Summer is swiftly approaching. Well, it’s more like looming over my head with a cloud of question marks!! Of course, there are many things I’d like to accomplish and lots of fun to be had, but planning and priorities seem a little daunting at the moment.
Instead of looking forward to a time with my precious boys, I’m dreading the constant motion, refereeing and lack of ‘me’ time. (Obviously, I need a change of attitude). What’s more is that I need to step back and take an honest look at the important activities and forget the rest.
Argh!!! Sometimes life just seems so OVERWHELMING!
The name of the season changes, but my desire to run and hide stays the same when life alters, looks bleak or the unknown threatens. I tend to forget whose I am and why I’m here. In fact, I am inclined to lose all objectivity and become paralyzed by fear.
I know, it’s only summer vacation!!! However, I like plans. I like organization and I fear the unknown. With so many options to choose from, I get confused, worried and defeated before I even get started.
“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11
Focusing on plans and keeping everyone happy is not where I should concentrate. I ought to spend my energies on the steps that keep me grounded, content and fearless.
Step 1: Remember I am a child of God. – “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” Psalm 139:13-16
Step 2: Focus on my real mission. – “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” Ecclesiastes 12:13
Step 3: Give myself a break. – “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2Corinthians 12:9
Step 4: Pray for the answers. – “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” John 15:7
As you can see, I have been feeling all sorts of anxiety and panic over the impending school break and I SO needed to get a grip on the plethora of options to select!! The above steps are just what I need to get started and feel comfortable with the plans I make for my family.
God is the heart of all matters and I’d be much more at ease with all the changes life brings if I’d remember who is in charge. Plus, “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31
Do you consult God when making plans?
Some Wisdom for Today: Proverbs 21:5 – The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.