Letting Go Of Plan A

Plan
Plan

PLAN. That is what I do. That is what God has created me tone good at. I own a few planners. I keep a detailed planner for our family’s everyday adventures. Even in 2020 when the world was planning NOTHING I still kept a planner and turned it into a journal of sorts, to remember what we cam through together as a family.

Planning is a good thing BUT we cannot let our plans control us. We Must be FLEXIBLE! Hubby made some statements about that in his sermon this past Sunday! There is a part two of this blog post coming soon so I don’t want to get to ahead of myself.

The Back Story- The Root of Plan A

For a few years now I have been holding onto this Printable from Life Action Ministries (You can find the printable by clicking the Link above) called Put Off Put On. Each Day has a habit / attitude or action that is unbiblical that you put off and a Biblical one you put on. And for a number of years I have thought that when I did the study that I would s make it into a blog post series. It really was set up perfectly for that.

Putting Plan A into Action

Well fast forward to December of 2020- I found myself in a state of confinement to a couch and small spare bedroom in our house. I could barely move I was in so much pain but it gave me a lot of time to think and pray. As I did that plans began to form for the year 2021. and Put Off Put On found itself top on the priority list! It even made it’s way into the blog planner for each week and on January 1st it became apart of my morning devotional time. I finished the first week and I sat down to write the blog post- nothing- not one single thing.

All the while my other parts of my study and reading were fitting together and I was making some neat connections there just wasn’t words for my plan. I said ok Lord I’m going to keep going and just study and read these verses and contemplate the contrasting actions and virtues.

Two Days Left- I let go of plan A a Month ago.

So here I am, two days left in what I thought was going to be a need series of blog and posts and I am writing about how I have had to let go of my plan to make it so. By Wednesday I will have completed 55 days of Putting off and Putting On. I have grown through them but no words to share with you but these.

Plan

I make lots of “great” plans but rarely do they turn out the way I think they should. I could just throw up my hands and say I quit. I will NEVER do or try tat again. There are many times I could have quit blogging because things didn’t go as I have planned. But we are commanded to persevere- to not give up so easily.

Some of the greatest moments in my life came as a Plan B- I had a mentor in college who so wisely taught me to invite God into my plan A, Give it to Him and be Ready for Plan B- God’s Plan. When I am flexible with my plans God forms them into his and amazing things happen.

Plan B Christmas

Every year for Christmas I try to make it as fun and creative as possible because as a full time ministry family the holidays aren’t “normal” (And I can hear all of my sweet friends chanting “Normal just a setting on the dryer”) Well this Christmas I knew I had the greatest gift ever- Quarantined Life! so I planned all these cool things. I actually made the advent calendar that has been sitting in my closet for YEARS and painted it and filled it with all these amazing family activities. And then I woke up on December 8th and was rushed off to the ER for what would be 4 hospital visits in 3 weeks.

I cried all the way to the hospital on a couple of this trips feeling like I had ruined Christmas for the whole family. This was a different sort of Plan B than some silly set of blog posts not being written This affected our entire family. And Hubby and the kids were scared- I massacred because nasty words were being thrown around at the hospital like “tumors” and “cancer”. I can tell you right now as of this moment there aren’t any tumors and there never was any cancer- but things didn’t “look” right and some nurses spoke out of turn. My kids had to see me the sickest and I the most pain I had ever been in ….Including 4 births and a gall bladder issue. THAT was NOT my Plan A!

Hindsight into God’s Plan

God’s plan B had been put into full swing- And I had t sit back and let hubby do most of it and he did awesome. I was so proud of him. And my friends- the ones who really knew me and really cared spoke words of truth into my life and my heart. They were superficial words. They weren’t pat answers- they could do that because they knew me and my heart. Through God’s plan B they had an opportunity to minister to my heart.

And our kids-wow! Our kids are so ministry minded to begin with my their acts of service to me was beyond what 10 to 15 years olds should do and yet they were amazing and we watched them grow so much through all of this.

Getting Mixed up

I think sometimes we get confused about the difference between perseverance and stubbornness is . Perseverance is being faithful even when things don’t go our way and being stubborn is doing our own way even if God is saying no, not yet- or just plain no.

He doesn’t want us to like that little boy with his trucks or that little girl with her dolls who don’t get their own way….we’ve seen it play out many times on TV or in our backyards….they are my______ and if we don’t do it my way I’m gonna pack up my_________ and go home. He wants us to trust him that HIS ways are better than our ways. He wants us o be a part of his amazing plan not just have hime be a part of our mediochre plans.

