plans and priorities

Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails.
Proverbs 19:21
This is so true.  I get up in the morning with So. Many. Plans.
Plans in my calendar.  Plans on my mind.  More scribbled on paper.
Plans I alone have made, yet before God I can't help but acknowledge that only He knows my day.  He has it planned.  And His plans could very well not be mine.
Sometimes the sheer volume of tasks on My List overwhelms me and I think, "How will I get this all done?"  I can feel my heart race and panic set in. 
Truth is, often there really aren't enough hours in the day - for my plans.
The best advice I've read on priorities comes from the book Lies Women Believe and the Truth that Sets Them Free by Nancy Leigh DeMoss.  In it she writes, " The Truth is all I have to do is the work God assigns to me.  What a freedom it has been for me to accept that there is time for me to do everything that is on God's 'to do' list for my day, my week and my life!"  I love that concept.
I'm betting that God's to-do list for me looks way different than mine.  Think Mary vs. Martha.  Yeah. That.
Plans. Lists.  Pressures. Commitments. They all threaten to manipulate my day and thrust me headlong into my next 24 hours before I'm even ready. Why am I letting them dictate my schedule? Where is my priority? When will I remember that simply sitting at Jesus' feet with my Bible, a journal and some quiet time is not a waste of time, but lifeblood for my soul?  I cannot think of a better investment in my day than to give Him a part of it.  The moments I give Him are necessary in order to get those other things done.  (cue My List.)
Breathe soul, breathe.  There is time enough in this day to do what God wants me to do.  And the only way I'm going to figure out what those things are is
to ask Him.
to listen to Him.
to spend time with Him.
Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and all these things will be added to you as well.....
Sounds like a plan to me.

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