Trek to the Manger (DQ4)

Trek to the Manger Ch 4Today, let’s do an experiment. Before you read the words below, make a mental note to pay attention to how you feel when the words wash over you, okay? Here goes…

What is God’s will for your life?

(deliberate pause)



How does that question make you feel? What comes to mind when you wrestle with it? On a scale from shiny-happy to shakin-in-yer-boots, where do you land?

I’m here to propose that sometimes our problem is that we ask the wrong questions. Don’t believe me? Try these words on for size…

What is God’s will for your life today?

Feel different? Is your response quicker or slower? Heavier or lighter? More active or passive? Do you see where this is going?

What questions are you asking of yourself these days? And do they bring your soul to life, or are they crushing your spirit in the very worst way?

Maybe if we choose better questions to ask, we can break those infernal holding patterns and experience life as the adventure it was surely intended to be!

What do you think?



10 thoughts on “Trek to the Manger (DQ4)

  1. What is God’s will for my life? Love God as He loves me. What is God’s will for my life today? Live my life as a reflection of that love. At first glance, the first question seems bigger, more monumental, my WHOLE life. The second is just today. But today requires action, and so does tomorrow and the day after….
    So my question is do I do something every day that matters? That matters to God? That matters to someone else? That matters to me? The struggle is real.

  2. I feel I am doing God’s will for my life. Where I question is am I at the right employer. So many changes have been made over the last 5 years with more to come. Is it God’s will for me to continue there or to move on? The line of work I do I have a strong feeling is exactly what
    God’s will is for me.

    What is God’s will for my life today? Get through it, teach my children, guide my children, share my faith through my actions, be there for those who need it,,, so many questions. For this one it seems more difficult. How do I do this? What specifically is it? How can I figure out what it is?

    • Sue’s comment earlier today on this question was that the second question may actually be the harder one – as you said, too, Michelle – because it requires action. Choices. Doing something.

      I give myself a lot of grace these days, in regards to both questions. The book I was telling Sue about coaches us to “just do the next thing you’re reasonably sure Jesus wants you to do.” Then, do it again. All day long, following His prompts, listening to His call. It’s a risky way to live, but so much more exciting than the predictable lives we think we want to lead!

  3. What is God’s will for my life? This makes me feel free… like my future is wide open.

    Romans 8:15-17
    This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with him, then we’re certainly going to go through the good times with him! -The Message

    I read this translation in college and I have never viewed my future the same. I truly desire God’s will for my life so I am adventurously expectant of what He has planned…

    What is God’s will for my life today? This makes me feel secure because I know that God will use me in all sorts of ways if I am open to His call and the prompting of the Holy Spirit. 🙂

    • I love what your post does for the conversation, Kari! When we try to figure things out and wrestle with choices based on how we feel or think, we end up second-guessing ourselves, but when we look to God’s Word to point the way… He always does! It’s a beautiful thing!

  4. This is the sort of spiritual dilemma I never expected to ponder at my age. Along with learning to live without Paul there is the aging and moving more slowly. So given all the confusion I feel these days the one thing I know with certainty is; God will reveal the path and I can depend on Him to be my guiding star!

    • I’m experiencing a lot of things I never thought I would, in this new season I’m in, too. Funny how everything in life is subject to change, making God’s constant, unchanging presence all the more precious to us!

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