There is No Such Thing as a Perfect Decision

There is No Such Thing as a Perfect Decision

June 2, 2016

“In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:6 (ESV)

LYSA TERKEURST

When I was working on my book The Best Yes, I surveyed people through Twitter and Facebook with this question: What do you think is the biggest reason people struggle to make decisions?

Overwhelmingly, fear was the answer.

•Fear of the unknown
•Fear of failure
•Fear of getting hurt
•Fear of what others will think
•Fear of rejection
•Fear of missing out on something better
•Fear of making the wrong decision

I absolutely understand all these fears. I wrestle with them myself. And some wrestling with fear is good. It can keep us from making poor choices. For example, my kids’ fear of being restricted often keeps them from missing curfews.

That kind of wrestling with fear is good. But other times I still feel like I’m wrestling with fear to the point where I’m paralyzed from moving forward.

Do you have a decision to make right now where uncertainty is making you feel stuck?

I often suffer from “analysis paralysis” trying to figure out which choice is the perfect decision. And if I can’t discern the perfect choice I feel paralyzed.

Here’s a thought that keeps me from staying stuck: There is no such thing as a perfect decision.

Perfection is an illusion.

Are there good choices and bad choices? Yes, of course. But at this point in my life, I’m not getting tripped up as much in the good versus the bad decisions.

More often now, I find myself stuck between a good choice and another good choice, trying to figure out which one is perfect.

Should I let my girls take dance lessons they would love but that would require us to eat on the run? Or tell them no so we can have family dinners at home? Good and good.

Should I teach that Bible study every Tuesday night at church or be at home to help my kids with their homework? Good and good.

Should my 20-year-old daughter go on a date with the guy from our church or just keep things between them on a friendship level? Good and good.

What about bigger good and good things?

Should I go on a mission trip or to a marriage conference? Good and good.

Should I quit my job to start that ministry I keep talking about or bring more of a ministry-heart into my existing job? Good and good.

These good and good decisions happen every day. But here’s a secret answer you must know when trying to pick the perfect choice: There is no choice that will turn out perfectly in every way.

As long as you desire to please God with your decisions, no decision you make will be completely awful. Nor will any decision you make be completely awesome.

Every decision is a package deal of parts awful and awesome.

In other words, since there is no perfect choice, I don’t have to be paralyzed by the fear that I’m not making the exact right decision.

Again, I want to please God with this decision. Our key verse, Proverbs 3:6, promises that He will make our paths straight if we acknowledge Him in all we do. So I also want to demonstrate my trust in Him by actually making a decision — having made peace with the fact it won’t all be perfect.

There is no perfect job.
There is no perfect school.
There is no perfect spouse.
There is no perfect church.
There is no perfect way to raise kids.
There is no perfect decision.

Each of these choices will have just enough imperfections to make them some combination of good and not so good.

So here’s where the certainty is: My imperfections will never override God’s promises. God’s promises are not dependent on my ability to always choose well, but rather on His ability to use well.

Dear Lord, I trust You beyond any fear I have of making the wrong decision. Today, I hand over all my uncertainties to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Psalm 56:3, “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” (NIV)

RELATED RESOURCES:
Do you want to learn more about overcoming the agony of hard choices? Discover a greater measure of peace as you embrace the wisdom-based decision making process Lysa TerKeurst teaches in her book, The Best Yes. You can purchase your copy here.

REFLECT AND RESPOND:
Are you getting ready to make a decision? First, determine if your main desire is to honor God. Then, write out different roads you think this decision could lead you down. Make sure it’s leading you in the direction you truly want to go.

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Comments

  1. Susan Valentine says:

    I read your best yes book and I learned alot from it.so thank u ,I’m reading it again. Bless u

  2. Kim Wennerberg says:

    Oh, how I needed to hear this tonight! I am struggling with a business/career decision that I am going round and round in my head about. I do it ALL the time. I tend to frame decisions in categories of “right” and “wrong.” I realize this is silly but can’t seem to stop it. I am printing out your words so that I can refer back to them when I feel this way again. Say, like tomorrow. And the next day…and the next day…

  3. Wow time flies I learned a lot with the best yes book …!!! It’s about wisdom, discernment and service how to make a good decision!!!
    I had been focus every day but it’s true sometimes I do not make a good decision so follow the Lord’s path without a fear just trust in Him, God bless !!!
    Thanks Lysa

  4. Lynnie99 says:

    Thank you so much for this. Perfect timing as I make so many urgent choices this month as a single parent regarding moving to a new city, what school to try for, what decisions to make for me personally in all the details. I so appreciate how your devotional I read tonight was so specifically meaningful to me. Thank you! God bless.

