5 Ways to Know if Something is From God

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Do you ever wonder whether you are following God’s will or plan for you?

Do you worry that you might be headed in the wrong direction?

Do you wish God would write His will for your day on your to-do list?

Yep, me too!

Since his ordination, Rev has received calls to serve at various ministries and I’ve had to decide whether I should go back to teaching full-time, part-time or if I should stay at home.

And work is just the beginning, isn’t it?

How many children should we have? Where should our children go to school or should we homeschool? Where should we live? Is that the right house for us? The right church family? When should I retire?

What should I do?

The questions go on and on.

Sometimes it’s easy to tell where God wants us, other times are harder.

Life decisions can cause some of the greatest stress in our lives.

So the question we all want to know is…

There are some things we can do to test a situation as we ask for God’s guidance and seek His will.

Do you ever wonder whether you are following God's will or plan for you? Here are 5 things you can do when you want to know if something is from God.

5 Ways to Know if Something is From God

1. Pray

Begin with prayer. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? It is.

Start by asking God to show you His specific will for you in this situation.

Pray that the Lord your God will show us what to do and where to go. Jeremiah 42:3

2. Glorify God

Ask – Does this glorify God?

Ask yourself, “Does this bless my relationship with my family? Does it make it possible for me to serve others? What will my attitude be if I do this? Etc.”

Give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. Romans 6:13

3. Agree with Scripture

Does it agree with Scripture?

God gave us His Word to show us His will. You and I can trust the counsel of the Bible.

You never have to ask God if it’s His will for you to embezzle from your employer or dish the latest dirty detail about your neighbor.

 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 2 Timothy 3:16

4. Be Willing to Wait

Be patient. God’s will is worth the wait. Trust His timing.

If something is God’s will, He will guide you while you wait and bring it to pass. Don’t rush it – when the timing is right God will let you know.

Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord. Psalm 27:14

5. Trust God to accomplish His will in your life

God will fulfill His promises and accomplish His will for you.

I’ll admit, I’ve gotten impatient at times. I want a clear answer and I want it now! But I’ve learned I can watch and wait . . . God will do what He says He will do, and He will accomplish His will.

Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Ephesians 3:20

Not everything in life is clear. There will be times when you will do all the above and still be uncertain about God’s direction for you.

That’s okay.

You can trust that if God wants something specific in your life He will guide you to it.

If you’ve gone through the 5 step process and still have no clear answer . . . just keep moving. Make a choice. The good news is if you are trusting and glorifying God with your life you can move ahead confidently.

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Rev and I have had times when the choice was clear . . . so clear in fact, we had to change our plans midway.

We’ve occasionally used a “fleece” to ask God for guidance. You can read about Gideon and how he used a fleece to confirm God’s direction, here. No, we haven’t actually asked God to leave dew on lamb’s wool but we have asked Him to clearly show us His will through events that made it easier for us to make decisions.

And I will honestly tell you, there have been a few times when we went through our list of five and still felt uncertain about what we should do.

So, we just lived each day…

And you can too!

Trust God’s love . . . lean into His grace and mercy. You can be confident that God will make any specific plans He has for you clear. You don’t have to live in fear of His displeasure when you seek His will through these 5 steps.

Pray, glorify God, study the Scripture, be willing to wait, and trust God’s ability to work in your life.

Your Father is with you.

He wants what is best for you and He is able to accomplish it!

Go for it! Live your life for His glory and honor. Praise Him!

 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. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11–13

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152 thoughts on “5 Ways to Know if Something is From God

  1. I like the “God wants me to-do list” idea, Deb – maybe I should revise my to-do list to say that each day. 🙂 I was thinking of the Boring book as I read your last point – about how God will find us if He wants us to do something specific for Him. I am really enjoying that book. I should read it today because I’m bored and thinking life should be more exciting! Maybe it’s because I’m on Day 10 of the Daniel Fast and life seems a little boring without coffee and ice cream!

