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 girl–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?
HOW DO YOU DEAL WHEN YOUR BEST LAID PLANS GO AMISS?
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Netflix night? Glass of miracle juice (wine)? Chocolate?
ALL THREE? 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 was 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? Here are 3 steps I’ve taken to trust God with my plans. Surrendering my hectic schedule to God has helped me stay right-side up, as well as overcome massive burnout and overwhelm.
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.
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 is 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 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.
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.
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?
That’s because it’s on His agenda. So give yourself some grace.