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Peaceful decision making

Is human will or divine will influencing you? That is an important first question to ask when faced with a decision to make.

One way I tell the difference is in how they feel. For me divine will feels like letting, allowing God to work in me, yielding. It often includes patience, gentleness, and humbleness. It feels very natural and beautiful — like a flower opening its petals.

Human will feels to me pushy, stressed, based on lack, rush, fear of missing out on good. It often pushes it’s way forward without allowing the right ideas to come forward, to grow, and mature. Sometimes it may involve feeling pressured.

This idea of letting and allowing God to work in us is something that is essential to our spiritual growth and progress. It is a feeling of oneness — allowing Spirit to move in you and with you. It is a natural component of spiritual discernment.

I can think of a number of times when discerning the divine will and yielding to it has led to blessings and a greater sense of satisfaction, fulfillment, and harmony.

When we wait patiently on God and seek Truth righteously, He directs our path.–Mary Baker Eddy

When faced with decisions, if one option feels more pushy than another that is my first clue to stop and be still and listen to my intuition. Often the option that is pushy or aggressive is not the option take. Its important not to try and take a step before God is leading you. Sometimes an idea might be good but it’s just not the right time such as a move or a career change. In these cases it’s best to be humble and patient and wait for God to open the way.

The wonderful thing is that it is God who works in us to will and do of God’s good pleasure, which is always good and beautiful.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

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Awe-moments filled with inspiration

Recently, I was on a walk through the woods — a favorite part of my day — and I was struck with awe. 20181112_141647The way the light shines, the color of a leaf, the sparkle of the snow. These are little moments of awe and wonder. Sometimes I pause for these moments — and I’m learning to pause more and more, to slow down, and really allow myself to take in the inspiration and beauty of the moment.

O longing hearts that wait on God
Through all the world so wide;
He knows the angels that you need,
And sends them to your side,
To comfort, guard and guide. –Violet Hay

If you are anything like me, you relish these moments, too! These moments are full of inspiration — a feeling, an intuition, a connection with God. They heal. Pause. Breathe. Feel God’s presence and love. Give gratitude. Smile.

Be still, and know that I am God. Psalms 46:10

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Inspiration for the future

One of my favorite Bible verses is Jeremiah 29:11.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (NIV)

What I love about this passage is in the original Hebrew language it uses the word “shalom” to describe God’s plan. Shalom is one of those words that is packed full of meaning. It means peace, welfare, goodness, prosperity, total and complete wellbeing all in a single word. Imagine that! God’s will for you is goodness, welfare, peace, prosperity, complete and entire wellbeing. “God’s will” is a verb — it’s an action word. So, God is enforcing goodness, health, and wellbeing in your life.

When Jeremiah, the prophet, spoke this message to the people of Judah who were exiled in Babylon, it was a much needed message of hope. After the tumultuous events of 587 BCE including the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem and the Babylonian conquest of Judah, God’s promise was that God would restore the land and abundance, God would return the people to their home and out of exile, and there would be joy and celebration. It didn’t look like there was peace, but this message assured them that that was indeed God’s plan and so it came true.

This message is true for you, too! One time when I was feeling anxious about the future, I remembered this passage and God’s promise. This reminded me that God is in charge and God’s will is only good. God didn’t cause me to feel anxiety or doubt about my future, and I could overcome these thoughts by trusting God’s presence and power. I felt such a sense of peace and an assurance that God, good, was with me.

So the next time you are tempted to doubt or despair, know that God is not out to get you. Instead trust and remember that God’s plan for you is shalom — goodness, joy, peace, health, prosperity, and wellbeing, and God is willing this in your life!