Trusting Your Decisions

It took ten minutes for my two and a half year old to pick a muffin this morning. He sat up on the tall stool pointing at each one. Counting. Thinking. NOT letting me pick for him, but unable to decide himself. Ten minutes. The time making his choice was stronger than his hunger. He finally made his pick and was able to move on with his morning.

It may seem silly, but sometimes we are just like my son. We see all of the choices in front of us, all of them good and right, but we just can’t pick. We agonize over what would be right.

In my devotion yesterday, Embraced Lysa TerKeurst, she talked about making the right decision. Many times we already know our decision, but we’re too afraid to make it. Lysa says we “over process the what-ifs and maybes…” She tells us that “God has woven into us the ability to discern what is best if we’re closely following” God.

This is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ. (Philippians 1:9-10)

When we live into God’s calling, we live into the truth He gives us. God has given us everything we need to make simple decisions, like which muffin to pick, and also to make big decisions. Here are some things I do when I’m working on a decision.

1. Pray – I pray about it and ask for wisdom.

2. God’s Word – I read the Bible and apply God’s teachings to every part of my life.

3. I talk it out – I talk with my husband or a trusted friend.

God doesn’t always give us a huge green light or flashing sign. Often, He speaks through our prayers, His Word, and our trusted relationships. God has gifted you with everything you need.

Lysa concludes by saying: “It’s not about trusting ourselves. Rather, it’s about trusting the Holy Spirit to do what Jesus promised us…”

The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. (John 14:26)

When our decisions are God-honoring decisions, they are easy to make.

Follow me on Instagram at Simply Liz Smith as I continue through Lysa TerKeurst’s book Embraced, on my Simply 100 journey into 2019.

Simply 100

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I am counting up to the start of 2019 with simple intentions, less stress and anxiety, and more of the good stuff!

Last year, I finished off 2017 trying to do the #Last90Days Challenge  by Rachel Hollis. I was blessed to be a part of launching Rachel Hollis’ book Girl, wash your face and was reading it before the new year. It was perfect timing for me! Rachel talks about building healthy habits and focus on “5 to Thrive” during these 90 days.

unnamed-2So, I started doing #2 – #5. I skipped #1 because I have five kiddos, and it never fails that at least one of them ends up in our bed in the middle of the night.

I put an app on my phone so I could log the 10 things (the app made me do 20!) I was grateful for every day.  I think I made it two or three weeks. Then I missed one day. Then three days. Then … Eventually I deleted the app because my iPhone told me I didn’t have enough space, and at that moment, taking one more picture (probably of one of my five kiddos) was more important.

UPDATE: Later in 2019 I got the The Five-Minute Journal which I was more successful with. I plan on jumping back into this journal and working toward consistency in these 100 days. I recommend this journal (or any basic journal) to write down what you are grateful for every day. It is such a good practice to have!

I did get back on track with drinking water and bought a new Nalgene bottle to carry around with me every day. I moved by body for 30 minutes every day (until it got too cold to move, and I stopped putting sugar in my coffee each morning. I believe this challenge is so good and important and I encourage you to check it out!

I think the mindset was the most beneficial. So, as this year was coming to a close, and the countdown was on, I started to feel the pressure. The pressure to finish the year strong. The pressure to finish unfinished projects. The pressure to … everything!

I took a moment to breathe, reevaluate, pray and ask God what should I be focusing on. Out of those moments, came Simply 100.

For these last 100 days of 1018 (starting on September 23), I’m focusing on simple intentional acts each day around three things.

  1. My Relationship with God
  2. My Relationship with my health (mental and physical)
  3. My Relationship with my family and husband

I’m also counting up instead of down, which seems to take the pressure off. Cue the music! Continue reading “Simply 100”