I want to challenge you just Like Ma Parker did for me to take God all of your plans and ask him to make them his plans and to help you to be aware and flexible for the changes he WILL make! Being willing to surrender your plans allows for great opportunity!

I will promise you that Plan B is always a bigger blessing thanPlan A- it may take a while to see it but with faith and trust God works miracles!

What about you…..What has been a Plan A that God has turned into an Amazing Plan B?

Stay tuned for Part 2 in this series.

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Happy Homemaker Monday- 2/22/2021

Happy
Happy

Happy Monday everyone! It’s been a day but it’s been a fun day for me. Hubby create a new workspace in my craft room. so I took today after my morning routine to set everything up.

♥♥The Weather♥♥ 

Today was another crazy snowy day here in upstate NY. We had a number of hours this afternoon that we didn’t see a snow plow for hours and we couldn’t see our road for even longer. It has been a fairly snowy year for us – more so that years in recent past

Monday – 28 and SNOWY
Tuesday –  36 with more snow
Wednesday – 47 SAY WHAT?? HEAT WAVE!!! (Rain)
Thursday –  29 (nevermind)
Friday – 35 it says we can expect a visit from a mysterious glowing orb in the sky!
Saturday –  40 and rain
Sunday –  44 partly sunny

With getting so little sun most of the winter it is so exciting when it shows up even briefly

♥♥How I am feeling this morning♥♥

Pretty well though a bit distracted I was having a hard time focusing on my devotions

  
 ♥♥On the breakfast plate♥♥

Bacon and egg white Bagel sandwich with coffee

♥♥On my reading pile♥♥
  • My Bile
  • The Powerful Purpose of Introverts
  • I’d Rather Be Laughing
  • The Silver Chair (Part of our morning basket for school)
  • Light in The Attic (Reading book for our 10 year old for school)
  • Lisette’s List
  • Little Women (Listening while I do other things)
 ♥♥On my tv♥♥

Art Youtube tutorials


♥♥On the menu this week♥♥
  • Monday-Burgers and French fries and side salads
  • Tuesday-Loaded baked potatoes
  • Wednesday- Baked Ziti
  • Thursday- sloppy joes and potato wedges w/ mixed veggies
  • Friday- Minestrone soup and Sourdough bread
  • Saturday- Leftovers
  • Sunday- Venison roast with potatoes and Carrots

♥♥From the camera♥♥    

♥♥Looking around the house♥♥

SNOW CLOTHES EVERYWHERE!!! Yep they were cutting wood and playing outside. When they get home we will clean them up.

     
♥♥To relax this week, I will♥♥

Finish reading three of the books on the above reading pile, make bread, and do some more deep cleaning (I jumped into the spring cleaning early.

♥♥Something I want to share♥♥ 
Love His new song

  ♥♥Devotional, inspirational, prayer list or Bible verse♥♥ 

1 Thessalonians 2:4-5 On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts. You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed—God is our witness. (NIV)

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Happy Homemaker Monday- 2-15-2021

Good morning everyone (evening by the time you read this!) and a happy Monday. Last week was such a SLOW week for me. Apparently I have been fighting an infection that really didn’t hold many symptoms for me. I just kept getting more and more tired. All of this led for more tests and doctor’s teemed calls and now I’m over half done with my third round of antibiotics in way too short of a time span. I feel way less sluggish today so hopefully that’s a good sign

Let’s get into this weeks post!

♥The Weather♥♥ .      
♥♥How I am feeling this morning♥♥

Much better today not nearly as tired

 ♥♥On the breakfast plate♥♥

Eggs and bacon and cheesecake I didn’t eat last night 

♥♥On my reading pile♥♥
  • My Bible
  • the powerful Purpose of Introverts
  • I’d Rather Be laughing
  • The Silver Chair
  • A Light in the Attic
  • Lisettes List
♥♥On my tv♥♥

nothing

♥♥On the menu this week♥♥ 

Monday – Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole Tuesday – Tacos Wednesday Meatball subs- Thursday– Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes

Friday- Leftovers Saturday -Vegetable Beef Soup
Sunday – Venison Potatoes and carrots in the crockpot

♥♥From the camera♥♥
♥♥Something I want to share♥♥

Love people No matter what!

 ♥♥Devotional, inspirational, prayer list or Bible verse♥♥ 

I finished In His Image by Jen Wilkin this morning. Fabulous book It really has challenged me over the last couple of weeks and I highly recommend this book

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Happy Homemaker Monday 2-8-2021

Happy

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you have had an amazing week.

♥♥The Weather♥♥

COLD- tomorrow might count as a heat wave at a whopping 29 degrees. Don’t worry as you will see the temps start heading south again by the end of the week  .