  2. I Know sometimes we think about what direction God wants us to go, he has shown me a couple of times. I was meant to be a care giver. Back when I was younger we had no money and I prayed for God’s help! I never graduated from high school so a job was hard for me to find I started running a day care which brought in enough money for my family.
    Then at the age of 60 I went to school with God’s help and became a C.N.A. and now work for hospice. I love my job and thank God every day for all the wonderful gifts he has given me . I heard a story once, what if God only gave you what you told him you were thankful for yesterday. Be sure to thank him for everything in your life. Like the song says he walks with me and he talks with me. Let him talk to you to. Thank you

    1. Wow, you’ve encouraged me to pursue my education, I’ll be 40 this year and I’ve put it off long enough, God bless you for sharing your life

    2. Wow! I will be be 60 and I’ve been going back and forth about what to do next. I prayed for direction and found your post. Thank you for sharing your good news. Lord – I’m not done!! ?

    3. Hi Candy, when I was reading your comment, I thought I was reading my own experience, with a few exception. I have worked private duty home care for 17 years and went back to school to get my license at 61 so I could work at a Hospice House.
      Happy to share more if opportunity opens, there lots to tell of God’s supernatural leading and help.
      Being in the center of God’s will is an Amazing place to be, to God be ALL the Glory!!
      Thanks for reading!!

    4. What a blessing i to always wanted to be a caregiver because that was my calling, and God privided everything i needed to go to school to get my c n a license so to God be all the glory and He made a way i didnt have to pay for anything, so yes when it’s God’s will He will provide

  3. Loved this post. This is has given me some clarity with which path to follow. Sometimes it’s hard to know where God wants you to be or what he would like you to do

  4. Please pray for Eric who is wanting to get into college for a program in architecture.
    Pray for acceptance and that he will do well. He has waited

  5. I have had 12 heart attacks and I have diabetes along with stage 4 kidney failure. To add to all of that I am in a loveless marriage. I know God wants me to do his will but I have know idea what that could be. What I do know is that when death comes I would like a peace of mind and to be with someone who loves me dearly and who is equally yoked with me. HELP!!

  6. Hello There,
    This was a good article. I really enjoyed reading it. I did want to point out that in #3 you have highlighted 1Tim 3:16 with the wrong verse.

    “Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great: He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.”
    ‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  7. This article really blessed me and gave confirmation on things and answers I have been praying about and waiting for! I just have to continue to trust the Lord and patiently wait for His answers, guidance, direction and promises.
    Thank you

  8. Thank you. I have been researching scripture to learn how to pray for God’s Will in my life. This post from you has blessed me. I usually just read and move on, but this … I had to leave a comment to. Thank you for allowing GOD to use you to bless me with answers.

    Now, I will wait for GODS WILL. Thank you!!

    1. Marlene, yes. We might find at times that we have lost our faith but the Lord can restore anything in our hearts. If you ask you shall receive. I will pray for you!

  9. Our daughter has not allowed us to see our granddaughter for almost 3 years now. My husband and I are so hurt. We miss Raven so much. Raven lived in our home for 8 years and it is so hard to understand the reason why this situation continues!
    I’m asking for assistance with prayer!

  10. I so desperately need prayer. I’ve been sick for 4 1/2 years & been to alot of doctors & we are waiting on God’s will for my life whether He wants me to be well or not. I want to live by the Bible Scripture Psm. 118:17 I shall not die but live, and declare the works of the Lord. I do not know God’s plans for me but I do know that I do not want to die at least not yet. Can someone please pray for healing for me because I don’t want to be in pain or sick anymore. I trust my dear Lord & Savior & I love Him so very much. Sincerely Cheryl

  11. This article did help me today. I always believe there is a plan and I follow where the Lord leads me. At times, when I think I’m on the right path, all of a sudden there’s a road block. At this point I question myself, “did I follow God’s plan, or did I stray and make my own decision?” If I’m quiet and reflective (and patient), I’ll get an answer and set forth again in the path that He leads me.
    Thank you for posting this article. May God bless you as only He can! 🙂

  12. I love your posts they are encouraging and uplifting. At times of despair and emptiness I go yo your blog and read to find peace and serenity. It is where I charge my battery for my future battles.

