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In God I Trust?

on August 31, 2013
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I love organization.  There used to be more TV shows about organizing, and I couldn’t get enough of them. I don’t particularly enjoy cleaning (scrubbing, mopping, etc.), but after about an hour of purging a room of clutter, few things make me happier than a full trash bag. It represents a clean slate and a fresh start.  Several years ago, I even had a professional organizing business, and helped others get rid of their clutter.  I considered it a great privilege to fill up trash bags in other people’s homes.

Still, I am not as organized as I would like to be. I find myself envying moms with tidy homes, well-planned homeschool schedules, who always arrive at co-op on time.  If I were more organized, and more disciplined, my life would be so much better!  Right?  My clean house would be a peaceful sanctuary. My homeschooled children would learn so much more, because their lessons would be ready and waiting for them every morning.  (Instead, precious minutes of the school day tick away while mom goes upstairs to print the schedules, then downstairs to make some copies, and then back upstairs to fish schoolbooks from under beds.)

I definitely want to be more organized and disciplined financially.  The whole purpose of this blog is to encourage wives to help with financial management in some way, whether that means taking a more active role in planning and bill-paying, or just being knowledgeable enough to step in if needed.  I have already seen the benefit of taking a few minutes to plan meals–fewer mid-week grocery store visits and emergency stops at Wendys.  I am very tempted to think that, if only I were more organized with my time, if I planned spending better, I could take more control over my life.

~~Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.  (Proverbs 19:21, ESV)~~

The challenge then, in the midst of budgeting and planning and saving, is to trust in the Lord’s purpose and not in my plan.  To remain joyful and kind when the school day does not follow that schedule that I’m so happy and proud to have finally completed.  To give away the money that I thought I was saving for a special treat for myself.  To remember, that if God allows some fantastic school days or rising account balances, it’s His mercy and not my perfect planning that deserve the credit.  Ultimately God is in control.  He calls me to be faithful with what He’s provided, but He is the one working in all things for my good (Romans 8:28).  It is beyond my understanding, really, how He orchestrates events and circumstances among, around, and in spite of free-willed human beings.  But I don’t have to understand.  I don’t have God’s job; I just need to do mine.


8 responses to “In God I Trust?

  1. Randy says:

    Very true. When we do our best to budget, plan and organize, we need to get in alignment with God’s plan for us. I think joy, peace, and happiness should result if we are in His will. Most of the time, I am just stressed out or not happy that I can not do what I want when I have a rigid plan. But then I look to the Father and ask Him, what do you want me to do? He always says that He will be with me when I am broke OR when I am rich. For His kindness will lead me to repentance, not my fear of whether I did it right. I am still learning about His kindness/love for us. So far, it is immeasurable. 🙂 God bless you. Please continue to bless us with your blog. Randy.

  2. Ann says:

    My husband and I work together to keep up on the family budget. I can’t imagine how frustrating and wasteful it would be if we didn’t keep each other informed on purchases, banking, and expenses. To us, it’s just responsible living. Of course, like you have mentioned for yourself, our organization skills always could use some work, but we seem to work well together as a whole in this area. I like and agree with what you said, ” in the midst of budgeting and planning and saving, is to trust in the Lord’s purpose and not in my plan. ”
    Ann @ Christ in the Clouds

    • wisdom4wives says:

      Ann, you and your husband are so blessed to be disciplined and open with your finances. While God controls the outcomes, I believe He also blesses our obedience. May you continue to be blessed! Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Anna M says:

    You’re right– life is such a balancing act that it’s almost a paradox. Maybe it is a paradox. We should try harder, but if we focus on our own trying, we’ll fail. We must reach perfection, but we can’t. All we can do is flee to God’s mercy and keep our eyes on Him, grateful for the strength He gives us to improve our lives and habits.

    Great post!

  4. melcaldicott says:

    This is such a balance isn’t it for those of us who plan and organise? To leave enough room in our lives for God to work in the unexpected.

    Thanks for linking up at Essential Fridays.
    Mel from Essential Thing Devotions

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