February 28, 2013

Why Do I Make Plans?

76395de3b2bae708b273e793575a1089Today is Thursday, right?

Last fall, I got my first (yes, it will be my first) Erin Condren Life Planner. And this is not a review or sponsored post, this is just my way of saying, it changed my life. It helped me learn how to plan and budget my time more effectively. Having the right tool makes all the difference – but that’s a post for another time.

Anyway, last night I sat down and planned out the rest of my week. I know it was Wednesday. I do that every night.

And it was filled with all sorts of fun stuff and busywork stuff and even some new and exciting personal challenges. Starting this morning.

And then I woke up and had a migraine.
One day I’ll tell you about the spaceship.

I’m finally functional again, but my plans for today – indeed, for the rest of the week – have had to be completely rearranged. Thankfully, they were the kind of plans that could be rearranged.

Except cleaning up the puppy refuse in the backyard.
That, unfortunately, still has to happen today.

Planning has been the theme of my conversations with SoldierMan the last couple of weeks. Lots of talk about plans. Financial plans. Army plans. Post-Army plans. All kinds of plans.

And those are important discussions to have. At the same time, we’ve both learned by now that in the end, God’s going to do whatever He wants. (Prov. 19:21) We should just try our best to seek out what that is and plan accordingly, so we’re already prepared to jump on board.

Today was supposed to be “errand, appointment and chore” day. Tomorrow was going to be “shut out the world and do some serious blog maintenance” day. Saturday is “be gone most of the” day.

Maybe God knew I needed a quiet day today. Or, maybe I just didn’t get enough sleep and got hit by a glare from a window just the wrong way.

Either way, plans change.

And I’m learning that obedience to God means not resenting changes in plans. Small plans and big plans.

It’s okay to be disappointed. It’s okay to be off-footed for a while. It’s okay if it takes time to adjust. Because we can’t see what’s ahead. Thankfully, God is already ahead of us.

We’re walking by faith, not by sight.


  1. My Mum always told me if you want to make God laugh tell Him your plans

  2. It is amazing how easily plans can change especially when it comes to the Army. Life just happens and its easier to go with the flow. :)

  3. I am a planner. So, I have always struggled with this. It is definitely a work in progress for me.

  4. You know, I'm usually pretty go-with-the-flow, especially with all of the Army-related things in our lives. But I have never struggled so much with God's plans as I am right now.

    Maybe it's because I just can't even begin to understand why he allowed me to get pregnant...only to lose the baby a few weeks later. It just doesn't make sense to me. It probably never will, but nothing except for our PCS seems to feel right at the moment.


  5. I was a soldier for 8 yrs then I married a soldier after I got out. He retired and let me tell you, if you think life changes in the Army, our lives have been crazy busy and often changing since we've been out. Good luck and God Bless!


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