    Thank you

  13. I really enjoyed reading your post and I agree with you. This is a test that I normally use as well. God will always lead us down the right path, but as you’ve said, it’s very important that we seek Him first.

  14. I have a prayer request! I’m asking for strength, joy,happiness and love. I feel so lonely and sad and I feel like everyone surrounding around me is blessed but me. I try my best to serve in church, pay my tithes and give offerings and help others. But I’m always left in the cold with nothing. I’m 38 and never been married. I am single parent. I be applying for jobs haven’t got a response back. I want a new home. I want a better career. I want my student loan paid off. I want a God fearing, faithful husband who is going to put God first and me second and love and respect my children. Bless me allow me to live and see my children get older. Continue blessing my health. Be able to travel and buy some nice things for me and others who in need. I need transportation. My car is barley holding on. I need Jesus to work out a miracle with my name on it. I need guidance and prayers.

  15. Just found your pages, I love learning more about how to live the will of God and how to pray. Thank you, I subscribed to your page and I look forward to learning more and sharing

  16. This is helpful. I am at a stage in my life where i have to make huge decisuons,based on my healrh, and my emotionally abusive maggiage,of 32 years.
    Thank you, Lynn

  17. Deb,
    So so so rejuvenating! I’m a Muslim and I can so relate to similar verses from my Book that I had forgotten.
    Just what I needed to read!

  18. really enjoyed this information on prayer. I hope to keep reading your posts and learn more about how to get a relationship with God. Thank you and God bless you

  19. Good morning my computer stopped so I’m rewriting my prayer sorry it’s so long I’ll try to shorten it I really need prayer for my older son Cole I’ve tried to raise my children to be Christian’s but somehow he has lost his path to following Jesus he was arrested for using heroine he is in outpatient drug therapy right now 3 nights a week for 3 hours each night and AA meetings the other nights it’s working on my marriage because I remarried when he was little his dad and I take him to therapy and AA pray for his guidance strength courage health his will from God and that he finds god before it’s too late his first court date is march 1 pray that God will forgive him and give him another chance to get his life straight pray for my other son he’s a junior in HS pray for his grades he wants to go in the Marines after HS pray for my husband and the rest of my family (mom dad sister bRother and their families my friends and Karl my son’s attorney ) thank you for your post it was what was on my heart today I will try the 5 steps shown here bless you can I also ask prayer for myself I was in a wreck 20 years ago I’ve had surgeries the last one with complications I am now disabled can’t drive can’t do my weekly shopping anymore by myself I had to quit my job which I loved working with pre k with diabilities I miss it so bad but I’m not able to pick them up and do what I need to with them I need a miracle in my life that God will take away all or most of the pain I endure everyday now some days I can’t get out of bed also a miracle for Cole we also have a tornado watch here today around us thank you god bless you Amen

    1. Lisa, I am so sorry. It sounds like you have many challenges to deal with. I prayed for you this morning and will add you and your family to my prayer list.

      Father, I’m asking that You will relieve Lisa’s pain and give her more mobility that she can do the things she loves. Please give her son, Cole the strength to stay clean of drugs and find a way to serve others that excites and blesses him. Please bless her younger son and her husband. Give them all your peace and fill them with your hope and love. In Jesus name, Amen.
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    2. Lisa, our Father in Heaven loves you so much, I wish you could feel his love in your heart. We are all praying for you and all your family that he can send his angels to help you with your challenges or to understand his Devine path and find comfort in his love. Try to leave up to him all your problems. God bless you and your family.

  20. Thank you for your post. I truly enjoyed reading it. And clarifying for myself. I’ve know. All those things but there are times when reminders are necessary. I have been divorced for almost 9 years now after a 30 yr marriage. I did not want this divorce so it’s been hard for me. I pray constantly daily to God thanking him for everything I have in my life but that one thing is having a Godly man to spend the rest of my life with. Patience is not very good through out this wait but I’m working on that. Your prayers for me would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you so much
    Julie.

