Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan

thThe other day, a few friends and I decided to avoid the dreaded “What’s for dinner?” question that inevitably arises every afternoon at 5pm.  Our mad-dash runs out the front door to football or cheer practices often mean our families are settling for PB&J sandwiches instead of a hot-cooked meal.

Well, no more.

My friends and I made a plan.  A plan for the entire month, as a matter of fact.  As we sipped coffee with caramel macchiato creamer and ate whole grain chips with blueberry salsa (um, surprisingly delicious, btw), we planned our dinner menus and swapped recipe ideas.  I even printed a handy-dandy menu from Pinterest to hang on my fridge for quick reference.  I can’t begin to tell you how much that little menu has helped me.  My grocery shopping is easier, my afternoons are less hectic, and my guilt over lackluster meals is gone.  Having a plan has made all the difference.

Plans make all the difference in other areas of life, too.  As women in ministry, a plan can help us leverage our time and talents so that we are very useful in the hands of God.

  • A plan to mentor or be mentored affords spiritual growth.  

  • A plan to read the Bible deepens our understanding of God.

  • A plan of when and where to serve insures we add value to the people around us.

Yet, there are other ways a plan can help us:

  • A plan to encourage our husbands means words will never be left unsaid.

  • A plan to celebrate the accomplishments and important days of our friends shows our love.

  • A plan to disciple our children means we won’t thwart our most important responsibility as parents.  

So, what about you? What area of your life needs a plan?  Don’t allow life to run you….run your life!

Here’s our challenge for today: Choose one area of your life that you want to see an improvement and make a plan to achieve it. Big or small, it doesn’t matter. Take inventory of what you want to accomplish, make a plan, and then hop to it!

 Proverbs 4: 25-27 Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path. Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.

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2 thoughts on “Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan

  1. Heather Pocock says:

    I love this article Tricia! We’re fairly new to ministry and I am a bit “Jekyll and Hyde” when it comes to planning – I love making the plan but I hate following it. Fortunately, God has blessed me with a husband who loves following the plan, so I’ll make it and he’ll do it!

    Some of our most recent plans are:

    – Our family holidays and days off for 2014
    – Menu Plan for September
    – Weekly Cleaning Schedule (my least favourite plan)
    – Date Nights for September
    – Finances for the rest of the year
    – Books to read by end of the year
    – A Prayer Plan
    – Bible Study to do together by end of 2013
    – Exercise Plans
    – Celebrations/Birthdays
    – House Projects
    – Relationships and people to invest in/have over for dinner
    – Weekend plans for 2013

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