He is Well Pleased

“And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased” Matthew 3:17, NIV.

Years ago, my little sister gave birth to my nephew without an epidural. My mother went on and on talking about how well she handled the experience. So when I became pregnant with my first child, I wanted to make her proud too. We arrived at the hospital, and I wasn’t dilated enough, so instead of being sent home, the nurses gave me Pitocin to speed things along. I remember thinking to myself, women always complaining about the pain of childbirth. How hard can it be?! My doctor came into the room and asked if I wanted an epidural, I scoffed. “No, I’m giving birth naturally.” The doctor left the room, and I was feeling like I was making Mom proud. Then, the pain. Oh, the pain. First, the contractions were five minutes apart, and now they were happening more frequently. It was as if they were making me eat my words. My pretending to be brave was now over, and I had to face the reality that this experience was something I could not do on my own. I needed drugs, and I needed them now. My Mom, husband, and mother-in-law all staring at me helplessly.

Breathe Kesha, I told myself. But no matter how much I breathed the pain was hitting me hard like nothing I had felt before. Holding back tears as my doctor walked into the room with an unsympathetic look on her face. She said, you know, Mrs. Trippett, you’re not going to win a medal for having your baby naturally. I hated that she was right. I wasn’t going to win anything for having this baby naturally. Ok, I’ll get the epidural. By this time, the pain had become unbearable. I screamed, where’s the epidural!!! I thought it was something they have ready immediately, but no, they make women wait β€” especially the ones who act like they don’t need it. Laying there, breathing in oxygen, my mother holding my hand and reassuring me that everything would be ok, I began to cry. I told her how sorry I was for not being able to have the baby naturally, and apologized for disappointing her. She smiled. Moments later, I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl.

To my sister who is trying her hardest to please God and make Him proud. To my sister who is trying to love like Jesus, to finish strong like Jesus, but is falling short. Understand that nothing you do can make God love you any more than He does right now. Before you do anything worth anything, the Father loves you; He is well pleased. He looks at you and sees Jesus. The Father smiles at His Son, and He’s smiling at you.

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22 thoughts on “He is Well Pleased”

  1. Yes God loves us first and foremost! His love cannot be tampered with by our human acts….Thank you loving Father!

    But when it comes to pleasing God, as its written in His Word Hebrews 11:6, KJV: “But without FAITH it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.”Β 
    So yes! We can work our hardest to try to please Him and fall short and He still loves us…but maybe the missing element when we work hard to please Him and fall short is FAITH…
    He rewards those who diligently seek Him, that have FAITH…that’s what pleases God!
    Good morning and have a Terrific Tuesday πŸ™πŸΎπŸ€—πŸŒΊ

    1. Absolutely beautiful!!! I was laughing as I read this devotional because it was so much like my story, but in no time my laughter turned to thankful tears as I realized how hard I’ve tried for years to please my heavenly Father’s heart and fallen short. To think that He was pleased by me even before I could ever prove my love to Him is so amazing!!! I’m overwhelmed by His unfailing, unwavering love for meπŸ’•

  2. 🌾 Thank you my Heavenly Father, I am glad that you are pleased with me. Just made my eyes watery. How I Love πŸ’• you so much. 🌾

  3. I so needed to read this, this morning as I am transitioning and feeling overwhelmed by the demands of newness and wanting to please God by doing everything perfectly. I find myself almost paralyzed by the thoughts of failure, but being reminded of the unwavering love of Jesus has casted down those imaginations and calmed those fears. Thank you for your service.

  4. WOW!! I needed this confirmation this morning. I desire so much to please my heavenly Father. So thank you for reassuring me. God bless you!

  5. I needed this, often times I have fallen and felt too shame or embarrassed to get back up. Thinking I disappointed God and I’m not worthy of His love. But He assures me everytime thaf I am His and With Him I can do all things. His love is limitless and He loves me no matter my short comings. What a Great God we serve and a Mighty Father He is❀πŸ’ͺ Thank Kesha for sharing.

    1. Amen I needed to hear think too β˜ΊοΈπŸ™πŸ’• thank you Jesus I love you lordπŸ™ŒπŸΌβ€οΈ

  6. Lord, I thank You for LOVING NE IN SPITE OF ANYTHING I DO.πŸ™ŒπŸ½β€οΈ THANK YOU FOR GRACE AND MERCY ❀️ AND UNCONDITIONAL LOVE ❀️ AMEN AND AMEN πŸ™ŒπŸ½β€οΈπŸ™πŸ½β€οΈπŸ˜‡ I know You are well please with me, now Lord let me be well pleased with MYSELF πŸ™ Amen πŸ™ŒπŸ½

  7. Wow, yes Lord. Thank you!
    I also know that while this is true, it is not a free license to sin and I must strive daily to turn from my sin and not get caught in a cycle of repeated sin as God has called us to ‘go and sin no more’

  8. Wow! What an on time word. I have 4 children & a husband who is a cross the word truck driver. I work part time, and have classes I’m enrolled in. Talk about feelings of not meeting anyones standards or the fact that your not ever Winning in someone else’s eyes cause you didn’t do it they way. Thank you lord for being pleased sir!! Thank you too Kiesha. You are greatly appreciated for all that you do!! β€οΈπŸ’

  9. Thank you isn’t enough for all the work and love you pour into these devotions every day ! I can’t count how many days were what you write was exactly what I needed . I just look forward to it everyday . God is working on me ! These devotions have kept me alive and I appreciate you ❀️

  10. Thanks. I did need this. I have had a horrible day. I am a therapist and struggling in marriage issues…I can barely do one or the other, both on a day like today is not going well. I pray and pray….god is good, he helps me, I need him more cause tomorrow I need to do it again. I know he will send me a life preserver soon. Thank you God!

  11. I never comment but this made me cry. I have been trying so hard to do things myself and just have not been able to.

    I have dealt with rejection all my life and am hoping that someone maybe even the Lord will accept me If I try hard enough.

    Thank you for this post. I love them and encourage that you are doing a great work encouraging the Lord daughter. Blessings.

  12. As someone who has backslide and God has saved me from drugs and alcohol after losing my husband from me pushing him away during my time of depression and anxiety I do find myself now at times feeling overwhelmed to be perfect I know I’m not and I am rebuilding my relationship with learning and internalizing his word and having faith now that people know my testimony and are watching me at times that pressures me where I feel like I can’t disappoint my family again and my friends again after reading this I just need to continue to have faith n walk with God being my only person I need to please he knows me and knows my heart and knows that I battle with myself everyday and try everyday to be a do better even though I always fall short… thank you for this reminder your words that God puts in you is always right in time I love your daily devotions I share them all the time thank you for the time and effort you take each day to share the word of God

  13. Thank YOU my LORD FATHER GOD,” WOW πŸ˜’πŸ’œβš˜Thank You my Sister Kesha Glory to GOD” i needed this⚘⚘⚘I receive it in JESUS Name AMEN Thank YOU my LORD JESUS.” πŸ’œβš˜πŸ”₯πŸ•ŠπŸ’œβš˜πŸ”₯πŸ•ŠπŸ’œβš˜πŸ”₯πŸ•ŠπŸ’œβš˜πŸ”₯πŸ•ŠπŸ’œβš˜πŸ”₯πŸ•Š

  14. I needed to here these words of encouragement as a single mother we seem to give praise to everyone in our household but no one ever says β€œ good job mom” at times I feel like I don’t do enough even when I go above and beyond. Thank you so much for walking by faith and being obedient to the calling. I look forward to your Devotionals every morning because I know that it is Holy Spirit lead!!

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