  21. Please pray for me i am facing health problems that has caused me to lose everything my original doc didn’t do right by me i pray that my new doc does..im going in friday 31st i need blessings financially and acceptance of the medical condition no one can change…by Gods grace and mercy ive suffered so long im tired…

  22. Dear T.,
    I am sorry for all you are going through, I will pray for you that our God can send you the help you need at this time. Don’t forget to keep the eternal perspective, our trials are only but a brief moment when we think about eternity. Always keep a prayer in your heart and love for all humanity, in my trials I found this change of focus to be very powerful.
    Love always!

  23. Thank you for this wonderful post.
    Please pray for my marriage. Please pray for
    God to take away the addiction of alcohol from my husband. Please pray for each of my 7 children. Thank you so much.

    1. Cathy,
      I will pray for you. Our wonderful God is always available to us and will only let us go thru situations that we can handle. Sometimes I think he trust me more than I trust myself but I know he knows better than me. I find comfort in prayer and giving my difficult troublesituation to Christ. Praying for you.

  24. “The good news is if you are trusting and glorifying God with your life you can move ahead confidently.” That’s been true with us. I believe if we are seeking Him, even if there is no clear direction we can move ahead. He gives us freedom within boundaries, and I believe He will show us if there is something specific He wants us to do.

    Thanks for a great post! Blessings to you! I’m your neighbor at #MomentsofHope

  25. Deb, I loved and needed this when I first saw several months ago, and I love and need it again today. Then, it was for my daughter, and something she felt God convicting her about. Today, the circumstances of the situation are similar, but the conviction is for me. Thank you for allowing God to use you to speak His truth and reassurance again today. #Faith’n’Friends
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  26. I admit even as a christian there are times that i hardly know if i am making the right decision in life,But after readinh this I have been reminded that i should just trust and follow what God want for us. Thank you and God Bless looking forward to more of your helpful blogs.

  27. Thank you. I needed this today. I am a 43 yr old woman who has drifted away from God. My life is living me at the moment instead of me living my life. Please pray for me. Thank you again.

    1. Cathy, God loves you and is always with you, waiting for you to let him in your life and heart. I will pray for you. Please pray for Him to guide your life from now on and He will take you on your best path, it might be different than someone else because you are unique and precious in His eyes. God bless

  28. Thank you for this! I throughly enjoyed reading this and it helped answer some of my questions!

  29. I so needed to do this today! I have prayed and prayed for God to show if H & J were meant to be together as we all felt he placed them together to show His work at sending you the one He has chosen for you. They have been apart for a year but have stayed in touch and continued to see each other off and on. It seems as though there is a force keeping them from connecting completely, which is sad as you can see how happy and how they complete each other when they are together. They are such a perfect example together of Gods work. Please pray for God to place them together again so they can continue to share Goss word & work! I also pray for financial relief for my husband & I. We are raising our 2 grandchildren & need guidance & strength to handle their multiple emotional issues. Pray that God shows my son his significant other that will bring him back to God & will give him the teaching position that He wants for him. Pray that J continued to work on herself & continues to ask God for guidance, strength, & wisdom. I know I am being selfish and I apologize but our family is hurting & we need to see Gods way for us more than ever! Thank you! In your name, I pray. Amen!

  30. Thank you for this. I recently started reading my bible and verses more whenever I feel I need to be closer to God. I pray when I am grateful and I pray when I am struggling. I’ve been going through hard times recently and I pick up the Bible for guidance and reassurance. It’s hard to keep on moving but I have my faith that God will show me the way.

  31. This is a wonderfully inspiring blog. I pray tha God continues to bless you and use you for His will. Please pray for my children and I. Thank you.

  32. I was so blessed to find this today. I have been struggling to find a permanent job. Not just any job but one doing something I love and helping others. I pray for God to clearly direct my path.

  33. What do you do when God led you to His will and you followed through. Then following through caused you the biggest heartache of your life? After being a single mom for over 10 years God gave me my high school sweetheart. We married and my daughter chose to not live with us because she doesn’t like my husband. She now lives with my mother who we lived with while I was a single mom.

