Seeking Approval?


Approval – we all need it and we all assert it. True, we should not seek man’s approval for our identity or we will end up with a false identity.

How sad, that a majority of us are products of our father’s ungodly opinions of us, that molded or melted our self-esteem and causes us to grope

around – in our fifties- for the approval we never received from our father. I forgave my  father and he is in heaven now.

I was one of those neglected, abused people. Only the love of God has nurtured me with the understanding and forgiveness, that it was not my father but the enemy

speaking through his own hurt from his father. Occasionally, things trigger the emotions,   old wounds try to open and the
shield goes up by realizing  that I am a child of God, not some one who “Has no brains” or “Will never amount to anything” or told to

“Shut your damn mouth – you don’t know what you’re talking about.” No wonder some of us still seek affirmation or approval when we try to communicate something.

I  want to be an effective mouthpiece for God. Not for my own satisfaction but to guide people around or through what I have been through,
and give glory to God for doing the leading.  Helping people to realize that if they have no confidence in themselves, they can have confidence in God’s confidence in them,

that “The good work that He started in them, He is faithful to complete” –  for the benefit of others and to give God the glory.  Many blessings to you,  Mark Ettinger

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You’re already there


So you’re feeling like you’re back where you started

Afraid that you’ll be broken-hearted

Feeling like you’re on your own

Or that you really haven’t grown

You started with God

And your heart isn’t bad

He said He’d never leave you alone

He made you a seed

For  the ones you will feed

To be plants that He said will be grown

So don’t be discouraged, downcast or worried

God knows the time and he won’t be hurried

You’re already there – You’re next to the door

You’ll soon walk into what you’ve waited for

So keep moving on – keep moving forward

Don’t look behind –  only look upward

Look up to Him – He’ll pull you higher

You came to Him – He is your desire

You’re already there – you’re already there..