It’s the first day of school for us today! Some of us are excited and some are not so excited (but they will be I just know it!) This year is looking a lot different for us. I am teaching 4 different age groups which could be a little overwhelming to think about. And to be honest it is if I let myself think about it too much.
But this year I have a plan.
If you know me at all, you know I am not a planner. I love not knowing what the day holds and the idea of waking up in the morning and doing whatever sounds pleasing. This used to work for me very well (or maybe I thought it did)… when I only had two kids close in age, who liked the same things. And then we had three more babies and now those babies are getting bigger and want to learn too. So… now I find myself needing to plan… EVERYTHING. I have to plan meals, plan devotionals, plan school, plan time to read, to grocery shop, to do chores, to write, to have “field trips”, to exercise, to do anything that should get done!
And you know what?
It feels good. I mean really, really good. I know I won’t be scrounging at 5 o’clock figuring out dinner, or wondering why our budget is so off. I know that there will be time for most of the things I need to do, and even for the things I want to do. I know that the things I long to do with my kids schooling will get done. Not everything, and maybe not all in the exact order as I have written out, but more will get done than if I still tried to “wing” it on my own strength.
God is stretching me these days.
He is showing me that being intentional and instilling His virtues in “my” children (and myself) cannot happen by me grasping for loose papers each day. He has shown me that I need a plan. I need to take time to listen and partner with Him, because these are not my children, they are His. I have a responsibility to lay His will before their feet and help establish the mighty things God has for them. The mighty things He has for me along the way. And the more I have in order in my household, the more I can accomplish with my family.
But it is a choice.
A choice that will take more of me than I naturally want to give. But it is right in my Father’s eyes and right with my soul, so I will say yes. I will lean on His strength and into His stretching so that we may move forward and become more flexible, rather than never being able to touch our toes.
Today, I encourage you to start seeking God for what He has waiting for you. We all have dreams inside of us and all have something we know we should be doing, whether it has to do with our children, our marriage, jobs, school, whatever. We all have a plan that our Creator has made for us. But sometimes we don’t know how to start or how to change the way things are already. Sometimes we just feel stuck or comfortable, or unwilling to make a change in the mundane little things in order to do the big things. But we know deep down that it could be better. Our lives could be more purposeful. More intentional. Have more of His strength, instead of our own.
He has all of your answers, but you have to take time to ask. You have to take the time to prepare yourself for what He has already prepared for you. Seek Him, and listen for what He has. I promise the time you take to plan with Him will never be wasted time!
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10)
“But let all things be done properly and in an orderly manner.” (1 Corinthians 14:40)
“The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.” (Proverbs 21:5)