What does the Bible say about planning?

By February 14, 2013Plan Time

By Jenni Keller

How-to Planning

You’ve jumped in with both feet to HelloMornings and hopefully waking early for your quiet time is becoming more purposeful and less painful.

But, even if you’re not there yet, it’s okay. We are here to cheer you on in the journey…to remind you that His mercies will be new again tomorrow, so keep going!

Whether you need help in establishing your quiet time, fitting in that workout or making a plan for your day, we are on this road together – trying, failing, trying again and celebrating successes in grace-giving community. What a beautiful picture of the body of Christ!

For me, the trying and failing happens in the HelloPlanning part of my life. I’m a dreamer. And I live in the big picture. But, those pesky details must be attended to, or our dreams will be grand, but our underwear will be dirty.

I’m not here to tell you how to plan your days. I’m here to learn alongside you. And hopefully learn from you, too.

A Foundation for Planning

So, first things first, ladies. Even though I’m way behind the curve, I still don’t like to jump into things without a good foundation. I looked to see what the Bible has to say about planning. And guess what? Planning is biblical.

There goes my excuse.

Together we are going to jump into a new series, where we will take a look at what the Bible has to say about planning and put the principles into practice.

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Remember, we’re taking baby steps, sisters. Though they are small movements in the right direction, they can be powerful ones.

Clean underwear might just be in our near future.

Where are you in the journey? Share with us on a scale of 1-10 where your planning efforts are.

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  • Angela Marks says:

    Suggestions for a family planner that you use?

  • acrossvb says:

    I’ve never been a very good planner. Looking forward to this series.

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  • cely68 says:

    By trade I have to plan – I’m a teacher. The problem now is – with the stakes being so high in public education – every thing right down to the “jot and tittle” needs to be evidenced in our lesson plans. “Next steps” are required in writing for everything, whether it be a unit test, an assessment, bulletin board work and so on. So therefore, when it comes to other responsibilities in my daily life I must admit that I do not plan for them as much – or not at all. My mental capabilities are overworked by my professional responsibilities. However, I am determined to change that! I believe, for me, it just boils down to time management – learning how to balance and address the immediate and the priorities at the same time. Thanking God for the timeliness of this series…God bless you/us all:)

  • Paige says:

    Elaine, I have a few recipes that are gluten, dairy free if you need ideas.
    singingathome @ gmail.com

  • Rebecca says:

    Excited about this series. Planning (and actually executing it) has been an ongoing challenge for me. I found out I’m a visual gal, and when I moved to a giant whiteboard instead of a binder, things started falling into place a lot better. My biggest secret? My kids are all 10 and up so I can actually punch out an entire routine morning and evening at one shot 🙂 Hang in there if you’ve got littles — those are tough years!

    • Jenni says:

      Where do you keep your whiteboard? That’s a fantastic tool!

      I appreciate the reminder about the age of your kids. Mine are all still age 6 and under. You have to adjust your expectations at each stage.

      • Rebecca says:

        I mounted my whiteboard in the kitchen. They are also magnetic, so you can pin tickets, permission slips, $$$, library receipts, postcards for appointments, etc. onto the right day. Mine is 2′ x 3′ and divided into 6 sections (5 weekdays and a weekend)

  • Tab Smith says:

    So I have started a ZILLION organization web sites, tools, notebooks, mommy-binders, etc and failed at all of them. I’m learning that my failure is not a desire to plan but the motive of my desire. I want to be put together and organized so I can be gloriously put together and organized (and enviably put together and organized). I was really starting to be a rock star with it the last week by using the simple notecard and pen method….and then I broke my silly foot being silly with my silly husband.

    This week, I have MOURNED the loss of my mobility because I am no longer a rock star (Ok, I was a rock star for like a week). Last night, I was cried (and cried) about why God would allow me to break my foot right as I was getting my exercise and SAHM routine down (and getting good at it!). As Brad prayed over me about my disappointment, I knew that it was because the Lord is cutting to the motive of it and teaching me to be dependent on him.

    • Jenni says:

      Wow, Tabitha! That’s great insight! Glad you’re seeing what he’s teaching you, even when it’s hard.

      I like your point, too, about the motivation behind getting organized. It won’t stick until you find your God-honoring “why”.

      And how cool is it to connect again through HelloMornings!? Tell Brad I said “hello!”

