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Decisions, Decisions, Decisions!

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions!

I don’t enjoy making decisions. Sometimes I can’t even decide which brand of yogurt I want to buy for the week. Decisions like that aren’t critical, but they’re still not easy for me. Some decisions are major. Do I take this job? Do I marry this person? Do I buy this house, or that one? How do I know God’s will for me? When I have to make a major decision, I like to use

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I Don’t Want to Go to Jail

I Don't Want to Go to Jail

As I read the transcribed voice mail left on my home phone this week, I had a feeling of uneasiness. The message basically said, “Hello, this call is officially a final notice from the Internal Revenue Service. The reason of this call is to inform you that IRS is filing a lawsuit against you. To get more information about this case file, please call immediately on our department number.” My first response was, uh-oh, I

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God’s Path or Mine?

God's Path or Mine?

  I’ve been re-reading a thought-provoking book: Seeking the Face of God by Gary L. Thomas. One section particularly spoke to me this week that focuses on our calling. This was perfect timing because I’ve been praying for wisdom concerning where God wants me to invest my time and gifts in light of His calling. In one chapter, Thomas addresses humility and the dangers of pride. He made a powerful statement: “Pride can turn us

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I Want to Quit!

Most of us have probably said those words more than once in our lives. It may be that we wanted to quit our marriage, a job, a ministry we’ve been leading or serving in, or a relationship that’s difficult. How do we know when to quit and when to hang in there and persevere? I’ve said those words numerous times. When I worked as a perfusionist running the heart lung machine in open heart surgery, I

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What Was I Thinking?

I made a big mistake last Saturday afternoon when I opened my front door to a stranger. A few hours later, I had a new, expensive, bells-and- whistles alarm system that I didn’t need. Oh, but the salesman’s pitch was so convincing that I couldn’t refuse. That night as I sat down and looked at the details of the contract and thought about the increased monthly fees, I knew I had made a mistake. Honestly,

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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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