People Pleaser

How to Please God
Ephesians 1:6
… He [God] made us accepted in the Beloved.
I longed for my mom’s approval. I just wanted her to say, “You are a good mom. I am proud of you. You are more than I ever dreamed you would be.” But for years, she just continued to correct me and give me unsolicited advice: “You wipe her face too hard. Here, let me help you” (meaning, “I can do it better”).

At the end of her life, I realized that I had been striving for what I already had. My mom was proud of me. She told everyone (but me) how pleased with me she was. All of her advice and correction was because of her great love for me, not because she wasn’t pleased.

My mom was pleased with me.

In the same way I longed for my mom’s approval, are you longing for the approval of God? Are you working hard to please God?

You can stop.

He is already pleased with you.

When you know that God is pleased with you—no matter what you do, but just because you have trusted in His Son—it will set you free.

You will begin to rest like never before in the finished work of Christ rather than in your unfinished efforts.

When you know that God is pleased with you, you will begin to serve Him more by accident than you ever did on purpose!

God is pleased with you! Rest in that!

One Thing a Wife Must Know

To Wives from a Husband

Sometimes I love to paint or build my own elaborate form of art with metal wire. Inspiration happens in a moment, and my mind races through the layers and twists and turns of my hands before I ever touch a brush. I imagine shapes and moves, and more than anything else, I see meaning. Without a deep meaning or purpose larger than life for my creation, I might as well be painting a fence. With a storm of emotion inside, in a matter of minutes I can produce with my hands what my mind prophesied months, days, or minutes before.
Wives, you are your husband’s prophesy—his future.
God puts it this way: “The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life” (Proverbs 31:11–12 ESV).
His heart is the source of his demise or gain. God has given you, actually entrusted you, with a funnel into your husband’s heart. The kind of fruit you expect from him can only be harvested from the seeds you sow into the rich soil of his soul. With your encouragement, his hands will live with deep meaning and purpose as if his life and yours depend on it.

Wives …

Its Sheri. When I read this, I sometimes want to 
condemn myself.
I could do such a better job of building up my husband. Could you? 

Lets look at application and strengthen our husbands with our actions. 
Examine the fruit your husband has produced.  
Answer these questions:

    What fruit has he produced that you have enjoyed with deep satisfaction?
    What great fruit has he produced that you have not enjoyed with him?
    What rotten fruit has he produced that you would rather not see in your home again?
    Lastly, who first planted the seeds in his heart from which the harvest came?

Would you begin today to pray, ask for forgiveness, encourage, 
believe in, and trust God with your Hubby?