14 July 2012

Obedience Versus Seeking the Approval of Others



MaryLu Tyndall’s excellent post earlier in the week was put up in lieu of an interview, as we recently interviewed her.  And we’ve been playing around a little with our format here on OTT-WGH.  As she pointed out, seeking popularity via the approval of others, is a game most of us women get caught up in at least at one point in our lives. Men, too.  But the Bible is clear on this—we are to first seek God’s approval in all things and be obedient to His will.  And we certainly aren’t to go looking for approval from worldly and ungodly people.  But we do. 

If we’d get our priorities straight each day, that helps. Carving out that time for the Word, prayers, and seeking His will for the day. I recently posted on spiritual disciplines on the ACFW blog.  And when we walk in His will, He brings those to us that we are supposed to be associating with.  And if they are scurrying our way from his foe, hopefully we can discern from whence they’ve come.  And send them on their way again. Not always easy to do. Confronting the snarkers, the hateful, the insolent, boastful, proud, and merciless who break their promises is difficult. (See Romans 1:28-32.) “Worse yet they encourage others to do (these things) too.”  As MaryLu beautifully portrayed in this book, Veil of Pearls.

Have a blessed Saturday.  The next drawing will be tonight and announced as a comment on this post.  Still time to enter. 
What about you—have you had to cut ties with people, as Adalia did, to maintain your right relationship with God?

15 comments:

  1. What a great post, CARRIE, and what a difficult thing to do. Especially when you have known and sooo loved that person since they were a child. But there is nothing that God requires of us, that He won't enable us to do. I just have to trust Him with this. I'm glad you wrote this; will probably have to refer back to it from time to time--THANKS!

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  2. DIANA, yes, it is even harder to do when it is someone you love but whose behavior is so toxic you have to cut them off until they submit themselves to the Lord. Which may never happen. Hugs!

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  3. And right now, that is where I'm at. Praying that will happen!

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  4. "And when we walk in His will, He brings those to us that we are supposed to be associating with."

    Love that quote! So glad that He brought us together, C, D and T!!

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  5. BEAUTIFUL MESSAGE CARRIE. Thanks for the reminder that we need to associate with the right crowd. And just like MARIAN said..I'm so glad HE brought us together; CARRIE, DIANA, MARIAN and TERESA. It has a nice ring to it doesn't it? :))

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  6. Thanks MARIAN and TERESA and DIANA! I am so grateful for your fellowship. And glad I am not alone at my Saturday posts, lol! When we were setting up Colonial Quills we were advised that Saturday was kind of a no man's land for posting. Which is precisely why I like posting these thoughts on Saturday--I figure whoever is supposed to be here will be! And so glad to see you all!

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  7. My husband and I actually had to do that a few years ago. It was, and has been, a very painful choice. We miss our friends dearly and pray for them in hopes that one day God will restore our friendship.

    I have this book on Kindle already so enter me. I just wanted to stop by and say Hi, and see what my favorite blog ladies were up to today :)

    {{{hugs}}}

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  8. That was supposed to say "don't" enter me for the book :/

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  9. Good afternoon, OTT-WGH!
    I encourage you to keep up the good work. Thank you for the post.

    Blessings,

    Ganise

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  10. Ginormous hugs back, ANNE, and praying you are having a good day despite you recent loss. One day at a time. It is during times like this that you really notice the "friends" you cut loose would have been missing anyway. And those true friends stick closer than a brother.

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  11. Thanks GANISE!!! We love encouragement here!!!

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  12. Dear, ANNE, it's always a pleasure! I hope you have a very blessed Lord's day, and feel His presence mightily today!

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  13. GANISE, we sure do love encouragement! How very kind of you to do so!

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  14. Our WINNER for the second giveaway is MICHELLE SUTTON. Congrats, Michelle! And we all know exactly what you mean because we wanted a normal copy too, with that beautiful cover! blessings!

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