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How to Figure Out What God Wants You to Do 

What job does God want you to take? Where does He want you to go in your career, and for how long? Here’s how to figure out what God wants you to do with your life; these five  “Blossom Tips” are focused on career and job decisions, but can be applied to all of life’s biggest questions.

I was inspired to write this article by several readers who had questions about figuring out God’s call on their lives. Here what one reader said:

“What is the purpose of my life, where do I fit in?” asks Callie on 6 Practical Ways to Find God’s Call on Your Life. “I believe God created me for a purpose and I’m meant to do great things but I feel stagnant and overwhelmed. I’m worried I won’t be able to accomplish anything or figure out what God wants me to do. Sometimes I feel as if He doesn’t hear me or isn’t going to fulfill all His promises in my life. I’m tired of surviving and barely making it…I want to thrive and live in my purpose. How do I find God’s call on my life?”

My five tips for figuring out what God wants you to do are inspired by a crossroads in my own life. I couldn’t decide if I should go to the University of Alberta in Edmonton, get my Education degree, and become a teacher (like my mother and grandmother). Or, should I go to Briercrest College and Seminary in Saskatchewan, get my Master of Divinity, and become a pastor (which is what I really wanted to do)?

Here’s how I figured out what job and career path God wanted me to pursue, and why I regret one of the biggest decisions of my life.

How to Figure Out What God Wants You to Do

My “She Blossoms” articles — even the ones about discerning God’s will for your life — are broken up into five different categories. These “Blossom Tips” ensure I cover the whole spectrum: Spirit, Heart, Soul, Body, and Brain. And, the separate Blossom Tips help you identify which works best for you.

5 Steps to Finding God’s Will for Your Life

  1. Spirit – Get inside the heart of Jesus
  2. Heart – Stop straining to find God’s will
  3. Soul – Go where the life is
  4. Body – Take a small – or big, bold! – step forward
  5. Brain – Be smart like a fox

Also in this article: how I decided to become a teacher instead of a preacher, and why I regret my decision.

1. Spirit – Get inside the heart of Jesus

God has a specific plan for your life — and He requires you to be actively involved in how His plan unfolds. It’s a mind twister, for sure! But if you know Scripture, you’ll better understand how it works. God requires us to move forward, be active, and step out in faith. He also requires us to rest in Him and follow His lead. How do we actively participate and rest in God? By getting inside the heart of Jesus.

Instead of obsessively trying to figure out what God wants you to do with your life, focus on deepening your relationship with Jesus. How? My new favorite way to build a relationship with God is by copying out Scripture, by hand, in my own “Bible book” (a journal). Right now I’m writing the book of Luke; next, I’ll write Deuteronomy. Copying out the Bible helps me understand God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit better. This makes the big and little decisions in life — whether it’s a career choice or vacation destination — easier.

2. Heart – Stop straining to find God’s will for your life

“God has been telling me for a while to stop pushing,” says Wendy on 5 Signs You Should Give Up Hope in Your Relationship. “Stop trying to make things the way you think they should go. Let God go ahead of you and prepare. Wait for things to come to you. If you’re holding on to something that is over, let go. Stop trying so hard to figure out what God wants you to do! Do your part but stop killing yourself in the process. Step back. Stop. Let go and let God handle your life.” 

When I was choosing my career path — should I be a teacher or a preacher? — I struggled and strained, thought and fought. I weighed all my options, sifted the pros and cons, and chose the direction that made the most sense. All my straining and struggling led me to the wrong choice: teaching. I thought I’d figured out what God wanted me to do with my life! But really, I’d spent months simply convincing myself that the most practical decision was the right one.

3. Soul – Go where the life is

How do you figure out what God wants you to do or decide about your job, relationship, children, marriage, home or future? By following the smell of life in the next step. By tasting the joy of lightheartedness and energy. By walking towards your interests and yearnings, your convictions and curiosities.

