Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Love Idol

Dear Lord,

Here we are at the beginning of the Lenten season again. Although it wasn't something I understood until just a few years ago, it has become a special time for me.

You've seen what Jennifer is doing. I read about it the other day, and it spoke to my heart. But it's a busy time for me, and I thought I would just read her book and let the others join the movement she's started.

You had other plans. I've come to know your plans are infinitely better than mine. Besides, it's just about impossible to ignore that still, small voice.

So here I am. I need to identify the love idol in my life and allow You to sweep it out of my heart. I don't need to spend a lot of time pondering and digging deep. I know what that idol is. After all, You have been working with me on this one for a very long time.

I believe I'm making progress, but just maybe this is the time to banish it once and for all.

It's time to stop:
  • worrying about what others think of me
  • comparing myself to others and always falling short
  • lying in bed at night rehashing every encounter and conversation
  • allowing discouragement to keep me from doing the things You've called me to do
  • trying to be all things to all people
  • feeling as though I am constantly letting You down
  • laboring under the weight of the shame and guilt of things past

It's time to stop trying so hard to win the "approval of others." It's time to know, deep down in my heart of hearts, that I am PREAPPROVED by You.

It's time to stop trying to be a good girl and know I am already perfect in Your eyes. You gave me that priceless gift when You gave Your Son to die for me.

I'm surrendering that idol, Father. I'm accepting Your grace and love. With it comes the freedom to trust You in all things and to be all You created me to be. And best of all, the knowledge that You approve of me. What could be better than that?

With love,
Your Daughter

Please go here to read about the movement Jennifer has started. Perhaps there's something you know you need to let go of. Sometimes it's a little easier knowing you're in very good company.


  1. can you see His smile?
    I believe He's winking at you, even now

    1. I think you may be right. Thanks so much.

  2. the seasons are flying by like today's march wind... woosh!
    and knowing one is in good company is just plain groovy.

  3. Thank you for sharing your sweet heart, Linda. Yes, you are loved and made perfect in your Father's eyes. It's His opinion that matters, after all.
    Big Hugs!

  4. Glad you have Jesus in your life.

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

  5. In your letter, you identified several things, such as comparing and falling short and rehashing every encounter. I have done that so many times. What freedom to receive news that we are preapproved, that the Lord has freed us from all of that! I like the idea of a letter to the Father as a way to sort things through. Thank you for admitting some of the areas where you struggled, and holding out the truth, the hope, the life that comes through Christ Jesus making a way for us to be preapproved. It's such Good News!

  6. Oh, that last one. That's a kicker. You know what just hit me new? It's not just our quest to be approved by others... we're fighting to approve of ourselves.

    P.S. Love, love, love the new digs!

  7. "I know what my idol is"… if we are all honest we don't need to soul search. We know…so true Linda. Thank you for always being so honest. We are not alone because you walk your stuff right out into the open… thanks for being courageous to embolden others…like me..

    Love you new blog space...

  8. Thank you for this Dea. Your words encourage and bless. My real challenge is to follow through on these things. It's easy, it seems, for me to admit my failings. It's much more difficult to actually overcome them. But I am resting in the truth that Jesus has already won the victory for each of us.

  9. This is beautiful, Linda. So glad you're on this journey, too!

    (And I love the banner Sophie designed for you!)