"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me." - Galatians 2:20

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Friday, August 19, 2011

DECISIONS, DECISIONS

Hello Friends! On a personal note, our family arrived in Spokane, WA two nights ago. We are exhausted and are trying to rest as we unpack and get organized in our temporary housing. Thank you for your prayers for us during this time.
Today you will be blessed by my friend Shelby Howard.
Shelby and I first met each other through a local Toastmaster's Club nearly two years ago. Shelby is passionate in her pursuit to follow Christ. She is a gifted speaker, sharing her daily life experiences with a godly perspective that inspires many.
Please visit Shelby's website and consider supporting her ministry. Her transparent insight is sure to minister to your heart.


As I was driving home from the grocery store, I was forced to come to a complete stop, allowing a large group of ducks to meander across the road, going from one neighborhood pond to the other. All together there were 30 or so.

When the bulk of the ducks reached the other side, both lanes of traffic were not able to proceed due to a lone mallard that was clearly undecided. Should he cross with his fellow fowl friends or remain? He waddled back and forth, back and forth, back and forth across the yellow lines in the middle of the road. Just watching this undecided duck made me dizzy.

Finally, he made his choice not to cross the road, turning back to the original pond.

I empathized with that little feathered friend. After all, haven’t we all been in a place of indecision, not knowing what the next step should be for our lives? It could have been a decision in a relationship, a job change or perhaps uprooting your family to relocate.

The Word of God has been referred to as a road map for life, giving us direction. Psalms 119:162 says, “I rejoice at your word as one who finds great treasure.” If you are in a decision dilemma, read Psalms 37 and here are a few treasures of truth that will assist you:

1. Trust in the Lord (vs. 3, 5 and 40) "Trust" in the original Greek language means to be confident, to be sure, to be bold. Even in the midst of indecision and unsurety, we can be confident in God’s ability.

2. Commit your way to the Lord (vs. 5) Release your life, your goals, and your plans to Him.

3. Rest in the Lord (vs. 7) The word "rest" in the original Greek language means to be silent, to be astonished. As you pray, seeking God for direction, take time to be silent and listen for His direction.

Do you want to go on your own treasure hunt? Here are a few things to discover as you read this chapter:
1. Along with resting in the Lord, what else are we supposed to do? Vs. 7
2. Why are we not supposed to fret? Verse 8
3. When you slip and fall in life, why will you not be “utterly cast down”? Verse 24
4. What type of person has a future of peace? Verse 37

It’s been said that it is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. The choices we make are potentially life-changing and purpose-fulfilling.

Thank God He has given us His Word along with His Spirit to give us direction in our lives, to help us as we make decisions.

We don’t have look like that indecisive duck.

Instead we can have confidence in the Lord as we cross the roads in our lives.