I have learned, usually the hard way, that when my plans do not work out, the LORD may be redirecting me. The other alternative is that the evil one is trying to stop me from doing what my God desires. The tricky part is determining between the two. The way I determine what to do when I hit a wall is stop, kneel and listen.
Plans...A few weeks ago, we discussed my new calendar. The back story is... four or five years ago, my precious friend and prayer partner gave me a BEAUTIFUL, bright green leather binder that held a spiral bound, removable family/office planner. I LOVE IT!! Every year I go to the website to order my new insert. As I shared a few weeks ago, I anticipated my planner's arrival and with great excitement I opened the package, ready to document all my plans! To by disappointment, it was not a calendar after all. It was a "notebook" filled with several sections of different EMPTY journal pages! There were no boxes for me to fill with birthdays and events. There were no lines for me to list meetings, football or baseball games. OH NO!! LORD, what am I supposed to do with this? I have made a mistake. Will they accept the return if I have already opened the packaging? Then I stopped.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart. Jeremiah
Another recent wall collision involved me volunteering for a new ministry opportunity at our church. I emailed the contact person, who quickly response that someone would contact me to schedule training, but no one called. At first I was hurt and frustrated, but then I stopped, kneeled and listened for the Holy Spirit. That was when I heard, "Not you. Not now." This allowed me to let it go, so I could wait for what the LORD desired. As always, what the LORD had planned was to keep me from being over committed, so I could be "all in" for my family, this website and ministry opportunities He has planned for me.
In the case of my notebook insert, the Holy Spirit reminded me of what He had spoken to me a few weeks earlier when I asked about His plans for 2018. Pray. Not praying about returning the notebook, but my desire was to pray for my family, friends, my children's friends and my neighbors in a fresh new way. I confessed to you in the January 6, 2018 Rain post, that I do not journal. Well, that's what I thought until I received the notebook...2018 will bring changes to my life, and those around me because I have committed myself to prayer. "Call on Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you."
Another change that the Spirit has revealed is the need to make changes to the things that add stress to my life, simplify, let things go that I have no ability to "fix." Since I am a person, who usually resist change, I will struggle with this, but by submitting my will to Him, I have confidence we will succeed.
One change the Sprirt has revealed to will help simplify and reduce my stress is to change the date our discussions are published. After nine months of posting our weekly discussions, I have realized I struggle to make my self-imposed deadline of Saturday morning. Why stress over this? The stats reveal that most of our subscribers open the post on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so why do I stress to get it done before Saturday? For this reason, starting this week, we will begin sending our discussions to your email inbox on Tuesday morning.
Emily P. Freeman has written an excellent book, Simply Tuesday explaining Tuesdays are just regular days and a good day to sit, open your heart for the LORD to speak truth to your life.
So please join me to journal your prayers and simplify your schedule so we may enjoy a Tuesday at His feet, even if that "Tuesday" occurs on a Thursday or Friday. Just come...
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:15-21 NIV