If you have ever tried to bravely step out of your normal day, and into your art, or your passion, you will at some point experience rejection.  More than likely you will receive more than one rejection in your lifetime, if you are in pursuit of a dream.


It is easy to confuse rejection with being liked or even loved.



It has taken years for me to learn the difference.  And, when a rejection comes, no matter how beautifully worded, I still feel the sting of not meeting the approval of those evaluating my art.  Even after this much time, I still need to pull out my journal and work it all out in my head and in my heart.


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But, it all boils down to this; our approval comes from God, not this world.  He has created us in His image and part of that likeness is being creative.  He loves the work we do. He loves our art and our words and our quirky ways we process.


Our approval comes from God alone, and anything after that is simply opinion.


When we can get to the point that we see the truth, and can honestly walk in His truth daily, then rejection loses most of its sting.


Fear of rejection if frequently the reason we never step out to pursue our dreams.  Fear is the killer of dreams.  Fear causes us to give more credit to the opinion of others than to the pursuit of the life God has created us to live.


Pursue the opinion of God. Seek His approval and in doing so, you will find that, your Father in heaven has always approved you, because you are loved.


Your gifts, your art, you story are important.  God created you the way you are, in this place in history, for a reason.  Life is too short to waste it worrying or grieving over the opinions of this world.


Create you art and continue to put it out there!  God is the one who makes a place for your talent.


How have you been brave this week and stepped out with your gift?






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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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