Quiet Time With God

In the midst of a hectic, busy world, we need to find time each day to slow down and meet with God. I’ve had people ask, “What do I do in a quiet time alone with God?” It’s a great question. When I was a junior at LSU, Bonnie (my discipler) took me with her one morning to the Chapel on campus and let me “participate” in her quiet time. It gave me first-hand experience

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Can I Miss God’s Will?

This has been an incredibly difficult season of life for me, especially in the past two months. My 97-year-old mother has been in and out of the hospital and doctors’ offices quite frequently and it has consumed my life. Don’t get me wrong – I love being able to spend this special time with mom in the remaining years of her life, but it’s been hard. Roles have been reversed, and I’m the parent now. I have

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Making Decisions in “Gray” Areas

We make “black and white” decisions daily. Some decisions are clearly spelled out for us in Scripture – instructing us what we should do (pray, walk in the Spirit, give thanks, edify and love one another) and what we should not do ( immorality, lying, stealing, adultery, idolatry, etc.). “Gray areas” are those areas about which Scripture is silent and does not give specific instructions. So, how do you decide what to do then? Use these

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The Process of Determining God’s Will

So how do you determine God’s will? Once you’ve prepared your heart and you’re walking in the power of the Holy Spirit, what is the process of discerning God’s will and making a wise decision? Here are some resources to help you walk through the process: 1. Prayer – Luke 6:12-13 – Jesus spent the entire night in prayer to choose the disciples. 2. Word of God – Psalm 119:105 – “Thy Word is a lamp to

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Walking by Faith in God’s Will

God doesn’t show us His will for our lives all at once. Instead, He shows it to us one step at a time. To be honest, I wish God would just show me the entire blueprint now. But that wouldn’t require walking by faith. Mrs. Charles Cowman in her devotional book, Streams in the Desert 2, July 28, tells the story of a young boy and his father camping out in the woods. The father sent the boy to

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Prerequisites for Knowing God’s Will

Are you seeking God’s will in an area of your life? There are two prerequisites that are vital to discerning God’s will and making wise decisions: 1. A clean heart. Are you walking with God, or are you walking in sin? Are you disobeying what God has already clearly shown you to be His will through Scripture? If you’ve been disobedient to His already revealed will, then why would He want to show you more? Confess your

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Making Wise Decisions

 We have to make decisions every day, starting when the alarm clock goes off. Some decisions are minor – what am I going to have for breakfast this morning? What am I going to wear? Am I going to take the freeway or another route into work ? Those are minor decisions that aren’t going to impact my life in a major way, unless of course, there is a wreck on one of those highways! But we

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When to Say “Yes” to a New Opportunity

When you are presented with a new opportunity to serve in some capacity, do you struggle with deciding what to do? How do you know when to say “yes” and when to say “no”? Elaine Brown, in an article published in Discipleship Journal, gives seven questions to consider before saying “yes” to a new opportunity: 1. Will my spouse and children be adversely affected if I say “yes” to this? 2. Is this new opportunity

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All I Need

Happy New Year to all! This morning as I spent time with the Lord, I found myself reflecting on some “unanswered” prayers this year, or prayers not answered in the way I had desired. I was reading from the book The Valley of Vision, page 271. This prayer truly spoke to my heart this morning. May it be an encouragement to you also as we begin a new year, with new and continuing prayers, which

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Are You Ready for a New Year?

For me, this has been a year of ups and downs, but God has drawn me closer to Him through each situation He has brought into my life. As we come to the end of another calendar year, I encourage you to reflect over the past twelve months. What has God taught you this year? How has He changed your life? Are you growing in your relationship with the Lord, or are you becoming stagnant and settling

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