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Simple Grace - - Mood Index -

“Dear Lord, most of my friends and co­work­ers con­sider me agree­able, but my fam­ily knows the truth: When­ever pos­si­ble, I de­fer to oth­ers’ de­ci­sions be­cause it’s too hard to make one my­self. Some­thing as sim­ple as book­ing a ho­tel room is stress­ful for me—I’ll waf­fle over choices un­til the last minute, then take what­ever’s left. And last week when I went to pick out paint for my kitchen, I looked at swatches for more than an hour, then got so flus­tered that I left with­out buy­ing any­thing. Even worse, my in­de­ci­sive­ness is be­com­ing an ob­sta­cle to those I love: I went back and forth on which car my fam­ily should buy un­til our old one stranded my hus­band on the road, and I brought my daugh­ter to tears when I made her try on 12 prom gowns this spring. Please help me stop this men­tal ping-pong­ing and give my­self and oth­ers some peace!”

Wis­dom of the Word

For the Lord will be your con­fi­dence And will keep your foot from be­ing caught.

—Solomon to his son, Proverbs 3:26 NASB

We un­der­stand and yet…

We can get so wrapped up in mak­ing the “right” choices that we can’t move for­ward. Whether we’re tack­ling big de­ci­sions or small ones, thoughts of pluses and mi­nuses swirl in our heads and cloud our minds with un­cer­tainty. How can we step out of this fog and find clar­ity?

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