Time Well Spent

time well spentTime Well Spent

Episode 22

Time well spent makes us happy. If we feel accomplished, if we do things on our “lists,” it makes us feel that we’ve spent our time well. Most of us say we need more time each day, we can’t finish out tasks, we run out of time. How can we add more time to our days?

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When I look at my day I think, “What is the best use of my time each day?” Other than with my friends and family the best time is with God. How can you fill up without the One who truly gives us that grace to get through each day? Who do you spend time with and is that time well spent? In this episode, we explore how you can make the time. Let’s strive to make the most out of every minute of every day.

Look at your day, how can you incorporate time well spent? We all say we don’t have enough time each day!

  1. Identify the time wasters. Relaxing is wonderful for everyone and we don’t need to “produce” every day! However often we say we don’t have enough time for prayer because we don’t use our time wisely.
    • What are the things in your day that waste your time
    • How can you avoid the time wasters
    • Does making a list help you
    • We all waste time, and often we all need a break, so enjoy
  2. What is the one thing you can avoid? Is there something on your list that you can eliminate or reschedule in your day so that you can make more time?
    • Social media
    • Emails in the morning or afternoon
    • Shopping without a list
  3. Can you make 5-10-15 minutes or more to spend with God in prayer? Look at your lists above and see where you can add more time to your day. Five, ten or fifteen minutes helps tremendously! Time well spent with God is so helpful in our day. Often we leave prayer time to night time. Praying in the morning, the first thing you do — will change your life and is truly time well spent.
  4. Who do you spend the most time with? Is it family, friends, virtual friends? Ist it fictional characters in books? Truthfully, sometimes we let virtual friends take the place of real ones. I have good friends online, some I’ve never met in person. Nurture your friendships but remember the one who will fill you with faith, love, and joy.
  5. How can you make that time productive? Spending it with God first will increase your productivity all day long.
  6. Can you be a witness or a blessing from the Lord to someone in your life? Do you ask God to use you each day? Do you see the people in your life as a blessing? How can the Lord use you? How can you be an example of God’s love to others?

 

God’s Grace

God's GraceGod’s Grace is Sufficient

Episode 21

God’s grace, is it sufficient for you? Or do you rely on the world for the help you need? In 2 Corinthians 12:9 we read the passage that many sermons are built around, but how do we apply this to our life? In this episode, I’ll explain how I strive to have more of Him and less of me in my life.

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How do we live a grace-filled life when most of the time we can hardly get out of bed without being overwhelmed with all that needs to be done each day? Now that my children are older I’ve taken on some extra activities that put me in the path of people from all walks of life. Some are Christians, others are not, but it is hard to tell the difference. Years ago a good friend of mine used to be asked all the time, “What is different about you?” She carried the joy of Jesus Christ with her wherever she went. She was my writing partner and while we each attended different churches, she was an evangelical Christian and mostly attended non-denominational churches, I am a Catholic. We agreed on the solid foundation that without Jesus there can be no joy in your life.

Jill showed the love of Jesus in her life. She showed others that even if she was under a life burden she would still praise God. Jill loved her children unconditionally as she loved her friends and even her acquaintances. She didn’t live a life without hardship. She went through a painful divorce, bankruptcy and she died suddenly in 2007. Before she died she told me she would soon be homeless if things didn’t change in her life. Yet, she told me she was not worried – she had God. And, instead of being homeless, God took her home. I have never publically told that story before, and while I still miss her tremendously I am happy for her because I know that as she lived she was an example of God’s grace being enough.

It is the inspiration from friends that we surround ourselves with that we too can learn about that joy and that grace should be sufficient for us. That grace that surpasses anything that we can earn or attain in this world. Remember friends, it is in Him that we can have true life. As I record this episode it is the end of November and I approach the Christmas season with a sense of expectancy in the true miracle of the birth of Christ, but also in the miracle that we can be, by example for each other.

