Friday, February 4, 2011

Making Decisions

Several years ago I read about a "super woman" in Proverbs 31. Being awestruck by her wisdom and abilities I attempted to become like her. Suddenly the "light bulb" came on - realizing self-imposed expectations were controlling my emotions and actions.  This was not a good scene. A deeper study of this scripture revealed that this scenerio was only an example for women of today. We do not have to be "superwomen" but women who deal wisely in every day situations. When faced with challenges we can make wise decisions by considering three simple steps:
     1. Get The Facts: Never make snap decisions. Know the pros and cons of the situation. What is best for you and your family? Often it helps to draw a line down the middle of a sheet of paper, one column for Pros and other cons. Seeing facts on paper is better than running the facts around in your head.
     2. Seek God: Share your inner thoughts with Him in prayer. Too often we rely on others to tell us what action we are to take. Why "seek God?" Jeremiah 29:11 tells us that He know the thoughts and plans He has for us and they are for Good. (BJo's paraphrase) He desires the best, the perfect plan.  He knows our needs and how to answer.  Matthew 6:33 says "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you."
     3.  Make The Decision: Did you know there are those who don't like to make decisions? Not making a decision means you have already made one. Step out after you have sought God.  Don't allow fear to hold you back. Fear paralyzes. I have discovered that the fear of being out of God's will, will keep us from walking in His will. He will never misguide you.
     As women of God we must have an open heart and mind. Be teachable and reachable. Let's get in the flow of what God has for us as women and be filled with the Joy of the Lord for that is our strength.
      Planning a wedding? 1) keep a notebook with you and write down ideas, what to do & what is completed. Don't try to remember everything - it only adds to confusion. 2) Make index card for each invitee including name and address. As gifts are received write item on the card. Your thank you list is ready. 3) at the wedding have scotch tape available so those receive gifts can tape card to gift - no lost cards.  Make these planning days fun, exciting and enjoy this special time in your life.