Hello Friends, can you believe it is the last Friday in the month of May already? This is Friday #4; what has the month brought to your doorstep? So far, just in the past two weeks, we’ve celebrated two birthdays, participated in one Awana graduation B059496F-2D02-4E0A-B3C9-9BC6EB491BD9and one Homeschool co-op graduation (for which we are grateful because we did not attend co-op this year), held our own church’s Awana closing ceremony and attend senior prom.  5D81A79B-447E-477B-8A07-033197150576We also threw in a few doctor’s visits, (I mean, why not?).  It has been very busy, these last few weeks.  Thankfully everything went very well.  Everyone (including me) remained sane and harmony was maintained.

Shall I share a secret with you? I love secrets!! The busier I become, the more tightly I hold on to my schedule.  A schedule held in stone usually (well… almost always; Okay! Okay! ALWAYS) provides opportunities for arguments and disagreements to fester.  I just need people to follow my schedule! Why are people prone to do the opposite of what you want them to do, when you need them to do it! Don’t they understand that my way is the best way? I usually act like an army general with the expectation that everyone will fall in line.  Well, I suppose you know how this story ends.

BUT I did say that harmony was maintained. What did I do differently? Glad you ask! I can’t control people nor can I accurately predict circumstances.  I know! Why didn’t someone tell me this couldn’t be done! Of course (because it wouldn’t be right, if I didn’t) I wrote out the schedule, BUT this time I brought it to the Lord.  I loosely held on to the schedule and allowed Him to make adjustments. I thought of writing out a Plan B (you know, just in case) but realized that was me again, trying to hold on to control (pray for me).  Here is my battle plan for life’s busy seasons:I Thess 5 17

  1. Prayer and trust that God is in control. 
  2. Write out the schedule (I have to do it)
  3. Prayer and trust that God is in control. 
  4. Tentatively begin assigning tasks and responsibilities
  5. Prayer and trust that God is in control. 
  6. Adapt when necessary
  7. Prayer and trust that God is in control. Proverbs 31 26I can’t emphasize enough, how important it is for me to remain in the presence of God.  It is easy to become overwhelmed with life’s busyness. But harmony and sanity must be preserved, because people matter to God.  And because they matter to Him, they must matter to me enough to adapt and adjust.  My focus can’t be on what they are or are not doing, but rather on the person the Lord is transforming; that’s me.   I wait for others to conform to me and my ways, but I must transform and I must begin to conform to His ways.  I must believe that He is in control and because He is in control, I have peace and I can live peaceably with others.  What do you do when you are overwhelmed or when busyness prevails? What is your battle plan?
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