Planning Leads to Abundance

 By Jenni Keller

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Have you ever looked at the clock in panic because church starts in five minutes and your kids are still in their jammies? I’d like to think we’ve all done this one before. But this, my friends, is “haste.”

Rushing out the door screaming and hollering, with a bagel in one hand and a baby in the other does not lead to abundance. We cannot live in this place.

While this is a funny example, the truth is that if I don’t take responsibility for my time and my family’s time, I could miss out on His abundance.

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The Bible says if we live our lives in a constant hurry, without making any plans, we will be lacking, even to the point of poverty. I’m not interested in those kinds of consequences for my family or myself.

I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. John 10:10 NASB

Abundantly. 

It’s why He came and that’s why I must pursue it. To pursue it, I must honor God with my time. With my diligent planning.

I love this truth and his invitation to experience life to the fullest.

We won’t miss the abundance train if we’re late for church now and then, but we could miss it if we don’t make a decision to be faithful stewards of our time. I invite you to make this prayerful commitment with me today:

God, help me view my daily plans as an act of worship and an invitation to your abundance. Amen.

What are your thoughts on the relationship between planning and abundant living?

 

This is a HelloPlanning post, part 1 of the What Does the Bible Say About Planning? series.

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Comments

  1. I am so excited for this series, Jenni! Thank you for sharing this Biblical perspective to planning.

    I definitely see the value of planning and preparation for my spirit, and I’m eager to learn more about what the Bible says about it.

    • I’m pretty excited, too! I’m certainly motivated for my life to honor God and it helps me so much to see and understand how planning pleases him.

  2. Thanks you so much for this serious Jenni! I use to be excellent at organizing my time and planning my days…when it was just me and my husband that is! Two boys later, I seem to have lost that skill, and sometimes my mind! It has been on mind and heart lately to try and find ways to organize and plan my days better so this couldn’t have come at a better time! The sunday morning you just described is a regular occurance in our home…although the kids are usually dressed and ready and it’s me that is pulling myself together at the last minute! Not a very good example to my boys!

    • I’m losing my mind over here, too, some days. It’s all grace, my friend. Thanks for your encouragement for the series! He’s speaking to me LOUD about planning, too!

  3. Honestly I am not a good planner. I am so blessed to read and learn more from this series. Please do pray for me to change and be a good planner God wants me to be. Thank you so much!

    • I will pray for you, Helen! But, don’t forget he loves you just as you are in this very moment, too. I need that reminder from time to time myself.

  4. “Faithful stewards of our time.” We’re only here on this planet for a moment. Lord, help us redeem the time!

  5. This was a good post for me today. My husband has challenged us all to read the chapter in Proverbs which corresponds to the date and then write one verse that stood out to us. This was the verse I was planning to write because as a busy homeschool mom of 7 with a mini farm to run, I have to plan! I use lists, an app from Real Simple and calendars to try and keep everything going.
    I have really appreciated this group over the last two years. It has been influential in establishing good spiritual disciplines.

    • What a cool challenge from your husband and how cool is God to connect you to this verse twice in the same day? Thanks for sharing :)

      HelloMornings has been a huge blessing in my life, too.

  6. I LOVE this post! “A bagel in one hand and a baby in the other”. Have you been spying on me? ;) Great, great insight, Jenni! May every step we take be of the mindset of glory to Him.

    • I love you, Christie! That bagel example was straight up personal experience. But it makes me smile to picture it as you, too!

  7. This was so good that I am in awe! Timely and true! I thank my God for this post and pray that He keeps me on fire, motivated to do his will…such a good post!

  8. I live by “failure to plan is a plan to fail.” If I don’t have a plan (and written down!) then tasks don’t get accomplished in a timely manner in my house.

  9. Oh, I think you’re so right about that, planning leading to abundance. When we’re rushed or running late, I feel full of anxiety and stress. But when we’re on time (or early, even?), I’m more likely to be at peace. I’ll take peace over anxiety any day! I think my issue is that I always try to push the clock. It’s a discipline issue for me.

  10. Looking forward to this series! I plan – I just am bad at following through. Easily lose focus.

    • Thanks, Jessica!

      It’s interesting to me, too. I’m generally pretty good at the discipline piece in my life, but NOT when it comes to planning my time. Working on this series is allowing me to look at WHY that’s such an issue for me.

  11. I started doing these challenges a couple years ago. I love the fellowship and accountability. I came in with a God-time habit that had been developing and growing and getting consistent. My exercise habit started out at 5 minutes a day, on some days and has grown to something that is more like 30 minutes 3 times a week or more, most of the time.

    And then there’s the planning habit. I’ve worked on some planning tools that work for me and that has felt good. Yet, my house looks like the wreck that I think it is and I always feel behind. Some of that is just stage in life; I get that. Some of it is needing to learn more about planning and more about how to clean and organize and what works in my life and my family. And I think that this post hints at the biggest of the missing pieces, My planning needs to have a purpose that goes beyond getting things done. I have been pondering this since you posted this. I’m thankful for this series and am looking forward to thinking through what this means to me.

    • This is exactly what I’m learning in the series, too! There is deeper purpose than just getting things done, like you said.

      Part of it for me, too, is learning to abide – finding my peace in Him and not my ordered home/life. It’s counter-culture, that’s for sure!

      Thanks for sharing!

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