WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23

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Have you ever been in a situation where you just didn’t know what to do? You feel overwhelmed, confused, paralyzed. There are so many choices before you, you’re afraid of making the wrong one. Or there is only one right choice before you, and you don’t like what it looks like.


Having been in this kind of situation, I can relate. But I also can share what I learned that might help you when facing seemingly impossible situations when you just don’t know what to do.  

1. PRAY.  We may not know what to do, but God always does. So when we ask Him for wisdom about how to handle a situation, He will always grant us wisdom. He promises us as much in James 1: 5: If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.”

2. BELIEVE. No matter how difficult our situation may seem, God always comes through for us when we believe that He will.  When it looked as though Jairus’ daughter had died, Jesus said to him, “Don’t be afraid. Just believe, and she will be healed” (Luke 8: 50). And the child was raised back to life!

3. TRUST. When we ask God for help, we must believe that He will help us. Psalm 46: 1 assures us that God is “always ready to help in times of trouble.”  As we focus on this truth and not on our circumstances, we will discover that God will show us what to do when we don’t know what to do.

Now, it’s YOUR turn:  What do you do when you don’t know what to do?  Please leave a comment in the box below.

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5 Questions to Ask Yourself When Making Tough Decisions

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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Jim had just been offered a much-desired promotion. But the job advancement required moving his family to a new state.

Taking the job, however, would mean more pay, a more fulfilling career, and a new location that sounded exciting. Everything pointed to a great opportunity. But his gut told him no. What should he do?

Girl with a choice near the forked road

Perhaps you find yourself in a situation like Jim’s. You’re facing a tough decision, and you don’t know what to do.  Here are a five questions to ask yourself regarding each fork in the road:

1–Does it violate the Word of God in any way? If it does, it is the wrong decision. If it does not, go to step 2.

2–Does the decision give me peace in my heart? If it does not, it is the wrong decision. If it does, go to step 3.

3–Will my decision glorify God, or will my decision glorify me? If your decision will not bring glory to God, it is the wrong decision. If it will bring glory to God, go to step 4.

4–Have I considered the needs of my family in making this decision? If you have not, then you need to. Once you have your family’s support (Notice: I did not say excitement about your decision but support for your decision), then go to step 5.

5–Am I willing to accept God’s will whether I like it or not? If no, then check your heart. If yes, then prayerfully proceed with the decision you believe God is leading you to make.

In every decision we face, our Lord has promised to teach us the way to go (Psalm 32: 8). So, trust Him to keep His promise to you, and you will make the right decision. 

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