Pick a Proverb # 1

This week’s post is the continuation of a regular musing on my former blog: lizology101.

As I often do when facing a difficult decision, I called my old friend and mentor, Vivian. I explained the situation and described my uncomfortable feelings about it, detailing the sense of unease that had haunted me for weeks.

“If you are uncomfortable, listen to that feeling,” my friend advised. “You are hearing from God right now. That feeling is his Spirit telling you what decision to make.”

“A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps” (Proverbs 16:9).

God speaks to us in many ways: through circumstances, closed doors or wide-open opportunities; through conversations, the advice of trusted friends and mentors; and sometimes through the emotions that guide our choices and direct our progress.

Hunches and gut feelings, nagging dissatisfaction or discontent can be God’s way of alerting us to make a necessary change. My misgivings and discomfort about the situation I faced told me it was time to alter my path. When we listen carefully to our emotions, we can identify the promptings God provides.

Discerning our feelings takes time and practice to develop. It is important to be aware of what our hearts are saying, evaluate the messages our emotions express, and consider carefully before making a choice. Listening to the language of our hearts is the way to hear God’s voice.

Today I pray you hear what your heart is telling you. Know that God is always speaking through his Spirit.

When have you known God was directing your steps? When did you hear God speak to your heart?

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