(Quote) Sarah-901988 said:
(Quote) Chris-930705 said:
I think we find God's will in the choosing,...
(Quote) Sarah-901988 said:
Quote: Chris-930705 said:
I think we find God's will in the choosing, not in the choice.
A prayerful decision, attempting to follow God's will, does follow God's will, no matter what the choice is.
I have found it helpful to offer up all my decisions and actions to God, to make them holy and do with them as He might.
(I keep wanting to say more... each paragraph there was, at one point, three times as long and filled with examples, adminitions, "insights", and so on. And editing them brings each down to the size of an aphorism. Maybe that's good; maybe it means I'm beingsimplistic.)
Chris, your post reminded me of this prayer:
Thomas Merton's Prayer: My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you and I hope that I have that desire in all that I am doing. And I know that if I do this, you will lead me by the right road although I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death, I will not fear, for you are ever with me and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.
Thank you both. And Thomas Merton! And the book 'the Holy Will of God' written for religious but pertinent to all.
I have noticed many statements here starting with the words "I think", And I can hear my kids saying "me thinks me thinks too much"
I took one look at the young man across the dance floor and said to his sister " who is that?", and, "I'm going to dance with him" I was a shy young woman but I knew what I saw when I was looking at him and got over my shyness because my heart called.
We were both imature and went separate ways, - I married the wrong man and divorced, he stopped drinking -
and then came back together later after "choices" and God's Life made good had helped us to grow. We were ecstatically happily married for many years through thick and thin.
Yes, believe it or not, there are 'mates' that God would prefer we be with and there is a saying that you will know it when you hear 'the lion roar'. (not the MGM lion, ha ha)
God has a way of speaking to us and we are to learn to listen. He can speak in the quiet or in the middle of the chaos - I know, single mom of 4 here -
BUT, He usually speaks the language of love to our heart before our mind, so calm the mind in order to hear with the heart.