2 Corinthians 12:9

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

Another Day

another day another chanceAnother Day, Another Chance

Episode 20

Another day. Have you ever had a horrible day and wondered how you can make it to the next one? In this episode, we explore our feelings when all things happen at once and our ability to cope only with the grace of God.

References – Bible verses: Biblegateway.com

Show Notes: Another Day: Another Chance

  1. This is the day that the Lord has made – let us rejoice!
  2. God is a God of second chances.
  3. Nothing is impossible for God.
  4. Everything is a gift from God – Ecclesiastes 5:18 Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life that God has given him, for this is his lot.
  5. Faith takes trust: Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

No matter how bad the day is or if you’ve messed up in some way. Go to the Lord, repent. Ask Him for forgiveness and rejoice! Tomorrow is a new day, let us rejoice and be glad.

Scripture References:

Proverbs 27:1 – Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.

Psalm 16:11 – You make known to me the path of life; in your presence, there is fullness of joy; at our right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Colossians 3:23 – Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for me.

 

Living Well

living wellLiving Well

Episode 19

We hear the term all the time. Live well! What exactly does that mean? How can we as Christian’s live well in Christ? Is there a way to live our lives without becoming legalistic in terms of “if I do this – God will do that.” In this episode, we explore the meaning of living well and living for Christ.

Show Notes: Living Well

Living well is a cliche, but for some living well is a way of life. If we were sitting all together in a room and I asked you, “What does living well mean to you?” I’m sure the answers would all be different. For some it is financial freedom, for others, it might be finding your true love. For some, it might mean peace within their family or having a loved one who has strayed come back to the Lord.

Living well ultimately can’t happen without wisdom. The wisdom to discern right from wrong and the wisdom to understand that living well means so much more than materialistic acquisitions or ambitions. People think that living a Christian life means compromise but it is so far from the truth. Christianity is not a set of rules and regulations that bind us, however, these ideals set us free.  The fear of Christianity is that if you follow Christ you will lose everything! I remember a faithful girl who was a friend of mine in college, she lead me through the salvation prayer although I followed the Lord, I never professed it in prayer – in that way. Everything that happened to her was horrible! Her new car was totaled. Her major included many sciences and looking into the microscope made her queasy. To an immature Christian, it would appear that following Christ equals problems! However, she showed me Jesus in a real way by the reactions to the disasters in her life. She showed, by her example, how to live a good life when all is falling apart in your world.

However, the focus on living well, in this present age, takes work. It takes learning how to pray and listen. We’ve discussed this on episodes of A Few Minutes With God Podcast, it means taking the time out of our day to spend time with God. Learning how to pray includes learning how to listen. It means seeking God’s word in the Bible and meditating on the meaning. (Ask the Holy Spirit to help you! This is a grace that the Holy Spirit bestows upon us that is there just for the asking.)

Living well means sharing your faith, learning from others with a deep faith and asking those hard questions. What does it mean to live well for Christ, and how can you live in the world without being of the world. Living in the world means living out your vocation in life – is it as a wife or father, a son or daughter, a sister or brother? Is it as a friend? Is it as a co-worker. It also means living a life that doesn’t compromise or succumb to the temptations of this world. Will we sin? Of course, but it is what happens after we sin that separates us from those who do not believe.  Repenting for our sins and asking forgiveness rather than taking pride in our sinfulness. Those who are the most vehemently opposed to Christianity are those who carry around great sins that are unconfessed. These sins are a burden and the only way they can live with these sins and call evil good is to put down others who think differently.

Living well means not putting down those who oppose us, but praying for them daily. It means avoiding those who would lead us to temptation by staying far away, even if it means changing jobs or removing ourselves from those who are toxic in our lives. If a situation is a dangerous one we should seek help or advice from someone trusted.

