Approve of Me?

Tell me I’m good enough.

Tell me you like my ideas, and that you think I’m really smart and super wise…and funny.

Most importantly, tell me that I’m living right. Tell me that what I’m doing (or not doing) is approved by God. You tell me that.

I want to be approved by you because I think you’re better than I am. I think you’re smarter and wiser and you have an inside look into God that I don’t.

So please, please approve me.

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Jesus, thank you that you love me, pride-filled, approval-seeking, impatient, foolish, bumbling, me.

Thank you for giving me a yoke that is lighter than the one I would choose for myself.

Thank you for not asking me to be good enough, or smart enough.

Thank you for being the perfect One. Thank you for making me perfect through you (this is beyond my realm of understanding – thank you!)

Would you help me, Father, to look to you and not to others for approval. Would you remind me everyday that you are the only one who has authority over my life. Whisper louder than the enemy. Help me to believe you in the dark.

And Father, help me try not to be the authority in other people’s lives, instead, help to see them as you do. Compel me to love without condition.

Holding onto your grace for dear life, because it is life-saving. Amen.

“My soul, wait in silence for God only,
For my hope is from Him.” Psalm 62:5

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  1. Jen says:

    That is beautiful. I've been working on trying to see others through the eyes of Christ. To accept. To love as brothers & sisters. It is only through God's grace that I even make it part of the time. Isn't His grace amazing!
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    • Sarah Mae says:

      Jen, His grace stuns me…and it's always full of surprises.

  2. Lindsay says:

    The prayer at the end is the exact one I've been needing to pray lately. :)

  3. i love your heartfelt honesty here.

    "Whisper louder than the enemy. Help me to believe you in the dark."

    yes and yes
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    suzannah {so much sh´s last [type] ..in the bleak mid-winter

  4. Shasta says:

    AMEN!
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  5. I want you to approve me because I know I am right. I want you to think like me and be like me so we can be right together. And if on that rare time I am wrong, I want someone to be wrong with me. I want someone to approve my failings and join me in my sinful sloppiness. That way when I am wrong I can point to others who are wrong with me.

    UGLY, Pride-filled, sinful me. Oh, but He loves me anyway. AMAZING!
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    Angela Mackey´s last [type] ..Beyond Me…

    • Sarah Mae says:

      Oooh Angela…yes.

      Those core lies are everywhere… ;)

  6. Lenae says:

    Oh, how I needed this reminder today. And this -"Compel me to love without condition"- is the cry of my heart! Thanks for sharing your prayer with us.
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  7. Thank you ;)
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  8. Kristin says:

    Loved this! We do have a built in need for approval but I believe it is there so that we run to the Father to fill it. Too many times we let others tell us how much we are worth. Encouragement is great and needed but when we hear, straight from the heart of God, how precious we are that is what transforms us into the fulness of what He created us to be.
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  9. Barbie says:

    So good! I thought that I had gained victory over having to receive the approval of others. It may not be as blatant as it once was, but the need for acceptance from others is still there.
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  10. Sharon says:

    so needed to read this tonight… thanks Sarah Mae… I struggle with this. I was oblivious to it for years, that this is how I did life. Glad I see it now… and am somewhat glad to know I am not the only one who has been there, why does knowing that make it easier to deal with? Seems to take the pressure off? I wonder…
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  12. Peggy says:

    Oh me and amen!

  13. Amy Nabors says:

    So thankful I do not have to be good enough on my own!
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  14. Thank You Lord, that you see past my own "righteousness", that even when others do "approve" me, you look straight into my heart and convict me of my pride and sin.

    "Whisper louder than the enemy. Help me to believe You in the dark." Beautiful, Sarah Mae.

  15. Bailey says:

    Just what I was praying this morning. In Isaiah 28, after reading of continual judgment on Israel, I was stunned to learn what the Lord counted as their primary sin worthy of judgment: they didn't rest in Him. He had told them, "'This is rest; give rest to the weary; and this is repose'; yet they would not hear" (v. 12. He wanted to be the "crown of glory" and "a diadem of beauty" (v. 5) to those whose glorious beauty was faded and crumbling.

    It was pride, in all its filth. But the Israelites thought that they had moved on beyond the "trust" thing, beyond the "identity crisis" – they were Israelites, were they not? They were so painfully ignorant of their basic need to trust and rest in God. They thought they were weaned from the "milk" of faith. Isaiah begged to differ and said they needed "precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little" (v. 10). They just didn't get the basics of resting in God as their strength.

    So many times our biggest problems have to do with the smallest questions of rest in God. I've found that maintaining a simple faith is the most complex thing to do.

  16. Sisterlisa says:

    That is so good, Sarah Mae. I love that! I could write something similar..in fact I think I might..on Facebook.
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  17. Wow Sarah Mae this really hit home for me. You put it perfectly. There are parts of my life that I "thought" I gave to God however am finding out I did but took it back. He revealed to me just yesterday that I am perfect in HIM and not myself, that I CAN NOT control the things in my life only HE can!!! Thank you for your words they are just what I needed to hear!! Much love and Merry Christmas!!!
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  18. Jessica Bish says:

    I've been going through a very difficult time with extended family and their perceptions of me and my immediate family. It's been emotionally and mentally draining. I have come to realize that they won't ever accept me for who I am until they too are part of Christ's family. Satan will attack me every possible way he can – which includes dividers within the family. I can not be responsible for how people view me – I am responsible for how I act, and represent God but if others want to look at me in a different light at the end of the day I am only responsible for how God is viewing me and if I'm honoring Him.

    I know I am rambling but my poor mind is a mess with these issues we are facing right now. It saddens me beyond belief that my husband's family would view our family in this way and not know the true us by now. It's turned into a very disheartening and disappointing Christmas.
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  19. Lindsey says:

    "Whisper louder than the enemy" — oh,Sarah Mae — I really like this! I love that I don't have to have it all together for Him, because He is everything I lack and so much more!

  20. Lovely post! I definitely hear this one! Have a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year my friend!
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  21. Hillary says:

    I love that our heavenly Father understands: And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matt. 3:17

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