February 24, 2016: Finding peace in the hard decisions

~by Susi Pittman

I have been wrestling with an important decision lately, one that I have found to be a little bigger than what I think I am capable of making without some help. It is one of those “wake you up in the middle of the night” to think about it types.

It is our human nature to make some things seem bigger than they really should be and other things less than they really are. It’s our personal oxymoron, kind of like “jumbo shrimp.”

Nevertheless, these decisions are considered more than or less than because our inner perspective says so. I don’t for the most part like conflict. I seek out ways not to have to deal with it. But, when it is evident that it is something that MUST be addressed, I am resolved to move towards a resolution, peaceably if at all possible.

When these issues first arise, I am quick to submit them to the Lord in prayer. But, I have found that the resolve isn’t so quick to come sometimes. There have been many times that the Lord has asked me to follow the example of Saint Monica and pray again, and again, each time developing more of a sincere and contemplative tone in the presentation. The deeper the spiritual investment, the more peace.

As prayer moves more into a contemplative state it is like a door is opened on cope-ability. Reflecting on the nature of Jesus and His Son-ship to the Father makes me realize that I am an adopted daughter of the most powerful force in the universe. The door is open for me to come before the Father through Jesus to sit on His footstool and present my concerns. Peace is given here.

Are my prayers answered right away? Usually not, though there have been times when the response was almost instantaneous, to the point of being incredible! For the most part I must wait upon the Lord. In waiting and in continual prayer there is a gradual revealing of clarity. There is a settling and in some cases there is or are signs pointing to a heavenly response. I can honestly say that one hard decision I was faced with years ago took almost five years before I was given the answer and the resolve. It remains one of the most spiritually immersed experiences of my life and one that brought great joy in the end.

So today, I am wrestling with this hard decision and I have given you a prelude as to how I am dealing with it. Step 1: I am spiritually aware that God in His mercy hears me when I approach Him through Jesus. Step 2: Asking for the intercessions of my family who are now with the Lord. Step 3: Invoking the assistance of particular saints for their aid. Step 4: Setting time aside each day, maybe several times a day to enter into prayerful communication with Jesus and to just “listen.”

Following the years of practice I have had at this, I am absolutely confident that as God so wills it, the direction and answer that I need will be made known to me.

I will wait upon the Lord. I will know peace.

And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, Abba! Father! So through God you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son then an heir. Galatians 4: 5-7


Susi Pittman is founder of CatholicStewardsofCreation.com and Owner-President of Twin Oaks Publishing; she is author of Animals in Heaven? Catholics Want to Know!; an advocate for the Florida Catholic Conference;
a member of the Florida Publishers Association, Independent Book Publishers Association, the National Association of Professional Women, the ASPCA, the Humane Society of the United States and the National Audubon society.



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