The wonder of time to create and let my own voice come to the surface has a free entrance. I am unbound by the need to be anywhere but where I am.

I don’t need to be the right girl at the right place the right time to be seen.

 The right place is where I’ve surrendered my agenda and opened up my soul to His presence. I am in a place where I can continue to dream about how God is calling His Canadian girls to rise to their collective voice to transform their nation.

And I am listening for my own voice to find itself. This is my auditorium right here and I am seen by the audience of One, exchanging my fear of missing out for the joy of missing out. The wrestling may take a lifetime to settle itself but every time I get to choose wonder over wow, I move closer to the center of the heart of Jesus.

Gather Women has intentionally chosen WONDER as our word for 2019 and as the theme of Gather Rise, taking place October 25-26, 2019 in Ontario.  We want to model the way by sharing our stories of where we experience the wonder of our Creator.  It is becoming more real to me that His wonder is to be savoured in the secret place of belonging.  

I pray you will learn to recapture the Wonder of God in 2019 in a fresh way. May His presence wash over you and fill you with joy as you trust Him to position you exactly where you need to be. You can trust His presence to find you there.