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“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” ~ Proverbs 16:3

 

God made plans for each and every one of His creations and, in His Image, we are to have plans too. Granted, these are not just plans based on our own will {James 4:13-16}, but they are plans nonetheless. In the world today, however, we are inundated with reasons not to plan. There is an instant solution to every problem it seems, a fix for every unaccounted for need.

We’ve got 24-hour stores on nearly every corner to for those last minute groceries or household items that we ran out of.  We’ve got DVRs to catch the shows we “can’t live without”, but yet have no time for. Same-day service signs hang out of shop windows and next-day delivery options abound at every turn. For just about every area of your day-to-day life, there is most likely a 24-hour, on-demand solution for every problem. But where does that leave the art and skills of things like planning, patience, endurance, foresight, and contentment.

With so many desires at your fingers anytime of the day or night, you may ask, why do I need those things? Well, the truth is 24-hour, on-demand, and at your fingertips works great when your lack of planning leaves you running short on toilet tissue, but it doesn’t work so great with things of substance like success, character growth, building intimacy with God, fostering meaningful relationships.

As women, as the glue that holds a household together, how we approach planning is vital to the success of our families. See when we don’t exercise these muscles in our day-to-day life, we find out in our moment of need them that they have atrophied and aren’t ready for action. Our overall quality of life suffers for it too. The things that matter most in life are thrown by the wayside in the hours we waste running back and forth to the store or the fuel we consume on trips that could’ve been avoided. The quality of the food our families eat, how far the money brought into the household reaches depends on how well we meal plan, how well we plan for bargains and are able to shop in bulk. But it’s about more than that.

Quiet time to grow with God, quality time to build and maintain relationships, pursuing education, building a business, growing a ministry….these things all take planning and intentional living. And it is in that planning, in that intentional living, that we give God something to establish! Nothing about what God did or does is sloppy or half put together. He makes plans and executes them with excellence…and we should too! It is beyond time for us to reclaim that image we were created in and to start walking and talking like our Father.

So this week, this month, first and foremost, plan time with the Father. Then take inventory of your household needs, look ahead in what your family is going to eat, look at the way you spend your time versus what you need to accomplish to reach the next level, and start planning. Try for the rest of the month to set yourself up for success, to get some consistency set in motion. Then next week or next month, depending on how ambitious you are, conduct your life during daylight hours. Set everything you can up to be taken are of between 7 am and 7 pm and take note just how much you have become dependent on the 24-hour things of this world. Take what you find to the Father and see just what needs to be changed and how. I know it may sound petty or picky, but I assure you it is a powerful shift! Give it a try. At the very least you will learn enough about planning to save yourself some time and who couldn’t use more of that!

I pray you willingness and fortitude beloved! Shalom!~

Surrendered to Him~
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