    1. Oh, Amy, I’m so sorry! I know the heartbreak of the rejection of my child. It’s horrible. People have free will. It’s hard to know all the reasons why your daughter made the choice she made but know this breaks God’s heart too. Keep praying and keep hoping. I continue to do both . . . praying and hoping that someday soon we will be reunited with a daughter we so dearly love. Praying for you, too! God bless you!
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  34. This is a wonderful article on knowing God will for your life. I believe I had been doing them, but seeing them written out like you presented was such an encouragement. God you

  35. Hello Deb

    You are doing a great job which help others to lead a happy life. Today you have really helped me and reminded me that God is always with us. Sometimes we are overloaded with our problems that we think that nothing is coming out of our efforts and no one is helping us to get the solutions of our problem. But the messages you posted really gives strength and faith in God that none of the problems are unsolved and prayers are unheard.

  36. Hi! I please request you to pray for me. I am under the influence of a very strong witch Craft and it’s there for 4 years now. My day to day life is very challenging and my existence is purely The Grace of God! They are constant threat to my life. This leads me to a lot of depression and suffocation. Am praying daily and thanking God to save me. I would be blessed if you pray for me! Am waiting for a miracle that will rescue me cuz I don’t know what it is to love a free life! God bless U Sister! Tk Care.
    Godspeed!
    Simran Sharma

  37. I have 3 teenage boys and they are in HS and looking at colleges. They want to play High level baseball in college. We’ve been discussing how they can be used by God to encourage other players and young kids that look up to them, if God blesses them with this privilege. It can be a stressful process. This article has been good on getting our focus on Gods will. I plan to pin it and read it and discuss it with my husband and boys. Thanks for sharing!

    JEN

  38. I can relate to what you were saying about being impatient while waiting on God. I’ve missed him trying to fix things instead of confidently waiting. I’m learning to wait.

  39. Please pray for me…i have done wrong and will probably be unemployed by Friday, 30 June. I deeply regret that I failed God in so many ways.
    God bless

  40. Deb,
    Thank you for reposting Counting My Blessings. On June 3ed I had a near death experience. My grandson had come over to my place to borrow my truck. He found me slumped on the floor hardly breathing and gurgling. After getting to the emergency room and being treated the Doctor came out and explained to my son that I was probably 15 minutes from having passed.
    I’m very grateful for my Grandson wanting my truck. He was Gods Angel when I needed on.
    As I read Counting My Blessings I know that I will be using the 5 steps in finding and feeling Gods will.
    I’ve only been out of the hospital 18 days, but when I found this post it’s like my heart eased. God was speaking to me that this is what I need to go forward and find out what my purpose is going forward.
    Its a slow day by day journey for healing, but I know Gods hand is on my heart and keeping me from pushing over my limits.

    Again THANK YOU FOR YOU POSTING.

    1. Oh, Kathy! I’m praying for you! I’m so glad your grandson arrived at God’s appointed time and was there to help. I’m praying that God continues to heal you and give you strength. Thanks so much for visiting Counting My Blessings. I’m looking forward to hearing from you again soon on your progress and the ways God is working in your life! God bless you!
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  41. Hello,
    I am 36 years old and work as a secretary. I’ve been a secretary for years. This year I’ve had the strong desire to go back to school to upgrade so I can further my education in the medical field but I’m at a standstill because I don’t have the financial means to pay for some courses I need to be excepted into college. I have this strong drive to go back to school for some reason and I feel stuck because of roadblocks. I ask for prayers that God will open the doors I need to be able to return to school and pursue my goal. God bless!

    1. Maria, I pray that you will be able to go back to school to pursue your dream.
      Im praying for a job and hope that I make it through this month with paying my bills for a roof over my head for my son me as I have been seeking and hope to find something. I have my BA in criminal Justice. I worked at a jail as a detention officer until I got hurt and had to have surgery on my knee and I am just praying for something as I enjoy helping others if I can. I feel like im at a standstill in my life and I admit I dont know what to do as I pray that god will place me with a good company or organization. Prayers please

  42. _Thanks for the message it’s a very complex subject especially for relationship as well to know is this the right man or woman or not but your guidance is helpful in deed.

