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“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) 

“If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.” Woody Allen

We make plans. That is how we go about our daily lives. We plan what time to leave the house in the mornings, when to make dinner, what to buy at the grocery store. We plan how we want to raise our children, family vacations, finances and pretty much everything we do is based on some sort of plan. But, how many of those plans change? How many end up looking much different from what we had expected? I have heard the quote from above many times, although I never put much thought into other than thinking it was a good point. But, when you really think about it, it’s completely true. God’s vision for our life never is as we thought it would be. He always has the bigger picture in mind. I believe that we tend to think to small, looking more at the short-term aspect of things… a couple of years or so. God however sees it all, our entire life and knows the courses we will take a long the way. His plans are far better than ours, we can’t do better than what He has in store! I have to remind myself of this plenty of times because I am a planner, an organizer and perfectionist. It’s not easy to let go. I still plan, that is just part of my nature. But, I have to remember to be flexible and listen for God because there is a good chance that what I am planning may change because He has something else in store for me.

Photo Credit: Sylvia Schade

The last couple of days have been a little busy, which is why I haven’t had the chance to make a new post. My husband works for Lifechurch.tv and it was the annual family reunion where all the staff and spouses come together to fellowship and worship God, it was great! So glad I was able to be there. If you have followed some of the latest posts a continuing theme that has started in my family is the calling God has placed on our lives to be debt free. This is an overwhelming and in a way scary thing because we really don’t know exactly how that looks for us. How He is going to make it happen. But, I know that it will. Between last weekend at church and then this week at the family reunion there are two key points that have been placed on my heart. The first is that God is in control no matter what! The second is that we dream to small! God can do far more than we could ever dream! Chase and I dream to be debt free, not only that but we dream to do this in five years. We have no idea how that will happen, but He does because His dreams are far bigger than ours! We sang this song last weekend at church after a long conversation Chase and I had about our finances. I could not get past the first verse before breaking into tears! It truly said what was on my heart. The first video is how the song was written and the second is the full song.

God I look to You by Jenn Johnson

God I look to You, I wont be overwhelmed
Give me vision to see things like You do
God I look to You, Youre where my help comes from
Give me wisdom; You know just what to do

I will love You Lord my strength
I will love You Lord my shield
I will love You Lord my rock forever
All my days I will love You God

Hallelujah our God reigns
Hallelujah our God reigns
Hallelujah our God reigns forever
All my days Hallelujah

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” Ephesians 6:10 (NIV) 

“Your arm is endowed with power; your hand is strong, your right hand exalted.” Psalm 89:13 (NIV) 

When you’re a mom you can’t take sick days. I have gotten sick one other time since Eli was born, however this is the first time that both Eli and I have been sick at the same time. Thankfully I think that we are on the tail end of it. I have managed to rest when he is sleeping which has helped me to get better faster. One thing is true of kids… they may be sick, but they still keep you busy. He has crawled through the house despite his cold that he has. I am just thankfully that we both did not have anything that would last longer than it has. I started praying for me to get better as soon as I started to feel a little off and then I started praying for Eli as soon as I noticed that he was coming down with it as well. Even having something as little as a cold can really throw you off and make you feel just yucky. But, the day has to continue despite the runny nose and cough. I found myself praying a lot the last few days. I was praying that God would keep my husband from getting the cold and for him to continue to heal Eli and I, not to mention the prayers for us both to be able to get the rest we need to be able to get better. God is always so faithful! Yesterday Eli took really good naps and last night he slept great, which allowed for me to sleep well too! I think that is why we are getting better so fast. The common cold may leave me feeling yucky, but my God is bigger than that cold!