I read The Next Right Thing by Emily P. Freeman this past week. It was good timing, since I'm poised to make several decisions that I don't know how to make. Life decisions are mostly good/good decisions, aren't they? Not good/bad (which would be way easier). What is the next right thing that we should do today? Just do that. Let's start with a prayer. Oh, Lord, I have a decision to make. I really don't know what to do. The choices are both good, one clearly benefits me more. Does that make it worse than the other? I want to glorify you and bring you honor. Show me what to do, and I'll do it. And if it doesn't matter-- please give me peace about one of the choices. I love you. Amen. "So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do
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Dear Lord, I'm investigating a new opportunity for ministry, and I want to hear your voice. It's been on my mind. I've felt passion for it. I've investigated a little. And I feel your spirit stirring me inside. Should I do this? Is this what you want? I'm not really qualified. I'm not confident. There are probably other people who could do it better. Yet I know from experience and reading the Bible that these facts are often an indication that you are calling me. You usually call me to tasks greater than I can handle so I will turn to you for everything. I will give myself to prayer and Scripture this week so I can hear you when you speak to me. I am committing to you right now to obey you in whatever you ask--to follow wherever your will takes me. Any other response removes me from your blessing. I can't live without your blessing on my life. And by "blessing," I mean your favor. I realize and remind myself that blessings aren'