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Your Plans, Not Mine | April 17, 2015

We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.  -Proverbs 16: 9

 

I am a planner by design.  I mean that quite literally.  I plan out e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. in my life, and when I look back at even my youngest years, spontaneity was something that would cause me pure panic.  Granted, planning can be a very good thing, but on the other hand, I’ve seen it also work against me.  Panic attacks at sudden changes in my {not so flexible} routine are never a good thing.

Another way planning can work against me is when I go against God’s plans for my life.  I’ll sadly admit that there were plenty of years that I did that intentionally- because God’s plans just didn’t fit into the lifestyle that I wanted to live- but more often, my disobedience to His plans comes from me having what I think is a really great idea and being so fixated on it that I completely miss out on Him saying, “Actually, that’s not what I want you to do.”

We can make our own plans, but the Lord gives the right answer.  -Proverbs 16:1

I became aware that I was doing that at the end of last year, prior to this blog being created.  I was actually sitting in my kitchen with my husband crying one night because I just didn’t understand why my photography business had never taken off after me bending over backwards to not just offer reasonably priced services, but to also do charity work with my talent- I said to my husband, Dana, “I mean, am I just not as good at photography as I think I am?”  Because honestly, that’s sometimes the case.  But he gave me an honest answer.  He said, “You’re incredibly talented.  Your black & white photographs stop me in my tracks & you know how picky I can be.  But I have to say- every time you bring this up, I can’t help but wonder if God is keeping clients from coming your way because He has something else He wants from you.  Maybe He knows a growing photography business will be a distraction from what His plans are for your life.  Have you asked Him about it?”

The answer was, “No.”

I didn’t ask what HE wanted from me…  I complained about what I wanted but wasn’t getting.  I asked Him to bring me clients so I could help bring home a paycheck (cause the mortgage ain’t cheap, people!  haha!), but I can’t remember the last time I had asked if my photography was something He wanted me to focus on.

So, of course, with my hubby’s sweet conviction, I did the thing I needed to do and prayed about it.  Suffice it to say, He almost immediately opened my eyes to starting this blog.  I still am open to keeping up with my photography on the side if someone comes around who wants me to take their photos, but my primary focus has drastically shifted…

All because I set MY plans aside and listened to HIS.

So my question to anyone reading this is:

Have you prayed this hard prayer yet?  The one that asks what HE wants you to do?  It honestly wasn’t easy for me to admit that I was (unintentionally) trying to fulfill MY plans instead of following God’s, but pieces of the puzzle have been falling into place the moment I handed it all over to Him.  Maybe today is the day you can ask if you’re on the right track.  Speak, listen, and focus.  You might just be surprised by what happens next.  🙂

Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.  -Proverbs 16: 3

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2 Comments

  • Reply Jamie

    Marybeth,

    I literally just wrote my self a letter from god, yesterday. This is what it says.

    Dear Jamie,
    Grow patient with your aspirations and understand I have plans for you. Continue on your path of godly wisdom and you shall be fulfilled and content.
    i love you, GOD.

    I wrote this because I was answering what I felt like Satan was telling me. Satan was telling me that I needed to get a law degree… that I needed a full time job that was professional atleast. Telling me all these things that I needed to do yet I keep FAILING… over and over again. as I wrote this letter to myself yesterday and now read your blog today I realize I must turn over my path to the lord. He has plans for me and I keep getting in the darn way. I understand that my “new” path may not come quickly surely not as fast as yours…but its on the way when God feels I’m ready.

    thank you for further proving his point to me! He definitely knew this message would get through ;).

    April 18, 2015 at 2:51 am
    • Reply admin

      YES!!!! SO so happy to hear that! I absolutely understand because I have the enemy trying so desperately hard to distract me ALL. OF. THE. TIME. It doesn’t help that the world views success from a totally different perspective than God does either. I’m so glad this post could speak to you. Sometimes I have no stinking clue why I’m writing the things I do (haha!) but then it’s comments and messages like this from people that clarify why this non-writer of a girl is writing on here to begin with. Just glad he allows me to get creative in the process. 😉 <3

      April 28, 2015 at 1:06 pm

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