Have you prayed about it as much as you have talked about it?

For the past 2 weeks my brain has been preoccupied with a decision that is pretty major for my family. We have to get a new vehicle. Big decisions like this one plague me. I am a worrier by nature, so to offset that I spend endless hours researching and reading lots of articles and reviews. I research, talk to my advisory board (parents, in-laws, siblings, friends), research some more, create spreadsheets, checklists, and much more. It literally becomes my main thought. Even as I am on vacation looking at a beautiful view of the beach today, I find myself thinking about different options by going over number and reviews in my head. I do not want to be thinking about this decision this week. I want to relax and enjoy my family. What do I do? I read something on Pinterest a while back that came back to me today. It simply said, “Have you prayed about it as much as you have talked about it?”. Oh gosh, no, I have not, and I am sure my family really wishes I would do just that (because they are tired of hearing me talk about it.) James 1: 2-6 says: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” So with that I am giving up this unhelpful thought process and asking for wisdom from the Lord. While it might not be easy for me to do so, I will try my very best to pray about this decision before I open my mouth with one more car fact. I am sure my family will be much relieved.

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for your abundant blessings, thank you for the beauty you have created in this world, and thank you for my for I know that it is through these you are refining me.  Please help me to keep my mouth closed and ears open to your will for me, and help me to remember to bring all things to you.

In Your Son’s Name,


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