  5. I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you for this.
    I am 21 years old and I am currently moving across the country to a new state to be closer to my family. This means leaving behind my boyfriend, my friends since childhood, my church family, and even my career, in order to be near to my parents. This has probably been one of the most difficult decisions for me, and BOY do I have analysis paralysis.
    I came across this article from the Facebook page, and it certainly took me out of my slump.
    Though it is a daily battle, my desire is to draw near to Christ and listen for His plans for me.
    Thank you again.

  6. Good morning.

    very inspiring. I would alos like to share a letter that I wrote to my unborn son. and let the peolpe know that no matter what, God loves us and He’s always there for us. My pregnancy wasnt planned, but I beleive the Almighty planned it and He knows exactly what will happen even after my son is born. Broke up with my partner and I am all alone in this pregnancy. well guess what…. thats what I used to think “all alone” but i know and Im sure, God is always with me.

    please tell me the procedure to send Proverbs Ministries my letter to my unborn son, I know many women are going through the same thing, I just need to remind them that He is God , He will nevre leave us nor forsake us. He loves us so much that He gave away He’s only son to die for us.

  7. Thanks Lysa for Today’s encouragement. At cross roads now regarding some personal decisions that i need to make. And yes…Analysis Paralysis, even if the choice is between good and good. Its a blessing to know that we serve a Perfect God even if we are imperfect. I have been encouraged to take a leap of faith and trust God to fulfill his promises despite my imperfection.

  8. I’m definitely in the midst of big decisions- ones that I don’t want to be in. I’m a 47 year old divorced mom of 2 girls ages 17 and 14. I had been living with my boyfriend if 4 years up until recently when I made the decision that this was not Gods plan for us – to live in sin. He wants to get married I on the other hand do not know if that’s what I want. Our relationship needs skit of work on communication, putting God in the center of it first and doing it correctly. It’s difficult to go from living together and having premarital sex to not living together and not having sex anymore. Well let me clarify – I know it’s more difficult for him because he us struggling horribly – ESP with the sex part – and I am resolut. My girls deserve s Godly example through me and that is what I want to show them. In fact – us three girls got baptized this past Sunday. In order for me to get baptized I needed to get my physical house cleaned up. I’m still working on that part as it’s hard not to give into my bf’s tempting but I’ve stayed strong. I’m a Paraeducator but have been out on L&I since Nov of 2015. I do receive maintenance that will be ending in Nov of this year but will still receive child support. My current landlord had decided to put the house my girls and Have lived in for the past 4 years up for sale and has given us until July 1st to move out. I’m currently $3400 behind in my rent do to being out on L&I and have to somehow come up with close to $5000 for 1st, last and damage deposit to move. And I’ve also lost my bf’s income – although he is still helping out. I helped him financially when he was out of work so it’s nice he’s helping us. I’m thankful. We looked at a beautiful house for rent today that is way to expensive for me to do on my own and he of course said it was the perfect house but he would have to move back in for us to afford it. he seemed very excited about it and I loved this house but also know that having him move back in is NOT what God is wanting for me and also what I don’t want for me or my girls. So tonight I got back on the search for other more affordable places – and tomorrow I start calling resources I’ve gotten from state agencies that help to pay 1st/last and damage deposits for people in situations like mine. It’s either that or be homeless or move back in with my parents – which would not be a good thing. I’m terrified of what our living situation will be come July 1st, how I am going to pay all of these debts and new debts to come. I’m fighting not to feel like a failure for being in the situation that I am in. I’m trying my hardest to walk in faith. I know that God has a path laid out ahead of me and I need to continue moving forward in faith. My counselor keeps telling me to not give up before the miricale happens. Sine moments it hard to see that is going to happen – especially being out on L&I right now as well. Please pray for my situation. Thank you in advance for doing so.

    • Dear Lord, Katie seems to know what not to do. Guide her “to-do” steps. May she say, “I would rather live in a tight corner in obedience than in a wide house in disobedience.” Guide her in paths of righteousness for your name’s sake. Restore her soul. May your goodness and mercy follow her all the days of her life. May she dwell in the place you have for her–all the days of her life. Amen.

    • Katie, from personal experience, I found that when we honor God, he blesses you. That is what I teach my girls. Making the right choice (honoring God) even when it seems like it’s the wrong choice in that particular time…will always be a choice of obedience and our amazing Abba Father rejoices in that. This verse has always helped me – Matthew:25-34 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?

