Decision making is no fun. Especially when the decisions we’re struggling with could have life changing or drastic repercussions, or at a minimum have lots of pros and cons to consider. That’s why in my Proverbs 31 devotion running today, I shared about being frustrated with having so many important decisions to make, and how I found myself wishing God would just give me a big ‘ol neon sign from above so I’d know which direction to take. Or if not that, maybe a big fluffy cloud to follow like the Israelites had in Exodus showing them which way to go. If they could get a cloud, it seems only fair you and I could have one too, right?!
I shared a few weeks ago on my blog about my personal situation, which has not only been a drain emotionally, but a drain mentally, because I’ve had to make more hard decisions than ever before in my lifetime. It has not been fun. After all, who wants to finally make a decision (after a lot of stressing I might add), only to realize later it was a bad one, or at least not the best one that could have been made? I know I don’t, and I dare say neither do you. I believe that’s why God brought the verse found in Exodus 13:21a to mind for me which says, “By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way …” Exodus 13:21a (NIV) As I stated in the devotion, instead of a cloud, I had a cloudy mind. I was so worried to make a wrong decision I couldn’t make any decisions at all. I felt lost in a wilderness, much like the Israelites. But through that passage, God helped calm my heart and my mind by reminding me that even if I make a wrong decision, He’ll still be by my side to teach and guide me through the journey.
I had to change my thoughts about my decisions and stop thinking and acting that things were in my control. Here’s what I chose to do instead, and maybe these tips will help you transform your thinking as well, especially if you’re facing some hard decisions today too:
- I chose to pray, and ask God to help me stop stressing over not knowing the future. The future is in His hands, regardless of the decisions I make.
- I chose to stop stressing over whether my decisions were right or wrong, and believe He would be with me either way.
- I chose to stop obsessing over worst-case or what-if scenarios, and focus my energies and thoughts on the potential positives instead.
- I chose to remind myself not to think negatively every time one of those nagging, worrisome thoughts bubbled back up to the surface. Reject them, move on.
- I chose to trust God. Because that’s really the only choice I have. He is in control, and I am not.
You see, I had to intentionally CHOOSE to change my thinking, otherwise my thinking would have changed me. We may not have control over our circumstances, or even the outcome of our decisions, but we always have control over how we think about them. Hard lessons learned during the writing of my next book, that I am praying will help you decide to choose to intentionally think positive too.
A couple weeks ago I also shared some miraculous news on my blog (or at least I think it was miraculous!) about how my new book Unsinkable Faith: Transforming the Way You Think, Feel and Live came about, and it will be officially releasing in a mere seven weeks on April 1st! You can go ahead and pre-order your copy now and still be eligible for the freebies, but they won’t be available to download until March 1st and will only be available for a limited time.
See below for a sneak peek list of what you’ll get with your purchase of Unsinkable Faith. Beginning March 1st, you’ll be able to upload your receipt for the book and submit it, and within minutes you’ll have your fun and valuable free stuff ready for download! #thinkpositive
(Consider this post a heads up about the freebies and I’ll tell you later how to upload your receipt and claim them – so for now, just mark your calendar!!)