  43. Can’t say how much I needed this. I’m going through a storm in everything in my life. And yes, wish I had answers right now. Thank you for the 5 steps and God bless you.

  44. Hello,
    Thank you for your article. I needed to be
    reminded of these important steps. I do hate
    to ask for so many different prayer requests
    but these are heavy on my heart. My marriage. God’s protection and wisdom for my son Tray as he goes off to college in August . My business. Thank you again. God
    Bless you all.

  45. Amen, as always I enjoy hearing an encouraging word and proven direction from the Holy Spirit. I search these sights sd well as read my daily word on my email pages looking for an answer to prayers that I have prayed in the past. Praise be to God that almost 100% of yge yime I receive those answers, especially when I am feeling hopeless and in dispair. Saints like you are helpng us to keep the faith and never give up. I am so very grateful most of all to my Lord and Savior for his saving grace and his perfect love towards us that He will not leave us alone nor by ourselves. Keep us in your prayers that we may be still and wait patiently on the Lord in all situations and trusting that all things will work together for the good of this nation and all of God’s people. God bless you and your husband and may he enlarge your territory beyond this website.

  46. Thank you for this page and your articles! I really needed this today. I have been sick and questioning myself about my walk with the Lord. I know that I have not been reading the Bible like I should lately. So thankly you for giving me that nudge I needed to get me back on track!

  47. Hi, I have loved these verses you shared they’re so good and they have given me hopes to be patient and wait on God’s promises.

  48. My family could use some extra prayers as we are experiencing an event that has turned our world upside down. Please pray for guidance and strength as we journey through this. I am comforted by this article and it inspired me to subscribe to your blog. Thank You!

  49. Praise the lord …May u be blessed in the name of hevenly Father Jesus Christ !! My name is Jaswant I m a beliver of christ and these days i am praying to know the will and vision of God for me at the same time i am seeking for his devine guidance for me and the special Spiritual Gifts for me… And i was praying to Jesus for devine guidance for me …..Then suddenly i got an information on my cell now about ur” 5 wasys to know ..” and i thank u for this through u Lord counceled me ..And request u to pray for my sweet wife she is also a beliver we are serving lord… pray for Her spiritual growth and pray that satan would not touch her ..So that she will grow in jesus pls pray for her and if u receive my msg pls reply me on my email praise the Lord God Bless u..

    1. God bless you, Jaswant. I am so glad this encouraged you. I join you in praying for God’s direction in your life and that He will hold you and your wife close as He grows your faith and service to Him. Thank you so much for stopping to say, “hello.” I love this verse – But let everyone who trusts you be happy; let them sing glad songs forever. Protect those who love you and who are happy because of you. Psalm 5:11
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  50. This is a tough one. My husband wants a divorce after 30 years. I have been trying to work things out with him for the past year. Bottom line: He wants to live out the rest of his life enjoying his “freedom” (grass is greener, etc.). We have 5 children from ages 33 down to 10, and one grandson. We made the decision that I quit my job and stay home after our third child, so he could run his business and pursue his career. I have been home for over 20 years now. I am 51 now. So, yes I have alot of questions! I don’t even know where to start.

    1. Oh, Stacey, I’m so sorry! There really are no words! It’s okay to have questions and cry out to God. This certainly is not His plan. I too, have been hurt and rejected by two people I loved with all my heart. I truly believe that it was not God’s will for any of us. Yes, He gave people free will and sometimes they use it selfishly. I can tell you … God used that horrible time and hurt to grow me closer to Him. He gave me courage and strength to do life on day at a time and held me close through it all. I praying for you to feel an extra measure of His loving presence. <3
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  51. My husband and I were wondering the move inlocation and vocation was the right thing or our thing. I would ask him tonshow us signs this was right. He gave me a garden very prosperous which i have never have been before all season. But it was twofold it kept me busy while my youngest went away to college and my oldest finds herself. So I am planted where I belong.

