Monday, January 28, 2013

"The Do What You Can Plan" Week 3

This is the last week of our study on “The Do What You Can Plan” by Holley Gerth. I am actually writing this in my truck heading out of state to my grandfather-in-laws funeral. But I did not want to skip any posts so I am going to try and make sure that my normal schedule continues because I know that I missed last Fridays scheduled posts. SO here goes. This is our last week. How are you doing? Are you reaching your goals? Are you making progress? Let's see what this week has in store for us.

Day 15- Don't worry about getting it wrong.
“Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails.”- Proverbs 19:21

We learn from our mistakes. We grow from that learning. You might not get it right on the first try but that is okay because that means that you can make it better next time. Let's use cooking as an example. You get a new recipe and you are excited to try it out. And the first time you make it, it isn't that great. SO what do you do? Do you throw out the recipe and forget about it or do you try again? For me it depends on whether it was a complete failure because my family didn't like it or was it because maybe I did something wrong. If it was the latter then I am going to try again. Tweak it to fit what works for us. That is actually how I can up with my Taco Pie recipe. Trail and error for what worked for us as a family. Learn from any mistakes that you make. Let them go and move past it. Mistakes are there to help you grow.

Day 16- Stop being hard on yourself
“My yoke is easy and my burden is light.”- Matthew 11:30

Stop beating yourself up. Are your plans aren't going according to your plans realize that they are going according to God's plan. He may have slowed you down for a reason. Give it time. Breathe! Let those mistakes and hold ups build you up and make your dreams better.

Day 17- Get rid of what doesn't work for you
“David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to the. “I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off.”- 1 Samuel 17:39

Ok, have you ever set up furniture in a room based on what you thought in your mind will work and it be all wrong? Too many pictures on the walls or to many knick- knacks on the shelves. So you rearrange and take down the “extra” until it actually works in the room. That is what you have to do with the path to achieving your dream. Say your dream is to write a book and your writing area is a cluttered corner of a room with 5 kids running and screaming around you with the TV blaring in the background, and you are getting nothing written because of all the distractions. Try moving a small table into the corner of your bedroom and shutting the door to write or going to a local coffee shop and writing there with no distractions. Figure out what is holding you back and change it or get rid of it. No you can't get rid of your kids until the book is finished or your spouse for that matter.

Day 18- Remember Everyone has Bad Days
“He knows for we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.”- Psalm 103: 14

Self explainatory. Let yourself have bad days. You are not alone. Just don't dwell in them. Shake it off and move on from that bad day.

Day 19- Resist the Urge to Throw a Pity Party
“But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” - Philippians 3:13-14

We all do it. Misery loves company so when we are in a bad mood we want someone else to sympathize with us. So we tell everyone. I am guilty of it. For years I have used my personal blog as a platform to whine, vent, or whatever you want to call it whenever I wanted. Because I really didn't have anyone to talk to when I needed to vent and so I just blogged. Now (mainly because my husband started reading my blog and I realized that most of the time I was insulting him and that was not going to work) I actually have a handwritten journal that I do that in. And it works because I can type a whole lot faster than I write so by the time I actually handwrite it out I am not as mad. So I don't invite others over to my pity party anymore. I don't discourage others with my negativity. Try and stay positive. Have that buddy that you can go to when you need to but remember that in the end God is in control so just hand it over to him and try to cheer up and be positive.

Day 20- Know What's next for You
“You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Break camp and advance into the hill country...Go in and take possession of the land that the Lord swore he would give to your fathers- to Abraham, Issac, and Jacob- and to their descendants after them.”- Deuteronomy 1:6-8

By now, I hope, that your dream/ goal is defined more than just an idea. So do you know where you are going to take it next? Do you have a plan? This might actually go past just day 20. Make a plan. Know your path.

Day 21- Keep On Keepin' On
“Surely I am with you always.” -Matthew 28:20

Ok gals! This is it! You made it! You are at the end of the study. Now keep going. Don't just stop because you finished the book and the srudy. Keep working hard and don't give up. I pray that you have seen God working in your life through this book and these past 3 weeks. I pray that you keep working hard on your dreams and that they come true. Keep it up!!!!

***Thank you so much for joining me in this study! I hope that you have been blessed as well. ****

**I received “The Do What You Can Plan” in exchange for my review (done at the first of the month). All opinions expressed in the review and also in the study of the book are my own.*****

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