Oh Lord, what should I do? I am confused and don't know which way to turn. Have you experienced these thoughts? Can you recall a time when you were gripped with fear because of a decision? 

We've all been there at one time or another. Personally, I wish God would give me the answer straight up. A billboard would be nice, or how about an email? Imagine opening your inbox to receive a message from God! 

Why doesn't He work this way? As believers we have the privilege to talk to God 24/7. Anytime, all the time! He is there waiting to listen, act, and commune with us. He desires an ongoing communication with His children. If you are a parent, you can understand that He doesn't want us to call on Him just during emergencies. Yes, He is there during those times when we need crisis counseling, but He also wants us to come to Him for everything else. 

I remember, when I was young, hearing my grandmama pray for parking spots at the grocery store. She said sometimes she would get a spot close to the front and other times in the "boondocks." It didn’t matter where she parked; she always thanked God. She always reminded me that He was in control. In my child’s mind this seemed odd, but the truth she displayed was her ongoing, daily-seeking, trusting, and living relationship with Jesus. Oh, what a blessing to watch a woman live her life for Him! In her later years… when my grandmama’s driving days were over, I called her on a regular basis. Often when I asked about her day, she replied with these words, “I’m in my prayer chair. I have my "hot-line" to heaven going." 

Tears form as I write this article. You see, my grandmama showed me what it was like to have a daily connection with Jesus – not a relationship based on what I could do for Him, but just based on being with Him. I thank God for a grandmama who displayed such a living, walking, breathing relationship with Jesus. I praise The Lord for a woman in my life who was so connected to her family through her prayers to God. I wonder if one day when I get to heaven I'ill be able to hear a replay of all the prayers she prayed over me.

So, when faced with a decision... Pray. Pray. PRAY! Whether it's a career change, financial decision, family crisis, how to disciple your children, relationship issues, or even where to park when at the grocery store - Pray. Keep a heavenly perspective and watch what God does in and through your life. 

Do not fear for I am with you. Do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you and uphold you with my righteous right-hand. Isaiah 41:10

From My Heart to Yours,

Carla McDougal

Founder of Reflective Life Ministries

Author of Award-Winning Book My Prayer Chair