      • Tab Smith says:

        it is so stinking cool!!! Brad was so stoked when I told him. Makes my heart happy. You know the deep love Brad and I have for your family. 🙂

  • Jennifer G says:

    I think I need this series. I am a 10 on the planning scale, but a 1 on the execution scale.

    • Paige says:

      That was me for all of 1012! And then, I decided to take create a HABIT, one step at a time. When clearing the table immediately after eating became a habit, I added the next one (reboot laundry). Each day that I DO it makes the next day easier. Habits make goals attainable.

  • Paige says:

    For an excellent example of routines, Visit http://flylady.net/c/fp.php?tzm=300
    I dare you to give her routine a 3 day trial run.
    Print it out, and start her evening routine right after dinner.
    Follow the morning routine as soon as you open your eyes (get up 30 minutes early if you have to. It’s only 3 days, so you won’t die)

    And then… Forget the routine and go thru your day like you normally would until after dinner.
    I used her routine to make my own. I highly recommend it!

  • Jen says:

    I’d put myself at a 9 too. I thrive on organizing. I use “The Confident Mom Weekly Household Planner” by Susan Heid from theconfidentmom.com and I love it! Each Sunday I take a glance at the printed weekly to-do list. After consulting the family calendar, I post a list on the fridge of dinners for each night and the activities we have for the week (Cub Scouts, piano lessons, date night, etc.). Having the weekly activities available at a glance and for all to see keeps everyone in the loop. By having the Weekly Household Planner, my daily to-do list is already written for me. With this great tool, I don’t have to spend time planning each day – just a quick run-through on Sunday and my whole week is ready to go.

    Of course, I always try to give myself grace for not completing everything I had planned and wiggle room for last minute changes. Those things are a necessity.

    • Jenni says:

      I have a printable that I use that sounds similar, but not the “Weekly Household Planner” – that sounds super helpful!

      Thanks for the tip!

  • Paige says:

    Hate me if you must, but I think I’m about a 9 on planning. I was forced to learn how. 🙂
    But I’ll gladly let you in on the secret, and then maybe you can love me just a little.
    Secret? Routines!! One for morning, afternoon and evening.

    1. Musts (laundry, prep meals, time with children)
    2. Shoulds (dishes, pay 1 bill a day)
    3. Coulds (pick up toys, sweep floor)

    Each day I start at the top and work my way down my list, stopping as needed (take care of children, schoolwork, a trip to town, etc). When I return, I simply resume where I left off.

    I don’t finish the Shoulds every day, and only accomplish the Coulds twice a week or so, but that’s ok.
    Routines have been my life saver.

    • Jenni says:

      Paige, teach us your ways!

      These are great suggestions. It’s good to know that there are actually some “9”s out there that we can learn from 🙂

  • Elaine says:

    I am a planner in training.
    With 5 children at home it seems like all lot of what I do is putting out fires, and starting the fire of Faith while trying to fan the flames of faith… others are throwing water on them… and starting their own fires of rebellion in the hearts of my children. Work is not my biggest pull. The souls of my children and the heart of my own faith that’s most important to me. Planning helps me to check our progress… ladies, I need help in this area. Food allergies, scratch cooking, and a little over $400 for groceries per month is putting your faith where your stomach is… God provides for all of our needs… I need to plan ahead and count the cost…

    • Paige says:

      Elaine, I know about food allergies and the time it takes to make all food from scratch!
      What helps me best is
      1) I made a list of all the meals we can eat, and rotate thru it.
      2) As often as I can, I x4 the recipe (whatever I’m making for supper) and freeze 3. It really frees up time! Sorry, I know that sounds overwhelming. I’ve been there, too!
      I really wish I could help you out.
      Money wise, (i have no idea what your allergies are) if you can find a bulk food store, I’ve found very reasonable prices on rice and black beans. And I shop Aldi’s a lot; which is cheap with no need of spending time clipping coupons. I’ve also heard that shopping less frequently saves money.
      Hope that helps!

      • Elaine says:

        Dairy and gluten are the biggies. Aldi’s is my best friend. Keeping track of my recipes on cards I just started yesterday. Thank you for the bulk food idea… Thank you so much. You have no idea how encouraging you have been!

    • Jenni says:

      Let me encourage you today that the work you do for your family does not go unseen by God. He sees your diligence and faithfulness to serve and teach your kids and it honors him.

      I love Paige’s suggestions, I hope those are helpful for you.

      Hopefully we’ll have more resources here that will help you plan well.

