Best Laid Plans

Best Laid Plans

I mean, the past couple of months have been a real hassle for me and all my “best laid plans.” Written out on the little lines of my leather-bound planner, they look great! But the feeling of not being able to cross them off as finished feels anything but.

Plans Jeremiah 29:11

How do we wind up in a position like that? Well, I think, as my mother so often put it, “we have too many irons in the fire.” Ain’t that the truth? We don’t always admit it, even to ourselves, but multi-tasking is in! It’s the hot new rage, the trend that makes the world go round!

And it’s not for me, HAHA!

Making and Breaking Plans

I always have more plans than I have time to finish them. I was just thinking the other day, you know, it’s no wonder our great-grandparents were able to get things done. There was no digital age, no Facebook or YouTube to steal their attention, and no technology of any kind cluttering their space, mental or physical.

I do love my technology, I ain’t even gonna lie! It helps me to be able to keep in touch with friends and family. It makes it possible for me to easily homeschool my daughter, with access to everything I need online. I’m able to work by securing clients through online sources. And I can even shop from my computer if I don’t feel like going out.

I never said technology was bad. Just busy.

Still, I have a lot more “to do” than I have “done.” That’s for sure.

Prioritizing Is Hard

When it comes to making plans, as I said earlier, it all looks great on paper. But when little things – or even big things – come up from time to time, it throws us off. We try to push one thing into another, or reschedule something for the third or fourth time. Listen, it happens.

For instance, I want to be a regular blogger, I want to record YouTube videos to share my heart and the Gospel. I want to be able to keep a spotlessly clean home, with nary a dirty dish or piece of laundry. In my perfect world, the food is always home cooked, the children are always happy, and I never have to send my husband to the store after work with a “honey-do” pick-up list.

Yeah, right!

As it stands, especially these last two months, I’ve squelched on all of these and SO many more! My computer crashed in February, after only having it for two weeks. (Never again, HP, never again!) Not long after that, our fairly new modem went out in the house and I was down another full day of work.

In the midst of all of that, we all got some form of stomach or sinus funk that really drained us. I know at one point, I slept for over 12 hours! Anyone that knows me knows that’s not LIKE me. But, praise God, we are all over that! It’s been pretty much life as usual – bad timing and rescheduling included – since then.

Letting God Be God

When something goes wrong for someone, one of my first pieces of advice has always been that God must have a reason. Being late for work or a meeting can mean we’ve missed what could have been a deadly car wreck. Not getting to go out for lunch with the hubby could be us escaping a bad case of food poison. There’s always a brighter possibility for “what could have been.”

The problem is, I rarely take that advice myself. I blame myself a lot of the time, if I’m being honest. I coulda, shoulda, woulda. Sometimes it’s justified, but sometimes I’m harder on myself than I should be. I guess that’s part of being a real, live person!

If you’ve had a hard day today, I pray you go easy on yourself. Be nice… even to yourself! God loves you, wants the best for you, and nothing is outside of His guiding Hand!

4 Comments

  1. g.w

    Well said, and I think you said it for us all. 🙂

    Reply
    1. Stacey Lynn (Post author)

      Thank you so much! Praise the Lord!

      Reply
  2. ordinarilyextraordinarymom

    I had similar thoughts the other day. So little was available even when I was younger to distract the way technology does, but God knows how to use all it, the lists, the technology and the overwhelmed.

    Reply
    1. Stacey Lynn (Post author)

      Amen, and thank God!! 🙂 I think, honestly, I put more on myself than I should, lol.

      Reply

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