I have been posting this week about the discernment method I am working through as I face some big questions about WHAT IS NEXT FOR ME in the coming months and years. You can read Part #1 here and Part #2 here.
This third post is about PROCESSING THE INFORMATION & EXPERIENCE gained in step #2 (prayer).
After my prayer times, I write down in a journal (or Google Doc, Evernote, etc) everything that I said to Jesus, how I felt during the prayer time (consolation of spirit? desolation of spirit?) and any senses, promptings or feelings I got during the time. I also write down any other questions or issues that I want to talk to Jesus about the next time we meet to talk about this option.
I do this each time after I pray through one of the options. I will pray about each option for several days — and then I can look for trends, flags, etc, in my response, feelings, etc.
During this process, it is likely that some of the options will kind of drop out, while others will rise up.
Some may wonder if we can trust our feelings about things.
I think the answer is yes.
Jesus is not out to torture us. If one option seems soul-killing it probably is. If another seems laced with fun, adventure, excitement — it probably is. I have spent a long time in my life trying to hide and ignore my feelings, believing that they were not trustworthy. The past 18 months, I have reversed that process, believing that FEELING IS OK.
And in this process, as I pray for a pure heart, I trust that the Holy Spirit is leading the process and prompting my heart.
Tomorrow, I will post about the last step of the process… PEOPLE.