  52. This is the article or topic that I need this moment of time. I know for sure that God takes care of me and my concerns and at the same time I am scared that what if my concerns and desires are not.what God wants me to have and do. In this case I know very clearly that I need to exert morw effort to trust everything to Him and be dependent on Him wholely. May you can help me to understand clearly what God wants and plan for me and surrender my life to Him…

    1. You just said it yourself, what God wants is your life surrendered to Him. I know it’s not always easy to know what that looks like in daily living when it comes to career and location decisions. I believe we just do our best to respond to His love with obedience to His Word and spend time with Him in prayer. From there, go out and live our lives trusting He is with us. I hope that helps a little! I think there are always questions as to motives because we’re so imperfect. His love and forgiveness are greater than our imperfections. Praise God!
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  53. This comment is in response to Candy/CNA.
    I am a Pastors wife now for over 35 years. And have had significant lose of immediate family members.
    I witnesses many grieving families, not only my own but in the ministry as well. My mother passed into glory in 2003 and it was then that God began to call me to care for others in there homes. Since then I have served private duty for Hospice patience in their homes for 17 years without a CNA license.
    In my last home God was calling me to go back to school to receive my license, it was not needed for private duty. After visiting one of my clients at a Hospice House, God spoke to my heart and was directing me to find employment there. I asked if they were hiring and I was asked if I had my license.
    I told them I didn’t, they could not hire me.
    I decided to go back to school and get my license
    at 61. I went back to the Hospice House with license in hand and now it was a matter of having one years experience in a facility which I did not have. I asked how does one begin to have experience if no one gives them opportunity to start. God put all the right people in place at the right time, I was hired and started a week later.
    It has been 1 1/2 years since I started and a book could be written of all the wonderful ways God worked in the hearts of the patients and the staff.
    Being in the center of God’s will is an amazing place to be and a humbling experience.
    Thanks for reading!!

    There was an opening for a CNA, I applied,

  54. Quite instructive, inspirational and interesting. See me here in Abuja, Nigeria being blessed from a rich and rewarding post online. What a global village our world is indeed!
    God bless you and yours mightily. I wish to have the full message in my email.

  55. Really great tool!

    I like the part where u said, ” You don’t have to live in fear of His displeasure when you seek His will through these 5 steps.”….

    I would replace the last phrase with “…when your heart remains postured toward God and you desire to do his will.”
    The 5 steps are in line with seeking out his will but ultimately the desire is what God is looking for first. 🙂

  56. Deb, I find your passage really inspiring. I have prayed to God asking him for directions currently and I think he has revealed his will to me for many times, and his answer is just same as what I want. I have prayed for many times to confirm whether is that really his will or just coincidence and he still revealed the same answer. To me , his will is too good to be true, and I’m very grateful for that, but i’m a pessimist that I just wonder will things really work out that good(coz the situation now seems bad), I’m currently struggling should I pay full trust and faith on that as I’m afraid of disappointments. I do love God, but I just find myself lacking faith, Deb, can you give me some advice?

    1. Angel, things aren’t always clear but it’s always the best decision to focus on God in faith through Jesus and fully trust His loving care. Keep praying and keep trusting. I love the verse in Mark, “The father instantly cried out, ‘I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!'” Mark 9:24. In that moment, Jesus answered the father’s prayer. Thanks so much for your comment. I’m praying for you and asking God to fill you with faith as He guides you with His love. Blessings!
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  57. Thanks for this post. I got it through my Pinterest. I sincerely appreciate it. And am going down right now again to pray about your suggestion.pls I need prayers, I believe that marriage is for better and for worse, since I lost my job, my wife has not been loving and cooperating with me. I knew I prayed very well before I married and God gave her to me( then I was earning 22years ago in marriage)but its not going the way its suppose to be from my wife. And I hate divorce. We are in the situation – she wants it – of good morning good evening only.in the same house. I need God to speak to her and re-repent. She has not seen why she should despite the fact that she’s a women leader in the church. She’s not even in good relationship with her in-laws.She’s even trying to instigate the children against me, thank God its not working d way she’s trying to do it. I need prayer of breakthrough all round. Work. Interactions, familywise, funds,relationship.

