New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.

Enter by the Gate

Jesus' 7 Guidelines When Making Hard Choices

Flora Slosson Wuellner • September 2004

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Hard choices are inevitable.

Whether they involve family or other relationships, a job, or your spiritual journey, some decisions aren't clear-cut or easy. The advice you seek (or that's thrust upon you by well-meaning friends) may leave you more unsure than ever.

The adage "Let go, let God" is a nice notion but often not so satisfying in the midst of difficulty.

If you've ever wondered whether your intuition, the advice you've received, or the direction from your church community truly reflected God's desire for you, you'll find solace in this insightful book, Enter by the Gate.

Using the story of Jesus the Good Shepherd in John 10, Flora Slosson Wuellner explains how to listen for and discern God's way for your life. Along with exploring the rich meanings in the gospel story of the sheep and their shepherd, she suggests meditations to flex your discernment muscles.

"Being guided by God does not guarantee we will have perfect families, perfect jobs, perfect health, with no problems or challenges," Wuellner writes. "But genuine guidance does mean we will experience basic fulfillment and renewal. Abundance will be present at our center."

Without harshness or judgment, Wuellner lists the warning signs of false guidance. Being aware of these signs helps you to recognize misleading voices around and within. She explores communal pressure, powerful idealogies, mistaken or manipulative leaders, traditions and expectations, inner unhealed hurts, anger, need, zealousness, compulsive responsibility, and honest mistakes.

As she says, "only in the spirit of Jesus Christ's own freedom do we help one another and ourselves to move into the adventure of the shining signs and through the authentic gate of guidance."

If you struggle to know whether the voice you hear is God's, Enter by the Gate will bring you to greater clarity. The Shepherd comes for us forever, especially when we have wandered off the path.

Categories: Bible Study, Discipleship
Flora Slosson Wuellner, a retired ordained minister of the United Church of Christ, is well known throughout the United States and Europe for her writings and retreat leadership that focus on the inner healing that God freely offers through Christ. She has been involved in the specialized ministry of spiritual renewal for over 40 years and has written 14 books on inner healing and renewal. Educated at the University of Michigan and at Chicago Theological Seminary, Wuellner has served pastorates in Wyoming, Idaho, and Illinois. She lives in San Diego, California.

ISBN: 978-0-8358-9883-6

Kindle ISBN: 978-08358-1282-5

EPub ISBN: 978-08358-1283-2

Imprint: Upper Room

Pub Date: September 2004

Trim Size: 5.25 in (w) x 8.5 in (h) x in (d)

Page Count: 128

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Living / Personal Growth

BISAC1: REL012070

BISAC2: REL012120