• Chrissie Angell

Releasing the Burden

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

and do not lean on your own understanding.

In all your ways acknowledge him,

and he will make straight your paths."

Proverbs 3:5,6

As a military family, we're used to living our lives without much say in a lot of big decisions. The Army tells us when and where we'll move next. In large part, the military has determined my husband's jobs and career progression. And they've never asked if we would like him to deploy.

Over the years, we've learned to trust that everything will work out, even if we aren't thrilled with the Army's plan for our family. It's simple; soldiers go where the military needs them. We've embraced the lifestyle.

But now, we find ourselves making some big life decisions without any input from the military. On the one hand, it's exciting to have this newfound freedom, but on the other hand, it's a little overwhelming. To be honest, it was easier when major decisions were made for us because it was obviously out of our control. All we had to do was make the best of the situation. We feel a new sense of responsibility now that we have the freedom to choose.

Decisions can seem so burdensome, can't they? They can weigh us down and consume us, bringing worry and anxiety into our lives as we try to get everything right.

However, we never have to do anything on our own, including making decisions. Proverbs 3:5,6 gives us genuine freedom by reminding us that God is always there to guide us. Yes, He gives us free will, which means that He won't fight us if we choose to be self-reliant. But these verses make it clear that it's not in our best interest to make decisions on our own. Instead, we should trust in Lord's perfect knowledge and allow Him to guide our choices. When we do that, we release the burden to make the right decisions by giving Him control.

In my years as a military spouse, I've learned to place my trust in God, not the Army. I've practiced releasing things to Him and trusting He will direct our path if we only ask Him to. It may seem like the Army is deciding for us, but the truth is that God is always in control.

Whenever decisions arise, big or small, we can all practice this time-tested method to release the burden of getting it right. If we acknowledge that God knows best and ask Him to make the way forward for us, He will do it. Every single time!

And that is freeing indeed!

What decisions do you need to trust Him with today?

Faithful Father, thank You that I am never truly on my own. I praise you for Your wisdom and sovereignty. When making decisions, help me look to You, not myself, and trust that You will make the best choice clear. In Jesus' name, amen.

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