Using Scripture to Guide your Decision Making

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Decision Making

There has been several crucial points in the past 30 years where I needed to make life altering decisions. Dropping my first semester of pharmacy school was one, getting married at a young age was another, and becoming a stay at home mom was maybe my most recent. But today I have another full plate of decisions to make, which include: should I continue to keep blogging at Mama of Three Boys, should I go back to work as a pharmacist, where should my family move, and where should I send my son to summer camp? Some may be big decisions, others not so much; but they all need wise discretion in making the RIGHT choice.

What steps do you need take to make the right decisions?

Here are some common responses I would give anyone looking for a somewhat easy answer.

1) Pray, Pray, Pray

2) Make a Pro vs Cons list

3) Write out the best and worst case scenarios

4) Seek counsel from your spouse, your parents, and praying friends

5) Think about long term and short term consequences

Easy enough? I typically apply all five steps in almost all of my decisions. But I realized that sometimes this easy answer is not always going to give you a confident answer.

I recently had a young person ask me, how did you know who to marry? And another one asked me how did you decide which pharmacy school to choose?

I answered these young people by giving them a few scriptures to think about. I realized then I could use these scriptures for myself to help me along my own journey of BIG decisions.

Here are some questions along with scripture to use as a guide for your decision making. Click To Tweet

 

1) Have I given my indecisiveness, my problems over to the Lord?

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)

2) What counsel does my praying friends have concerning this?

Where there is no counsel, the people fall;
But in the multitude of counselors there is safety. Proverbs 11:14 (NKJV)

3) Does this decision bring me peace?

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV)

4) Am I making this decision in haste or prematurely?

Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good; haste makes mistakes. Proverbs 19:2 (NLT)

5)How will this decision effect me spiritually?

 All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify. 1 Corinthians 10:23 (NKJV)

 

Ask yourself these five questions and start to meditate on these scriptures.

PRAY, PRAY, PRAY.

Learn to be still before the Lord. Ask Him for guidance. Formulate your own questions, and find scripture to help you answer those questions, (making sure to stay in context of the Word).

THEN MAKE YOUR LISTS: Pros vs Cons, Long and Short term consequences, and best and worst case scenarios.

Once you feel the PEACE that surpasses all understanding, you will know the Lord has given you an appropriate answer.

 

And for those of you wondering if I am going to continue blogging at Mama of Three Boys .com, the Lord gave me the answer, and it’s YES!

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19 Comments

  • Amy Franks March 19, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    Thank you for this particular blog. It was exactly what I needed right now. I am delighted you will continue to blog. I have 3 grown sons, two of which need prayer. This blog gave me the advice and encouragement I needed tonight. God bless!

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    • Sue March 19, 2017 at 9:12 pm

      Hi Amy! I’m soo glad you still read my blog. I remember you commenting on one of my previous posts! I have taken my time right this minute to pray for your two boys. May God help you and your sons to make the right decisions whether great or small, which will only bring Him the most Glory. All the best sister!

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  • Natalie @ Milk & Honey Faith March 20, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Praise the Lord! I’m so happy that you’ll that you will be continuing in this calling. What you do makes an impact!

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  • Laura March 20, 2017 at 8:23 am

    I wrote on a similar topic today…isn’t that neat how God works? There are so many decisions moms face, and we need God’s help and guidance with all of them!

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  • Sophy March 20, 2017 at 10:27 am

    yay!!!

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  • Karin Peters March 20, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Such good reminders of the importance of making Godly decisions and how to never rush ahead of His Will. Thank you for your post!

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  • anu March 20, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    I’m so glad you’re going to continue with the blog. I do feel that when your decision is aligned with God’s Will, you’ll feel indescribable peace.

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  • Clarissa March 21, 2017 at 8:40 am

    Yay!!! I’m so happy you decided to continue with the blog. This a great blog of encouragement and great godly advice. This post is just another example.
    I have made decisions in my life without God and with God. But the decisions I made with God brought forth greater blessings in my life, even though at that moment it didn’t seem like that. You just have to trust in Him and take that leap of faith. Thank you for this post!

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  • anne @onedeterminedlife March 21, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Making decisions can be hard, but I love that you made this list! I am now trying to teach my kids this 🙂

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  • Tamara March 21, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    Thank you for this, very timely.

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  • Ayanna @ 21FlavorsofSplendor March 22, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    Love, love, love this!!! All these scriptures are ones I know, but put them together like you did so beautifully. I have and still at times battle the whether or not I’m going back to pharmacy. Yet so far I’m still at peace with being at home full-time. I will definitely save this for those times I need to make big decisions. And I’m so glad God answered your prayers and that you will continue to share your voice with the world.

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  • Carmen | MarriedbyHisGrace March 22, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    Love this post! I am a huge believer in seeking God about all decisions in my life. Since I had surrender years ago and started to make a effort to seek Him first there has been so much more peace about making decisions. Great post Sue!

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  • Rebecca March 22, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    I haven’t always been the best at this, but reading your list gives me some guidance on how it can be done. I’m really glad you’re going to continue with your blog, I’ve really enjoyed your writing. Good luck and God bless!

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  • Leslie March 22, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    This is great, Sue. Thanks for sharing the verses. They are perfect for decision making!

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  • Gretchen Fleming March 23, 2017 at 10:59 am

    This was so practical! Happy to share to Facebook! Thanks for identifying your process:)

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  • Crystal March 27, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    Great practical wisdom! I particularly like writing out a pro and cons list. It tends to take away the initial fear of a situation and gives more grounded perspective.

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  • Jenna April 15, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    This is such good, practical advice, and I love that it’s rooted in Scripture–that isn’t something I usually come across in decision-making advice! Number 2, the counsel of praying friends, is something I don’t usually think of as being part of the process, but you’re so right. Thank you!

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  • Moba June 10, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Thank you, well appreciated and just right on time. I needed this. Thanks again. Moba.

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