Living well has nothing to do with wealth or an accumulation of things, this has nothing to do with living. The world will tell you that living well is a wonderful vacation, a spa day or a shopping spree. Yet, what happens once you return from that fabulous vacation, spa day or shop? The real world awaits. Things break. Work is still waiting for use each day. So, isn’t it better to embrace each day, be thankful for what we have or don’t have and focus on living for the Lord?

Living well does not guarantee we will no longer have trouble. It does mean that the trouble will ultimately be fleeting. No matter how wonderful the things of this world are that nothing compares to the love of God. Living well means praying for God’s wisdom to follow His roadmap for living a good life through the words in The Bible. Do you take each time to read the Word?

God wants to use each one of us – spend time each day in prayer and ask Him to come further into your life. Let’s pray – Dear Lord Jesus, I praise you in all things and I thank you for all things. I thank you for the small and the large inconveniences, and I thank you for the gift of life. Mine and those you’ve brought into my life. I ask you, Lord, to help me understand the meaning of living well through you, help me in my Christian walk and help me in all I do, let it bring you all the glory and honor you deserve. And, I pray this in Jesus’s Name, Amen.

Scripture verse references:

Matthew 6:34

Psalms 16:11

Overwhelmed – Find God!

Overwhelmed Find GodOverwhelmed? Find God!

Episode 18

Overwhelmed, find God! When you are overwhelmed that is the perfect time to find God. In this episode, I’ll discuss how you can find God even when you are under pressure, busy or overwhelmed by life. It is the perfect way to get refreshed in a hurry and continue on with your schedule. This sure-fire way has been my go-to for years, and when I actually *remember to do this, it has been a lifesaver.

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Show Notes: Overwhelmed? Find God.

Spiritual Side:

  1. Identify why you are overwhelmed. Writing helps
  2. Ask for an infilling of the Holy Spirit.
  3. Renew your commitment to the Lord.
  4. Ask the Lord to give you more of HIM and less of you.

Practical Applications:

  1. Ask God to help you find answers
    • Simplification
    • An answer to a pressing problem
    • Cutting back
    • Saying, No!
  2. Find God in the simple things
    • Sit and listen
    • Enjoy the outdoors
    • Watch the antics in nature
  3. Ask God to use you.
    • To be an answer to someone else’s prayers
    • To be His hands and feet
  4. All God asks for is our love – that’s it!

Rejoice, the Lord is waiting for you to ask, and He is ready to answer. You can find the Lord even when you are overwhelmed and especially when you are so busy — like during the Christmas holiday. The Lord has an answer. The Lord hears you. It is that small still quiet voice. Are you listening?

Divine Appointments

Divine Appointments

Episode 17

Have you missed Divine appointments? Have you experienced one? What is a Divine appointment? All this and more will be discussed in this podcast.

What is a Divine Appointment?

It is a time when the Lord allows you to meet someone who you can help – perhaps by sharing the Lord, something He’s done for you – or perhaps just listen and pray for someone. You will know it is from the Lord because:

  1. The person will say, “How did you know?” or something similar.
  2. You can’t remember saying that –or you feel lead by the Lord to pray for the person.
  3. The person expresses an improvement in their situation – perhaps you’ve helped them by praying, or shared a situation with them that the Lord is urging you to share and it is just what they needed to here. Or, perhaps you tell them about the Lord and lead them to a prayer of acceptance of the Lord Jesus as Savior!

Have you experienced one?

  1. Someone has helped you through a situation and you feel so blessed by it.
  2. Someone responds to a need without you even sharing you had this need.
  3. A person calls who you meant to call – possibly lead by the Lord because the Lord has put you on this person’s heart… and that person helps you in some way.

How can you hear the Lord to intercede for someone else?

The entire theme of these podcasts is listening to the Lord – hence the name of this podcast – AFMWG … are you spending time daily in prayer? Are you growing in your walk with the Lord each day? I heard a wonderful sermon where the pastor taught if you are not moving ahead you are moving behind!

