Tag Archive: decision

Finding God’s Will

Discernment “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; for many false prophets have gone out into this world.” John 4:1 In the Lord’s Prayer, we pray “thy will be done.”  In the context of making a decision or taking action, how can I discover God’s…

Saying Yes and Saying No

“Christian asceticism is not spiritual boot camp, but neither is it effortless.  Learning when and how, to what, and to whom to give our yes or our no is a life long project.”        M. Shawn Copeland Tough decisions and persistent effort are required of those who seek lives that are whole and holy. If we…

Making Good Decisions

When faced with a decision, do you ever wonder “What does God want me to do?”  This can be a deeper question than it might seem at first glance, especially when we are choosing between two (or more) positive choices about things like career paths (Do I take this job offer or go back to…

Principles of Discernment

Christians are encouraged to listen for God’s will — to follow where Jesus leads.  Sometimes those paths are clear and almost instinctive, and other times, much thought and prayer are needed.  In the Christian tradition, that thought and prayer are called “discernment”.  Not just individuals, but couples, families and groups of Christians (like a church)…