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Memory Monday – Week 83

How many people try to plan out their future? Even if you don’t try, you might automatically start thinking about what the next few days, weeks, and months might look like. You plan vacations, you budget your upcoming expenses, you look forward to weddings, you talk about when you want to have children, etc. If you were anything like I was after college you thought you would get married within 1-2 years, have kids the following year and by the time you were 30 you would have a family of 5. I think my story is the perfect example that our human desires always fall under the sovereignty of God.

Proverbs 16:1 says, “People do the planning, but the end result is from the Lord.” As much as we try to plan the future, especially if you have a Type A personality like me, God writes the story. We can make plans, but most likely things won’t turn out quite how we expected.

What if we submitted our plans to Him? What if we made the most of each day and lived in the moment instead of always looking forward to the next big thing? After 3 years of waiting, I have learned that our plans are NOT going to happen on our timeline. Our timeline would have been in 2012 and here we are still waiting.

No matter how we plan or what we do to plan, the end result is up to Jesus. Instead of making your own plans and decisions surrender your will and allow Him to guide you every step of the way.

Memory Monday - Week 83

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14 Comments
  • Finley
    Posted at 06:46h, 16 February Reply

    Such good timing for me reading this Caroline as the past two weeks I have been saying yes to God. Listening to the small voice urging me to say yes and move forward before I miss out on so many things while waiting for our miracle. And it has been an incredible Two weeks because of it

  • Megan Davis
    Posted at 07:44h, 16 February Reply

    Love! Until infertility, I had my life all planned out. God really used this time to teach me His plans are bigger and greater than mine. Thank you for sharing your heart!

  • Elaina
    Posted at 09:02h, 16 February Reply

    Amen and Amen.

    And though it is hard at times I am so thankful that God is the one writing the story and not us. He knows so much more than we do.

  • jennifer prod
    Posted at 09:21h, 16 February Reply

    you know, we always say the future is out of our control, but it’s so, so true. i planned to get my PhD in art, become a museum administrator, and maybe/maybe not get married one day. can you believe that? i met jon while i was working on my MA, and i realized God had a better idea of what I should be doing with the rest of my life <3

  • Kelly @ Southern Komfort Blog
    Posted at 11:48h, 16 February Reply

    This verse is such a good reminder of the importance of placing our faith and trust fully on God. I cannot even begin to count the number of times I’ve tried to plan and manage the future, and it usually ends up getting thrown right back at me. LOL!

  • Kelli {A Deeper Joy}
    Posted at 13:53h, 16 February Reply

    Amen!!! Story of my life πŸ™‚

  • amanda
    Posted at 14:04h, 16 February Reply

    Amen πŸ™‚ thanks for the reminder today!

  • Jojo
    Posted at 22:14h, 16 February Reply

    J and I actually had a conversation about this the other day. Can’t say we have complains on how he has planned out our life. Of course if it was up to us things would be different but we are different because of his plans.

  • Kim Adams Morgan
    Posted at 15:31h, 17 February Reply

    Such good advice, Caroline. My life looks nothing like it did several years ago or how I thought it should look, but I do believe it is exactly is as God wants it to be and so I am content to follow His plan for my life.

  • Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom
    Posted at 22:17h, 17 February Reply

    Lovely my friend.

    I make all sorts of plans and I need this reminder to regularly submit my plans to Him.

    Thanks so much for sharing.
    xoxo

  • Violet
    Posted at 04:08h, 18 February Reply

    I have been following your blog for a while. Actually found it by accident as I’m going through a tough trial of my own. Your words always seem to speak to me and give me hope. To be honest these days I just follow to finally see the “We’re finally pregnant post”. Praying and trusting God with you, God bless you:-)

  • Lisa
    Posted at 21:30h, 19 February Reply

    Love this. What translation is that verse in? I love how it’s so succinct!

  • Laura @ Making Baby Provence
    Posted at 09:08h, 26 February Reply

    You said that just perfectly! I just highlighted it in my Bible. It fits perfectly with the conversation Todd and I had last night.

  • Cindy Hasko
    Posted at 06:12h, 08 March Reply

    Amen!! There is a season for everything. Jesus timing is perfect, His season for His reasons. One day, as we all sit with our maker, we will think “I was planning what? I was worried about what?” He will be the ONLY thing that matters. We won’t be distracted by the devil nor by the heavy emotions he wants to drown us in. God’s ways and times are perfect. Jesus ~ our strength, our hope, our promise. <3

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