Finding Guidance

Have you ever felt like someone had turned the lights off to your life and left you behind?

When you feel lost, you may feel like all lights are out.  But you remember when you needed guidance, the presence of God was always there.

When you think about a decision you need to make, how does it make you feel?  Does it make you feel overwhelmed, anxious, frustrated, confused, draining or you’re just not sure?  How do you weigh your options?  Psalm 119:105 says Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path (NIV).

Can we find peace in the decision we’ve made?  How can we know that it’s right?  There is a way to know if we are making the right decision because we are always in the presence of God asking Him for His guidance, we will be able to make good choices.

No matter what, you are God’s child and it’s important for you to know that you have the mind of God because He has given you the intelligence and the wisdom you need to make good decisions.  Your heart and mind is open to receive the information given to you by God, therefore, giving you the courage to make the right choices.

God has a plan for your life because His word says in Jerimiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (NIV).

When you’re making decisions, you want to be in alignment with God’s plan for you.  So, you may ask, how do I do that?  Simply, ask God for His guidance.

Psalms 25: 1, 4-5 says: In you, Lord my God, I put my trust.  Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths.   Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.

So, when you have identified the what (is the decision I need to make)?  Make sure it’s clear, then identify your options.  Get in the presence of God and find peace.  Take in a deep breath and ask Him to guide you along the way.  Ask Him what is His decision for you.  What is it that He wants you to do?  Be still for a moment and wait.  You may get an answer right then or you may have to wait on it.

Remember, the best decision is the one that is guided by God.

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Taking It One Day at A Time

At some point in time, you have heard the phrase “one day at a time.”  You have seen it in numerous places and there is an old song with the title “one day at a time.”

Because so many of us have experienced some type of emotional pain, when expressed, these words bring a new freedom of hope.

The enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy our peace, joy, and happiness and concentrates on reminding us of our past pain and anything we may fear in the future.   So, it is a good ideal to focus on the day God has given us to live in rather than worry about the next day or any days ahead.  Jesus says in Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

All of us have suffered at some point and time in our life and the memories and emotions of our past can dictate what goes on in our lives today.  Anything can trigger a thought such as hearing someone say something, hearing a story, seeing something in person or on tv or maybe how someone’s behavior will spark a thought of the past and perhaps have you worried about how the future may be.

When we make a decision to live our lives one day at a time, it won’t close the door to our past but helps to become aware of how things were so we can have a better outlook on our future.  Nobody knows it better than those who have gone through a 12-step program how taking life one day at a time can be beneficial for their life.  Or someone who is or has gone through chemo.  If they can take it one day at a time so can we.

Everything that we have gone through has purpose and while it may seem that we go through difficult times alone, we can be assured that God is with us.  He will always guide us forward.  “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Jerimiah 29:11

By taking one day at a time, we are taking the time to prepare for a better future.  And, when we begin to rely on God’s guidance and peace rather than rely on our own ways and understanding, our past pain and fear of what our future will be like will vanish. Our peace, joy, and happiness will be restored.

Practicing living one day at a time is not difficult.  The process really works because God gives us the strength, wisdom, and knowledge to handle daily activities or any difficulties that may arise.  When old memories of the past and fears of your future show up, give yourself permission to live a new life one that is full of hope.

When you retire for the evening, thank God for walking with you throughout your day, and when you wake up in the morning, thank God for a brand-new day and ask Him to walk with you throughout the new day giving you wisdom, knowledge, and strength to get through another day.  Choose to take it one day at a time.