(Day 26) Disappointed But Not For Long

Galatians 3:3 NIV says “Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?” That’s the scripture that came to mind as I was beating myself up for not following through on my commitment to exercise. My day literally consisted of waking up late, working, sleeping, working and then sleeping again. I got nothing else done at all. My accountability partner suggested that my fatigue could be improved if I move my body! Go figure, that’s what I wanted to do but I allowed my fatigue to get the best of me. I didn’t take my schedule to the Lord in the morning and the rest of my day was lost. That’s where I failed and I am so glad that I learned that lesson quickly.

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Today is the only day that we are promised. We are never promised tomorrow in scripture. We must make the best of today. That is what I intend to do today. I will take my schedule to the Lord and ask Him to help me plan my day. I am pretty confident that my day will look much better because I have done this before. It lasted 3 days. I did not get back to it and yet the Lord had me working on planning and balance for a while this month. Somewhere along the journey I said “I got this Lord” and everything went the wrong direction. Well thank God for grace. I have repented and I am ready to move forward again. This is a lifetime journey and there will always be bumps in the road but the Lord is gracious and steers me back when I get off track. Hallelujah!

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(Days 16 & 17) That’s It I Surrender!

Image-1I cannot get away from the planning and balance phase of this journey. I am just not getting it. I try to do well and it works for a couple of days but then life just happens and gets in the way. “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 ESV

Last week I shared the following verse in my Days 8-12 post: “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” Proverbs 16:3 NIV. My intention was to learn to plan better, my days get away from me and at the end of some days I just say “what happened?”. Today was one of those days. Yesterday was another one of those days. So now I am looking at this and saying “OK God, what are you saying to me?” Then I look a few verses down from Proverbs 16:3 and read “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 ESV

So now I am assessing my week and I see a pattern of 3 good days and 2 not so good days. The common denominator for the 3 good days is that I started me day with my planner at the place of prayer and sought the Lord to help me plan the day. Then at the end of those days I moved over anything that wasn’t accomplished to the next day. No condemnation, no guilt, no stress just grace and mercy. On the other 2 days, I woke up late, jumped into my day without my morning prayer time. I had times of prayer during those days but there was no plan for the day. The day just started and before I knew it I was in the fast lane of busyness.

That’s it, I surrender! I surrender! I can’t do this one my own. I need to depend more on Jesus! I know what my goals are, I know what my why is, I know what the plans in my heart that I want to accomplish are to get to the next level in my journey. I cannot do it alone. I have to consistently bring the Lord into my plans. Today’s verse says “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 ESV. Last week’s verse says “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” Proverbs 16:3 NIV. I thought just committing to the Lord whatever I do would cause the Lord to establish my plans and that is true. But when I look further and see that I can plan my way but the Lord will establish my steps, oh that brings a peace to my heart. So I surrender to this truth today.

Lord you know the plans and intentions of my heart. Establish my steps so that my life brings you glory. Help me to rise early and bring my schedule to you so that I truly learn to walk this journey with you depending on you every step of the way. Thank you for being patient with me as I learn each day to apply what I am learning. It’s all about you Jesus. Thank you for grace and mercy. Thank you for teaching me and training me by your Word. Amen.

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(Days 8-12) Learning to Plan Well

photo1My sincerest apologies for not getting my days 8-11 written in a timely manner. I actually failed to plan well. However, I am using that lesson to help me move forward not just in this 31 day blogging challenge but in my health journey as well. As I look back on the past week I can see that it is time for me to be intentional about planning. My goodness, this is such a new area for me. I am such a spontaneous person when it comes to my personal life. I just go with the flow most of the time and find myself overwhelmed very quickly.

It is time to make a change in this area. My daughter has been asking me to work with her on meal planning so that we can have healthy meals without spending so much money. Currently we buy our own individual food and most of the time we don’t cook in the house. I don’t like the idea of meal planning because what if I don’t want the meal we planned for a certain day? I know, silly isn’t it?

Then when it comes to taking care of important errands on a weekly basis. My typically strategy is not to have one. I go and take care of things when I think of it and usually I am either right on time by the skin of my teeth or I am late. Well I believe the Lord has been nudging me to get it together for a while now. A year or so ago I took a 24 hour period and literally wrote down every single thing that I did throughout the day. It was eye-opening and propelled me to download different productivity apps on my phone and work on prioritizing my life. I think that worked for about a month.

The most interesting thing about this is that when I am at work I am much more organized. I;m sure it’s because I have to be in order to get my work tasks completed timely. The question I have asked myself this weekend is, why don’t I organize my time? Proverbs 16:3 says ” Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.” I have a friend who has been talking about how she takes her schedule to her prayer closet and asks the Lord how to organize her days, weeks and months as well as her goals. Over the weekend I heard the same thing from another source and I realized that the Lord is trying to get my attention.

So this morning I took a notebook to prayer and wrote out everything I needed to get accomplished and even put some times into the plan. The Lord really helped me put it all together and I must say that I have completed just about all my tasks for the day. Now I just need to make this a habit every day. I’m confident that this will bring so much freedom to my life. I am pretty sure it will keep me from running like a crazy woman and not sleeping enough on days when I just try to do too much. When my daughter comes home tonight, I’m going to tell her that I am ready to get those meal plans in the works. To help hold me accountable to this, I am going to take you on this new journey with me. Please if you have any words of wisdom to share in how to be more organized I would love to hear about it in the comments below.

Blessings to all and thank you for taking the time to stop by today.