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Inspirational Bible Verses

Inspirational Bible Verses – God’s Guidance in Decisions

Are you faced with a difficult decision? Whether this is a big decision or what one may consider a little decision, God’s desire is to guide you. He knows the number of hairs on our head (or how many there were if you have a Kojak). He numbers our tears in a bottle. He is not a distant God but is intimately involved and cares about the details of our lives.

Months of persistent dizzy spells and a brain MRI led my doctors to a Chiari I malformation diagnosis. . My symptoms may go away if I undergo surgery but the recovery from this type of surgery promises to be long, difficult and painful. If I opt not to do surgery, the condition will continue to impact my quality of life and could possibly get worse.

Before I met with the neurosurgeon this Monday, I was not seriously considering surgery. Now I see surgery as an avenue to hope. Hope that these dizzy spells will no longer be a way of life.

I have been seeking God’s guidance while I search for information on the condition, on the surgical procedure and the recovery process. I want God to guide my decision. The first decision is whether or not to do surgery. If the decision is to undergo surgery, then I want Him to guide my selection of the surgeon and the timing. I know where I am leaning, but I want His counsel.

Yesterday as I thought about these decisions, I got a reminder that He is my Shepherd, and that as He leads me through this journey, He is leading me safely home. His path, not mine, is the perfect way there. My role is to pray, to seek godly counsel and the prayers of the saints as I weed through the information. Whether or not I make the right decision will not be determined by the outcome of the surgery or the consequence of not going through with it, but by how much I allowed God to direct the decision.

Today, He sent me a message of grace …a reminder that He is involved in and in charge of all of the little details of my life. Tears immediately came to my eyes during lunch today as I checked my email messages.

I joined a Chiari support group on Wednesday morning to learn more about the surgery, the risks and recovery. One email referred to one a Dr Ben Carson of the best neurosurgeons in the area for this condition but bemoaned the fact that he only saw children. I recognized and remembered the name only because a good friend of mine read Ben Carson’s biography last year and raved about his testimony. By God’s providence, Dr Ben Carson will be giving a keynote address at a conference that I will be attending this weekend. This conference has nothing to do with Chiari malformation and when I was registering for this conference two months ago, I was thinking of the needs of my two sons with autism.

I am not expecting Dr Carson to handle the surgery. Maybe I will get a chance to speak with him and get some information… maybe not. But I know that this is just one little thread in the tapestry that God is weaving. We will definitely see the end result in that Day.

My prayer: “Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, for in You do I trust;
Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, for I lift up my soul to You”
Psalm 143:8

God’s response: “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will guide you with My eye.”
Psalm 32:8

His response will be the same to you. Seek Him!

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5 Comments

  • CB @ April 23, 2010

    The following verse has been heavily on my mind since early monday morning. It came through loud and clear, I thought it was for someone else, then I realised it may well be for me, now I realize that God’s Word IS and was meant for everyone. Here it is. Prov. 3 vs 5&6

    5Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

    6In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

    Blessings
    CB

  • Barbara @ April 23, 2010

    Thanks for sharing. That verse may also have been meant for me. :) I just love when God reveals His hand and His love and care for us in these ways.

    May God continue to guide you.
    Every Blessing in Christ
    b

  • Derek @ May 28, 2010

    Just wanted to say thanks for sharing!

  • dhenx @ June 28, 2010

    I am looking for a bible verse about trials and the web search engine brought me here… by the way, it’s psalm 32:8 “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.” I encountered a lot of people who were seeking help or advice from me, though some of them didn’t actually asked for advice directly but I ended up giving them some advice. Most of the advices i give are inspirational or motivational messages of course based from my personal experiences and from what i have learned, read, and heard from church, books, and more experienced people.
    Yesterday, the message by our Pastor was about rejoicing despite of sufferings and he focused more about this verse, [Romans 5:3-4 Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.] We should always remember that despite of sufferings, troubles, or trials in our life, we shouldn’t stop rejoicing and praising our Lord with cheerful heart because these sufferings produce perserverance, character, and hope. Some of my friends and families now including myself are experiencing difficulty with their lives and normally we tend to lose energy, hope, and faith in God, but i think this is the most appropriate time to strenghten our relationship with God through prayers and worships because i believe God normally moves in our lives in times like this and shows us the answer boldly and gives us realization to our problems.

  • Barbara @ August 22, 2010

    Thanks for sharing and for the correction on the Psalm – I will fix the typo :)

    Thank you for sharing the message from your Pastor and for the godly encouragement. Yes, trying times are an opportunity for us to realize how dependent we are on Him and to lean on Him and discover His strength. A Kathy Troccolli song rings true for me as I reflect how I went through a very rough patch ….
    “How would I know you could deliver
    How would I know you could set free
    If there had never been a battle
    How would I know the victory
    How would I know that you’d be faithful
    To meet all of my needs
    Lord, I thank you for the hard times
    Otherwise how would I know”

    Every blessing in Christ to you.
    b

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