  58. Please pray for my daughter. She is 22 years old and I know that is old enough to get married of course. But she chose not to listen to us, her parents, and ran away with this boy who is the same age but will not work, he has never had a job and kept it. The only job he had was at a BBQ restaurant and they fired him for coming in late all the time. Since they got married in April of 2017, he hasn’t worked at all. He’s nasty, doesn’t keep himself clean or the trailer they live in. Our neighbor lets them live in his trailer house for free. It is just so hard to watch her hurt and all along we would tell her ” just be patient and wait for the Lord to show you someone. You don’t have to rush into this because your 21 years old. ” But she did and now there’s no income, she’s trying to continue college and having to clean three houses to pay for that. We were putting her through college and just getting ready to send her to pharmacy school and she started skipping classes to go be with him and now it’s just getting harder and harder to go to college. He won’t let her study, she can’t pass the classes she’s taking. She quit going to church. We raised both of our girls in church and he doesn’t want to go, so she just doesn’t. I could go on and on, but you see where this is headed. Please pray for her. Her name is Mackenzie. She needs answers from the Lord, she needs direction from him and for Him to lead her. She was saved when she was 8 years old. She’s a very precious girl, she’s just stubborn at times. We are also afraid for her because the boy she married, his family is into drugs. His dad has been in the pen for hauling drugs, and he’s out now and stays with them some. It is just so very hard to watch your child on the wrong road. We see it but she can’t. Please pray for her and my husband and I and our other 18 year old daughter. Thank you. And God bless you for what you do. Anyone we can get to pray for us and this whole situation is always more comforting to us to know people are praying.

  59. \\o// With any decision making, especially life changing ones, one need to sit on it as long as it takes and meditate until a clear answer is given by the divine +
    The speed in which subjects we seek and get a reply and to conclude the matter will depend upon how close we’re with our inner most mind where God is seated –
    Once the answer is given, NEVER be tempted to deviate from the decision however hard it may become to bear, this is what Jesus learnt in the garden of Gethsemane
    Our Father wants us to ask him in our prayers and ready and willing to help us, waiting for us to ask his advice in personal worshipping conversation
    May the Almighty lead us to the ways acceptable to him and to our fellow human beings …….

  60. It’s a read I needed. Quite a trying time and confusing right now with job hunting, bills, bills and more bills. But I believe when you say, start with prayer.

  61. I praise the Lord for coming across this Pin. Since I came back from 13 years of backsliding 2 years ago, God never fail to amaze me up to this very moment.

    Just recently, I have received so much favor from the Lord. I have been asking myself on how to continually know what God wants me to do to give Him glory. And this just answered my prayer. Knowing how to walk in His righteousness is becoming much easier.

    If anyone is reading this, I would also like to ask for your short prayer that I may keep a healthy body since I’m under lung medication for a while now. God bless every one who dwells in the Lord. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!

  62. Hi Deb (I think I have the name right),
    This is the first time to your blog and a great post with questions I’ve been asking and wondering about.

    I take this as great advice and sort of what I’ve been doing. I definitely know what God doesn’t want me to do but I am a lot of times in the dark as to whether I’m going in the right direction or not.

    Thank you so much for this and God Bless You.

  63. I am am addicted to many things but also know Jesus is lord of my life and God keeps throwing blessings my way but i have other talents i know God can use and i love serving but now i’m held prisoner to the drink and drug i’ve asked to not go back to jail God has honored my wish but how can I let this junk go again i’ve had several years clean and relapsed

  64. Thank you so much this post really helped me especially going through tough times and needed assurance and hope. God bless

  65. This is such a timely, timely word of encouragement. Glory to God! As I read this, I feel the weight of discouragements vanquishing. Up until this moment I felt discouraged about a decision I had made I know I did the right thing by being obedient to God, the fact I wasn’t feeling peace about the situation was like a ‘wink’ from God to make my decision. How ever I began to doubt and waver if I did make the right choice when infact I know I did. I’m so greatful for this wonderful teaching, I am blessed by this thank you and God bless you.

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