      28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

    • Beth Williams says:

      Father God,

      Guide Katie’s steps. Give her a discerning heart to know your great love for her and her family & the plans you have for her. Plans to prosper her and not to harm her. Give her the mind of Christ to take every thought captive that is not in obedience to your word and in so doing protect her from pride and temptation.

      AMEN!

  9. Thanks for this, I needed to read this like right now. It is as if God had you write this just for me. Im going over and over in my head about many decisions that I have to make soon, such as if I should go back to work to help bring a bit more income in to our home or stay home and finish working hard on starting my business. I always fear making the wrong choice, ALL the time. I fear that my wrong choice may lead me to not being in Gods will for my life, this I go around and around in my mind about what to do. Your post really helped me see that there aren’t any perfect choices. Thank you for pouring out that wisdom unto us on today.

  10. Thank you!

  11. Christina says:

    Praise God and thank you for sharing. It was really edifying to read this in my current situation..

  12. Thank you I needed this. God bless you. I receive it in Jesus name Amen??⛪??

  13. This message is so timely & encouraging to me as my husband and I plan to move to a new city to be part of a new church plant. Very exciting and scary at the same time! Your words and Scriptures will guide me as we make decisions on what condo to buy, where, the cost, etc along with all the other “decisions” of a long distance move includes. I will remember that “God’s Promises as not dependent on my ability to always choose well, but His ability to use well”. Bless you and your wonderful ministry – it is a blessing to me!!!!

  14. Every decision is a package deal!

    This truly is the essence of who we are
    and who God made us to be.

    Freewill is a powerful that can be power filled .Discerning whose power is at play
    Is called life.
    I can choose JESUS .
    I can follow His words.
    I can live His words.
    I can pray His words.
    I can acknowledge His words when I pray His words in The Lord’s Prayer.
    I can choose, live and believe the words
    I learned as a little girl to use as I acknowledged I choose to follow Jesus
    “For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever .”
    Amen!!! Amen!!!!!

  15. Thank you Lysa! I did “The Best Yes” Bible study and enjoyed it so much as well as it helped in my decision making. I have said many times, there is nothing perfect but God. I have also learned if possible, not to make hasty decisions and think about it before responding. Now, there are other times when a split-second decision has to be made and I may not have a lot of time to decide….so I pray for any decision. As always, Lysa, God has blessed you with an incredible gift of writing, speaking and encouraging others. Thank you again ~Lisa~

  16. Cindy Mosley says:

    This was a timely and “perfect” word for me today. God uses every situation to teach us how to love Him. So really every decision is perfect because He is with us wherever we go. Love it! Thank you for your devotion.

  17. What a timely message as fear of making the wrong choice (between job A and career path B) has me depressed and paralyzed in the moment of making a bad choice for my future. Instead of thankfulness, greatfulness, and fearlessness I have fear, uncertainty and doubt. I know that He will direct my paths if I focus on my blessings and not the problem of making the wrong choice.

  18. Thank you for the timely wisdom. I have a huge decision to make when it comes to dating a nice guy. I so want to do what God wants but I’m just so tired of waiting, I’m getting older and don’t want to miss out on children. Please pray for me

  19. Thanks for the devotional. I love these they lift me up daily. I however disagree with the interpretation today.
    I believe that God has a purpose and will for us. I also believe that He works with our power of choice to accomplish that plan. If we submit our hearts to Him, he leads us in His will. So I don’t quite agree that there is never a perfect decision. I believe a perfect decision is the one God wants, and we take the time to listen He will let us know. For Abraham it was a perfect decision to move when God told Him to move despite the hardships they faced. A perfect decision will be surrounded by some obstacles because we live in a sinful world but I don’t know if we can conclude from that that no decision is perfect.

    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths”…I believe God can direct EVERY decision, and we walk into it KNOWING it is perfect because its where He wants me at that time, even when I have to choose between two good things. Between the two or three good things, there is one perfect in God’s timing because its where HE wants me to be.

