Just a Hunch

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I have been thinking a lot about intuition.

in·tu·i·tion [in-too-ish-uhn, -tyoo-]
noun

1. direct perception of truth, fact, etc., independent of any reasoning process; immediate apprehension.
2. a fact, truth, etc., perceived in this way.
3. a keen and quick insight.
4. the quality or ability of having such direct perception or quick insight.

For years, I discounted it. Candidly I just didn’t see much use for it. And when I dared to rely on it, it failed me. Miserably.

But I am growing (maybe you could go so far as to say “maturing”? no, that’s probably a stretch) and learning to trust my intuition, my instinct, my gut, my whatever-you-want-to-call-it.

And surprisingly it is usually spot on.

Spot on.

How in tune are you to your intuition? Has your intuition lead you to make good choices…or bad?

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Lindsey has a sincere love for her precious dogs Molly and Maisy, a good red wine and the Delta Sky Club. She spends her days (and some nights) laboring to end childhood hunger at Feed the Children and to gather, equip and unleash women at IF:Gathering.

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  • (dont think im a stalker because im here first 😉 )

    i think i have good intuition, discernment. especially when it comes to people.

    when it comes to big life decisions….i suck at it. but thats why i keep brent around.
    My recent post jumping the gun

    • i discerned that you were a "creeper" a long time ago 😉 good thing…i like creepers. a lot.

      you must have made some great big life decisions…your man, your kota, your kass, your cali-cation. all great.

      • mdang. youre all smart and stuff.

        ok. so those were good decisions. yes.

        but right now…we're headin in to some biggies that my gut has been silent on. its weird.
        My recent post jumping the gun

        • My gut is saying you should move to Nashville. Not really, but I wish 😉

  • 1) Tam is a stalker.
    2) I don't know. I think my intuition actually used to be better than it is now.
    3) What in the heck does #3 indicate about me???
    My recent post 4 Listen

  • The better my prayer life, the better my intuition seems to be. But I tend to rely on my wife's intuition – I think there's some truth to the idea that women have a better sense of intuition than us guys!

  • I felt this morning that today we'd buy the car for which we've been saving and searching. Tonight a car at the EXACT dollar amount we saved sits in my driveway. Intuition? That and a pretty cool God giving us a huge gift!

  • My intuition when it comes to people is HORRIBLE (usually). But my problem is that I make snap judgements (I don’t know, is that following your intuition?). I’m learning – S L O W L Y – that I need to take EVERYTHING to Jesus in prayer BEFORE I take action or make judgements.

  • I totally agree with you…Malcolm Gladwell talks about this in his book Blink. Going with your gut is usually always best!
    My recent post Heart Check

  • I've always thought of my intuition as one of my gifts~ I call it discernment. Not that I'm always spot on, but most of the time my "gut" (as I call it~ when I know it's actually the Holy Spirit) will let me know about something.
    My recent post Please Pray

    • It's understanding the difference between intuition & discernment in advance which would be a great benefit. Discernment is the God-given gift which brings wisdom, clarity and truth to a situation. Intuition, I think of as a 6th sense, more a jump the gun w/ my feeling out front (not a spirit-led thing). Thankful for both, they are tools in my pocket, when used with discretion have proved valuable beyond reason. I really on them and find discernment a reliable ally, though often am only able to distinguish them as a hindsight call

      • here's the definition of discernment:
        discernment |diˈsərnmənt|
        noun
        1 the ability to judge well : an astonishing lack of discernment.
        2 (in Christian contexts) perception in the absence of judgment with a view to obtaining spiritual direction and understanding : without providing for a time of healing and discernment, there will be no hope of living through this present moment without a shattering of our common life.

      • guess i am not sure that i look at them differently? if my heart is the right place, isn't my intuition, my God-given discernment?

  • My intuition has absolutely been spot on my entire life.

    It's my ignoring it that's been the problem.

  • Makeda

    My intuition is typically not wrong but like others I some times don't listen. I am in the middle of a situation right now and I just have a hunch that something is not right about someone that everyone else around me thinks is the greatest thing since slice bread. The last time I felt this way, I ignored it and it turned out my hunch was right. I've been ignoring this hunch too because others who I think are way more discerning than I am are not picking anything up. So I'm left wondering am I right again or do I just have issues? (well I do have issues but that's not for this post 🙂 )

    • ooh, keep me posted. i bet you are right. at least for you. doesn't mean the person is bad but maybe it has the potential to be an unhealthy relationship for you.

  • I call it my gut and I feel like it leads me in a great direction.

    But I wonder if intuition can be learned?
    I think so.
    I wonder though if it is shaped by your parents, teacher, or friends?
    My recent post Best 50 Websites of 2010

  • bethanyaustinsmith

    EXACTLY what Tam said. I am really good at reading people.
    My recent post Autumn at Home

  • Could intuition be closely related to discernment?
    My recent post Be Barnabas

  • I've always had good intuition. I might not have noticed as much but I got to see my sister's complete lack of it in identical situations. It's kept me from bad relationships and bad situations.

    I like mommaBE's explanation of the difference between intuition and discernment. My husband has told me I have the gift of discernment, but I've been reluctant to embrace that until recently. I'm grateful for both.

    Mary Hampton

  • scarletcordministries

    Intuition? Yay, I think I have a little bit of that. I believe I can see through people when they are being completely fake. However, I have to admit once I pass that quick judgement it takes me a very long time to see others side of these people and that is when intuition backfires
    My recent post OH those Asians!

  • Amy

    When it comes to figuring people out, my intuition is actually pretty good. But when it comes to firguring out my life and what I should and should not be doing, my intuition fails more often than not. It's a bit frustrating, to be honest…
    My recent post Sneak attack!

    • yeah, i'm much better at the people side of this too…and i'm not bad at knowing what not to do, figuring out what to do is a little harder

  • Still learning to true mine!
    My recent post My Wrinkle Revelation

  • Intuition is great, but I struggle with being hyper-intuitive sometimes. I can be too feeling, so I am learning to pray as my "feelings" about people or places emerge.

  • Some things I have great intuition with. Many times I doubt my intuition only to find out later I shouldn't have. I'm starting to think I need to trust my gut feeling more, and go with it.
    My recent post Why Does Everything I Desire Cost Money – Even If It Is Not Materialistic

  • Josh

    My gut feeling is more often right than wrong on decisions. Lately I've had it backfire on some feelings I had about a few people. That's humbling….uggh.
    My recent post A Real Friend