Episode 197: Identity Series // I am Known with Joan Rozeboom

Hole In My Heart Podcast

Thursday, May 4, 2023 - 38 minutes

Humanity’s desire to “be known” starts somewhere deep in the soul.

However, when some of us experience being known, it can be such a jarring experience that we move toward a couple of options: Stoicism (“I’m good without that deep knowing…that’s too uncomfortable…”) or addiction/consumption (“I need feeling more!”).

What’s the proper response to being known by God and others? With friend of the podcast, Joan Rozeboom, we cover this topic as well as:

—How does Joan, a single foster mom, feel known by God and others?
—What parts of us need to be known and what need to be “put to death” as Paul says in Colossians 3:3-10)?
—How can single people and married people truly know each other like Jesus prays for us to know one another in John 17:21)?

Join us?


“God, I don’t understand how this can be your best for me but you promised you will withhold no good thing from me. So, I am going to reject the lie that God is withholding something good, and I am going to believe that God has a great purpose in this. And I am going to rest in Him even if I never see the good or the purpose this side of eternity.’” —Joan Rozeboom

“The reality is you are left out as a single person a lot--I don’t want to downplay that at all. But when my perspective changed to: How can I serve? Who can I invite in? How can I go up to someone who is new and invite them instead of standing there and saying, ‘Why is no one welcoming me?’ When that perspective changed, that changed everything for me in my interactions in the church.” —Joan Rozeboom

“When we understand how truly known and fully loved by God we really are? We don’t *need* to find these things in other places. It’s nice if someone else knows me, but I don’t *need it* from them because I *have it* from God.” —Joan Rozeboom


Are you a finder or a loser? (Your listener stories are hilarious!)

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Here are some sample Identity Statements you’re welcome to steal and adapt for yourself!

1. I am loved by God (Jer. 31:3, Mark 5:41)
2. I am made on purpose (Eph. 2:10)
3. I am healing for _________  (Matt. 28:19)
4. I am learning to love all of the parts of me (1 Jn. 4:19-20)
5. I am made perfect because of the cross alone (Heb. 10:14)
6. I am valuable, and proof of my value is in my existence (Ps. 139:16-17)
7. I am about the process not perfection (John 21:15-17)
8. I am redeemed (1 Cor. 6:17)
9. I am safe in God’s hands (Matt. 10:28)
10. I am known by God; He knows my health, my mind, my emotions everything— when no one else does, not even me (Ps. 139:13-18)
11. I am learning to do all to the glory of God (Col. 3:17)
12. I am forgiven (Rom. 5:8)
13. I am nurtured by God; he cares for my every need (Luke 12:6-7)
14. I am loved by a God who is for me (Romans 8:31-34)
15. I am learning to reparent myself with God (1 John 3:1)
16. I am worthy of care because I am imago Dei (Gen. 1:27)
17. I am capable because of His strength in me (Galatians 2:20, 2 Cor. 12:8-9)
18. I am running my own race therefore I never need to envy (Psalm 23, 37, Matthew 6)
19. I am chosen. (Eph. 1:4)
20. I am loved by a God who is in control of all things (Eph. 1:21)
21. I am foolish to put any confidence in my human effort. All I can do is boast about what Christ Jesus has done for me. (Phil. 3:3, 7-11)

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