Raise your hand if you are one of those people who, like me, cannot seem to resist those gorgeous planners you see making their way across your Pinterest or Instagram feeds? Yeah, you know the ones they're calling bullet journals. I call them drool-worthy posts for the Type-A sort, because I have to hold myself back every time from buying every one I see. They make me want to plan for every small thing in my life.
Except I don't, nor should I.
The world tells us planning is good, and they're not necessarily wrong. We should have goals we want to achieve. As single women, we probably want to find a lifelong partner. That's a good goal. Maybe we want a meaningful career. Wonderful goal. Maybe we want to start a small group at our church or take our kids on vacation next year. All of these are goals we want to reach.
Setting goals for ourselves is a positive thing. So having planners and bullet journals to help us meet those goals aren't bad, per se. However, they often leave out one MAJOR component when we're looking toward our future--God.
We need God in our plans.
Most of us fall into this idea (more often than we'd like to admit) that we'll make the best of plans and then ask God to bless them. Well, that sometimes works if our plans already aligned with God's plans. Sure. However, a lot of times we end up facing crushing disappointment when our plans fall apart and we wasted all this planning time, because we didn't wait on God to bless them. We didn't seek Him first.
And let's just say the waiting on God part stinks, okay. Putting that out there. Not going to sugar coat anything. It's not fun. We all just want an answer NOW, and we'd like it to be the answer YES.
But alas, it's not always yes, and it's not always immediate.
Why is that? Well first, let's start with the waiting part. If we really feel like we're going in the right direction, but we're not getting a clear answer from God, maybe what we're doing to prep for our plans has to do with another one of God's plans. So maybe He's allowing us to take things to a point before we have to shift gears. It doesn't mean stop praying or stop doing. In fact, it means to continue praying and paying even closer attention to what God is trying to tell you.
Now, when God tells us no, then that's the part that really stinks, especially if we moved forward with all of these plans and then everything goes down the toilet. It hurts. It makes us angry. It's terrible. Our plans aren't always His (again, sometimes tough to swallow).
The key takeaway is to start everything in prayer. Try to make sure you're where God wants you to be when you're planning. Ask God, ask him for blessings, ask Him to show you it's the right path. Have faith that He's going to guide you right. It can be so scary, because God's way isn't always the easiest path. There are sometimes a ton of dark places and pitfalls and hard times, but God will make it all worth it.
Then, when we start working in that pretty, pretty, pretty planner with all our glitter pens, multi-colored highlighters, rainbow sticky notes and more...ask God to keep blessing it as you move along. Let Him guide the plan and you do the doing.
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