The LORD Determines

1:00 AM

I like schedules, making plans, chats, and keeping to a routine. I have a calendar on the wall, a goal list in my writing corner, a dreams for 2017 tucked into my Bible along with my Bible reading plan, and a day planner that I carry with me everywhere. I like plans and keeping to them and I do not like it when those plans get messed up.

Welcome to 2017, when my plans have been derailed from almost day one.

I have had technology glitches (thank you to my tech support guy for getting my internet up and going again), a bad cold (the kind where the coughing wakes you up a few times each night), and a trip that was awesome. So when things like this happen, I tend to get a little…stressed.

Okay, let me be honest, I get a lot stressed.

I am looking at my well planned goals that are already off track and we aren’t even done with January. I am looking at my planner that has empty days because I was too sick to use them. Have I already failed this year? Will I be able to catch up?

Perhaps I am asking the wrong question.

Why am I off track? I had a hard time with allergies at the beginning of the month. I caught the cold because I was cuddling a sibling who was sick, the trip was to spend time with friends. Pretty much, either I was derailed because of illness (outside of my control) or because of people. I am guessing that those people are far more important than my schedule. God puts a lot more value on people than accomplishing tasks.

I am learning to put people before projects; to see that God’s plans are not my own, but so much better. I can’t say it is always easy, the goal list still looms above me at times, but I am learning.

"In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps." 
Proverbs 16:9 NIV

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  1. Oh no, I'm so sorry, Sarah! *hugs* I too know the feeling of having goals which don't happen... I'm sorry about your health/technology problems and so hope those are now all better, and I hope you had a good time with your vacation! Yes, the Lord has other plans for us, often. :) Best wishes in getting caught up on your goals and such... I so hope you can get back on top of where you need to be, and if there's anything I can do to help, please don't hesitate to let me know. <3 Praying for you!

    1. Thank you so much, Deborah. You are such a blessing.