FAITH LIFE

WEEKLY WORD | How to Make the Right Decision

June 13, 2015

How to Make the Right Decision | via The Feisty HouseThis week I made a huge decision, one I had been going back and forth about for a long time. And I know for a fact that it was the right decision to make, even though it’s not exactly what I’d planned to be doing. I’ve been so anxious and stressed the past week (hence no posts on Wednesday or Friday), but when I finally made up my mind, my anxiety just melted away. I’m no longer stressed because deep down I know I’ve absolutely made the right decision.

But how? How do I know for sure?

// I prayed about it.

That’s always the first step. Decision-making gives me anxiety (because who wants to make the wrong one?) so I’m constantly praying to God and asking for guidance and wisdom. Thinking about a new job?  Pray about it. Not sure about that relationship? Pray about it. Deciding when to have kids (or not?) Pray about that too. Bring your questions to God. When you pray and trust that God is going to give you an answer, that’s exactly what He does.

// I asked family and friends for advice.

Refuse good advice and watch your plans fail; take good counsel and watch them succeed.” While I was praying, I was also talking to my family and friends about my plans and the decision I needed to make. Before making a final decision, I spoke to three people: my husband, my father, and a trusted colleague who’d been in my position before. Those three conversations helped me to see past what I wanted and be objective about the pros (and cons) of each scenario I was considering. When you’re making a big decision, seek wisdom and counsel from people who have your best interest at heart and who are willing to be objective. The people in your corner shouldn’t be afraid to tell you that you’re making a terrible mistake.

// I asked for confirmation.

There have been times after I’ve made a huge decision that something happened in such a way that I knew the decision I’d made was the right one. So for example, on Thursday night I made this huge decision and I felt pretty confident about it. On Friday afternoon, I got an email that was so unexpected, so random, but yet so specific to the decision I’d just made on Thursday that I was completely blown away. It was confirmation that I was on the right track. That confirmation may not always happen right away, but when it does, it’s such a blessing. I was already pretty sure of my decision on Thursday, but after what happened on Friday, there’s no doubt in my mind that I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing, and that’s an amazing thing to know.

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We get anxious and crazy about making decisions because we don’t want to do the wrong thing, or miss out on the perfect opportunity, or end up living with consequences of our actions for years to come. It’s totally normal. But what a blessing to know that we don’t have to make these huge decisions without any guidance. Are you about to make a huge decision? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll pray that you make the right one!

XO

 

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  • Melissa Kimble

    I’m not completely sure but I think I’m on the brink of making a big decision. I’ve been seeking Him as much as I can over these past weeks. Sending prayer and love for yours and happy that you’ve found peace in it.

  • Joelle Campbell

    I’ve been facing a big decision for years and I’m just completely equally torn between both options. I’m going to continue to pray for guidance and discernment, and hopefully recognize God’s voice. Reading this today was very reassuring, and I’m glad to hear you’re feeling great about your decision =)

    • Hey Joelle! I’ll be praying that you can recognize what God is saying. It’s tough when you’re equally torn between two things! I pray you end up making the BEST decision possible. xo

  • Mary Alice

    Hi Krystal! I have been battling with changing my major. I feel so at peace about it, but ever since the decision making process started I’ve been getting encouraging messages that have two simple concepts: (1) go for it and (2) wait on God. All of these messages are really throwing me off. I really feel at peace about making this change but I really don’t understand the contradictory messages. I’d really appreciate your prayers!