Keep praying and asking the Lord to use you – to use you to intercede for others in prayer, to use you in ministry to others, however, you feel prompted to be used by Him. If you have someone you can pray with for discernment if it is something big – like street ministry (share Sue Ellen’s invitation to me…) etc. do pray with a pastor or friend.

Keep an open mind – hearing the Lord takes practice if we are so busy talking it is hard sometimes to discern HIS voice over our own.

Know by the fruit if you mess up – if you reach out and someone is not open to hearing anything or you don’t feel like you are helping that was from YOU and not the Lord. It happens – just learn from this experience but don’t shut the door! It is better to be a fool for the Lord than to just be a fool!

Sometimes a person may not be ready to hear and you are only planting seeds – just quietly pray first before calling or approaching a person and the best advice I can give you is to say nothing unless you are prompted by the Lord to speak! Sometimes the best advice is no advice and just a listening ear… (share Gina’s listening ear to me!).

  1. You keep thinking about this person – and you pray for them, but the Lord keeps bringing this person to mind. This may mean you need to reach out to them – check in and say, “hi!”
  2. If you do reach out – listen!
  3. Pray as the person talks – ask the Lord to give you the words HE wants you to say

Share the story about “Mary” – waitress – led her to the Lord.

Heavenly Father, I ask you to let me know when I should be your hands, your feet and your voice to someone in need. Father, use me to do your will – use me to help others – use me to be an intercessor in prayer by calling someone to mind who needs prayers. Lord help me to learn to discern your small still voice so I can know it is from you and not my own thoughts. Lord I pray for all who a, e listening today, that you send your Holy Spirit with every good gift – renew the gifts of the Holy Spirit in their lives, stir up the Spirit to minister to others, and I pray this in the precious Name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Answers From God

Answers From GodAnswers From God

Episode #16

Do you want answers from God? Does God know a better solution to your problems – even better than anything you can come up with? In this episode, I share what the Lord has done in my life and how His amazing ways are so much better than mine!

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Where do I start? First, I want to remind you that this podcast does have a purpose and that is to encourage you daily to spend a few minutes –hopefully, longer, with God! Do you spend time each day in hearing God’s small still voice? I hope so!!

Do you trust God? Dumb question right? Of course, we trust God – He is the Almighty the Creator of Heaven and Earth – He died on the cross, rose from the dead, and has opened the gates of heaven… we trust God, even our money says, “In God we trust.” But do we really? In our life we’ve been taught to be self-sufficient to get up and produce, we are not slack! We work hard to let go and let God.

So then why do live lives that are burdened, or worrisome, or hold on to past hurts? Why do we look at the godly people in the past – the Saints of the Bible – or the people in our lives and say, “I can’t be like them.” Recently there was a major decision I needed to deal with… I gave it to the Lord, I asked Him to take the burden away, I put out many fleeces to the Lord – please Lord show me, please Lord tell me what to do, please, Lord, please Lord.

How He wasn’t sick of hearing from me, I’ll never know!

And this went on for some time. In fact, the easiest way to deal with this problem was not to deal with it at all. As the time grew closer when I finally needed to address the issue, my husband and I prayed and we decided to give it to God. Even if we did not like the outcome. Without going into a very, very long story… we had decided it was time to downsize, yet our home was still quite full. Where were we moving to Lord? Help us Lord to find a perfect home where everyone could fit – one that was in our price range, one that could accommodate construction vehicles for my husband’s business…

So, I began looking and what I found were some gorgeous properties that were in and out of our price range and yet, not one could accommodate our family. Either it had space in the home but not the yard or vice versa. So, our prayer went something like this – Lord take it. Take it all, I can’t deal with this any longer. You can have everything, our property, and possessions… and then tragedy struck! My father went in for a routine physical and within a few weeks was gone!

