Have you ever found yourself facing multiple open doors wondering which one to walk through? Maybe it’s three job opportunities. (Nice) Maybe it’s two letters of acceptance to equally appealing colleges. Maybe it’s deciding which house to buy – the one with the perfect location or the swimming pool you’ve always dreamed of. Maybe it’s deciding where to have your book published. Decisions. Decisions. Decisions. How ever do you decide???
The last couple of weeks have turned up some interesting options to explore for my book. Recently…
- I had an agent tell me no publishing company would publish my book (because it’s pr0-female preacher).
- I had a publisher tell me he was interested in my book and would take my idea back to his team. And…. what you don’t already know is…
- I had a phone interview with another publishing company that WANTS to publish my book! I had a great conversation with Beth Wilson from Hear My Heart Publishing. She is a great resource for publishers and I love her heart for getting a message out. She would be a great publisher for my book! (If you’re looking to publish a book, please check out her website. You will love her.)
And then this happened…
I woke up to a message giving me another option to explore…
I got a message from a man who was instrumental in shaping me as a pastor and leader. He listened to me in my early days of “I don’t know if I can do this.” and encouraged me every step of the way. I’m forever grateful!
He asked if I would like to meet with another publishing company. If I’d like, he could set up a meeting.
? I would!
Can I tell you… I’m floored. I’m excited. I’m relieved. I’m in shock and awe that there are 3 options to explore with my book. Again…
I’m not assuming anything here. I do know one publishing company wants to publish my book. And it’s a great company. I am honored that this company would want to publish my book – and that may happen. The other two options… still in the way out there phase.
But it makes me think…
How does a person choose between good options? Not saying that I’ll have another option to publish, but… what if…
What if you have more than one option? How do you make that decision? Are you there? Have you been presented with choices to make? What do you do?
Do you use a list of pros and cons? Not a bad idea.
Do you ask the advice of others? Good idea. (I always make sure those people are smarter than I am – which means… I have lots of go-tos.)
Do you go with whichever one best suits you financially, physically, socially, mentally?
Do you just take a chance and flip a coin. (Oh, how I want to do this sometimes – but then I’d change my mind after the coin dropped anyway – just ask my husband.)
How do you make difficult decisions?
I’m a simple girl that needs a simple process. So…. here’s how I do it….
I ask ONE question. Just one. That one question will yield the answer I’m looking for – every time. That one question is my guiding light that will lead me to the choice I’m supposed to make. My one question has never failed me and it has never led me astray. What is that one question? (If you read my blog you know where I’m going)
The one question that helps me make the right decision is…
What did God say?
Simple. I know. It’s so simple.
Not always easy… but simple.
Find out what God says about it.
an opinion a preference a plan.
God always has a plan and God has already thought it through for you.
“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.” Jeremiah 29:11 (Can we use this scripture verse too much? I think not. It’s truth.)
God has creatively designed a plan for your life and he’s working to implement that plan. He’s working to bring all the little pieces of the puzzle together. One piece fits with another that fits with another that fits with another. There is a strategic plan and it will all come together.
But here’s what God will do…
God will give us choices.
He’ll give us choices to fine-tune our hearing and solidify our dependance on Him. We could make a guess and step out on our own and see how it turns out… but that could prove disastrous. There’s a better way than guessing. Ask God. He wants to tell you.
God wants to tell us which door to walk through, which choice to make, which option is the best for us in this season of life. He wants us to know. But He wants us to draw close to Him to find out. He wants us to trust Him.
There is peace that comes with trusting God – the One who knows all, is in control of all, and gives assurance that you can hear His voice.
Recently, Troy and I were trying to make a decision. A big decision. We prayed and asked God about it for weeks then came to agree upon the choice we thought we should make. We prayed right before making the decision and told God, “This is the decision we believe we’re supposed to make. Everything lines up with this being the right thing to do. But God, if we’re missing it, let us know. If there’s something we’re missing. If there’s something that is not evident now but would derail us later, stop us from going in this direction.”
We prayed that prayer fully believing we were making the right choice. Can I tell you…
The day before we were going to make this decision final, God revealed to us that we were going in the wrong direction. He showed us without a doubt that, though everything looked like we were going to make the right decision… things aren’t always as they seem and He said, “Go a different direction.”
Now, God could have just told us that in the beginning. That would’ve been nice. But God wanted us to lean in to Him even more and draw closer to hear His gentle whisper. I’m so glad we did. Because we continued to ask God, not only were we spared a potentially disastrous choice, we deepened our intimacy with God and gained trust that is only gained in the valley of decision.
I don’t know what to do, at this point, with my book. I’m looking forward to meeting with the third publisher and I know God will guide me in the process. He has brought me this far. He will lead me on.
But what about you?
Friend, God wants to talk to you. He will answer you. He will guide you in the way you should go and if you’re heading in the wrong direction – even thinking you’re in His will – He’ll speak to you and keep you on course. Trust He will speak to you. And trust you can hear Him. Just stay close enough to hear His voice.
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21