Friday, March 13, 2015

When We Allow God to Plan

One of my big personality traits would be that I am a planner by nature. I love to plan and organize. If an event is approaching, I will want to plan out every detail  by the minute. If we are going on a trip, I pack days prior with an area set for the things needed with everything in proper order. I've got typed up notes on how to run things. I like keeping all of my thoughts in good order. A person would think that all of the planning I do would be good. Unfortunately, much of the time, it gets me into trouble.

 Here's the bad part about it. I want to plan so far ahead sometimes that my plans don't go with God's plans. I get to thinking so far in advance without remembering that I don't need to be in control of each and every situation to the minute.  Someone will get sick and a trip gets cancelled.  Something falls through and whatever I was planning for doesn't happen.  Someone passes away unexpectedly. Sometimes, there is alarming news. Life is dynamic and things can change quickly. 

Over the past couple of years, I've really been working on allowing God to be in control of each and every situation.  I've seen the benefits of allowing Him to take the reigns. And you know what?  I am less stressed out. I am less worried. I don't overly plan as much anymore. And I am more joyful overall. 

There are various aspects that I've given over to God and the results have been AMAZING. If only I could spend a moment longer to write it all down to share what He's done for me and my family, you'd be amazed. Everything from allowing God to be in control of our family size to taking us to various locations around America with my husband's job.

Sure, I have days where I get on that track of wanting to think too far ahead. But God knows what happens tomorrow. He knows what is best for me more than what I think I know may be best for me. Since I've surrendered my agendas, desires, and plans over to Him, He has fulfilled me with new callings for my life. He has shown me things beyond my wildest dreams. 

The sacrifice of giving it all to Him isn't always easy. It doesn't always come without criticism from others on what we've allowed God to do in our lives. There are days when I'm not sure that what I am doing is totally the "cool way" to do it. I have naysayers along the way discouraging me and telling me that what I am doing isn't what the world would want me to do. I get discouraged sometimes. But it's all worth it when I see His plans unfold before my very eyes. 

 How about you? Do you like to plan out every detail? Have you surrendered your plans for His? 

***Do you enjoy writing? Do you have a blog? Come join the party. Every Friday, you are given a word/topic to write about on your blog. Spend five minutes (or in my case more), and link up your blog at


  1. Carrie, I soooo understand that desire to have ev-ery-thing planned out. Everything. I'm a lot like that. I love your take on this, when we choose NOT to plan everything, God is free to move in our lives, and it relieves the stress for us. Imagine that! :) I'm learning my security isn't found in my plans. It's found in trusting God.

    Great post!!

    I'm your FMF neighbor. :)

    1. YES! YES! YES! God is free to move in our lives and the more we surrender to Him, the more we see it. I'm so happy to know someone else struggles with wanting to plan things. Thanks, Jeanne!