Part of fulfilling your purpose is planning your life before the Lord, as you listen and obey Him. This is simple – and a life long practice. Just like running- which honestly, I don’t do much of, I just know it’s an easy to understand analogy – it’s a simple exercise; you just have to train yourself to do it and be good at it. Soon, you are going miles and miles.
With planning, you must start with the Lord, before the Lord, surrendered to the Lord. I begin most of my mornings early and in the Word. Many times with a cup of coffee in hand, too. I read the Word, pray for my husband and son, journal, and ask the Lord how I can love Him and love my family in this day.
Like the book of James says, it is important to say ‘as the Lord wills’ as you plan. This is not a magical blanket statement; this is a truth that you understand that a man makes his plan and the Lord orders his steps (that’s from Proverbs).
So I get out the Word, enjoy conversation with the Lord, and get out my planner too. He helps me to make my plans and order my steps. As you spend time with the Lord, you will learn to listen to Him. You will discern His voice as you learn His character. You will obey better and better, too, because you know His character. He would only have you act in line with His character. See? Simple pattern of life, here.
You do not need any props – this is something that the book, Ordering Your Private World explains. Remember, that’s the book I said if you are breathing you should read.
On that same note, I do appreciate the tools that I use. This changes throughout different seasons of my life, but let me share with you the tools I am using right now.