MAKING DECISIONS: BE WILLING TO INVOLVE GOD IN THEM
Our five year wedding anniversary is coming up and my husband and I had originally planned to go somewhere special to celebrate. But, as some of you I’m sure can relate, other financial responsibilities become an obstacle in making luxurious decisions, such as vacations.
I must have looked at Groupon a thousand times and have met a real struggle of mine amidst my search for getaways. The struggle of making the “right” decision.
My husband and I would also like to put in a patio, which makes the decision-making process even more challenging. I’m human, so of course, I want to have my cake and eat it too. In my mind, there’s gotta be a way so we can have both. Right? Well, maybe.
So, as I continue to struggle and pray in this decision, my heart was prompted to focus on making the right decisions this week. You never know, maybe God is in the process of answering me on this vacation/patio dilemma. He always meets us and will help us in our struggle if we ask Him. Happy Monday!
MAKING DECISIONS: SEEK GOD’S WORD
How appropriate that I came across this when there are six days left in the week.
Let our decisions marinate within these scriptures, and have a taste after we let them soak in God’s word for a bit.
MAKING DECISIONS: DON’T BE DISTRACTED
Can you imagine the crowd Jesus drew after He healed the man with leprosy? People poured in to witness the miracles Jesus performed. Can you also imagine how distracting that would be to have an outpouring of people surrounding you? Jesus found places to be alone so he could pray to His Father; to recollect his thoughts and to seek His Father’s will.
That’s what we need to do when we are distracted by the outpouring of everyday life and that life looks different for everybody. When we have decisions to make, those distractions can easily be influences to our decisions. The primary influence needs to be from God. Find your place to be alone and pray. Allow yourself to be stilled so you can seek God’s will, not the people’s will or your fleshly will, but God’s will for help in making the right decisions.
MAKING DECISIONS: ACCEPT INSTRUCTION
It is vital we turn to God’s word for council. We first need to ask ourselves what does He say for me to do? How does He expect me to see and handle this situation?
If your decision involves finances, seek out his counsel in regards to money. If it involves a job change, turn to where He advises us on work.
It’s tempting sometimes to just take the advice of our friends and family. What’s awesome is God will often use the people in our lives to help confirm what our decisions ought to be. But, first, we need to know what God says about it and how He feels about it. It’s wise to make decisions that agree with Him, versus contradict Him.
Turn to His word. Pray and pay attention. Stay in tune with what is in your heart. Stay attentive to the signs He may place in your path. He helps us either by giving us our answer or by allowing us to make our own decisions after seeking His will. Either way, it will be a wise choice.
MAKING DECISIONS: NARROW YOUR CHOICES
Within every decision, stirs a spiritual battle. We want what we can’t afford, yet we buy it anyway. Thus, leading us to debt. We desire someone we cannot have, yet we lust after them anyway. Thus, leading us to broken homes and hearts. We want so desperately to feel desired and Loved, yet continue to lash out in an emotional rage. Thus, leading us to domestic violence, divorce, and even death.
The fight between our flesh and God pulls at us constantly. Some might not grasp what the source is, but they are most certainly aware of the back and forth battle.
The solution? Narrow down your choices. It will take effort, strength, and self-discipline with some of them, but the right decision is often a hard one to make.
Weed out the worldly values, pay attention to the selfish desires that play a dominant role in your decision-making. Reevaluate your motives and cross out any harmful influences. By doing this, you will have clarity in your situations….and that’s because you’ve narrowed your choices down to one….God. Now, you have a solid foundation for which you can make your decisions.
MAKING DECISIONS: ACT ON YOUR FAITH
We all can think of times we hear something that fuels us with inspiration even hope, yet we leave it there until it gradually disintegrates. Why? We are once again left frustrated. How can we take that fuel and let it become the everyday driving force of our hearts?
If we only allow ourselves to hear something, it affects ALL our circumstances. Using decisions as an example, how can we possibly make the right ones when only our ears are working and not our hearts?
We must act on our Faith. We need to internalize God’s words until it is planted securely in the soil of our souls. His word is not meant to just inspire us, it’s meant to change us. Once His words are soiled, true growth sprouts a freedom and Joy that become the engine in everything we do, like our decisions. It becomes our moral compass for every circumstance, moving us from absorbing His words to acting on what He tells us. Apply your Faith and He will trail your lives with direction.
MAKING DECISIONS: GIVE THANKS
When we seek
When we pray
When we focus
When we accept
When we act
When we trust
When we are thankful….
We are answered.
May you humbly lay all your decisions down at God’s feet and allow Him to direct your hearts.
May you humbly accept His answer whether it is yes or no.
May God fill you with the courage If His answer is for you to act first and trust.
May you be blessed in every decision you face, for if you look to Him rather than yourself, your paths will ALWAYS be straight.