539: How To Make Clutter Decisions

With Counselor Michael Gembola


Do you struggle to make small daily decisions and it leaves you feeling stuck? You know the ones. The decisions that feel like they shouldn’t be this hard to make and they seem to come easy or naturally to “everyone else.” Join Kathi and guest Michael Gembola for this hopeful and healing conversation that cuts right to the heart of the why behind the “what” of our clutter. Small decisions don’t always seem small to the person making them. If we want to grow in our clutter free journey, learning to make these decisions is essential. Listen in to discover how to make decisions about getting rid of things including: 


  • Learning to risk regret
  • Why we need “the accelerator and the brakes to drive safely” – Michael Gembola
  • Knowing “even if this is the wrong decision, most things are recoverable” – Kathi Lipp




Do you get anxious when you have to make a decision? Do you overthink, overtalk, and overanalyze? When anxiety surrounds every decision, the result can be decision-making paralysis. Counselor Michael Gembola explores this common struggle and then points to the peace that comes from knowing God as your refuge and ever present help in trouble. Learning to trust God, even when the path is not clear, will give you courage to move forward one step at a time.  

When you’re faced with decisions both big and small, God offers you something better than certainty and the absence of risk. He promises to be with you. And when you allow the Good Shepherd to lead, you will find that he uses times of decision-making to make you more peaceful and become a better steward of the opportunities in front of you.  

Anxious about Decisions will help you learn to approach decisions more confidently with a conscience shaped by God’s Word and values shaped by God’s heart. Learn to undertake decisions in the context of the community of believers and your identity as God’s child. 

Anxious about Decisions is part of the Ask the Christian Counselor series. This series walks readers through their deepest and most profound questions. Each question is unpacked by an experienced counselor that gives readers the tools to understand their struggle and how the gospel brings hope and healing to the problem they are facing. 

Order your copy of Anxious About Decisons here.

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Meet Our Guest 


Michael Gembola

Michael Gembola, MAR, MAC, is an ordained minister and licensed professional counselor. He serves as executive director of Blue Ridge Christian Counseling in southwest VA and has taught counseling as an adjunct professor at several seminaries.

Gembola holds master’s degrees from Westminster Seminary in Counseling (MAC) and in Biblical Studies (MAR), and Certificates in Professional Counseling and Global Trauma Recovery from the Missio Graduate School of Counseling. He teaches at the Blue Ridge Institute for Theological Education and at Westminster Seminary in partnership with CCEF. He is the author of After an Affair: Pursuing Restoration, Anxious about Decisions, and several articles on counseling.

He and his wife, Kelly, live in Roanoke, VA with their two sons and daughter.

Learn more at brccva.org

and follow along on Twitter (@BlueRidgeCCVA


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