Approval-Seeking Dreams — 24 Comments

  1. I loved reading this post because I got to know you more,Janis.I grew up in NY & worked in the city but was not as excited about it as you. I loved reading Love Idol & it has deeply impacted me. It has been such fun getting to know you more. Blessings!

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  3. Beautiful post, Janis. I just love how Jennifer’s book is impacting so many. I’m anxiously awaiting to receive my copy. Thank you for sharing your story with us. These messages are so needed. We are PREAPPROVED. Love you.

  4. I’ve seen so many people who’ve read and profited from that book. I think I am going to have to give it a try!

  5. Thank you for sharing your story Janis. It resonates with me as well as, I’m sure, so many other women. It’s a daily struggle, I think. Knowing in our minds that we are accepted by God but allowing subtle comparisons with others to make us doubt our own worth.

    I love this part, “I am now approved. My call–to go and live like it.” Well said!

    God’s word tells us that we are His creation, His beloved children. We just need to start living like we believe that to be true.


  6. Thank you, Angel, for stopping by and sharing how this post resonates with you as well. Have a blessed day!

  7. Good and how true it is!! We are accepted in the beloved! Ephesians 1:3-6 and 1 Peter 2:9 and 1 Peter 2:4,5. Karen

    • Hi Karen, thank you for stopping by and sharing words of wisdom from the Author and Finisher of our faith. He chooses us and approves us through His work–not ours.
      Blessings, Janis

  8. WOW! What a ‘blast from the past’! So resonates with me and my life. At my 81 years I reflect on my past college years, teaching profession and own children’s struggles with their present and future. God has gifted each one of us with tremendous gifts to be used in His honor and service. Until we reach that conclusion we will fight many battles alone. When we accept refuge under His wings and follow his acceptance and strength will we find that nothing else matters. Then we have everything that really matters! AMEN

    • Hi Marilyn, thank you for stopping by and for your insight that we will fight many battles alone until we take refuge in Him and His love. Yes, this photo was a real “throwback” and I chuckle when I see it on my post. What dreams we have in college but I’m so glad that God is the one who directs our footsteps!
      Blessings, Janis.

  9. Your journey is just proof that God has a bigger and better plan than we can ever imagine. I can also relate to feeling “responsible” for some of my children’s choices and used to explain that “they weren’t raised that way.” I guess that I was also seeking approval in my role as a mother. This is a good reminder that we get our approval from God alone and not from children, spouses, friends or family

    • Mary, thank you so much for dropping in for a visit! There is such a craving for approval and our eyes turn to what and who we visibly see to get that approval instead of looking up. I pray for each of us who hear this message will have our hearts filled with God’s lasting approval. Look forward to meeting you in person!
      Blessings, Janis

  10. I agree,sometimes we can’t see were heading but God has a plan for all of us.

    Coming from Essential Fridays! Come-by my blog and say HI!

  11. Janis, you have touched on a subject that so many of us women struggle with I believe. I have heard so many good things about Jennifer’s book. I hope to read it soon.

  12. Visiting from faith filled Fridays…I’m on a very similiar journey and God has been so good…buts its been a long journey!! Will have to look into this book! Thanks for sharing!

  13. I too seeked the approval of others and manage to faithfully attend church without having a personal relationship with Jesus. I’d love to win a copy of Jennifer’s book. I’ve come a long way but I still have a long way to go. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  14. I appreciate this post so much. It helps me to know you better Janis. I am so glad the Lord intervened in your life and choose you for Himself. I grew up in New York so I understand the draw to the city that never sleeps. But Jesus has a plan and purpose for our lives. I love the pre-approved label. What a wonderful reminder that I don’t need to seek approval from people but am already accepted and loved by the One who created me. Beautiful post and now I really want to read this book!

    Blessings and love,

  15. Janis, I had no idea about the journalism and the dreams that you had. What an interesting *extra* to add to the picture I have of you! Funny how God must have used that rash to keep you from joining the sorority. Sounds like Him! 🙂

    I have heard a lot about this book – it sounds wonderful. Yes, I have all too often found myself at that altar of approval, seeking a nod from the *masses*. Worrying (still) about the *stats* on my blog. And then, on top of that, I have all the angst of the “please need me” stuff with my sons.

    Pre-approved. It sounds like a fresh breath of air to my soul.


  16. Oh, my- I love your honesty and still feel jealous of anyone who got to major in journalism…I chickened out. Because I felt I could not compete. But that is a post in itself. I feel like a book tramp because there are so many books out that I want to read, but reading and writing, hey- they are my Love Languages. And this one message from Jennifer, is one I need to absorb. Thanks for the chance to win “Pre-Approved”!

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