  20. Thank you – I feel like your message was really for my brother this morning. Thank you so much!

  21. Lysa, THANK YOU so much for this timely article. It is always neat to realize that we never walk alone in any situation and God uses people to give us wisdom. Your article was just perfect – yes, indeed it was. 😀 I had to make a really hard decision and my deadline for my final answer was just last Tuesday. I was offered a really great job in a ministry I had worked before but because of some issues I felt the need to quit. We left on good terms and I guess that’s why they decided to come back and ask me if I wanted to work with them again. I also just started a new job. So the timing was a bit off but I struggled emensely with trying to make the “right” or “perfect” decision. I prayed over many days, my mood was clouded as I struggled so hard with it. I asked family and friends what they would do and at the end, when the day came to tell my former superviser “Yes” or “No”, I was paralized and overwhelmed. I was hoping God would whisper into my heart what I should do – well, He did not do that but I think he pointed me to memories that were not ok there and that made me really question. Also, this temptation of those better hours and salary and times off was just way too good to pass on. It was like “I can live with all the other stuff, if I could just have that “perfect” arrangement. Well, at the end, I declined this great job offer and I fell in a slump as I was doubting myself if I made the right decision. Reading your article was a light into my moody mood and I am thankful for it. When we have to make choices, not only should we go befor God with it but know in our hearts that we need to be content with these decisions we have to make. God works all things for His good and I believe that there is a reason why I decided this way. God is amazing! He will never leave us or forsake us. He will see us through anything.

  22. Beth O'Keefe says:

    Rory – I think you are AMAZING. I am praying for you, and will continue to daily for you. You’ve already begun the obedience of hard decisions, and will be challenged as you continue to obey – but you are honoring God with those choices, and He is honoring you by calling you to a higher walk. “Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds ” (John 12:24) God has great things for you!

  23. janny holder says:

    My husband and I had to make a choice to switch my 2 yr old to another day care. I prayed and put it on the lords hand to find us the perfect day care or the right daycare for our son. the lord did answer our prayers and I will trust in him. He starts at the end of the month and what we like is that the environment is be based on biblical teaching and structured curriculum. God is good all the time…..

  24. Beth O'Keefe says:

    Katie – my heart breaks for you! You are in a place that I was once in several years ago, and I know how stressful it is. A Godly friend gave me this simple counsel which changed my life, and I share it with you: Follow only Jesus. Make HIM your First Love: your boyfriend, your husband, your father, your pastor, your friend. HE is who you should discuss the future with, HE is the only one you should consult in your decision-making. YOU follow HIM, and those who choose to, will follow you. Your children – your first priorities after Jesus – will follow you! There will be multiple surrenders and some sacrifices along the way – don’t be afraid of them! JESUS already made the deepest surrender and lay down the most powerful sacrifice for you; you can choose the daily ones for Him. Say, “I am God’s girl FIRST! “, and He will lead you in to the right, safe places. Perfect earthly comfort? Not always – but you will have perfect peace as you obey. Lysa’s message today is not about obedience to God – that’s an absolute – it’s about uncertainty in which RIGHT decisions to make and trusting God to be bigger than our missteps. I am praying for you, sister and friend!

  25. Paralyzed is the perfect word for what my husband and I have dealt with the past few months. We prayed for God to put our daughter into a better environment and when she was able to get into a different school through the lottery instead of rejoicing we questioned if this was truly the right fit for her. Finally, after months of researching and asking for advice, I asked God to just hit me over the head and let me know where her wanted her to be and I am grateful that he did. She will be attending a new school in the fall and it was a decision of good versus good, but I should have had the faith and trust from the beginning because he answered our prayers. Thank you so much for sharing your message!

  26. Charlotte says:

    I needed to read this today so badly. I want to honor God in my decision.
    Thank you and God Bless You!

  27. kathy wyg says:

    Good morning….neat devo once again…I do have a question..maybe I misread one of
    Your sentences above…kindly respond & let me know…you made mention about saying no to your girls taking dance classes because you guys would miss family meals..& it is something they would love to do..& that would mean eating out..would
    One nite a wk…be the end…& it would/could give you guys mother/daughter times..
    Which are just as important..or take dinner HOME…for all to enjoy…a WIN WIN THERE….why could there not be compromise..give & take…or some flexibility in
    One or some of those scenarios…I am curious….homework is very important…
    Could one nite a month not work…for bible study…& hubby/daddy help w/the homework…& you go to church…I guess I look @ scenarios much dif…that you guys do…there has to be give & take…compromise….flexibility…& I understand there is
    Decision making to be made..but..it looks like you opened the door & shut it down
    Immediately…my daughter when she was young was involved in tap & jazz..& we had to drive a semi short distance…& it was only one day a wk…& we worked it out…&
    Family time wasn’t lost…but she really wanted to do this…& @. That time it was w/I
    Our means so we made it happen…..

