Writing May Help With Decision Making

by Vanetta Stephens on February 19, 2015

in Faith/Trust, Hearing God

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Though I have been keeping a notebook, writing down, daily,  what I believe God is speaking to me for a very long time, for the past thirty days I’ve been writing in a separate notebook, a thought, or key phrase I felt God was highlighting at that time, for a different purpose.  What I’m sharing with you today, is something I wrote on day two that I feel may be of help to you if you’re struggling with decision-making, in particular, regarding anything.

To set the stage a bit, I’d had something in mind that I’d been asking God about whether or not it was the right fit for me.  I can’t say I was really excited about what I had in mind,  but I wanted to give it consideration before I set it aside.  And, I didn’t want to  just set it aside.  I wanted to have a definite yes, or no in my heart and move on in whichever way was applicable to the decision.

It’s not uncommon for God to combine parts of different Scriptures to give me a personal answer.  Don’t you just love how personal He is with us?!!   He speaks to us in ways that we enjoy.  He’ll also speak in ways that may challenge our natural tendencies to help us grow, and learn more.

Here’s  what I believe I heard Him say on this particular day:

“Whatever you put your hand to, do it with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength.”
You won’t find this in the Bible written like this, but you will find the following verses:

*Colossians 3:23 “Whatever may be your task, work at it heartily (from the soul–which is your mind, emotions, and will), as [something done] for the Lord and not for men,” Amplified version

*Ecclesiastes 9:10, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might,..”  Amplified version

*Deuteronomy 6:5, “And you shall love the LORD your God with all your [mind and] heart and with your entire being and with all your might.”  Amplified version

*Matthew 22:37, “…You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (intellect). Amplified version

*Luke 10:27, “…You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your strength, and with all your mind;…”  Amplified version

Looking at these verses through the lens of the law or legalism as in “I better perform well, and work hard “is not the point.  That’s not what God was getting at with me!  It’s not by our strength that things are accomplished, but by HIS as we yield to Him.  We put our hand to the proverbial plow, and HE is the Power Source for getting it done.

Instead of Him telling me yes, or no, He simply used this combination of verses for me to see just what the cost of my choice would be, if I were to pursue it. He was highlighting that if I was going to move forward in this, then it would take much of my focus, a lot of my time, energy, and so forth.   Is this how I really wanted to spend my time?  Was this pursuit that interesting to me?  Would this be that beneficial for people in my sphere of influence? Would I want to do only ‘this’?– meaning I’d have to let go of other things I enjoy.

To be clear, nothing would take away my time spent with God nor my family.  This is something I truly guard against, though it’s a continual adjustment as things in life are never stagnant.  They’re always changing so we get to adapt and adjust to new seasons. 🙂

The minute He posed the question, I knew the answer in my heart of hearts—–NO!  I didn’t want to spend my time, thoughts, and energy on this pursuit.  

Why am I sharing this with you?  Well, perhaps you’re considering becoming involved in a new endeavor.  Maybe you’re wondering how to determine whether or not it’s the right fit for you?

 Ask yourself the same question I did:  Is this really something you want to do with all of your heart, mind, soul, and strength?  Additionally, you could ask yourself if this is something you can see yourself doing, and enjoying?  Can you see what your life could like and if so, do you like what you see?  What will it have cost you to get “there” ?  Is the cost worth the price paid?  What other things might be in your heart that you’d like to do?  Would “this” thing you’re considering crowd the other things out?

Most importantly, ask God about this.  Ask for HIS perspective.  Be still, and listen.  Grab a pen and paper and jot down what comes to mind without analyzing it.  You may just be surprised at how much writing may help you with your decision-making.  You may also discover that you do hear God’s voice. You’ll have a written record as a reminder, and encouragement.

Mike and I hope you find this encouraging.  We’d love to hear how God has given you answers to decisions you have needed to make. Come tell us!

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