“The decisions we make dictate the schedules we keep. The schedules we keep determine the lives we live. The lives we live determine how we spend our souls.” When reading this line in the marketing of this book, it captured me. How simply my life can change course in the little decisions, it struck me how much power is in an answer: yes or no. Lysa’s powerful writing changes one’s mindset, shaping the decision-making process. Wisdom flows through every page, clarity bringing insights like the following (a few of my favourites):

“We must not confuse the command to love with the disease to please.”

“The one who obeys God’s instruction for today will develop a keen awareness of His direct for tomorrow.”

“That little act of obedience somehow unplugged my spiritual ears.”

Rich in biblical truths, drawn from lives lived thousands of years in the past, Lysa casts new light on familiar stories and digs out gems one may have never heard. This reference scripture stuck with me:

“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it'” Isaiah 30:21

It sounds so simple, just walk in it, and yet through funny and relatable stories, Lysa highlights how hard it really is to live this out. She elegantly counters every opposition one can think of as to why one can’t live this out and gives practical ways to live it out and how to changes habits.

“Knowledge is wisdom that comes from acquiring truth. Insight is wisdom that comes from living out the truth we acquire. Discernment is wisdom that comes from the Holy Spirit’s reminders of that knowledge and insight.”

Another fantastic summary of the process, this highlights how Lysa walks us through giving us knowledge from biblical truth, insight from the activities she suggests we try and discernment by encouraging our journey with the Holy Spirit.

“We want big directional signs from God. God just wants us to pay attention.”

And that to me sounds like a new year’s resolution with which I can work! I can pause for that moment of clarity to hear God and choose obedience in the little things. I highly recommend this book and look forward breaking out my Best Yes in 2017!


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