NO Excuse

No matter how many times I tell myself that it’s ok to say “no,” I inevitably recite an exhaustive — yet highly impressive — list of excuses.

This is especially true for spiritual decisions. 

Whether it’s stepping out of leadership, giving up my turn in the nursery, or leaving the church entirely, I just can’t rest in the single declarative word — no. 

Truth: The only acceptable reason to start, stop, stay, or leave is God’s leading. If He’s leading you to say no, then you say no. Otherwise, change that diaper or lead that ministry to His glory.

But…stop making excuses and trust God’s guidance.

If you’ve prayed about it and sincerely feel that the Lord is guiding you to say no, then trust that — REST in that.


Here are three truths to help you rest in God’s guidance —

God guides those who submit to Him~

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways, submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

God gives rest to those who come to Him~

Come unto me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:28-29

God stays with those who are His~

I will be your God, and you will be my people-no one will take you out of my hand.



Susan E. Greenwood is a wife, a mother, and a mother-in-law :D. She has over 30 years of experience in youth and children’s ministries. Susan loves to write blogs, articles, devotionals, and curriculum. She has blogged for and authors Mary Demuth, Lynn Cowell, and Ruth Schwenk. In addition, Susan writes regularly for Her passion is to help people live their Life In Stride with the Word of God.

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