For years I have tried to find a cure for my addiction. It started as most do – They are a healthy need in life that meets with some event, and morphs into something unhealthy.


We all need love and approval, but mine became an addition after my divorce left a gapping hole in my life. Without boundaries, the void expands and no amount of self-help, self talk, selflessness or selfishness is going to fill the void of a soul. I was craving approval, like an addict, from anyone and everyone.


The more I needed love and approval, the less worthy I felt, and the greater the dark void.


Finally, I came to a place of such desperation that I had to make a choice. Either God is real and I can believe His Word or I can’t. Either I am really perfectly loved and accepted by Him; or, He is a fake and I might as well …

Today, I am over at Jennifer Lee’s place blogging about being PreApproved!  Would you join me?





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Diane W. Bailey is the founder of The Consilium – an online community of wisdom and purpose for women over 45 years of age. She is a published author. Her books include String of Pearls – From Tears to Treasure, and 30 Days To A Better Stepfamily. She creates her own line of precious metals bracelets. Diane lives in the Deep South with her husband Doc. Together they have created a stepfamily, each having two stepchildren and two birth children, and share three grandchildren, one black lab named Charlie and one long haired tabby cat named Lil Girl. Diane’s passion is to encourage women to be all God has created them to be by pressing past fear and daring to live life as an adventure. Some of her life adventures include traveling to Israel, speaking, entrepreneurship and backyard farming with Doc. She loves Gumbo, fried shrimp and seeing all sunsets across water.

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