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A thousand thoughts and no plan


I’m a planner.  A list maker.  But as it turns out, that’s all I am.  I can’t seem to get from planning to doing to finishing.  As I type, I have a load of whites spread across my living room floor that  has been there all night, I have a ton of paper work to do (my desk is under there somewhere), laundry, signs to finish (the actual job that makes the moolah – note I said finish not start because I’m in the middle of several), a house to declutter (the big project for the year – for which I have a great 6 page plan! but that’s another post that I thought I’d have on here by now) ( and I did remember the link – click here for that)

And I’m thinking now God and Jesus are sitting there chuckling at me – I can see Them pointing down and smiling at me “she’s at again … list making … everything she wants to get done.”

But this mornings devo took me by surprise. It was from book called Jesus Calling by Sarah Young.  It said:  Do not wear yourself out with analyzing and planning,  Instead, let thankfulness and trust be your guides through this day; they will keep you close to me … you will cease to notice how weak or strong you feel, because you are focusing on Me.”

One, the Lord has really been dealing with me about FOCUS.  Like I said there are usually a thousand things running through my head a minute.  Two, I can’t remember right now because I forgot while I typed one.  Three, I wrote notes for a Bible Study a while back entitled “I’m tired.”  I’ll post that and link up for some background soon (maybe… we’ll see – and I did manage to do that too – click here for that).  Four, one of THE verses to go with that devo is THE first I’ve penned in the front of my prayer journal – Psalm 29:11 – which I don’t think I’ve shared with anybody – it’s been my prayer over my family for a while now.  It says ” the Lord gives His people strength – He blesses them with peace.”

I have to ask myself, can I really stop planning?  Can I really trust Him enough?  But as it turns out, He’s always got my back – He’s always working on my behalf.  When he sees me planning and analyzing and knowing all the while those plans will backfire.  So, I’m just taking it one step at a time – as Jesus leads.  At some point, it will all get done … maybe not my plans or how I expected to do it … but His.

Thank you Father for these God lessons – may I always appreciate them.  Amen.

Are you a planner, a list maker?  How do you make yourself focus in the midst of kids and bills and work to get it finished?