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12/30/12 8:47 P

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Our ladies group did one of Lotz's book a while back on Revelation. I can't remember the title but it was so awesome, revealing Jesus throughout Revelation in such practical ways. It was a great blessing to my life. I know you will be enriched by that study. I thank God for leading you to our team, to my life. He is SO good!!



~Missy~

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12/30/12 6:55 P

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I just bought the "Jesus Calling" devotional book to start on January 1st. Funny how God works! I stumbled across this team page and immediately felt that God was speaking to me. That reading this devotional was something I need to do and it lines up perfectly with the study I'll be starting Jan. 8th "Just Give Me Jesus" by Anne Graham Lotz. I've actually already read the book and it's fantastic! Looking forward to really digging into the book of John with the other ladies in my study group as we read through JGMJ book too.

Psalm 37:24
Though they stumble, they will never fall,for the Lord holds them by the hand.


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12/29/12 6:04 P

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I got the Jesus Calling app for my cell phone. I read it before I even get out of bed in the morning. I love it!

~Missy~

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~.~There is nothing we can do to make God love us more; there is nothing we can do to make God love us less. -- Philip Yancey~
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12/28/12 5:33 P

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Wonderful devotional, Missy. I can sometimes be guilty of overplanning, and as I remember this devotional, it will help me remember to put "Trust God" at the top of my lists.

By the way, Jesus Calling is a great little devotional book.

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12/28/12 4:21 P

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Day by day do our best Step by step we will get were we are going Gods plan not ours

I am not pussyfooting around. :)


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12/28/12 2:24 P

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Overplanners Anonymous
Suzie Eller

"In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps." Proverbs 16:9 (NIV)

I sat with pen in hand, surprised by the words on the page in front of me.

"You will not find my Peace by engaging in excessive planning; attempting to control what will happen to you in the future. This is a commonly practiced form of unbelief." (Sarah Young, Jesus Calling)

Planning is one of the things I do best. I have my list of things to accomplish every day. I have a list of goals in ministry. I even have a bucket list!

Planning is a good thing, right?

However, as I read those words in my devotional book, the Holy Spirit revealed to me the way I must often appear to my Heavenly Father.

There are so many things I want to do. Instinctively I know that God's timing isn't mine, but sometimes my litany of lists are in the hopes that if I work hard enough and plan long enough that God will get on my schedule.

It's not that planning is wrong. With our busy lifestyles, our lists keep us from dropping off our young daughter in a cowgirl costume at the neighbor's house ... when the party is scheduled for the next Friday (yes, it really happened).

But this was a deeper heart issue. How many times did I plan and plan and plan some more, only to be disappointed as my lists got longer and my goals farther away.

My planning was less about organization, and more about worry. I felt more in control if I made lists because I felt like I was doing something.

I sensed God saying, "Lay it down. All the planning, all the worry about how things will work out."

In 1 Peter 5:6-7 we are encouraged that, "God's strong hand is on you; he'll promote you at the right time." In the very next verse, Peter warns us to be aware that, "... the devil is poised to pounce..." (The Message)

It's no accident that Peter shared a promise, but also a warning.

The promise is that God is in control. He knows exactly where He is taking you, and as you trust Him, His promotion may look very different (and far more fulfilling) than your carefully drawn plans.

When we are trapped in excessive planning and things don't work out the way we want, it can create anxiety, frustration, or anger towards God—all traps the enemy would love to use to discourage and distract us.

I didn't stop writing lists. They keep me from forgetting what I need to do.

But I have stopped excessive planning.

God's ways are higher than mine. And if I keep that truth above my planning, then I am open to go in whatever direction God leads.

I didn't have to sign up for Overplanner's Anonymous. Instead, the first thing on my plan every day is to simply "trust God."

Dear Lord, I know that being organized is a good thing, but my excessive planning is tied to worry. Today I give You all my cares. You have my future in Your hands. I trust You. In Jesus' Name, Amen.


~Missy~

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~.~There is nothing we can do to make God love us more; there is nothing we can do to make God love us less. -- Philip Yancey~
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