30 Days of Praise and Thanksgiving: Day 28

Day 28: Free from Expectations of Others

I’ve got this neat thing I do (insert sarcasm) where I constantly try to please others. I do it in every single area of my life. It can be at work, at home, even online for goodness sakes. It is a seemingly never ending task that is also an impossible one. Too many people have learned to take advantage of this side of me. Today’s devotion really hit home. “I have called you to live without the burden of keeping others happy. Don’t worry so much about what others think. If you let their expectations drive you, you will live in bondage to them. Their opinions become like chains, keeping you from experiencing My love.” The 30 Day Praise Challenge by Becky Harling. I thought, “Wow Lord, that is me! Why do I do that, why am I like that?” He said, I’m working the kinks out daughter, I’m changing your mind. That brought tears to my eyes y’all! He’s told me so many times now my mind was bound like a rope, twisted knotted. He’s undoing that damage of years of emotional abuse that has caused this people pleasing mental within me. My focus is changing, it has changed. “For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.” ~ Galatians 1:10 My perception of myself no longer has to be bound up in what I can (or can’t do) for you. I’m sorry, yet not really sorry. It’s no longer about you. It’s no longer about me. It’s about my Father doing a work through me. I felt that in my spirit this morning.

Change is in the air. “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” Philippians 1:6 My Poppa is working in me daily! Some people are going to like these changes and others not so much. That’s okay, [again] my circle wasn’t meant for everyone. I’m at at place where I need people who enrich the soil around me. If you are constantly pulling the nutrients out and not replacing anything, you are at the very least stumping my growth. In some cases you are destroying the nutrients the Lord is pouring in. Those people have to be uprooted. Not everyone that says friend friend, is indeed a friend. Look at Judas. “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly.” ~ John 10:10 I’ve also comes to realize not everyone in your life should be labeled “friend”. You have associates, co-workers, just a whole smorgasbord of people you meet and may even have contact with daily. That doesn’t make them friends and it doesn’t mean they belong in your circle. What kind of fruit are the people in your circle yielding? How are they enriching the soils of your soul? A lot for me to digest today,  but I’m not digesting it alone! It’s funny, as I was writing the end of this I was thinking it might step on toes. My Poppa said write it anyways. Thank You Lord for freeing me from the expectations of others! 💛 ~ Chelle, #f8ithgal

💙 Thank You Father God for freeing me from the expectations of others! 💙

The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe. | Proverbs 29:25

8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now [are ye] light in the Lord: walk as children of light: 9 (For the fruit of the Spirit [is] in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) 10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. ~ Ephesians 5:8-10

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:18

And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them: ~ Jeremiah 32:39

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. ~ Galatians 5:1

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform [it] until the day of Jesus Christ: ~ Philippians 1:6

That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us. ~ 1 Timothy 1:14

9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and [in] all judgment; 10 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; 11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God. ~ Philippians 1:9-11

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