Are you trying to figure out what goals God may be calling you to pursue?
Living faithfully is always first (click here for more).
But after that…here are three things you should do to connect with God so that He can lead you.
#1: MAKE SPACE TO LISTEN
Good news. God is always available and willing to show us what to do (Jeremiah 33:1-3, James 1:5).
But…screaming to-do lists, daily worries, and constant distractions make it hard to actually pause and listen. Do you feel me?
That means we need to intentionally set aside time to simply be with God. It sounds simple, but sister I know it’s hard.
So, here’s what I suggest.
Take a look at your schedule for the week. Find the fringe moments.
- Are you up before everyone else in your house most mornings?
- Do you regularly wait in a carline or traffic on weekdays?
- Do you have an open lunch break this week?
Instead of letting these moments be a wasted, schedule silence.
Fringe moments are brief, but they add up. They also make pausing to be with God a regular habit. And the more you practice the habit, the more you open yourself up to hear a leading from God.
If stillness is hard for you, check out Invitation to Silence and Solitude by Ruth Hayes Barton. It’s one of my favorite books on cultivating the skill of being still.
#2: ASK FOR ANSWERS
Truth time. What do you do when you have a big decision to make?
Do you spend most of your time:
- A) researching your options and making pro-con lists?
- B) praying to God for His wisdom and direction?
If I’m being honest, my gut reaction is almost always Option A. You too?
Then let’s dive into James 1:5 together: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given to him.”
This is God’s Word. Let’s start living in this truth. Here’s how.
Name the uncertainty you’re facing. Next, write down the questions you have that are making it hard to make the decision. Then take James at his word…ask God for wisdom. Ask:
- if there’s a specific path you should take.
- for the wisdom to make a good choice.
- for help finding the best resources to answer your questions.
- for courage to act on what He’s called you to do (or opened the door for you to choose).
Combined this practice with #1 above, and you’ll truly put yourself in the presence of God.
TIP #3: BEGIN LETTING GO
Sometimes clarity isn’t the problem…we are.
Have you ever felt God’s prompting, but stalled because the action didn’t make sense, felt uncomfortable, or wasn’t what you would have chosen?
Let’s be honest. Following God can be hard because there is always an element of submission. And our sinful hearts don’t always like that.
We can feel guilt and shame over it (which serves on real good). Or, seek God’s help to act and will according to His plan (Philippians 2:13).
To be obedient, we need to ask God for help letting go.
Here are some common things we may need to let go of:
- our desire to be in charge
- the fear of failure or inadequacy
- our beliefs about how and when things should happen
- our comfort zone
And don’t forget, God encourages community (Hebrews 10:24-25). Look for Christian friends who can encourage you and hold you accountable as you seek to do what God’s called you to do.
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