annual march to our front door to kick in.
Years have passed since 'the incident', so I'm going back to JoAnn's today. Thanks in advance for your prayers. Which brings us to today's question:
Great post Sister! I have a question in regards to your older post called "Every Waiter Has a Screenplay, But God Doesn't" when you talked about free will in regards to God's will. I really do believe that God gives us options on how to complete His ultimate Will for us, but is one option better than the others? What if all the options seem equally as good, how does one decide? Thanks for your input!:)
You're going to have to put your big girl dress on and choose. You don't have to choose in a vacuum. You can discuss your options with people you trust, your confessor, people who know something about you.
What not to do: discuss it with anyone who will listen. People have their own agenda and their own baggage and may have had a bad experience with something that might be a great choice for you. I had a woman tell me to avoid going to visit the LaBrea Tar Pits because it was a depressing awful place where little robins still get mercilessly stuck in pools of tar. I loved it there. No birds were stuck in anything and the hologram of the the only human being ever found stuck in the tar (an ice age woman who was a murder victim) is fascinating. When people ask me what touristy thing to do in Los Angeles, I always send them to the Pits.
Weigh your options. Think carefully about what happens next when you make your choice. I was recently chatting with a gentleman who is active in AA. He told me that one of the things that helped him stay sober was a trick he learned from his meetings, to play the scenario all the way out. "What happens when I have just one drink? To begin with, I ruin five years of sober living. And then, I think I can 'handle it' so I drink more, and I start missing work and missing important things in life like weddings and birthdays and then I get arrested for drunk driving and lose my job and maybe go to jail...." He was very specific. Be specific.
What not to do: waffle back and forth until you've forgotten your own name.
And the most important step, pray. This is where the rubber meets the road, prayerwise. So many people pray as though God is a some sort of big box store that has everything you need in stock, if only He'll just send the stock boy to the stock room and drag it out for you.
Prayer is a communication with God for the strength and grace you need to make the right choices to stay in harmony with His Will.
What not to do: listen to dreams and voices, especially if you have a fever of over 101.
Also, no coin tossing, Tarot card consultation or tea leaves.