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How Do I Know God’s Will?

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God has created me to do him some definite service; he has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another. (Saint John Henry Newman)

If you?re like me, you?ve probably prayed the Lord?s Prayer thousands of times. You have spoken the words ?Thy will be done? at least that many times. But even though we express that sentiment, do we really mean it? And if we mean it, how do we know what God wants us to do?

For many of us, trying to figure out what God wants us to do can be very intimidating. If you feel that way, relax! The Lord doesn?t want us to be in the dark. If He wants us to do something, He will let us know. Unfortunately, we often fail to listen, don?t know how to listen, or can?t believe what He is asking us to do.?Although it may take time, determining what God wants us to do isn?t impossible or even extremely difficult. It simply takes a combination of common sense, willingness to seek Him out, and desire to listen to what He is saying.

If the Lord wants you to do something, He will let you know. Let?s look at some ways to hear His voice more clearly and put His plan for your life into action:

1.?Resolve to do what God wants even if it’s not what you want. Tell Him that you earnestly want to do His will more than anything else. Often overlooked, this step is very important and sets the stage for the remaining steps.

2. Ask God what He wants you to do. Here’s another step that is simple, but important. Furthermore, expect God to answer when you ask.

3. Listen for His answer. It can come in many ways – through Church teachings, the Bible, prayer, thoughts, circumstances or other people. It’s not impossible, but it is very rare that the Lord will speak audibly to you. That’s why it’s so important to learn to “hear” His voice. The most important thing to remember here is to be patient. Don’t force God’s hand. If He’s not giving you the next step, be patient. He will let you know when it’s time to act.

4. Decide what you should do. At some point, you’ll need to reach a decision. Once you reach an initial decision (it doesn’t have to be final), run it by the Lord and see if it brings you peace. Once again, don’t rush unless it’s necessary. If you are at peace, it’s time to move to the next step.

5. Act on your decision. This is often the most difficult step of the entire process. Once you have a reasonable idea of what God wants you to do, try it out and see what happens. After discerning that Jesus was really calling Him to walk on the water, Peter eventually had to get out of the boat. Don’t let fear stop you. Even if you make the “wrong” decision, the Lord can still bring good out of it. Trust Him!

Want to learn more about discovering God’s will for your life? Check out my book – Faith, Hope and Clarity (How To Know God’s Will)!

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Discussing God’s Will On Catholic Answers Live

 

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Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak discusses his new book Faith, Hope and Clarity on Catholic Answers Live

?God has created me to do Him some definite service; He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another.? (Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman)

Do you want to know God’s will for your life? Join me on Wednesday August 12 at 7 PM Eastern on Catholic Answers Live as I spend the entire hour discussing and taking listener calls on the subject. We’ll dig into much of the material in my new book Faith, Hope and Clarity: How To Know God’s Will and I’ll offer suggestions to help you to hear God speak more clearly. Click HERE for more information.

Gary Zimak is the author of “Faith, Hope & Clarity: How To Know God’s Will”, “A Worrier?s Guide To The Bible”, “Listen To Your Blessed Mother”, and “From Fear To Faith”. He is a frequent speaker at parishes and conferences across the United States and Canada, has an international radio following and is recognized as the leading Catholic speaker on the topic of overcoming anxiety. In addition to hosting his own daily radio show on BlogTalkRadio, Gary is a regular guest on EWTN television and radio.

Do You Want To Know God’s Will For Your Life? This Book Is For You!

 

Faith, Hope and Clarity by Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak is now available

Have you ever wondered what God wants you to do in a given situation? Wouldn’t it be great to be able to hear Him speak and know His will? You’ll be pleased to know that it’s a lot easier than you think!

My new book, Faith, Hope, and Clarity: How to Know God’s Will is a step by step guide which will help you to discern what God wants you to do today, tomorrow and for the rest of your life. Take it from me, God wants you to know His will. The steps laid out in this book have enabled me to do so and I’m thrilled to be able to share them with you. Due to popular demand, the book has been released three months early and can be ordered at the bottom of the page!

Here’s what some of my colleagues are saying about Faith, Hope, & Clarity…

“Too many guides offer lofty, theoretical advice that is disconnected from real life’s day to day struggles. Faith, Hope, & Clarity is a refreshing antidote that offers practical advice readers can implement immediately.”