Monday – 21
Tuesday – 27
Wednesday – 22
Thursday – 22
Friday – 19
Saturday –  18
Sunday – 17

And we won’t even discuss night time temps BRRRR.
♥♥How I am feeling this morning♥♥

Exhausted. And a tad discouraged finding it hard to get motivated

♥♥On my mind♥♥ 

   Learning- Sometimes the learning process exhausting. Being a responsible learner means you have to apply what you are learning. Sometimes when you are learning a lot all at once can make you feel like you aren’t applying what you learn responsibly. Do you follow?

 ♥♥On the breakfast plate♥♥

Cold pizza. It was a rushed morning . And I just grabbed what was in the fridge   

♥♥On my reading pile♥♥ 

  • My Bible Friendship on Purpose reading plan
  • In His Image
  • I’d Rather be Laughing
  • The Silver Chair
  • The Powerful Purpose of Introverts
  • S. H. A. P.E.
  • Lisette’s List
 ♥♥On my tv♥♥

Nothing

 ♥♥On the menu this week♥♥

 Monday – Venison Soup
Tuesday
 – Tacos
Wednesday
 – Chef Salads
Thursday
 -Stuffed meatballs with Mushroom Soup
Friday
 – Leftovers
Sunday  Baked Ziti

♥♥From the camera♥♥ 

Happy
♥♥Looking around the house♥♥

 General cleaning

♥♥New recipe I tried last week, or one that we really enjoyed♥♥

Nothing


♥♥To relax this week, I will♥♥

Read and write

♥♥Something I want to share♥♥

This year I have taken on bullet journaling for both my blog and reading. It gives me exactly what need because I choose what gets added and what doesn’t.

♥♥Devotional, inspirational, prayer list or Bible verse♥♥ 

Today I was reading in James 5 an answer to prayer happened. I always think its amazing how when You ask God to give you wisdom and insight in growing in your faith . This was no different I have been on a journey of becoming a better pray-er and this chapter had some great insight for me!

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My 2021 Joy Dare- Week 5

Joy
Joy

Good evening everyone. I hope you have had a joy filled week! I cannot believe that we are in week of this year’s Joy Dare! This year is already flying by so quickly and I don’t know about you but last month with my theme of Intentional Gratitude I found myself growing leaps and bounds.

This month’s theme is Intentional Love and I will have posts. based on that but for right now let’s just into. what we are thankful for this week.

Joy

January 29- February 4th

January 29th- A Song heard, a soft word, and a light seen
  • A song heard- actually many songs heard- it brings me great joy to see and hear our kids singing their hearts out for Jesus. Such Joy in their hearts. I appreciate the lyrics that are being embedded on their hearts
  • A soft word- early morning conversations with Ron as we get ready for our day
  • A light seen- the ever so faint of a glimmer of morning kissing the oh-so-black sky
January 30th- 3 old things seen new
  • A stack of picture frames ready to be repurposed into new
  • Old jeans ready to be used for new projects, specifically a hanging organizer for the craft room
  • Old wood ready to be repurposed for a room remodel
January 31- A gift on paper, in person and in a picture
  • On Paper- A card sent my a dear friend to encourage and make me laugh
  • In Person- seeing our teens back in Youth Group- it’s such a gift.
  • In pictures- The pictures that pop up in our facebook memories: toothless kiddos, quotes from Faith Giants spurring on from heaven, verses of encouragement, and funny pictures to make us chuckle.
joy
February 1- 3 Gifts Red
  • a Beautifully hand painted Red Cardinal Card from a good friend
  • 2 red Scarves both gifts from friends that keep me cozy on cold winter days
  • two frogs and a sloth gifted to me by my hubby with big red bows on them
February 2nd- 3 Gifts found on Paper
  • An artist print hanging on the wall in the doctors office
  • Get well cards pinned on my inboard written with words of encouragement and love
  • Countless journals of a life lived relying on Jesus
February 3rd- 3 Gifts found in writing
  • God’s Word- all of it
  • Goals written down- reminds me of my purpose.
  • Words found in comments on my blog encouraging me to keep going.
February 4th- 3 Gifts when bent down (I’m going to give you five)
  • Mia
  • Tia
  • Rosie
  • Nugget
  • Daisy

These are our 5 current fur babies which are such a HUGE blessing to our family!

And there you have it another week of the Joy Dare. to learn more about the Joy Dare you Can check out Ann Voskamp’s website here.

And you can also check out Ann’s Book One Thousand Gifts on Amazon. (This is not an affiliate link)

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