I’m laughing as I write this blog because I might possibly be the least prepared person you’ll ever meet. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve found some definite disadvantages to the “leap before you look” approach, having gotten myself into all sorts of challenging situations, especially when you consider all of the variables that can go with any kind of international travel. With all that being said, I’m becoming an ever increasing advocate of being prepared & this also applies to the area of my connection with God.
In my experience, I know that God is altogether gracious with me & far exceeds any of my best efforts & I’m crazy grateful for God’s grace to me everyday! While I totally appreciate God’s grace, I’ve also come to the conclusion that my relationship with God seems to have more depth, gravity and fullness when I maintain a few preparation things:
- go to bed early so I can get up early & spend time with God
- talk with God throughout the day – more inclusion & less exclusion / isolation
- understand that God’s connection with me spans the entire spectrum of uber shallow to depths of which I have yet to explore
- fresh forgiveness – super important to keep a clean heart
- unified prioritites: seeing all of the various responsibilities that I have within the context of God using them to improve & enhance my relationship with God 🙂
- have a prepared mindset that God can do any thing at any time 🙂
I have lots of people in my life who are great at planning. They know dates, expectations, schedules and how things are supposed to happen. They educate themselves, assemble the resources that will be used and do all kinds of preparation, thinking and planning. I’m really grateful for these people because these kinds of things can be kind of tricky for me. For example, I’m grateful that my husband frequently asks me when I make international with Saving Moses trips if I have cash with me for traveling because I can forget important things for concentrating on not forgetting my coffee supplies ,)
Here’s my saving grace, it’s been my experience that The Holy Spirit, Whom I call The Helper, is my Great Planner – seems to go along with how God organized & planned the world in Gen 1. This gives me great confidence that God is planning my life and Helping me along each step of the way – and for you as well!! 😀
My husband & I are somewhat different. While we agree upon our goals & values, we don’t always see things in the same way, nor do we always take the same path to our goals. Early in our marriage, when he was still an engineer, we were talking about my efforts to hang wallpaper (which were “sketchy”). He was unhappy about how my wallpaper project had turned out because the pattern was slanted rather than perpendicular as it should have been. He began to ask my about the process I went through to hang the wallpaper & what I had done to properly prepare for a successful project. He gave me this quote, “Proper prior planning prevents poor performance.” I didn’t really care for the the cliche approach & it took me awhile to think through what he was trying to say – even though I didn’t like to admit it, I knew that he was right. This lesson is still being worked through my life even after almost 20 years of marriage.
What is even more breathtaking to me is when I consider that God is the Master Designer & Planner. God is working in our lives to prepare & refine us, growing & challenging us not only for today’s necessities but also for tomorrow’s successes 🙂
We are finishing our time in Cambodia & this has been a really amazing trip. It is absolutely fantastic to watch God’s hands move, organize, facilitate & connect. I’ve met some very incredible people, being used by God in many different, life-changing ways. I have to say that whenever I leave this country, I’m always captivated by the people here – such grace, poise, warmth, care & love.
In relation to saving Moses, it looks like we have some really good relationships with whom we can move forward over the course of the next few months to begin implementing the plans for nightcare. I’m leaving here feeling very encouraged about the future of nightcare w saving Moses in Cambodia. I’ll keep you posted on our progress here as I anticipate to seeing nightcare getting launched possibly by the end of this year 🙂
God takes the definition of “good” and puts His “infinite & extreme” stamp on the human expression of “good”.
As I’m writing, my kids are getting ready for their swim lessons today: swim suits, goggles, flip flops, towels, sun screen etc. Reece always says, “proper prior planning prevents poor performance.” This is extremely true for swim lessons. When I don’t prepare well, they get sunburns, have stingy eyes and ride home grumpy – an all around bad experience that could have been good, if I had prepared better.
This is a great lesson in life – preparing for what’s ahead. Now my kids don’t always know what’s going to be happening & its my responsibility as their mom to do my best to make sure they’re ready for what’s around the bend. They need to be adept at various skills before they can move onto to the next challenge (even if they don’t know what the challenge is). Same with God. I think He’s always preparing us for what’s next. Thankfully, we can trust Him even more than ourselves, that He will keep us prepared for what’s coming – even swim lessons. 😉