I love it when my husband says something quotable. He’s inspired so many of my podcasts and blog posts. Listening closely to him always blesses me with wisdom. He’s not as talkative as I am, so I need to pay heed to what he says. Or else miss out.
He didn’t realize how significant his words were on the day he spoke them to me early in 2021. I was feeling like my life was a long line of failed plans. So, I escaped into my craft room way more than ever before. It was my attempt to numb my disappointment with much of my writing life. Sometimes it seemed more rewarding to create a handbound journal than to add another Word Doc to my computer.
Writing was the last thing I felt like doing. But I happily wrote in my journal each morning and gladly wrote poetry in it too. However, writing for potential submission to contests or editors became as undesirable to me as dental appointments.
My husband’s words woke me up out of my slumber and slump. He said, “Our plans may fail, but God’s plans never fail.”
He said some more things after that, but that quotable phrase stuck in my mind like a gorilla-glued sticky note.
How could I forget to focus on the obvious rather than fuss about failed plans?
Repeatedly God reminds us not to fear. Getting discouraged because we fear failure is a fail in God’s eyes. Yet, He doesn’t condemn us when we’re struggling. He reminds us through His Word and through the words and actions of others that His plans will prevail. Period.
Our plans aren’t as important as God’s plans. Nothing and no one can stop God from proceeding with His good agenda. We may get tired and discouraged. God doesn’t. He keeps on writing our salvation story till the end of time.Earthly awards, honors, and recompense pale in comparison to hearing God say, “Well done.” #podcast #christianliving Click To Tweet
Whatever gifts we’ve been given must be invested according to God’s plans for them to prosper. A closed-door here and a rejection slip there are some ways we’re protected from following the wrong path.
Perhaps fearing failure is just a failure to trust God. We may think we’re doubting our abilities. But fear is brought on by what we believe about a person or situation. If we believe God is in control and can use uncomfortable and unpleasant situations for good, then we won’t be led astray by fear.We won’t give up, because God’s got good plans for us. #writingcommunity #amwriting Click To Tweet
Seeking to succeed leads us astray. Seeking God with all our hearts leads to genuine success. #Faith #devotional Click To Tweet
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:11-13, NIV)
And now I’d like to close with a poem:
Lead us not to fear failure
But to trust in Your good plans
Because Your ways are the best
And they’re safe in Your hands
Lead us to keep seeking You
Since You’re the only way
To hope and true prosperity
And success for each day.
This podcast was recorded many months ago. Since that time (as some of you may already know) my present writing project caught the eye of a literary agent whom I’m pleased and thankful to be working with now. Be sure to sign up for my monthly email newsletter if you want to be the first to hear good news when it’s time to post it. Plus, my emails are designed to encourage and inspire you in your walk with Jesus. (Recipes and craft ideas are a bonus feature I’ve recently added to them.) And last but not less, I enjoy giving away stuff to subscribers through free draws. This year I gave away a journal I made.
Bonus tip for creatives:
The difference between those who finish creating something and those who don’t is they copied our Loving Creator by not giving up.
Don’t Quit Blessings ~ Wendy Mac
Merry Christmas and all God’s best for 2022, dear friends. (My word for 2022 is a repeat from a couple of years ago: Brave. And I’m including a new one: Serve. I’m nosy-to-know what your word is for 2022?)
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13 thoughts on “Trusting God When Our Plans Fail”
My word for 2021 was Steadfast. I’m repeating for 2022 because it seems right. My song for 2021 was Is He Worthy. My verse for 2021 was My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart, my portion forever.
Psalms 73:26 CSB
It’s awesome how you and your husband have that supportive type of relationship. That is God honoring and probably one of the things God saw in you that is now contributing to your success.
Thank you, dear Jane. Marriage has chiseled, burnished, and shaped us into better people. We’ve walked through storms and sunshine together. Not giving up has blessed us. Although some relationships should end, by the grace of God ours has been enabled to bloom and not bust.
I’m cheering for you, my friend. It brings me great joy to pray for you each week. ✍️🙏📚
Christmas Blessings & hugs 🎄
I am glad you didn’t give up. It must be great to have a literary agent. I love your 2022 word choices, brave and serve. I thought you were very brave this year to raise and care for your little cat family.
Thank you, dear friend. I’m feeling relieved this morning as I see my little cat family recovering well from their surgeries. Their purrs are pretty music to my heart. <3 By the way, I framed the kitten puzzle and hung it in the same room the cat pole is in. It looks lovely. :) Thank you & blessings.
Oh that is lovely to hear about the cats and the puzzle. I have a coaster on my desk which is the same image as the puzzle. I like that we both have the same image close to us.
This post was such an encouragement for me. Thank you for sharing it. <3
Thank you, dear Theresa. Christmas Blessings & love to you & your family. <3
Encouraging words, dear Wendy. I hope you and your family enjoy a Merry Christmas! ❤️
Thank you & Merry Christmas, dear Nancy. <3
Hi Wendy, thanks for sharing your inspiring post… and a Happy 2022 to you! Many blessings and opportunities for a creative new year too. Much love and prayers.❤ 🙏 💐
Thank you & blessings for 2022, dear Iris. May God continue to shine His light and love through your beautiful poetry. 🕊️🌿💌
Thank you & blessings.