Five Verse Friday: “No” is Your Friend

Welcome to Five Verse Friday! This week’s theme is about choosing your commitments carefully and protecting your time. Speaking from personal experience, my life was a hot, anxious mess before I learned the magic of the word “No.” “Yes” and “No” are two of the most powerful words in our vocabulary. They dictate how we spend our time and direct our energy, so it is imperative to select our commitments carefully and prayerfully, as they can have unintended consequences. We need to ask for God’s guidance to help us understand the full cost of an undertaking before we agree to take it on. We must ask ourselves: How will taking on this new responsibility/project/engagement affect my walk with God? Will it distract me from my walk, or add to it? How will it impact my family? Me, personally? Does God want me to do this?

We must be selective with our yeses, but the only way we can do that is by exercising our “No” muscle. Whatever you commit to, make sure you are capable of honoring that promise and honoring it well. If you cannot do that, simply say no, and let your no be your no. As believers, it will not set a good example for God if we commit to something and back out at the last minute, let the person down, or do a poor job because we’re overextended. We can prevent all those things with a well-placed, thoughtful “no.” If you’ve already overcommitted, have an honest talk with the person and see if you can come to a new arrangement.

Ecclesiastes 5:5 – It is better to say nothing than to make a promise and not keep it.

1 Corinthians 7:35 – I am saying this for your benefit, not to place restrictions on you. I want you to do whatever will help you serve the Lord best, with as few distractions as possible.

Galatians 1:10 ESV – For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.

Proverbs 20:25 – It is a trap to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider one’s vows.

Proverbs 25:14 – A person who promises a gift but doesn’t give it is like clouds and wind that bring no rain.

My prayer for you:

God, thank you for helping this beautiful woman to recognize how precious her time is, and make wise choices with how she uses it. May all her choices point her and other people back to You, as an example of Your love in the world.  Thank you for helping her to find your precious balance between commitments and rest. Amen.

You are loved.

Thank you for reading! I know how valuable your time is.

Did this help or inspire you? Perhaps you’ve already experienced the empowerment of “No?” I would love to hear from you, and I’m sure some other readers would, too! Let’s create a community of supportive, God-loving women! Help the other ladies know they’re not alone by sharing your thoughts or experiences in the comments below.

Next week, we will delve into the life-changing power of a well-chosen  “Yes.” To get the post delivered straight to your inbox, just follow the blog. (Your email is safe with me! I’ll only use it to send you new blog posts.)

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2 thoughts on “Five Verse Friday: “No” is Your Friend

    1. Hello! You absolutely may share the blog and I’m thrilled you want to! I’m sorry it took so long for me to get back to you on this. I always try to respond right away, but somehow your message ended up in my spam folder. Thanks again!


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