Thursday, January 23, 2014

…planning joy

January 23, 2014
Proverbs 12:20 Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil but those who plan peace have joy

“…plan peace” I must admit that whenever I hear the word plan, I cringe. I’m not a planner. My mind immediately runs to every good plan that I have had and failed to accomplish. All the “grand ideas” that I wanted to fulfill but never did; sadly this is a theme of my life that I’m not proud of for sure. Then I happened to really read what this verse is saying. “…plan peace” well for sure I never plan to have disturbance, I never plan on ending my day a screaming maniac. I never plan on having to deal with the guilt of not being the mom, teacher or wife I want to be. I don’t’ plan on any of that, but sometimes that’s what happens. God’s word here is telling me that I need to plan peace. The only sure path that I know of that leads to peace is God’s word. I need to plan my day around God’s word. I need to meditate on it, hide it in the recesses of my heart so that I can pull it out when I need it. I need to have a plan of recognizing when I need to pull away from situations, people or events that will bring out the worst in me. Maybe it’s not about the constant battle to “not do something” as it is recognizing when I need to pull away and turn to God. Those are the plans I need to make. Those are the plans that lead to joy.

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