What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do

By Karen Polich

We all have those times when we are in a situation and we don’t know what to do. The view is clouded and the waters are murky. Afraid to make the wrong decision, we feel stuck. When those circumstances come along, here are seven things to help you decide what to do.

  1. Remember who you belong to. You are a child of God. You are loved, cherished and cared for. Your love O Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Psalm 36:5
  2. Stop and pray. Before you speak to anyone else about your situation, take it to God. Ask for His wisdom. Always be joyful.  Never stop praying.  Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
  3. Give it time. When possible, allow time to provide distance that can bring clarity. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Psalm 37:7
  4. Don’t make a major decision after a long day. The days are packed with responsibilities. Decide on major issues when you are fresh. Often a good night’s sleep can lead to a better decision. Wait for the Lord. Be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14
  5. Keep perspective. Is this situation life changing? Things can sometimes seem bigger than they really are when we are in the heat of the moment. For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5
  6. Keep going. What’s the next thing you need to do? Work on that item. Take things one step at a time. Do the next thing, then the next thing after that. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
  7. If you seek counsel, choose wisely. Surround yourself with godly people who will bring biblical truth into any situation. Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise. Proverbs 19:20

We all encounter difficulties. How we handle those difficulties is what matters. Take a deep breath. God is with you and He always knows what to do.

A Tree Firmly Planted by Streams of Water

By Kristin Overman

One of my desires for my boys is that they know and love Scripture, but not for head knowledge. I desire that they have the ability to use the truths in Scripture so that when situations come up, Scripture is what pops into their heads. I want the Bible to be the lens through which they interpret life and the factor that helps them make decisions.

The Bible is to be our guide for life. Psalm 119: 9 says, “How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Thy word.” There are benefits in knowing and following God’s word. I pray Psalm 1: 1-3 for my kids, “How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked… But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. And he will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields fruit in season, and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers.” I tell my boys that God’s way is always best and brings blessings.

We have to know His way to follow it.

We read the Bible together every morning. I am not perfect and sometimes we miss, but it is a habit. Whenever I teach my kids anything I try to connect the information so that it makes sense. We read stories that go together, for example all the stories of David or the miracles of Jesus. We’ve done things such as read the parables of Jesus and learn what a parable is, or the tabernacle furnishings and learn their uses. When we finish a section we review. I try to make it fun. We act out stories, draw pictures, or play ‘who said’ games where we guess who said a certain quote. I use props before I read such as a bunch of toy frogs for the plagues. They’ve found ‘manna’ (crackers) on the floor. We’ve gotten out toy soldiers to reenact the story of Gideon. In all this, the point is to know who God is, His plan, and His way.

Wherever you are it is never too late to start. Open the Bible, the ‘Light unto our path’ to guide and establish your kids as a ‘tree firmly planted by streams of water’.