Fall Into Freedom" planner that I posted about here: Three Words for Fall. When I posted about my three words -- productive, restorative, and appreciative -- that was just the beginning of work that I needed to do in the planner.
|Leaf line courtesy of my friend Vee|
The third page was "Ask Him Where to Go" and had to do with asking God for direction for my fall season. Just getting quiet and asking Him what He wants this fall to look like for me. Here's what I wrote:
"I'm trying not to overthink this and decided a good way to begin was to again remind myself of God's purpose for my life: to bring honor and glory to Him by using the spiritual gifts and unique talents He has blessed and equipped me with. Under this heading I have broken this purpose down into three areas:
1) Be a godly wife (homemaker, mother, daughter, etc.)
2) Use my spiritual gifts to point others to Him and encourage fellow believers
3) Use my unique, God-given talents for the above purposes.
"In meshing these purposes together with my three words and my "land" (as seen on the next page), I see some direction:
"I believe God would have me to do all I can to minister to my husband with good, nutritious food and the gift of a peaceful, orderly home, plus faithful prayer, this fall, as in all seasons. This will require time and effort.
"I believe God would have me to continue to teach Sunday School, and to use my other spiritual gifts of helps, giving, serving, and hospitality. We will be entering a season of pastoral candidates (and I know we are entering a season of holiday outreach) at church, so I will have many opportunities to use these gifts.
"I believe God would have me continue with my blogs to encourage other ladies -- I think He is using my Pinterest boards that way, too -- and to point others to Him. I will be using food as a means of outreach, too (just brought fish chowder to an elderly aunt, and hope to bring baked goods to the staff at my dad's nursing home), so I trust God will use my cooking and baking talents to glorify Him.
The fourth page is "What's Your Land?" and the title comes from Genesis 13 where God tells Abraham to walk the length and breadth of the land He's given him. We were encouraged to identify our "land" -- the lives and locations we touch. Here's my list:
*My dad and mother-in-law
*My grown children and grandchildren
*Extended family on my side and my husband's side
*My friends and church family
*My blog readers
*My women's Sunday School class
And then the fifth page of the workbook is "It's Time to Say No". We know where we are called for this season, and now we are to identify things that we are not called to. Here's my list (which may be added to):
*Looking at my tablet during my prayer time
*Making handmade Christmas gifts for all the grandkids
*Serving in nursery at church
*Stressing over what others think
The last page is "What Do You Expect?" and it involves speaking some hope and biblical truth into the coming season. Here are my expectations:
*I expect that God will give me strength according to the needs/tasks of each day
*I expect that God will give me guidance and direction daily as I look to Him
*I expect that God will give me wisdom for dealing with my dad's concerns
*I expect that God will keep me safe as I travel about
*I expect that God will help me to use my time wisely
*I expect that God will work out the details of every situation I encounter
*I expect that God will give me the words to share His truth with others.
I found this planner extremely helpful and I hope that Jess might produce one for the winter season as well. What about you? Have you tried this workbook or a similar one to plan your fall? How is it going?