Handling a Change of Plans


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Handling a Change of Plans

My reading and writing plans for this week didn’t go as scheduled. I had an out-of-town rheumatology appointment on Tuesday, and then I got sick with a GI bug about midnight that night. It took me some time to get past feeling weak from that, and then it was time to help set up for VBS, which starts tomorrow night. It has been a wild week, and I just haven’t had the time or energy to finish everything I had planned.

In the past, I would have been very frustrated by the change of plans. Fortunately, I’ve begun to relax more, realizing that life happens when we least expect it. As I was finishing up Blue Like Play Dough this week, I was reminded that it’s important to do even more than relax. Tricia Goyer wrote:

“I don’t ask myself, What things do I need to finish today?

I pray, God, what would you have me do?

I don’t worry about all that needs to get done (or at least I try not to). I just ask God, What’s next?”

While I’ve relaxed some when I experience a change of plans, I really need to stop and ask God what’s on His agenda for my day and follow His lead, knowing that He will help me to get done whatever needs to get done. This is something that I’m actively incorporating into my days now. If I’m here to bring glory to Him and to fulfill His purposes and plans, why would I handle my days any other way?

What I got done – reading:


  • I got very little committed to paper. :(
  • I did a lot of thinking about what I’m going to write. :) This is how I often do my writing—in my head first, so that it’s mostly all written by the time I get to the computer to write it all down. This drives my husband nuts, especially when I have a deadline. He doesn’t process things this way, and so he doesn’t realize that I “write” in my head all the time.

Goals for next week:

  • Grace, grace, and more grace. I’m not going to commit to anything in particular because we’ve got VBS, I’ve got to pack and tweak my talks for Teach Them Diligently Convention in Dallas (Join me?), and I’ve got to sleep at some point! I’ll let you know how everything goes and what I accomplish.

What progress have you made on your goals for the summer? What are you reading?

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