I have been known to procrastinate a time or two…..or maybe ten or twenty! UGH! It sometimes really amazes me I have made it this far in life because of how paralyzed I can be at times – not knowing what to do, so I do nothing!!!
Do you ever feel paralyzed? Just fearful of making the wrong decision so much that it just keeps you from doing anything. I get that way, I avoid and I think if I just don’t think about it, said “it” will just not be there the next time I turn around. But, it is. And causes me more anxiety in the process.
From big decisions to little ones, I can get bogged down with the details so much that it prevents me from moving ahead. ACK! I hate admitting that, but it is true. I can feel lost and flailing and I am so glad that Lysa shared the three questions that we all can and should consider when we are looking to make any type of decision.
- Have you been reading and praying through God’s Word lately?
- Have you been applying God’s Word in your life lately?
- Have you sought Godly counsel and insights from wise people who know specifics about your situation?
“We have to put our hearts and our minds in places where wisdom gathers, not scatters.”
I love feeling empowered to make decisions that are good when I incorporate knowledge, insight, and discernment by using the above questions as a guideline for myself. I love knowing I can grab hold of those questions the next time I am feeling a bit underprepared for making a decision, which I am sure will be within the next few hours.
When Lysa shared her experience of having to navigate the decision a to whether they would open their home to a friend….. I could relate to those feelings she was sharing. I loved that she added four more aspects to making a wise decision:
Physically – can you say yes in this area?
Financially – can you say yes in this area?
Spiritually – can you say yes in this area?
Emotionally – can you say yes in this area? (this is the one I rarely even consider, although it seems it may need to be closer to the top of my considerations!)
I tend to over-extend myself in the area of “emotions” – thinking I can do more or give more than what I realistically can handle. This is an area I need to be very aware of especially since I know that my depression and hopelessness can stem from being bankrupt emotionally.
A few things to consider this week from the Study Guide:
I loved this suggestion and wondered if anyone else would be up for the challenge? I often am doing a lot, but my motive is not from the heart and I can be bitter about being put out. I want to work on this area, so won’t you join me?
- Be servant-hearted. Do something for another person without grumbling. Trust that God sees, God knows, and through this act of service, God will develop your character to match your calling.
Truth is always something I need to focus on rather than my feelings. This is an area I need to be reminded of.
- Stand in assurance. Trump your feelings with truth. Just because you feel incapable/offended/insecure doesn’t mean you need to be incapable/offended/insecure.
My words can often be short and snarky – yes – I know. In the haste of daily routine I can get an attitude or feel overworked and my words show that. Here is another area to be mindful of.
- Tuck wisdom into your life. Practice it in the things you say and in the things you choose not to say.
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