What to do when you need to DECIDE

This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.

Isaiah 30:21

One of the biggest hurdles I had to overcome as a single mom was to make all the decisions for the family. The pressure was huge—and I never quite felt prepared nor comfortable in making major decisions like the purchase of a home or car, what school should my kids attend, etc. However, it didn’t matter how I felt—because many times a decision needed to be made quickly—whether I felt great or horrible.

I leaned heavily on God’s direction and presence in my life. There were many times when I wished I had more time, but sometimes it didn’t matter—because I would’ve procrastinated the tough decisions as long as possible. Everything in the last five years didn’t happen the way I always wanted or planned, yet everything worked out or is still working itself out. I learned to DECIDE when making tough decisions:

D – Determine to have God’s will more than my own.
“Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” (Luke 22:42)

E – Expect there will be some grey areas in decision making.
“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.” (2 Corinthians 9:8)
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

C – Call out to God for wisdom every single time whether large or small decisions.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.” (James 1:5-6)

I – Involved godly and knowledge people for insight, feedback, and advice.
“Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.” (Proverbs 15:22)

D – Dig deeply into the scriptures for peace and direction.
“Through your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way.” (Psalm 119:104)

E – Elevate past indecision and procrastination to make a step of faith.
“You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God. You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.” (James 2:22-26)


Dear Lord, it’s difficult to make a decision on my own so I’m depending on You to show me the right way to go that I may bring glory to Your name. In Jesus’ name, amen.

In His Service,

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