the STANDard:: May

i have often quoted the phrase "when you fail to plan, you plan to fail". i don't know who originally said it, though i'm pretty sure my kids will forever attribute it to me since they've been subjected to my saying it so often. truth is... i'm not a great planner. i love talking about planning. i love thinking about and writing out plans. the execution of said plans is not my forte. i want to do better at that part and i guess acknowledging my fumbling and frustration with it is the first step toward growth.

it's at the forefront of my mind because of the current situation i find myself in. planning the future. what's next? musically. financially. spiritually. i think part of my failure in executing a plan is a tendency to over think. i drive myself crazy with what if's and yeah but's. i know i need to relax and be still and wait and listen. and then move forward. perhaps its fear of the future that keeps me shackled to the planning stage. that keeps me from gaining ground and creating momentum.

oddly, i've read alot recently about planning. from several verses in Proverbs to passages in books and devotionals. i'm pretty sure God is moving on my heart to help me grow in this area. with that in mind i've chosen Proverbs 16:3 and 9 in the Amplified version to memorize and mediate on for the month of May.

16:3 Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed

16:9 A man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure

during the coming weeks i want to think through motives. the 'why' in my plans. i want to think through potential outcomes. the possibility of changes. i love verse 3 and how the Amplified version expounds on the idea of my thoughts becoming agreeable to HIS will. when i commit my plans to The Lord, he weighs the motives, he helps me have the ideas to begin with. and when they are born out of my flesh rather than his Spirit, i want to be so closely connected to his heart that i'm easily able to re calculate and adjust my plans accordingly.

i'm in full blown 'overwhelmed-mode' at the moment, as i consider a couple of plans i'm right-smack-dab in the middle of figuring out how to facilitate. and i need this.

i pray that God will help you make sense of your own plans too. as we seek to live our lives in light of his coming, with eternal perspective, our plans become clear, i think. so together lets do just that.

love you guys...