For Lent this year I’m giving up my idol…well, okay idols. The more I give up the more I find to give up.    You know the ones; we all have them in some form or another.


Most, if not all, stem from the need for approval and to be loved.


I wrote about a portion of the idol in my life here.  Most of the time I am able to keep it locked in a closet and occasionally pull it out to polish like an Oscar award for best performance.


This year for Lent, I packed a box of idols and took them to the street only to find myself bumping into them in the most unlikely places. Those places where you think you have it all nailed down, and God doesn’t need to worry about any idols there, because I have that one covered! (Can you already see my dilemma?)


So, grabbing my liquid hot motivation with cream and Stevia Extract, and plopping into my cozy nesting place, I pull my Bible and prayer journal into my lap to seek The Lord for His Wisdom.


Before the sun has fully unfurled its golden rays, I read out loud the Word of God.  I like to read it out loud.  I want these words of life to hang heavy in the room all day as I wander back and forth with this day’s work.


Idols are seductive, and addictive.  They lure you in with sweet words of affirmation, then shoot into your blood immediate gratification, and within a few hours, we are craving another fix.


Our addictions fix screams, “See me, Like me, Choose me, Ask me.”


With pen in hand I begin to write the fear within my heart to the Lord – the lies these idols bring.


It is here, in the early part of the day, where the slow breathing of my black Lab is only sound, and then comes wisdom from The Lord.


Ask Nothing More



I repeat it over several times.


There, in one sentence is the cure for any idol, any addiction, and the filler for any void in our lives. One prayer asked daily, “Make me whole, and allow me favor with you.”


When Christ makes us whole, then, the imperfect in our lives becomes perfectly useful.


God can take our oddness, our failures, our unfulfilled dreams, removing the sin from it.  Then, what remains will be called and used for His Glory.


I am reading two amazing books right now I think you will enjoy.


Love-Idols by Jennifer Lee, and


Why Your Weirdness is Wonderful by Laurie Wallin.


Jennifer’s book helps us removed the Idols that take importance over God in our lives.


Laurie’s book helps us love the way God created us.


What do you struggle with more the need for approval from people and face your Love Idols, or the need your accept and know your Weirdness is Wonderful?



Linking with Michelle and Ann today.



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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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