Jennifer Fulwiler, author of Something Other Than God

?Knowing and living God?s will is the most important thing you could ever discover, and Gary Zimak?s book will help you do just that!?

Fr. Larry Richards, Founder of The Reason for Our Hope Foundation

?The need for clear, orthodox Catholic knowledge is crucial for understanding the truth of Jesus Christ and his way of life. The next step is to discern among many good choices what is conducive to accomplishing the will of God for each of us individually. Gary Zimak shows how knowing God’s will opens up great adventures that give God greater glory and praise in everything we do!?

Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ, author of The Holy Land: An Armchair Pilgrimage

?This earthly life is a continual series of forks in the road, each requiring a decision to proceed in one direction or another. We all know how difficult, even scary, at times, such choices can be. That?s why Gary Zimak?s astute and trustworthy advice in Faith, Hope, and Clarity is so timely and beneficial. In its pages you?ll learn to ask the right questions, seek the best goals, and knock on those doors that God is just waiting to open wide for you.?

Patrick Madrid, host of The Patrick Madrid Show and author of Now What?

“Faith, Hope, and Clarity is an extremely helpful and practical guide for discerning the will of God and fulfilling one?s mission in life with confidence and peace. Filled with personal examples and stories from the Bible, Gary Zimak has put together a veritable guidebook for anyone who has ever struggled with knowing the will of God. As a priest, I plan on using this book in my pastoral ministry!”

Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, Author ? Rosary Gems: Daily Wisdom on the Holy Rosary

“The title of this book really says it all. Faith and hope in the Lord are at the top of the list when we’re searching for and trying to fulfill God’s will in our lives. But a little clarity along the way can’t hurt either. Gary helps you find faith, hope, and clarity indeed. But you’ll also learn why it’s not all about the destination but also the journey itself.”

Teresa Tomeo, Motivational Speaker, Best Selling Author and Syndicated Catholic Talk Show Host

“There has never been a time in history when our lives have been more inundated with voices?the world, the flesh, and the devil?yelling at us, trying to convince us what we must do to be happy. So what is a person to do if in the midst of this cacophony he or she wants to be faithful to God, to one day stand before Him without embarrassment? In Gary Zimak’s fine book, we have a clear and trustworthy road map for discerning the simple and difficult steps of hearing God’s will for our lives.”

Marcus Grodi, President/Founder of The Coming Home Network International

“God cares about you. He cares about the decisions you need to make. He wants to reach you and lead you through the noise and distractions of this life to peace and union with Him. Gary?s book reveals this reality and will help you to gain practical insights into the wisdom of St. Ignatius? rules of discernment regarding how to better hear and follow the movements of God in your soul.”

Dan Burke, Founder of the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation and Executive Director of EWTN?s National Catholic Register

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Dan Burke On Faith, Hope, And Clarity…

 

EWTN's Dan Burke endorses the new book by Catholic speaker Gary Zimak - Faith, Hope, And Clarity: How To Know God's Will

?God cares about you. He cares about the decisions you need to make. He wants to reach you and lead you through the noise and distractions of this life to peace and union with Him. Gary?s book reveals this reality and will help you to gain practical insights into the wisdom of St. Ignatius? rules of discernment regarding how to better hear and follow the movements of God in your soul.?

Dan Burke, Founder of the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation and Executive Director of EWTN?s National Catholic Register

Thank you, Dan, for recommending my new book – Faith, Hope, and Clarity: How to Know God’s Will. You can pre-order it at a discounted price by clicking on the image below. Stay tuned for more endorsements!

Teresa Tomeo On Faith, Hope, And Clarity…

 

EWTN personality Teresa Tomeo offers her endorsement for the new book by Catholic speaker Gary Zimak - Faith, Hope, and Clarity: How To Know God's Will

?The title of this book really says it all. Faith and hope in the Lord are at the top of the list when we?re searching for and trying to fulfill God?s will in our lives. But a little clarity along the way can?t hurt either. Gary helps you find faith, hope, and clarity indeed. But you?ll also learn why it?s not all about the destination but also the journey itself.?

