Master Plans

I’ve been doing a lot of planning lately. It takes work making out plans for your life. We make all type of plans. Plans for our career, education, meals, vacations, birthday parties, special events and even retirement. Sometimes our plans work and sometimes they don’t. Plans can fail, they don’t go as well as expected or we miss steps in the process. We say we have good intentions. Planning takes careful consideration and time to think things through. I know you might not believe it but God has a plan just for you. He’s a Master at planning. He’s is consistent in making plans for you and He lovingly reminds of us it in scripture. Creation was planned. Salvation was planned. Redemption of man, also planned. I’m so glad that God knows something about plans. His plans are always better than mine. His plans always succeed and His plans are perfect and complete. I’m learning to trust God no matter what my plans are. I’ve learned even when our plans don’t work out, God’s plan always does.

Prayer: Lord thank you for protecting, prospering and providing for me. Thank you for including me in your plans. Amen

I Just Can’t Get It All Done

I got up with good intentions.  I started the day with my daily devotion and quiet time with God.  I had a goal in mind and one goal only: be productive.  My bar was raised high and  I was about to check off a list of things I’d accomplished.  The day was going to be a good one and I could feel it in my bones.  I got to work and forgot my badge for the elevator. My productivity excitement level decreased, then  I found it was buried in the bottom of my bag and the level of excitement increased again.  My computer was on and I went on my way to being highly productive and achieving great things.  The phone started to ring, e-mails came flooding in and text messages were flying back and forth.  Interruptions continue like the commercials on tv.  I look at the clock and it was time for lunch already.  My list of things to do was staring back at me. Where was I and what had I accomplished? Not too much really but I focused on the task in front of me.  Productivity is not always measured by how much I check off a list, sometimes it’s measured by how  much I rely on God’s power.  I start over again, get quiet, say a prayer and write Proverbs 19:21 out on a post it note, to keep going.  I work with the intention to fulfill God’s purpose not with the intention to check everything off the list.

Proverbs 19:21 (ESV) Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.