I was devastated. Life came to a screeching halt – but I heard one very clear message – the Lord was telling me not to worry, that the outcome would be better than anything I could imagine. Are you kidding? I’m a writer. I can imagine some really great things! After this quick commercial break, I’ll share with you the outcome and how when the Lord makes a promise He over delivers!

Friends, God works in mysterious ways, Amen? He does – He works on His own timing, not ours. This prayer about our house – what to do, do we stay or do we sell – do we move out of our area – how do we make it all work? This prayer went on from about 2009 to 2017 when the solution finally came. The clearly showed us through a series of events that we were to stay in our home – and I still can’t believe it!

It was not even an option I considered. And that is another long story.

God is amazing and He only asks a few things.

  1. Pray
  2. Everything is a Gift
    1. We give all to Him
    2. It’s not our anyway, everything is a gift from God
  3. Unite our will to His
    1. God knows best
    2. That we agree that whatever happens He will take care of it
  4. That we listen
    1. That small-still-voice will speak to our heart
  5. Prepare for the worse and hope for the best
    1. Releasing things into God’s hands
    2. Allowing Him to work in our lives.
  6. Thank God ahead of time
    1. We thank God in advance for answered prayers
    2. We thank God in advance even if our prayers are not answered in the way we would like to hear.

Let me pray for you –

Dear Lord, I don’t know what is going on in the hearts and minds of the listeners but You do and You have a perfect plan for each of our lives. Lord we release all things to You, all of our possessions and all of our wants and needs –we give them to You because we know You love us more than we will ever know or comprehend, You love us with a pure love and know what is best for us. We ask Lord that You hear our prayers and that You answer them in a way that is better than anything we can imagine Lord – I ask this for those listening today just like You answered my prayer in that way. I praise You ahead of time and thank-you for your perfect will for our lives and I pray this is the precious Name of Jesus, Amen!

 

 


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Infusion Of Joy

infusion of joyInfusion of Joy

Episode #15

Want more joy in your life? In this episode, I discuss the joy that surpasses all understanding and how it is there for the taking….

Welcome to another episode of AFMWG Podcast – I pray that today’s podcast is uplifting for you! I can’t wait to share with you something that happened to me this morning, in fact when I was praying about it… I really felt lead to share this with you today, while it is fresh in my mind…
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Show Notes: Infusion of Joy

Like many of you, I have had a rough time dealing with some life issues. Whether it is concern about my children, praying for college choices, scholarship offers, SAT results, great performance on the field and in the classroom, safety for my sons and husband on the job site, the news that I need a tooth extraction because perhaps the infection has entered the never, or bone—or a more important concern for my in-laws who were displaced from their destroyed house after hurricane IRMA, as well as the repairs, although minor happening at my own house, some shingles that blew off one section of the roof, a fried softener panel, and washing machine, some lights and fans that blew, an so on – there is always something to be concerned or worried about in our life…right?

I’m sure if you listed out all your concerns I’d say to you – oh, my gosh. How can you handle it? You must be depressed!

Last night my husband and I prayed for all of our needs, and I prayed specifically that the Lord would take the BURDEN off of my shoulders and put it at the foot of the cross for Him to deal with …

I know as a Christian I do not need to carry any burdens. I understand the Jesus died once and for all for my sins so that I could rejoice someday in heaven, I know that this is not heaven… yet, I’m made of human flesh and bones and I continue to fall time and time again under the heavy burden of life! When I woke up this morning I was joyful – I had no idea why. I wanted to sing praises from the top of my lungs. It was the joy that surpasses all understanding. Friends we don’t have to carry our burdens and in just a few minutes I will share with you a short prayer that you can pray each day to remind yourself of this very fact.

So, how do you pray for an Infusion of JOY?

Joy is a gift it is a pure blessing from the Lord it isn’t something we can select for the day. Sure, we can ask, “Lord, today I’d like to be joyful.” Or we can purpose to be joyful by deciding today I will praise the Lord and chose joy. However, when you are in the midst of problems and YOU are joyful then you know that you know that you know – that it is a gift from the Lord.

