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This week’s Five Minute Friday writing prompt is: DETERMINE




At the beginning of each year, I have a renewed motivation to lay out my plans for the next twelve months.

What do I want to accomplish? How will I reach those goals? What do I want to focus on? How should I spend my time?

As in previous years, this January has been no different. I printed off some blank calendars and started to map out my life, color coding different categories and dreaming about possibilities.

I thought I had it all planned out, when I received an email invitation proposing another opportunity that had not been on my radar for this year. It’s definitely something I would like to do, it just wasn’t in my Master Plan.

Then I remembered: I’m not the one who determines my agenda. The Lord is the One who orders my days.

How many times in Scripture does He remind us that we may set our plans, but He is the One who determines our steps?

While this could come across as frustrating, I actually took comfort in this truth. I don’t have to have it all figured out. All I have to do is submit my heart and hands to Him, and He will direct my path.

He is a good, good Father and He causes good to come from every situation for those who love Him.

If you’re facing uncertainty or a lack of purpose, take heart. God knows exactly what lies ahead for you, He knows how to get you there, and He will sustain you by His mercy and grace.

It’s not bad to have goals and aspirations. But when things don’t go as we planned, we can still trust that they went exactly according to His plan.




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for a 5-Day Instagram Writing Challenge,
happening January 17-21!


Daily one-word writing prompts will be provided.

It will be like a five-day-long Five Minute Friday link-up!

PLUS: One challenge participant will WIN this fabulous prize!

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