    Have a blessed day……………guys……………Kathy wyg

  28. Lysa, thank you for today’s devotion. This is a great struggle in my life to overcome. I am often frozen in “analysis paralysis” even in some minor decisions, and I am determined to become a more confident and fearless woman of faith. Your devotion today is enlightening as you revealed the truth that there is “no perfect decision”, which has been my stalling point. Thank you again for such an eye opener!

  29. Perhaps we will not always make the “perfect” decision but I truly believe that centering our decisiin on Christ, with a sincere desire to do what is right, the outcome will always be perfect for our situation. Our heavenly Father is maturing us as we take steps to follow Him in the decisions we make.

  30. God’s timing is as always perfect. Trying to make a life decision and really struggling with it. This devotional could not be better timed.

  31. Thank you … I need this

  32. Thank you for this today. I am struggling in my job and weighing several different options. I have been SO afraid of making the wrong decision and what the consequences might be. Thank you for the reminder that if I am honoring God with my decision, He will help in whatever path I choose and there will be positive and negative no matter which way I go.

  33. Charlie says:

    I thought I was the only with analysis paralysis, and today I found out that was not true. So many times I’ve wondered how people are making decisions so easily, while I get stuck. During tough decisions I’ve searched all over the web looking for advice on how to know God’s will, and have even talked to several pastors about it. The truth is right here in this devotional, but I’d like to add a couple ideas:

    1. From our perspective one decision may look like the best choice, yet God has other plans and closes the doors on the wrong choices. For example, I’ve been on strike for 7 weeks, and applied to a dozen jobs hoping to get out of the job I can’t stand. I never got a single interview, and was really discouraged. I went back to work today, and my boss’ boss told me that she had an opening for a different position there. I wanted to choose a different path, but God had something else for me.

    2. I believe many roads have green lights, and we should’t allow fear to take hold of us. God makes all red lights obvious. If we do make the wrong choice, and especially with good intentions, I believe God will be like a GPS and reroute us down the path he wants for us.

  34. I’ve been struggling with a decision I made two days ago–flying to Maine to visit my mom who’s in a nursing home. I haven’t seen her in over a year and it’s weighing on me. The reason for that is I’ve been looking for work, and my fear is a call for an interview will come while I’m there (I live in KY). However, seeing my mother is more important right now. An interview can be scheduled when I get back. God knows what I need and provides for my needs, so I need to give this to Him and trust everything will turn out how it’s supposed to.

  35. Marlene Rohr says:

    Thanks for your post. It is what I needed to read today as I embark on making a major decision today. I like to keep Psalm 37:23 in mind when making a decision that doesn’t have an obvious outcome in future implications. “The steps of a good man (or woman) are ordered by the Lord….”. Proverbs 9:10 and Psalm 111:10 both declare that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”.

  36. What if the decision is about your health and whether to have a surgery not know whether it will help you or do nothing or worse yet, make your pain worse?Finally after three years of 24 hour pain and many, many prayers have made to decision to have surgery. But I am scared. They have no idea if it will help.

  37. Thank you for this very timely devotional!

  38. FEAR—False Evidence Appearing Real. Thanks for sharing, hit home for me on many levels.

  39. This is so true! We are so caught up in the perfect decisions that we sometimes forget that either way, it’s going to be okay! I think for me, I was able to give up this kind of fear of decision making when I grasped the fact that God has ordained my steps. So, if I focus on Him and make decisions according to what He guides me to do, then I have no reason to worry!

  40. Yep. SO relevant.

    I am 36 and just had a baby. Due to major trauma and prenatal anxiety and panic, as well as a short NICU stay, I did not bond with him. Right now I feel stuck. I don’t know whether to place him for adoption with a loving family I’ve never met, or allow my family to raise him or adopt him and have to face my failure every day. Each choice seems like it will hurt me, but each choice also seems like there will be lots of positives for him. They can all give him things I can’t.

    I feel broken. I want to do what God wants me to do, but I don’t know what that is.

    • Praying for you, Jen, and your precious baby – that you will start to bond with this little miracle The Lord has blessed you with, that He will replace any anxiety, panic or fear with His love for you and your little one.

  41. There may be no such thing as a perfect decision, but this message is perfect and perfectly timed for many of us. When thing so wrong, I sing the song “this is not our home”. Thank you and God bless.

  42. Thank you for this message. Before I started typing my reply I read over the other comments. I was humbled by the struggles of the others and encouraged by their responses. It was like you were speaking one language and the Lord used your words so that we all understood in our different circumstances.

  43. Lee Milstead says:

    A beautiful devotion. I am thankful you made the decision to write it. I needed it right now.

