How to Trust God with Your Best Laid Plans
Does your to-do list runneth over?
Do you long for direction from God, but just can’t seem to quiet your mind enough to sit and listen to Him?
If you’re anything like me–a get-things-done kind of person–you are probably a planner. You likely even use a planner (this is the one I use and have been LOVING), where you dutifully fill in all the little boxes with your daily appointments, events, and task lists.
You like to know what’s happening next. You like to stay on top of things.
You can shift things around if need be, but if things get too crazy off-track (or you run out of coffee–whichever comes first), you might be subject to a little mood shift. You can pivot with the best of them, but what happens when the wheels fall completely off?
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HOW DO YOU DEAL WHEN YOUR BEST LAID PLANS GO AMISS?
Netflix night? Glass of miracle juice (wine)? Chocolate?
Can I get a witness? Because I’ve totally been there.
I completely get it. You’ve got a system going.
You’ve got it all under…
It’s not hard to imagine that’s the thing you and I actually crave, deep down, am I right?
If you’re anything like me, you are comfortable being in the driver’s seat of your life.
You’re in charge of making things happen, and you experience deep satisfaction when things go as planned or better.
Do you mind if I ask you something?
What happens when you find yourself in a situation that has spiraled completely out of control?
What happens when you need more than just a Netflix night or even a whole vacation?
I spent many years singlehandedly trying to hold everything together in my life–my marriage, my kids, myself–only to crumble from the inside out.
Anxiety shredded my nerves, I had regular panic attacks, and mental exhaustion led to depression and despair.
I burned all the way out. Have you been there before, too?
If you find yourself overwhelmed by your schedule and life in general, it doesn’t have to be this way.
You can live a life full of intention while staying in tune with God, yourself, and the people you love most. You can have peace about your plans without running at the same old breakneck pace.
How, you might ask?
Surrendering my hectic schedule to God has helped me stay right-side up, as well as overcome massive burnout and overwhelm.
Here are 3 steps I’ve taken to trust God with my plans.What happens when you find yourself in a situation that has spiraled completely out of control? What happens when you need more than just a Netflix night or even a whole vacation? Click To Tweet
3 STEPS TO TRUST GOD WITH YOUR PLANS
Why should we trust God with our plans?
Surrendering our schedule to God can lead to a more peace-filled, purposeful life. “Peace-filled” doesn’t necessarily mean quiet. It just means that we can bypass the chaos that stirs in our spirits when we are holding onto control of every detail of our lives.
Without further ado, here are 3 things you can easily put in place to move toward a more grace-filled life instead of a stress-filled life.
1) Spend one-on-one time with God.
What better way to find peace than in the presence of peace Himself?
Did you know that God cares deeply about every intimate detail of what’s going on with you?
He wants nothing more than to be with YOU. And we have the option to spend time with our creator every day.
If you have a tendency to worry about the outcome, know that when you spend time seeking God first, He will take care of the details and work everything out for your ultimate good.
The burden to make sure that everything turns out according to plan is lifted from your shoulders.
You don’t necessarily need to get up before the sun or spend hours in your Bible or in prayer every morning. (Unless, of course, that’s your jam.) You can start slowly by setting your alarm 5 minutes earlier than you usually get up. Or you can turn in five minutes earlier in the evening.
If you’re at home with littles, you could read them a sweet little devotional like this one (I’ve been reading it to my kids, and most days I enjoy it even more than they do).
Or you could just hide in the bathroom for a few minutes like I do used to.
No matter how you make the time, you can build a habit of spending time with God that will fuel you properly to manage all the things.No matter how you make the time, you can build a habit of spending time with God that will fuel you properly to manage all the things. Click To Tweet
2) Invite the Holy Spirit into your day.
Depending on what’s on the agenda, I can easily either leap out of bed and get right to work, or I can sink further underneath the covers and pretend I didn’t hear my alarm go off.
Either way, relinquishing control over my plans means asking the Holy Spirit for help to accomplish what’s set out before me.
It also means giving God room to “interrupt my plans,” which sometimes makes space for something better–like an unplanned visit from family or friends, or an impromptu all-day snugglefest when one of my kids turns up sick
If you are breathing right now, God has something He wants to do for you and through you. Those days that don’t go according to plan are often blessings in disguise.Those days that don't go according to plan are often blessings in disguise. Click To Tweet
3) Give yourself grace.
I’m gonna be real for a minute–I get really anal about being on time for things. Add to this a husband who is not anal about this, and four kids to the mix (also not anal)–and you get five happy people and one crazy lady throwing a tantrum while trying to get everyone out the door.
It’s not a pretty picture, people.
If you asked my mom, she would roll her eyes so hard at this and tell you that I never cared about being punctual as a kid. One time, she left me at home because I took forever to get ready for school, and she had to be at work.
Some lessons come the hard way, am I right?
Actually, Mom would probably chuckle and say something about how payback is sweet.
Anyway–consider for a moment that God is in control of time. That would mean by default that you and I are not. Have you ever heard stories of people who experienced a near miss, whether it was an accident, or meeting the love of their life at the wrong time, or some story like that?
Perhaps being late is not a reflection of your character (something I actually believed). Habitual tardiness aside (because that’s a different topic), we can make plans (which is awesome because that’s how we’re wired) but God determines our steps. Which means that there may be a divinely-appointed conversation, or a meeting, or a circumstance waiting just for you. You just can’t see it yet, because it’s not on your agenda.
That’s because it’s on His agenda. So give yourself some grace.
Before you go, I’ve got a MAJOR list of resources to help you get realigned and set up your schedule from a place of grace. Check out a few of my favorite books, plus a list of 10 devotionals that are perfect for your quiet time (in the bathroom or elsewhere)!
FAVE BOOKS TO HELP A MAMA GET REALIGNED:
- Divine Time Management (you can find my review here) by Elizabeth Grace Saunders
- Mom Set Free by Jeannie Cunnion
- The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst
- Lead Me, Holy Spirit by Stomie Omartian
OTHER BOOKS TO HELP YOU REMEMBER TO BREATHE:
- Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequiest
- Hands Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stafford
- One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
10 AMAZING DEVOTIONALS FOR WHEN YOU’RE HIDING IN THE BATHROOM
- Find Rest: A Women’s Devotional for Lasting Peace in a Busy Life
- Starting Your Day Right: Devotions for Each Morning of the Year
- A Little God Time for Mothers: 365 Daily Devotions
- God Hears Her: 365 Devotions for Women by Women
- Trusting God Day by Day: 365 Daily Devotions
- Embraced: 100 Devotions to Know God is Holding You Close
- Always Enough, Never Too Much: 100 Devotions to Quit Comparing, Stop Hiding, and Start Living Wild and Free
- Settle My Soul: 100 Quiet Moments to Meet With Jesus
- Extresso: Taking a Coffee Break with God
- A Moment to Breathe: 365 Devotions that Meet You in Your Everyday Mess
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Hey there! I'm Kat, homeschooling mom of four. I'm on a journey to design a life I don't want to hide in the bathroom from. Sound good to you? Hope you'll join me!