How do you plan your week? Do you sit down and determine what you’ll do each day? Make a “to do” list of things you need to accomplish and just work your way down? Or are you more of a free spirit that just rolls with whatever comes your way?
I am one who has a lot of balls in the air, so I need some type of plan in order to get it all done. Typically, I will sit down with my calendar and work the things that need to be done around the list of set commitments for the week. Sometimes my week flows easily and sometimes it is exhausting and stressful.
This weekend I was feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the things ahead of me and the things I needed to work on to prepare for the week’s events. On top of my schedule, I’ve been setting up an official office for Righteous Relationships which has left the ground floor of my house looking more like a warehouse while I paint and organize.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” I went to the Father and shared all I needed to do and asked Him to direct my path and give me clear direction. After all, He tells us in Jeremiah 29:11 He has plans for us. I needed His plan to make it through this week.
Isaiah 30:21 reminded me “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’” I put Him to the test and asked for my agenda for the week. When I woke up Monday morning, the Lord clearly gave me His agenda for my week. It seemed to me He crammed a lot into a day (even more than I would have packed in a day), but I wrote it down and was determined to do it. I even sent the schedule out to my prayer shield for accountability.
Monday, I was to paint the entire office…alone. I don’t like doing anything alone if I can help it. So, I decided to invite Rita Springer to help me. I put on her worship music and began to paint. I had the greatest day with the Lord. We talked and I worshipped. I truly felt His presence with me.
Tuesday, I was to write out two messages I’ve been trying to write for weeks. Every time I’ve sat down to write them, I felt like the Lord was saying, “Not yet.” Now I was supposed to write two messages in one day. The list went on and on. Well, I am three days into the agenda God gave me and I have had the most productive, stress free week I’ve had in a long time. I’ve found myself tired from accomplishing a lot each day, but not worn out or exhausted. I’ve seen things accomplished in record time. Not only have I been productive and stress free, I’ve had fun.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. [Isaiah 55:8] You can say that again. God’s ways truly are the best way to do things. Do you have a lot to do today? Take some time to pause before the Father and ask Him to order your steps and direct your path. Ask Him to show you His way and then “commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed” [Proverbs 16:3] and you will find yourself in a much better place.