In this blog series, I’ve explained the best I know how in discerning God’s will in any given situation. I have used this reliable procedure, outlined in my last blog, many times for many different decisions.
I’d like to show you now, how I have applied it to a recent big decision:
To where was I supposed to move when my landlord informed me that he wasn’t renewing my lease?
Before I received notice in mid-May that I had to be out of my apartment by the end of September, I had already been sensing that God might be moving me out of the area—away from my home state, away from my church family of over 25 years. I just didn’t know where or when, or even if for certain. In fact, the “feeling” became so strong in April that I began confiding in a few trusted people. One of those people was a close family member, who said she was also sensing the same thing for me. But was that a sign that He was moving me out of the area or only that He was going to move me?
So I waited.
When I did get the shocking news from my landlord, and after my initial “Oh no!” response, I quickly realized this was God’s doing. But to where am I to move? This is a pretty big world!
So I prayed, clueless about where to start.
“Lord, You know to where You are moving me. Please show me! Please help me to lay all my desires and emotions on the altar. Let them not interfere at all with my discerning Your will. Reveal any sin that would hinder my prayer. I want to be and stay in the center of Your perfect will. And Lord, if at all possible, please let me know before the end of August.”
After that (while continuing to pray humbly), I began gathering information. I asked questions like:
- Where would I like to live if I had my way?
- In what way would I like to serve God more?
- In what way does God want to use me more?
- What church is in need of women with my gifts?
I also sought the counsel of several godly people. One was a man that I know through Revive Our Hearts Ministry who I greatly respect. He has given me great counsel in the past, so I figured his church would be a good one to investigate—plus it was only 1 hour away!
I checked out their doctrine, purpose statement, and ministries. I listened to several sermons online, visited in 3 different settings, and met with the women’s ministry director. The more I discovered, the more I sensed that this could be my new church home. If that was the case, then God would also provide a residence.
So I began searching online for an apartment. Initially, I came up empty and was dismayed, but I kept seeking. And there it was!
It gets a little too complicated to explain the details from here. Suffice it to say that when I saw the apartment, I knew it was the one for me. So I put down a security deposit and asked a few close friends to pray for peace (or lack of it) about my decision. From that moment on, all I had was complete peace.
But I am a scaredy cat, plagued with fears of making a mistake. Plus, this was a HUGE decision! Was this peace truly from God? Therefore, I continued to ask God for confirmation. He patiently reassured His scared daughter that this was indeed my new home and church in a variety of “miraculous” ways.
I am in awe of how God orchestrated all these details and clearly revealed His will to me. I had to visit only one church and knew by mid-July! That is amazing!
For sure, there are still a lot of unknowns ahead of me. But I am certain this is God’s will. Therefore, I can go forth in complete and confident trust in my faithful loving God, knowing He will direct every one of my steps!
The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. (Psalm 37:23)
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