  44. Jomaierah says:

    I also have lots of fear but most of them drag me down and make me paralyze. I always wanted to trust God but the fear of failing and making the wrong decisions is more dominant in my thinking and as an end result, I end up losing bigger and greater opportunities. I feel so down, discouraged and scared of the future. I want to try new things but I always fail. Right now, I do not know where I am headed. Pls pray for me. Thank you and God bless!

  45. Lydia Swire says:

    Thank you for this devotion – I too suffer “analysis paralysis” trying so hard to make the right choice.
    Currently, I’m having to move forward with divorce – I need to send an email to the lawyer to start it – I have it written. I feel when I send it that I am a failure – tried so hard to make it work but it didn’t. I want to know that God forgives me and will continue to guide me. I do believe that this is the right think, but all the fear at times overwhelms my mind – so this devotion for me today is helping me realize it will be okay –
    Thank you Lysa

  46. Leslie McCartney says:

    Thank you. God used your words to help calm and reassure me today. I am 40 weeks pregnant and my husband starts a new job next week where he will not be able to get time off. I have been driving myself (and family) crazy trying to find the “perfect” decision for our family. I can relax in the conclusion we came to knowing in the end it is all in God’s hands even if there are some good and less good parts to it.

  47. Cristina Moreno says:

    Yes! Soon I’ll be having my baby which means it’ll be time for me to get a job and hopefully go back to school to finally finish. What I’m not sure of is if going back to school is the right decision to make or to put that in the past or on pause.

  48. This devotional was right on time. GOD prompted me to move into a season of life. I stepped out in faith and pursued that path even though I was scared to death. Has it been perfect – no but HE is faithful and HE has worked everything out. I want to give HIM all the praise and glory and encourage anyone who is reading this, if the LORD is calling you to do something – do it! Don’t listen to that voice of fear or any other voices. HE will be with you every step of the way.

  49. Katie, our Lord Jesus said to a women who touched His garment to receive immediate healing she’s suffered for 12 years “Daughter, thy faith hath made thee well(whole).” I have been listening a song “Love is why you and I are free”
    An old gospel song on YouTube, just a music except a voice breaks in and saying words of Jesus with picture showing a women in front of a man playing Jesus said those words. I felt as though He was saying it to me, and realized he is saying it to all of His girls, us! As you made this godly decision in submission to the Holy Spirit, don’t you think the rest is up to our loving God?, Who so wants to give us what we need? Please know that I will pray for you as the Lord remind me to do so as often as He will. Thank you
    And Katie, as I just prayed for you your daughters God gave me this word “when God and all of His heaven is for them(Katie and her daughters) who can stand against them!!!!!” Keep your eyes up to heaven and ready to receive the shower of His blessings on you girls. Please let us know what God has done for you. I’ll be praying for you every day till July. I mean that.

  50. Nicole Kiel says:

    Jen-
    I don’t know your entire situation, obviously…but don’t let not bonding with your baby effect your decision to place your child for adoption or not parent him. You could start TODAY bonding with your son, health permitting…your son knows you and your voice. Adoption is also a beautiful thing, our family has an adopted daughter, she is JUST like our own. Just make sure you are making the decision based on facts and ask other reliable, Christian people for counsel. Look for a Christian pregnancy resource center for help if you need it.
    I prayed for you and your situation. God is with you, you are NOT alone.

  51. Thank you. I needed this today as I am overwhelmed with decision making and fear of making the “wrong” decision. This puts things in perspective.

  52. Beth Williams says:

    Lysa,

    Great inspirational devotion. I am trying to decide what to do with my life at this point. I quit my job last June to care for my aging dad. He went through a lot of transitions and major health issues. Praise God he is settled and seems to be doing good for now. My dilemma is should I go back to work–if even part time or just stay home and continue to care for him? I love the thought of analysis paralysis. I believe I have that!

    Blessings 🙂

  53. what a perfect time to share this devotion…graduations…and life changes for parents…from full nest to empty…thank you for sharing 🙂

  54. M W Parr says:

    It is important, surely, to not be ruled by fear (“for God has not given us a spirit of fear”). However, I think what is often forgotten is that believers have the Holy Spirit within them. He will lead us with deep-seated peace into His best and highest. If we are ever making decisions without stopping and waiting patiently to hear his voice telling us to “go to the right or to the left”, or warning us that we should or should not do something, we are risking unfruitful or even harmful ventures. Believers need to cultivate the ability to hear the Lord – as much today as ever!

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