When I was looking at the course offerings and class outlines of Bible colleges and teachers’ college — should I get a Master of Divinity or an Education Degree? — I was excited by the Old and New Testament teachings. I was thrilled with the idea of  learning about God, and preaching to Christians. The idea of becoming a pastor was uplifting and life-giving! But I chose to get a teaching degree because it was safer, more practical, and less risky on all levels. 

4. Body – Take a small – or big, bold! – step forward

When I was trying to figure out what God wanted me to do (preach versus teach), I wasn’t worried about finding His one “perfect will” for my life. And that is one thing I don’t regret. I still believe God doesn’t have a single “perfect will” for my job, marriage or future. 

I believe God didn’t have a single “perfect will” for me because:

1) Getting an Education degree gave me the opportunity to teach Grade 8 Language Arts and High School journalism for three years at an International Christian School (Rosslyn Academy) in Nairobi, Kenya.

2) Living in Africa was the hardest, best experience in my life. 

3) Pursuing a career path not suited to my introverted personality traits was the best way to discover my true calling as a writer and blogger.

How to Figure Out What God Wants You to Do

5 Steps to Finding God’s Will for Your Life

Figuring out God’s “perfect plan” for my life — in my specific example of teaching or preaching — would’ve been a fruitless endeavor. I wasn’t spiritually or emotionally ready to get my Master of Divinity and pursue a pastoral career. I would’ve made a mess of everything…but God would’ve used me anyway.

If you’re an introvert like me, read Best Jobs for Introverts and People Who Like to Be Alone.

Whether or not I figured out what exactly God wanted me to do with my life, He created beauty and life. He used me, despite me and my fumbly attempts to do what I was called to do…and God will use you, too. Just take a big bold step forward! Or a small soft step. Either way, do something. Choosing something and moving forward will help you figure out what God wants you to do next. Go one step at a time.

5. Brain – Be smart like a fox

This “Blossom Tip” goes hand-in-hand with my first idea on how to figure out what God wants you to do with your life: build your relationship with Jesus by asking Him questions. He was a Jewish rabbi, keen on learning and discovering. Jesus was a smart man who asked everyone questions — even His Father. Jesus required His disciples, apostles and followers to use their brains and choose their paths.

Follow your heart, but take your brains with you. When you’re figuring out what God wants you to do with your life, combine all the resources He’s given you: Scripture, the Holy Spirit, Christian leaders and mentors, prayer, and active movement forward. Pay attention to closed doors and stirrings of restraint. When you feel a check in your spirit, as Oswald Chambers says, stop immediately.

If you’re searching for God’s will for your career, read How to Find Your Dream Job – No Matter How Old You Are.

What do you think about my ideas on how to figure out what God wants you to do with your life? Your thoughts – big and little – are welcome below! I read every comment, but don’t worry: I won’t give advice or tell you what to do. It’s your turn to talk.


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9 thoughts on “How to Figure Out What God Wants You to Do ”

  1. I just read an article called The Blessing of Everyday Tasks by Rachelle Gardner. In it, she says:

    “We can create silence—when our hands are busy—so that we can hear our own thoughts, so that ideas can form, so that our subconscious can help us solve problems. And ultimately, so that we can hear the voice of God.”

    That may be the first step to figuring out what God wants you to do with your life…take time to create silence to hear your own thoughts and absorb His still small voice. Allow ideas to form and take root, to inspire and motivate you. Let the Holy Spirit help you solve your problems, for He is the only true, reliable, trustworthy source of wisdom.

    Here’s the link to the article:

    Slowly, slowly, one step at a time…you will figure out what God’s will is for your life! Just keep going, for His will is already unfolding.


  2. I am at a crossroads in my life right now wondering where God will lead me next. I appreciate your blog and how to know what He wants you to do. I am taking a step of faith toward a new church. Also in my marriage. I do pay attention to the Holy Spirit and try to always remain open to His promptings. Thank you so much for your wisdom and insight. God Bless You!

