March 30, 2020 

Jeremiah 29:11 “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’  declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ ” 


I am a planner.  I always have been.  I thrive in structure and routine, really depending on it quite a bit. I have learned over time it is one of my God-given strengths.  I am good at putting order and structure into things, professionally and personally. With so much uncertainty in our world and our community right now, I’ve really been struggling, both mentally and emotionally.  I have found I’ve been very irritable and just cranky!  I’ve spent time in prayer and talking to God, trying to understand the root of that angst.  Is it fear? Confusion?  Is it frustration? While it may be some of all of these, I think I am most bothered by the absence of my normal, my routine. I like knowing what to expect each day. Maybe you can relate?  I need to put some structure in place to make sense out of all the chaos that seems to be around me. I am using the talents and strengths God gave me to do that. I made a daily schedule for my children while they are at home.  I’ve used these talents at work by planning activities that families can do at home together, and provided resources that will enable children to continue learning at home. I make lists! List upon list of things I’d like to accomplish during this time of the unknown. I have to remember that God has a plan for all of this. His timing is always the best timing.  Let us take this time to be still and know that He is God (Psalm 46:10). We can only control what we can control. Using our unique gifts and God-given talents, let us serve one another, our families and our communities, relying heavily on His plan. - Abby Arey


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