How does this happen? I’m going to share with you the prayer my husband and I prayed. Before I share this prayer with you, let me say that I know that Jesus died once and for all and He has risen – He is no longer on the cross.

I also know that with God there is NO time – I know I’m getting a little deep philosophically and theologically – but it is true. God has no beginning, middle or end. We are the finite creatures – you and me, but not God.
So – when I say, “I put this at the foot of your cross.” I am talking about the past. If God truly died for my sins (before, the finite creature I am was born)… then I can go back, theologically speaking and put my sins at the foot of the cross.

Make sense? I hope so!

Here is our prayer…
Dear Lord Jesus, we praise You and we thank You. We thank You for all the things that happened today, the good and the not so good. We praise You in all things and we ask that You continue to show us Your way, to make crooked paths straight. We ask that You help us to know Your will in all that we do in our lives. Dear Jesus, we give you all of our burdens, we take them off of our backs and put them at the foot of Your cross for You to deal with. Perfect love casts all fear (1 John 4:18) and we ask that You take away all fear and uncertainty away from us and allow us to TRUST your perfect will for our lives. Thank-you Jesus for dying for us and rising from the dead so we could have everlasting life. Thank-you Jesus, thank you!

Let’s look at this prayer –

  1. Praise God. He deserves all of our praise, in the good and in the not so good
  2. We ask that he straightens our paths. That if we’ve sinned against him he makes our path straight. We ask that God calls to mind any place we need to ask forgiveness of Him for the wrongs of the day.
  3. We give God our free will and by our free will we place all our concerns at His feet.
  4. You give all your problems to the Lord – put your burdens at the foot of the CROSS
  5. We pray any scripture verse that comes to mind – if we are fearful we pray against that – if we are depressed we pray against that – whatever comes to mind, ask the Lord to take it away from you. “In the Name of Jesus, I come against depression and put it at the foot of your cross.”
  6. Jesus is risen. He is alive. He is no longer nailed to the cross – and He can purify us because He loves u. We trust in Him, He is our Abba Father, the beginning, and the end, the Name above all Names. He loves us so much and He has our best interests in mind.
  7. We continue to praise Him in all things and continue it into our day!

I hope this prayer helps you – I pray that you wake up with the joy that surpasses all understanding!

Let’s pray together now…

Dear Jesus, I pray for those who are listening to this prayer. Lord, I know that You hold us in the palm of Your hand, that You know the number of hairs on our heads, that You have our best interests in mind – and the most important is eternal life with You. I rejoice for that time, Lord! Until then, I ask that You call to mind anyways we have offended you _____________ I give You of those incidents and I ask for Your forgiveness. Dear Lord, You are worthy of all of our praise and I praise You right now, I praise You and I thank You, Lord Jesus. Thank-you for all You have done for me, for my family, for those close to me and those who are far away from You. I ask a blessing on all of those listening today, that You enter their hearts in a powerful way – that You make yourself evident to them. I ask You to give them a gift, the Joy that surpasses all understanding…the Joy that only comes from uniting our imperfect will to Your Perfect Will… I thank You for this gift and I ask that You bless us in the Name of Jesus, Amen.

 


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Blueprint For Making MAJOR Decisions

blueprint major decisionsBlueprint For Making MAJOR Decisions

Episode #14

Using a blueprint for making major decisions.

Every once in awhile making major decisions is a must, and having a blueprint for making major decisions is important. Decisions such as where do I go to college, should I change jobs, should I write a book – should I do another podcast? Those are some of the decisions I’ve had to make in my life. In this episode, I’ll discuss a blueprint for making those major decisions in your life!

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Major decisions can hold us captive! What do we do? Where do we turn? Oh if God would only answer us clearly we could make good decisions, quickly! How does this happen? It happens with lots of perseverance and prayer as well as some of the steps I’ll share with you.

