A better way

Abetterwaypost1-6-16It’s that time of the year when people make goals and plans like it’s the only time of the year they can (just so we’re clear you can set goals and make plans anytime).  Whether you love setting goals or you’re over it I think the important thing to consider is God’s plan.  We rush about trying to figure it all out on our own when there already is a grand plan.  So before you rush off to make grand plans for this year here are some things to consider.

1.  “The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations.” (Psalm 33:11 ESV)

God is working and accomplishing his plan and sometimes it takes time.  Don’t be discouraged if something you’ve been working towards or praying about isn’t happening right away.  Many times God’s timing is different than ours.

2.  “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9 ESV)

Make a plan but then turn it over to the Lord.  There is also freedom in knowing that God is the one who makes our path sure when we rely on him.  God is going to get you where you need to be.  You’re not going to somehow miss it as you rely on him.

3.  “The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.” (Proverbs 21:5 ESV)

Having a plan is important to the Lord. If you’re always thinking about where you want to be but never taking action steps all you really have is a fantasy and not a true dream.  A dream requires you get your rear into gear and be proactive.  Most likely someone isn’t going to make you accomplish anything.  You get to do that.

4.  “O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure.” (Isaiah 25:1 ESV)

Praise God for what he is already done and the new desires he’s placed in your heart.  Praise him just for who he is.  Ultimately God’s plan is to show his glory by making his name known in all the earth as the Light for the nations and peace for our hearts.  When you’re considering your plans take time to schedule in time to enjoy the Lord more.  Being with him is the most worthwhile thing you can do.  Out of that you’ll have everything you need to accomplish the tasks and dreams ahead of you.

So when you’re considering whether or not to make exercise a goal, how to eat nutritiously, what clothes to purge, or how to be more patient consider why you’re making the changes you’re making and know that it is important but ultimately we can rest knowing that God works through us and he will accomplish what is best.  How exciting that we get to partner with him!

10 Responses to A better way

  1. Daniel Fender January 7, 2016 at 11:43 am #

    Good word! Thanks for sharing this. I really appreciate it at this time in my life. God bless you sister!

    • misselaini January 7, 2016 at 12:36 pm #

      Thank you Daniel! So grateful for you and your example of loving Jesus and letting Him dictate your plans.

  2. Amber Anderson January 7, 2016 at 12:50 pm #

    Beautiful post! <3

    • misselaini January 7, 2016 at 3:18 pm #

      Amber, you’re lovely! Thank you! xxx

  3. Diana January 9, 2016 at 5:42 pm #

    I agree 100% with everything you’ve said here! Such great reminders when we’re thinking of the future. Love the new look of your blog and the direction you’re taking it in!

    • misselaini January 9, 2016 at 8:50 pm #

      Thank you Diana! I’m excited to try new things! 🙂

  4. Emily Ruth January 11, 2016 at 4:45 pm #

    Thank you so much for this! It’s such a timely reminder, and I definitely needed to read this right now.

    • misselaini January 11, 2016 at 9:26 pm #

      I’m so thankful it blessed you Emily. I needed the reminder myself! Thanks for commenting!

  5. Victoria / Justice Pirate January 23, 2016 at 6:59 am #

    This is reassuring. I am going through a lot right now and this gives me comfort that God is still establishing my path even when I am in despair.

    • misselaini January 23, 2016 at 2:04 pm #

      I’m thankful the truth of God’s word is ministering to your heart but I’m so sorry to hear you’re struggling right now. Praying for you dear. xxx

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