1. Allow God into your plan. Proverbs 16:9 says "The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps." God is ultimately going to do what He desires with your life, so when you willingly take your plans to Him you are surrendering and showing Him you're on board. Since you can't resist Him, join Him.

2. Accept what might look like "Plan B."  Sometimes God throws a wrench in the process. But often having to pick up with what you think is your "Plan B"  is really following God's "Plan A."  There are several times in my life when I became frustrated that my plan wasn't working and I had to resort to "Plan B." But, looking back now, it was through the "Plan Bs" that I met my husband, we had our first daughter, and my first book was eventually published.  Had I insisted on my timing in all those situations, I would've missed incredible blessings that God had intended for me. The inevitable "Plan B" is often  really God's "Plan A" for our lives. 

3. Anticipate the beauty of what God is doing.  In Psalms 40:1-3, King David sang about waiting patiently for the Lord. The result was that he was not only lifted out of his pit, set upon a rock, and given a firm place to stand, but God "put a new song" in his mouth. David anticipated that many would see and fear and "put their trust in the Lord"  as a result of his testimony of having to wait. God just may be waiting to bring about something in your life so that others will put their trust in Him as a result of your testimony of waiting. So don't fear the bigger and better reasons God has for doing things His way.

June 10, 2010

Cindi McMenamin is a national speaker and author of several books including Women on the Edge and When a Woman Discovers Her Dream.  For more on her books and ministry, see www.StrengthForTheSoul.com