So, if you listened to the previous podcast – episode 13 you will hear some of the same points mentioned except with a few powerful additions. Making a big decision includes those that can impact you for the rest of your life – I remember when praying for a spouse, I finally gave up. The choices were slim and in my town, truthfully with teaching full time I had no time – and my workplace had one single guy who I was not interested in – at all.

It was difficult to think about my future and I finally said, “Lord if you want me to be single forever that is fine with me – your will Lord, not mine.” I gave it to Him. I could not make decisions at that point – such as moving to another town, closer to some college friends.

Well, the Lord took care of it by having my now husband move into the same town to teach school, he and I went to the same college and while I knew him, I did not know him that well. But, I did think he was awfully cute – and I still think that 38 years later!

This blueprint for making major decisions is a process I’ve used with some additions and modifications throughout the from years. The hard knocks of life and real-life experiences have caused me to fine tune my list. When do I use this blueprint for making major decisions? When I had to make those big decisions – what do I do about college, a job – which one to take – what do I do about homeschooling Lord –should I or shouldn’t I? Lord, should I write a book? Lord, should I podcast? I will tell you in those times I did not turn to the Lord first – no, I’m not perfect – often things fell apart!

I’m quick to jump into a new idea and often the Lord is there to catch me. In those big decisions, we need to give our ALL to Him and he will not let us down.

Blueprint Making Major Decisions:

Here are some helpful tools to use in praying for those major decisions.

  1. Pray specifically for your decision.
    • God knows, but do you?
    • Stress creates havoc on nerves, be single-minded in prayer
  2. Be open to God’s will in your life.
    • Sometimes it may not be specifically what you want to hear.
    • Sometimes God’s will is different than our own
    • Sometimes we think we “hear” God, but need confirmation
  3. Give it to the Lord
    • Praying and seeking God means leaving it at His feet
    • Try not to dwell on it further
    • Let go and let God
  4. Ask the Lord’s guidance
    • Pray for guidance
    • Seek outside help, friend or a pastor
    • Look for guidance in the Bible
  5. Read Scripture
    • Pray specifically, and read through Scripture
    • Sometimes the Lord answers prayers in verses you’ve read 100 times before
    • Be open to the Lord’s word and your prayer request
  6. Pray specifically for your need and ask the Lord to give you the gift of knowledge about what to do.
    • Many gifts fo the Holy Spirit
    • Ask the Lord for the Gift of Knowledge, peace, joy
  7. Our subconscious listens and often when we are in tune with God
    • Ideas will come into our minds, miraculously
    • We can pray and think about thoseWrite anything down that comes to you.
  8. Write anything down that comes to you.
    • Keep a journal
    • Be sure to take “co-incidences” with a grain of salt (more in the audio)
    • God-incidences do happen but keep our eyes focused on Him, not just the events
  9. Look into your options
    • Research
    • Be informed
    • If needed visit the place or seek more information.
  10. Seek counsel if you continue to be stuck.
  11. Ask the Lord to direct you
    • We are constantly praying in this situation, however ask for direction if you are still “stuck”
    • Praise Him ahead of time.
  12. Continue to read Scripture
    1. Believe that the Lord talks to us through His word.
  13. Pray about any thoughts
    • Ask the Lord to confirm thoughts that come to mind
    • Confirmation can be through others or the Bible
  14. Do you have peace of mind?
    • Peace is a sign from the Lord that it is right.
    • If you are stressed or agitated keep praying!
  15. Be careful with signs – continue to journal
    • Continue to journal
    • See #8 above.
    • Sometimes we look for those God-incidences and while those are wonderful, we want to use caution.
  16. Make an informed decision.
    • Don’t just go on feeling, especially if this is a major decision.
    • Think wisely with your head – and your heart.
    • Sometimes you just know-that-you-know!
  17. If you can’t make a decision… wait!
    • Satan rushes, God leads
    • Pray and continue to read scripture.
  18. Once you make a decision trust in the Lord and give it to Him.
    • Surrender to God.
    • Have peace about the decision.
  19. Ask the Lord to go ahead of you and prepare the way.
    • Praying for intervention
    • Praying for those involved in your decision.
  20. If you make a mistake learn from this and regroup.
    • Go back to the Lord and ask Him for help – again!
    • God can make crooked paths straight
    • If it was the wrong decisions look at this as a learning tool
  21. Give all the glory and praise to God!
    • God deserves our praise for the little and big things in our lives
    • Praise conquers all! Continue to praise God in all of the success in your life
    • Continue to praise God in all the failures in your life!

