Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. (Proverbs 19:21, NIV)
As moms, we always have a "to do" list a mile long. It is hard for us to sit down and relax for very long before our minds start wandering to what we need to do. Each morning as I start my day, I have a choice. Do I want to let my self-made "to do" list be my master or do I want to let the Lord be my master? Daily, I want to slow down to acknowledge that my life has the potential for eternal significance when I relinquish control and ask the Lord to do what He wants to do in and through me instead of focusing solely on the temporal things I feel like I "need" to achieve in a day.
Likewise, most of us are constantly making mental plans. Some of those plans are trivial and some more important. We plan when we will go to the grocery store and what we will buy. We plan where we will go on vacation. We plan where we want to live and what car we want to drive. We plan where we want our children to attend school or college. The list goes on and on. It is not a bad thing to plan ahead, but we have to hold our plans loosely.
God's plans for us and our families are far better than anything we can imagine for ourselves. Even when our plans seem good, we are settling for less anytime we follow the plans in our heart rather than those the Lord has for us. We want to order our days acknowledging that what He has for us is far better than what we have planned for ourselves. God's eternal plan is moving forward and will prevail regardless. We choose each and every moment whether we want to be a part of His plan or settle for carrying out our own. The times in my life when I have forged ahead with my own plan have sometimes turned out ok and sometimes not. On the other hand, the times in my life that I have known that I was submitted to the plans the Lord had for me have been amazing! They have not always been easy, but they have been rich with His presence and lots of spiritual and personal growth. Those are the things I would not trade! I have to remind myself regularly that those are also the things I rob myself of when I do not lay my plans down before the Lord and ask for His purpose for me and my family to prevail.
Lord, I confess that it is so very tempting to rush through our days without even slowing down to ask what You desire for us. Help us slow down and lay our plans at your feet. Help us to desire You and Your plans above anything else. We know that Your plans are far better than ours!
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