Seasons of Surreal

Proverbs 19:21 says  “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails”

I am living in a Season of Surreal.

Surreal:having the disorienting, hallucinatory quality of a dream;unreal

Last December, I did what I always do and set aside some time for some New Years Life Planning. My favorite tool has become Michael Hyatt’s Life Planning tool. I spent days praying, pulling out scripture  that confirmed my ideas and  putting some big plans on paper.

Daring plans.

BHAP’s!! (Big Hairy Audacious Plans!)

Sometime’s I PRIDE (key word) myself in just how BIG my dreams can be. I love to press for things that ONLY GOD can do. I ended the year thinking He and Me were on the same side of my thinking.

Not the case.

When the New Year rolled around I started making my big announcement of the plans I had for 2012 to the people that mattered, but the people that mattered had their own plans which totally threw my plans for a dizzy trip into who knows where.

Now, here I am staring August–8/12 (70%) of 2012 living a plan that was NOT on my Michael Hyatt Life Plan for 2012.


Nowhere near.

I am dealing with stuff  I had NOT PLANNED to deal with on a daily basis.

Still. My God is my God. He is still LORD of my LIFE PLAN.

How about you? Are you living a different plan today than the one you had for your year?

If so let me remind you of what I have reminded myself this morning from the 23rd Psalm.

The Lord is MY SHEPHERD!! My Jehovah-Rohi. He knows my name. He knows each step I take. He IS IN THIS WITH ME!!

The Lord is MY PROVIDER. My Jehovah Jireh. He will provide for all of my needs. He will take care of my burdens; my worries; ; my heartbreaks; my lack of skill.

The Lord is MY PEACE. My Jehovah Shalom. He cares about every detail of my life. He knows exactly what I am facing today. He knows where fear rears it’s ugly head. He knows where lack self worth drags me down. He hems me in!

The Lord is MY HEALER. My Jehovah Rapha. He knows where I am injured and broken and need more healing! He reminds me of the times He has healed me in the past and I rest in Him again.

The Lord is MY RIGHTEOUSNESS. My Jehovah Tsidkenu. Oh my. Jesus knows I am a sinner by flesh and that flesh will go to the grave with me. He knows where I am weak. He knows my failures and my pride. He knows my grouchy, whiney was when things get messy. HE STANDS IN MY PLACE!!

He is the God who is HERE with me right now. My Jehovah Shamma. He knows my dreams. My wanna-be’s. My wanna-do’s. He knows how old I am. He knows the other people in my story.

Do you need to remember those things today? Have your plans taken a detour like mine have?

I want to encourage you today with these promises!

He is YOUR Shepherd.

He is YOUR provider.

He is YOUR peace.

He is YOUR righteousness.


As always, I love to hear from you.

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  1. just read this entry this morning and my breath caught when I read what you wrote after “the Lord is my provider” — you listed “lack of skill”.
    I recently posted about having a job interview, and I was in the top group so I did get called back for a 2nd interview -but- I did not get the job due to: TaDa! lack of skill. 🙂
    sooo… I just have to make some life changes at 49 yrs in order to be more qualified. If I really want a job then I need to go back to school. And I will. Maybe. However, I have been volunteering at my local CPC since Feb. and the Lord has blessed it. We recently were able to take hold of the building adjoining the one we have. We will be able to bring our Bridges to Life classes to this facility and expand in other areas as well. My director has dreams of having a maternity home one day. There are so many things I want to be a part of in the future with the CPC! If I don’t get a job well, then, I don’t get a job, but that means I can volunteer more. I might eat lots of beans and pbj, but lol it’s worth the sacrifice. I am where I am today in all of this because of ordering the Surrendering the Secret dvd & workbook over a year and 1/2 ago now. So I will be forever grateful that YOU are one of the people in MY story!!! and, one day, God willing, I will get to meet you in person at a retreat. It just didn’t work out this spring and I was so disappointed, but I had a family emergency and had to cancel at the last minute. Life always throws curve balls. I know this post is long, but I was hoping to encourage you today. I love to read your blog! TGIF!

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