making an offer

What does the Bible say about decision-making?

The Bible offers many principles to aid the process of making decisions that honor God. The following list is not exhaustive, but it does represent many teachings of Scripture.

First, begin with prayer. First Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” If we should pray in all situations, we should certainly pray in times of decision-making. As we pray, we ask for wisdom (James 1:5).

Second, define the issue. Wise decisions are informed decisions. It is important to understand what options are available. Once the factors are known, options can be further considered and evaluated.

Third, seek biblical wisdom. Some decisions become easy, if there is one clear choice consonant with God’s Word. Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” When we follow the teachings of God’s Word, He guides our path and provides knowledge to make wise choices.

Fourth, seek godly counsel. Proverbs 15:22 says, “Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.” Sometimes, consulting with a friend or family member is enough. At other times, consulting with a pastor or other trusted voice can make the difference between a harmful decision and a helpful one.

Fifth, trust the Lord with your decision. In other words, if you’ve make your decision with prayer, sound wisdom, and biblical counsel, trust God for the outcome. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

Sixth, be willing to admit mistakes and adjust accordingly. In most cases, there is no wisdom in continuing down a wrong path after you have discovered it is wrong. Be willing to admit mistakes or failures and ask God for the grace to change.

Seventh, give praise to God for your success. When your decisions result in personal success, the temptation is to believe it is due to your own power, talent, or genius. However, it is God who blesses our efforts and gives strength. “A man can receive only what is given him from heaven” (John 3:27).

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<<I was out with Rafaela not too long ago. Remember her? She just happened to mention that you asked her to be your maid of honor>>, Alina explained. Jacqueline’s expression turned into a frown, but she bit her lip and kept quiet. 

<<I can only assume that, if you resorted to calling her, you couldn’t find anyone to be in your bridal party, am I correct?>>, Alina asked.

Jacqueline sighed, raising an eyebrow. <<Are you here to teach me a lesson?>>, she snapped.

Alina shook her head, grinning. <<No, I think life has done that enough already. I am here to make you a peace offering>>, she responded.

Jacqueline grimaced. <<If you are trying to be nice to me out of pity, know I don’t need any of your holier than thou angelic grace>>, she hissed.

What Are You Tying to Find?

I frequently talk about how awesome my mum is, but I’ve really grown to appreciate how blunt & insightful she is for me as an adult.

I’ve been kind of been running in circles the last few circles because I’m not really sure “what my next move is in life”. I had a friend in Chicago start up a business and offer me a job. It’s a tempting offer since I’m not satisfied in my current job, but I would have to move back to the US & that’s not something I want at the moment either.

The only thing that is making me consider the offer is I’ve just felt lonely the past few days, but I know moving back wouldn’t be the cure. I read through some of my posts from last year, I was so unhappy with my job and relationships of all types. I don’t want to go back to that version of myself.

I had a slow work day and my mum’s office is on strike so I blabbered to her about my first world problems.

My mum is someone that’s always tried to let me make my own mistakes and carve my own path. She has always been there for support, but she never offers advice. It’s made me nervous to tell her certain things in the past because I cant read her thoughts and judgments. I actually only told her I was leaving the country & Jack Kerouac-ing it abroad two weeks before I actually left, she handled that surprisingly well.

Yesterday was the only time my mum has ever given me advice, as well as blatantly stating her opinion.

She asked me what kind of life did I think would be waiting for me in the US?

My mum works for the state government, she hasn’t had a raise in 12 years and they’re currently striking because the governor won’t budge in his stance to take away their healthcare and pensions, including those that are already retired and living on their pension.

I would also be one that would lose my health insurance with the Obamacare repeal and I couldn’t realistically get decent healthcare in my state. I know my mum’s momentarily bitter because the current state of her job & our state is such a mess, but this is the first time she’s told me staying abroad would probably be best for the next few years at least.

I know she’s right, even if she’s focusing more on the bureaucratic issues. It’s not like I would be moving back to Chicago with a strong network of the same friends I made in uni, a stable romantic relationship & career I know would make me satisfied.

So I am going to turn down the offer, my driftless journey isn’t done.

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bonus:

  • 707: MC gave me this sticker this morning just for waking up~
  • Zen: Dude. It's like you're dating your teacher.
  • 707: I know. It's so hot.

Any relationship that I choose to engage in I need to feel an overwhelming amount of happiness and support. I should not feel nor will I tolerate an imbalance in love or care. My storm is over, I will not willfully put myself in situations with individuals in which I do not feel cared for or in which I feel I am a burden. My goal is to attract peace and bliss. I am allowed to be perfectly content and I will be damned if I allow any individual to make me feel as though I am not.

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Steve/Tony + complementary qualities

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My part of an art trade with @bippwirter who wanted beast wirt & bipper, sorry it took so long

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Mystic Messenger Baehee (Jaehee) wallpapers for @otomesapphic!  💕

Happy Birthday! (a day early!) 🎂 You work so hard and do so much. I’m sorry you’re feeling so sad and down today so I wanted to give this to you a little sooner. 💕 I hope you have a good rest of the day and you feel brighter!