    • Jen says:

      I’m right there with you. Meal planning is not my favorite but with lots of allergies to work with, is a must. Three of us in our family have allergies to a total of 9 different foods. We can’t buy bulk due to cross-contamination potential but do try to get as much as we can from Costco (rice milk by the case, etc). Having a 2-week meal plan – and sticking with it, often the hardest part for me – has helped cut down on grocery store trips and has lead to cost savings. Each week I replenish our fresh produce but only twice per month buy the bigger stuff like meat and staples. Hope something here might be helpful to you.

  • Vicki says:

    I am like a 1 on the planning scale. For the first week of this challenge (my 1st) I used a daily planning sheet from Ann Voskamp’s website (www.aholyexperience.com). I did really good planning meals and a couple of chores to do each day. Then I ran out of sheets and apparently have been unable to remember to print more off. Therefore, all my planning has gone out the window. UGHH!!!! I need this help. I get so overwhelmed by everything that needs to be done that I end up getting nothing done. I’m a working/single mom so I really need to be more organized so that I can maximize my time with my son. Looking forward to this series.

    • Jenni says:

      Vicki! I’m lifting you up in prayer today! Thanks for sharing your struggle. I CANNOT imagine how much you have to juggle as a single mom.

      I guess the best advice for us poor planners is to try, try again.

      I personally challenge you to print out 10 more planning sheets TODAY!

      • Vicki says:

        Thanks Jenni! It is done! The ridiculous thing is that I even have the document saved on my work computer (I don’t have a printer hooked up at home).

        A lot of my problem is on and off struggles with depression. My husband passed away from pancreatic cancer a year and a half ago. It is hard to do everything myself (he was really good at the little things like keeping the dishes put away and the toys off the floor, etc). Everyday is a new day, though and God is with me! So thankfully for His new mercies every single day!

        Thanks for the encouragement!

        • Jenni says:

          I’m so glad you’re doing the HelloMornings challenge with us this time! You certainly have known suffering and can relate with this Job study. Bless your heart. Thank you for sharing with us!

        • Joyce Moy says:

          Vicki, I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. I’m sure it has been a big adjustment to do those things that your husband used to do. *hugs* I tried printing out sheets for each day, but it was also a little overwhelming. Here’s an idea, that I need to use myself…print out one sheet, and laminate it, use a dry erase marker to write down you plans for the day, wipe when done, and start over. I might do 5 sheets so that I have one for each weekday. We can do this! Praying for you Vicki.

  • Sarah says:

    I, too, love pencil and paper planning. For me a quick to do list at the beginning of the week and a glance at it each day is the difference between feeling completely unproductive and feeling I’ve got things under control 🙂

  • Sarah (theGIRL) says:

    Planning the details of my day is NOT my strong suit. (Maybe that’s why my kids didn’t take Valentine’s to the sitter’s today like the rest of the kiddos….)

    I have a new planner that I invested in because I was just forgetting too many important details! I’ve found that I really have to be thoughtful about what works best for me. Depending on the activity, a reminder on my phone works better than something written on the calendar.

    I’m really looking forward to learning more about what the Bible says about planning! Thanks for the series, Jenni!

    • Jenni says:

      Thanks for being honest about your Valentine’s. I’m sure you’re not alone! If it makes you feel better, I was sitting downstairs by myself late last night putting together my kids valentine’s for them for their teachers 🙂

      I keep a note in my phone and change out my list daily (leave the things I haven’t accomplished yet, add new tasks for the day). It’s not as good as I know it should be, but it keeps me at least a little focused.

      Thanks for your encouragement on the series. I’m excited about it, too!

  • Bridget K says:

    So far, in this challenge [my 4th], I have gotten up each day at my goal time. Guess it takes me longer than the normal 21 days to form a habit! lol. My planning is a little different this session as well – I am a pen and paper girl. I really love to see my own writing rather than typed words. That said, I am utilizing an i-pad and it’s _Reminders_ button/app under _Productivity_. I use it for my daily to do list, my grocery list, even for checking off laundry piles [whites, darks, colors, jeans…]. It is easier than making a list, printing it out, or sometimes finding paper to write on. This has helped me with my “plan” goals of HelloMorning.

    • Jenni says:

      Way to go, utilizing technology! I’m a pen and paper girl, too. Something about writing it all out with a pretty pen makes me happy!

      Happy to hear the iPad option is working well for you!

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