Weekend Word | Confidence in the Midst of Decisions

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February 16, 2024
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Weekend Word is a regular rhythm on the Fieldstone Counseling social media accounts. Each Friday, we share an abbreviated post from one of our counselors centered around a passage of scripture and offering brief reflective thoughts. These posts will now be added to our Resources page here on the website for additional reading preferences. We hope they might become a refreshing shift for you as you enter into the weekend!

Decisions can tend to feel like they suck the breath right out of our lungs.
They sometimes demand that we give every aspect of ourselves — 
swirling thoughts that weary our minds, causing our heads to pound
bones cracking and muscles aching and swollen
disrupted or interrupted sleep, sleep that never leads to rest.
Our very bodies wear the weight of decisions.

These are not the kinds of decisions that delight, but dread.
What if we overlooked significant information?
What if there seem to be multiple ways of wisdom?
Will the path we chose lead to peace?
How will we respond if we discover we decided amiss?

Decisions bring us to a point where our will has to act,
even as doubt may remain. 
For the risk-averse this lack of certainty
may seem like a death sentence.

Take heart, friend.

Our God draws near,
inviting us to place our confidence in him.
> Receiving counsel in the distressing nights - v. 7
> Embracing an other-worldly guidance - v. 8
> Putting our whole selves securely at rest - v. 9
> Turning our doubting hearts toward faithful love - v. 10 

A path of uncertainty guides us toward life.
Entering the presence of joy,
we find eternal pleasures - v. 11

Perhaps the psalmist’s situation remained unclear or his way was still obscured. We don’t know. We get a glimpse into how difficult decisions and dilemmas are not resolved by certainty, but resting in the certainty of who God is as we choose or move. 

Are you facing a decision or problem where there seems to be no clear or right answer? Receive God’s presence today, both as an act of your will — letting him lead you, and as a comfort for your doubting and troubled heart.


Melissa Affolter has served in various aspects of counseling and discipleship ministries for nearly twenty years in the local church.

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