#PreApproved Sisterhood Series
This is our last installment of the #PreApproved Sisterhood Series. For nearly a year of Tuesdays, one of our PreApproved sisters has shared her story on letting go of a love idol.
Together, we’ve giving up our love idols, and we’re not taking them back.
We are already approved; we have nothing to prove. In Christ, we are #preapproved.
Appropriately Clothed in PreApproval
My Love Idol is appearances. For so many years, I’ve been tormented with the demon of not feeling worthy, good enough, attractive enough, intelligent enough, popular enough — a broken record that just keeps scratching into oblivion.
For the last 11 months, I have inwardly struggled to discern how to release those “not enoughs.”
I’ve found myself running in circles, chasing my own tail. Like most women I know, I have a lot on my plate. My personal time is short, and that means I don’t always take the time needed to invest in the woman God is transforming me into.
Let me tell you a story: I had been consumed by a whirlwind of activities several weeks ago, and had missed several Masses at my parish.
I had stopped by the church office to pick something up, and when I walked in, I suddenly remembered how disheveled my physical appearance was. I hoped and prayed that I wouldn’t run into anyone.
So, of course, I did. I ran into a pastor, and one of his twin daughters. They greeted me, and the pastor then informed me that the church would be having a memorial Mass for his father in the chapel at 1 p.m.
That was a mere twenty minutes away! I had no time to run home and change. And I did not want to miss this very important Mass for my music minister’s father.
So I went “as is.” I had on a T-shirt my niece had given me, which had come in a bag she filled as full as she could for $5 at the thrift store. My sweater was missing several buttons.
But I didn’t want to miss the Mass. And I had begun to know this truth: I am PreApproved. I also knew what it says in 2 Corinthians 12:9. “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness. So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.”
I learned so much that day, but mainly that I am Preapproved. My worth is not dependent on how I look, what I am wearing, who likes me, or approves of me. What mattered most had nothing to do with my appearance at a memorial Mass, but everything to do with the fact that I SHOWED UP, wearing my Love for JESUS. I could have missed an amazing opportunity to be present if I had not stayed for the Mass. My music minister, his wife and their daughters only remembered that I was there — not what I was wearing.
I thank God that He knows my heart. I am Marie Bride, and I am PreApproved in the Love of Christ my Savior!
About Marie Bride: Avid reader and lover of books from the time I learned my prayers at age three. Passionately in love with the Lover of my soul Lord Jesus our King of Glory! Child of the Heavenly Father, choir and hand bell member, daughter, sister, niece, cousin, aunt, and godmother. Past wife, Catechist teacher, Religious formation teacher, Eucharistic Minister, Christ Renews His Parish participant and team member, high-end retail sales representative, financial advisor and numerous other events and activities.
You may connect with Marie Bride: on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Goodreads.
THE LOVE IDOL MOVEMENT
Click here to find out more about the Love Idol movement.
Click here to purchase the book that inspired the movement.
Click here to join us on Facebook as we lay down our Love Idols and declare our #preapproved status in Christ.
Click here to print the black and white preapproved cutouts.
Place these where ever your Love Idols have lurked!
A pink PreApproved printable: to frame, to put on your refrigerator, to give to a friend.
Click here to print. My gift to you, brave soul!