Teresa Tomeo, Motivational Speaker, Best Selling Author and Syndicated Catholic Talk Show Host

Thank you, Teresa, for recommending my new book – Faith, Hope, and Clarity: How to Know God’s Will. You can pre-order it at a discounted price by clicking on the image below. Stay tuned for more endorsements!

Marcus Grodi On Faith, Hope, And Clarity…

 

EWTN Television host Marcus Grodi recommends the new book by Catholic speaker Gary Zimak - Faith, Hope, and Clarity

?There has never been a time in history when our lives have been more inundated with voices?the world, the flesh, and the devil?yelling at us, trying to convince us what we must do to be happy. So what is a person to do if in the midst of this cacophony he or she wants to be faithful to God, to one day stand before Him without embarrassment? In Gary Zimak?s fine book, we have a clear and trustworthy road map for discerning the simple and difficult steps of hearing God?s will for our lives.?

Marcus Grodi, President/Founder of The Coming Home Network International

Thank you, Marcus, for recommending my new book – Faith, Hope, and Clarity: How to Know God’s Will. You can pre-order it at a discounted price by clicking on the image below. Stay tuned for more endorsements!

Father Donald Calloway On Faith, Hope, And Clarity…

 

Father Donald Calloway recommends the latest book from Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak - Faith, Hope, and Clarity

?Faith, Hope, and Clarity is an extremely helpful and practical guide for discerning the will of God and fulfilling one?s mission in life with confidence and peace. Filled with personal examples and stories from the Bible, Gary Zimak has put together a veritable guidebook for anyone who has ever struggled with knowing the will of God. As a priest, I plan on using this book in my pastoral ministry!?

Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, Author ? Rosary Gems: Daily Wisdom on the Holy Rosary

Thank you, Father Calloway, for recommending my new book – Faith, Hope, and Clarity: How to Know God’s Will. You can pre-order it at a discounted price by clicking on the image below. Stay tuned for another endorsement tomorrow!

Patrick Madrid On Faith, Hope, And Clarity…

 

Catholic apologist Patrick Madrid recommends the new book by Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak - Faith, Hope, and Clarity

?This earthly life is a continual series of forks in the road, each requiring a decision to proceed in one direction or another. We all know how difficult, even scary, at times, such choices can be. That?s why Gary Zimak?s astute and trustworthy advice in Faith, Hope, and Clarity is so timely and beneficial. In its pages you?ll learn to ask the right questions, seek the best goals, and knock on those doors that God is just waiting to open wide for you.?

Patrick Madrid, host of The Patrick Madrid Show and author of Now What?

Thank you, Patrick Madrid, for recommending my new book – Faith, Hope, and Clarity: How to Know God’s Will. You can pre-order it at a discounted price by clicking on the image below. Stay tuned for another endorsement tomorrow!

Fr. Mitch Pacwa On Faith, Hope, And Clarity…

 

EWTN YV personality Father Mitch Pacwa recommends the new book by Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak - Faith, Hope, and Clarity

?The need for clear, orthodox Catholic knowledge is crucial for understanding the truth of Jesus Christ and his way of life. The next step is to discern among many good choices what is conducive to accomplishing the will of God for each of us individually. Gary Zimak shows how knowing God?s will opens up great adventures that give God greater glory and praise in everything we do!?

Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ, author of The Holy Land: An Armchair Pilgrimage

Thank you, Fr. Mitch, for recommending my new book – Faith, Hope, and Clarity: How to Know God’s Will. You can pre-order it at a discounted price by clicking on the image below. Stay tuned for another endorsement tomorrow!

Fr. Larry Richards On Faith, Hope, And Clarity…

 

Father Larry Richards recommends the new book by Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak - Faith, Hope, and Clarity

?Knowing and living God?s will is the most important thing you could ever discover, and Gary Zimak?s book will help you do just that!?

– Fr. Larry Richards, Founder of The Reason for Our Hope Foundation

Thank you, Fr. Larry, for recommending my new book – Faith, Hope, and Clarity: How to Know God’s Will. You can pre-order it at a discounted price by clicking on the image below. Stay tuned for another endorsement tomorrow!