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Why grace is the secret to planning

Things don’t always go as planned.

As I mentioned in my last post, I had mentioned that my weakness is overwhelm. Some days, I wake up and everything goes smoothly, others start with challenge upon challenge. Some days, like today, I need more grace in my day than others. Days like today, grace is the secret to planning my day.

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Today started with me sleeping in, my husband running on a tight schedule to get to work, the kids fighting over who could snuggle mommy’s right-hand side, tears during my shower, my four year old hopping in the shower with me and fighting hair washing, and that was before I even left the bedroom. If that was the end of it, I think I would have been okay. Nope, the dog chewed a shirt into shreds, he used my floor as a bathroom for a big stinky mess, and my four year old kept fighting with my one year old.

Oi.

After a busy weekend celebrating our first baby’s birthday, I am already spent. I’m definitely not in my best mood today and feeling that overwhelm something powerful as I need to get the house back in order after the weekend birthday party.



Planning.

The past two days I haven’t planned.

I didn’t pick any small tasks to check off my list.

I retreated upstairs with the kids where the house has a semblance of order and worked on laundry. It felt good to be able to make a difference without the overwhelm of the main floor.

Today, I need to tackle the main floor.

Even if I just get one thing done.

With the feeling of overwhelm gripping me, I set my most important tasks as small, manageable tasks: tidying the living room / taking down the party decorations; making supper (it needs to get done anyways, right?!); and to breathe.

Sometimes, it is easy to overburden ourselves with the massive to do lists that we overwhelm ourselves and forget to breathe.

Today I need that reminder.

Breathe.

Every breath feels so good.

I am constantly reminded during these times that I need to rely on Jesus and to cast my overwhelm on Him.

God’s got your back.

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

-Matthew 11:28-30 NIV

With God, I find peace. Every breath comes from Him. I am weary and burdened with overwhelm, but He gives me peace when I spend time with Him.

Lean on Him.

Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].

{Philippians 4:6-7 AMP}

We are told that we shouldn’t be anxious or worried, but instead, we are to be in prayer with God. Being a Proverbs 31 woman, wife, and mother is not easy. If we strive to be it all, we will need to be in constant communication with God to draw our strength and to feel His peace. We need Him and cannot do this alone. We need to lean on Him in order to be successful.We need to cast our burdens on Him.

Consider it joy.

Consider it nothing but joy, my [a]brothers and sisters, whenever you fall into various trials. Be assured that the testing of your faith [through experience] produces endurance [leading to spiritual maturity, and inner peace]. And let endurance have its perfect result and do a thorough work, so that you may be perfect and completely developed [in your faith], lacking in nothing.

{James 1:2-4 AMP}

Today’s trials are really trivial in the grand scheme of things, but today, they are causing me overwhelm. Today is a test and will lead me to a deeper level of endurance. I am developing in my faith today. How amazing is this realization? Through my overwhelm, I will grow. So blessed by this.

20 The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.

{Romans 16:20 NIV}

God is for us.

The world is full of sin, temptation and trials; God is with us every step of the way. He will use our trails to grow our faith and make us stronger. He will overcome the enemy. We have the grace of Jesus with us every step of the way. Hallelujah!

Even writing this fact and saying it out loud is such a weight lifted. I am so thankful for His grace.

Why grace is the secret to planning.

I am so thankful to know God’s grace. I’m also thankful to know that we need to afford ourselves some grace too.

If we don’t make room for grace in our planning, we are simply setting ourselves up for failure.

God doesn’t want to see you fail. You don’t want to see yourself fail.

While planning and carrying through your plans, remember to extend yourself as much grace as you need. Keep your plans for each day organized by your most important tasks and let the rest be a bonus. Keep your goals reasonable.

And remember: breathe.

You’ve got this!

Remember, grace is the secret to planning!

May the grace of God be with you today, always, through every trial, and through every triumph.

Many blessings to you! Thank you to all who are following me on my journey; if you aren’t already, please feel free to follow me to get notifications of new posts.

Feel free to comment below with how you tackle daunting to do lists, how I can pray for you, or any other comments!

There is a picyure of a planner with the day's tasks laid our. Caption: why grace is the secret to planning
When making plans, we need to ensure there is some room for grace. First things first and go from there.

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6 thoughts on “Why grace is the secret to planning

  1. I think the strongest message for me was to just breathe. God has everything under control and to remember to just breathe through the disasters of life. Thank you!

    1. It’s the strongest message for me too. I need to breathe a little more often. Thank you for your message. Have a blessed day.

    1. Me too! It is far too easy. Praying you are able to experience more grace next time things do go according to plan. Thank you for reading and commenting. Have a blessed day.

    1. Yes! I would totally agree with that. What a great way of putting it! Thank you for your comment. Have a blessed day.

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