TOPIC: Being sure: Having discernment: Actioning new change in our lives – making decisions about places, work, relationships, involvements with others, projects, priorities, etc.
How are you going to decide what to do? How will you know what your priorities are when making everyday choices? How should we respond to what is presented to us in every day life?
You will know that you are making great decisions when you have peace in your heart.
You will feel full of joy. It will be a process of growth.
List your reasons to take action
- To advance the position of my community
Embrace your Discernment
The discerning one is calm and tranquil. They can reflect well on the reasons for each alternative option that might become available.
Consider the possibilities without any fixed inclination or predetermined direction.
Ready yourself to let a matter take any shape.
Consider what you were born for, that is, to give and receive love.
Pray: Consult your creator. Find peace within, speak out what is in your heart, and listen.
Put passion & attachment aside, (these often confuse and obscure judgement).
Let the radiance of light and truth flow over you, so that you can get new insight.
Embrace the better choice
Consider the reasons & the strength of each alternative
Open yourself up & place the thoughts reverently before your loving creator
What would be most pleasing to the founder of love, the universe and all things good?
Step forward with peace of heart
Listen to your inner desires
The love that has given being and purpose
Commune with God
1. See the question clearly
2. Whatever you want Lord
3. Be ready to follow whatever is more for the glory & praise of God
4. Consider – how is this connected to bringing all into the light?
Humbly & trustfully ask
State either option
Visualise & write about each path forward; so you have an experience of how each option could work out.
Indication of confirmation
The absence of an opposing desire
The sense of completion of the process
Seek happiness, deep peace, discernment, certainty, wholeness, fulfillment
Live in light
Have an eternal mindset
Live life as an assignment/mission
Start afresh daily
- Before you begin, have you researched well the options in this choice?
- Do you know the relevant data, so that your consideration of advantages will be solidly rooted in the real situation?
- Are you truly in a tranquil time and able to see freely?
- Have you renewed your awareness of and desire to respond to God’s infinite love for you?
- Are you spiritually free, open to either option, like a balance at equilibrium, ready to choose whatever you will perceive to be for God’s greater glory?
- Have you sought God’s help in prayer?
- Have you carefully considered the options and written about them?
- Are your reasons grounded in faith or fear?
- Have you shared the process with your spiritual guide?
- When you have chosen one choice, have you brought this choice to God for confirmation? What did you receive?
- Share your conclusion with a spiritual guide
- The good stuff
- Real life needs
- Creativity & mystery
- Hearts, minds, words and action
Be set apart
“If your presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here.” Exodus 33:15 (NKJV)
“Don’t link up with those who will pollute you. I want you all for myself.” 2 Corinthians 6:17
“The person who has My commands and keeps them is the one who really loves me, and I too will love him and will show/reveal/manifest Myself to him. [I will let myself be clearly seen by him and make myself real to him].” John 14:21
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” Matthew 6:24
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” Matthew 6:25
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” Matthew 7:1-3
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Matthew 7:13
“I am created to do something or to be something for which no one else is created.” John Henry Newman
“Sacrifice and offering you did not desire – but my ears you have opened – burnt offering and sin offerings you do not require.” Psalm 40:6
“God has created me to do some definite service; he has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another. I have my mission.” John Henry Newman
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV)
“Listen to me, you islands;
hear this, you distant nations:
Before I was born the Lord called me;
from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name.” Jeremiah 1:5
“But when God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by his grace, was pleased.” Galatians 1:15 (NIV)
Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll—
I have come to do your will, my God.’ Hebrews 10
As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.’”
“Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.”
Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.
Go, we are strong enough, so now you can.
When those who discern are unsure, feel blocked, and do not know how to proceed, often the need is for wise accompaniment. Mark 10:17-22
“Walk till you hear light told in music that was never head, and softness spoken that was not a word.” Jessica Powers
“Better than anyone else, the Hoy Spirit will teach you how to taste with the heart and carry out with the sweetness what reason shows to be for the greater service and glory of God.” (St Ignatius)
“Better than anyone else, the Holy Spirit will teach you how to taste with the heart and carry out with sweetness what reason shows to be for the greater service and glory of God.” St Ignatius if Loyola