  3. What to do ? Unhappy in an untrustworthy marriage: I’ll sum it up. Married in 98, before finding out about a child being born in 1997, 98 married, 99 found out about child, 2000 feds came into our home, 2001 he was incarcerated. 15 years later he came out with negative energy, that I questioned for months, mostly regarding his grown daughter’s mom, who’s name kept coming from my mouth and he kept denying, until I asked in prayer “Lord God if there is something that my husband plan on doing behind my back, please reveal it to me. Next morning I find a text in his phone from his daughter’s mom stating that she still love him and can’t wait until they make love again. It was sent 3 days after he got out of prison, and I didn’t find it until 5 months later . I told him if he really loved me he wouldn’t have came out texting sexual messages with his daughter’s mom. Now he claims that he made a mistake and really want to be with me but I cannot trust him. My entire relationship with him even before marriage he was a liar and I feel that he is trying to deceive me on the DL(down low). I was born with a veil over my face and it has not stop nagging me regarding him. Any Advice? It’s a whole book to this story. Feeling bias . Stay or go? No kids together.Sharon West-Smith said a

  4. Thank you! I love this article. ❤ I do have a question… what does “When you feel a check in your spirit” look like/feel like? I appreciate any clarification! I do get the next part of this sentence of “stop immediately” 😊

    1. I’m glad you liked the article, Debra, thank you for being here 🙂

      Great question! I think a “check in your spirit” is changes depending on the situation we’re facing. Another way to think of it is your instincts, or a red flag, or a feeling that you shouldn’t do that thing or go in that direction.

      Think back to your life…did you ever make a decision and later regret it? You kinda knew it wasn’t the right decision, but you did anyway? One of my most vivid examples is dating men. One guy in particular, I stayed with him for 9 months….and I KNEW the whole time he wasn’t a good man for me. He was Christian, we met at church even, but I just had this feeling he wasn’t right for me. And I think he felt the same way. I can’t even remember now how we broke up, but I know I stayed with him for way too long.

      More recently, and not related to men, I had an idea for a nonfiction book (my second one! My first will be published in January 🙂 )…My agent loves the idea….but now I have a better idea for a fiction book, which is related to the first book. I just have a feeling this new idea is the better book to write next.

      I hope this helps! Sometimes it’s easiest to look back on your life, because hindsight is 20/20, and see where you went off track. I think noticing God or the Holy Spirit’s guidance takes time — and a relationship with Him. He has different relationships with all us children, so we feel and hear Him in different ways. But Jesus guides us, if we take time to figure out what He’s doing, and if we stop to think about what He wants us to do.

      If you want to share a time in your life when you felt that “check in your spirit” but ignored it, I’d love to hear your experience! That’s God working in your life 🙂


  5. Don’t you wonder sometimes why God takes so long to do good things? We know that He could do anything in a second, yet He waits. This is like the frustration I still feel about my divorce – why did He allow that to happen? At the time I prayed and prayed, I guess you could even say I begged, Him to keep our 40 year marriage together. That was 10 years ago, and I still get frustrated over it. I trust God, and love Him of course, but I will ask Him about that when I get to heaven!!

  6. You have such an insightful spirit- one seeking Gods direction and how HE would best use -and bless you!
    Such a delightful person! Its hard to believe youre “an introvert” by your writings but then again in writing we are free to share what we might not as comfortably share verbally? God uses all different personalities for sure and how much He enjoys using your gifts to inspire others to draw closer to Him! Thank you for serving Him and blessing others!

    1. Thank you, Mia, it’s wonderful to hear from you!

      Yes, I’m definitely an introvert – which means I’m drained by people and energized by being alone. I don’t mind expressing myself verbally, but find writing much easier and more enjoyable 🙂

      Your encouragement and enthusiasm is delightful, and you’ve brightened my day!