 

Make your decision for the glory of God – not for ulterior motives, sometimes we want the Lord to bend to our will – and sometimes the Lord allows those mistakes to teach you that HIS way is best. Use all of these methods as a tool but not a miracle guide – it is a blueprint and blueprints are meant to be added onto and revised. This list can be used to add your own revelations from the Lord.

The main idea here is don’t jump or be hasty with your major decisions – rely on the Lord and He will not only make your paths straight He will guide you along the way!

 


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Blueprint for Making Decisions

blueprint making decisionsA Blueprint for Making Decisions

Episode #13

Do you have a blueprint for making decisions? You should, because all of us make decisions 24/7 – but how often do we take our decisions – even if they are small to the Lord in prayer? In this podcast, I discuss a blueprint for making decisions with prayer.

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Decision making is always tough, but sometimes, for the little things, in particular, we often put God in a box, and don’t want to “bother Him” with the little things or we feel it is too silly to ask. Nothing is too little or too big for our God – He is the Almighty One – ready to hear the prayers from the hearts of His children. How many of you pray for a parking spot? I know I did and even had my children join in prayer. What a wonderful example of the power of prayer and the power of asking God for everything, every decision.

Today we will discuss those prayers that involve making a decision. I believe this is a blueprint that will help you tremendously. I will share in podcast 14 a more in-depth prayer blueprint for making major decisions through prayer.

Blueprint For Making Decisions

  1. Pray specifically for a need.
    • Of course, God already knows but it helps us to fine-tune our ask
    • Shows us whether a decision is necessary or not
  2. Give it to the Lord – and do not dwell on it further.
    • Allowing God to be God of every aspect of our lives
    • Giving it to the Lord allows us to release our needs into His hands
    • Accepting God’s will in our life
  3. Read Scripture –
    • Daily, and when in prayer for a decision more often
    • Listen after you pray
  4. Pray specifically for your needs and ask the Lord to give you the gift of knowledge about what to do.
    • Gifts of the Holy Spirit are many, ask for specific gifts
  5. Our subconscious listens and often when we are in tune with God
    •  Ideas will come into our minds, miraculously
    • We can pray and think about those ideas.
  6. Write anything down that comes to you.
    • Journal ideas as they come
    • Write down pertinent scripture verses
  7. Look into your options
    • Being informed is important.
    • Research your options
  8. Pray about any thoughts that come to mind and ask the Lord to confirm these.
  9. Do you have peace of mind?
    • Peace about a decision is a sign from the Lord that it is right.
    • If you are stressed or agitated keep praying!
  10. Make a decision.
  11. If you can’t make a decision… wait!
    • Pray and continue to read scripture.
  12. Once you make a decision trust in the Lord and give it to Him.
  13. Ask the Lord to go ahead of you and prepare the way.
  14. Give all the glory and praise to God!

Remember, this is only a blueprint – you can never put God in a box, He is worthy of all the glory, honor and praise – we are only His instruments. Use this blueprint to help you in your decision making and often it will just come naturally. Reaching out in prayer is a sign that you are open to God’s will in your life. I pray the Lord blesses you in your decision making and helps guide you on your path!

 

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