“The Best Laid Plans…” Five Minute Friday

I’m joining up with the #FMFPARTY Five Minute Friday group again this week! If you haven’t heard of Five Minute Friday go check out Kate Motaung’s page about it over at katemotaung.com/five-minute-friday. Blogging for Five Minutes on Friday about a specified “Prompt Topic” I have to say that only typing about a topic for 5 minutes is a HUGE stretch for me, but I’m really enjoying it.

This week the prompt is “Plan”. I’m excited to get started! So here we go…


If you’ve ever heard the phrase, “The best laid plans of mice & men often go awry.” You know the basis of my life.

I am a planner. I love lists & preparing for upcoming events. I used to be a wedding planner (that’s another post entirely in and of itself!) & I loved the entire planning process from beginning to end.

The thing is, my plans for my life & the lives of my family DO often go awry. I’m not a foolish person. I don’t just jump at every opportunity that comes up. I’m a detailed planner. When I graduated High School I “planned” to get a business degree then own my own bakery, definitely NOT what ended up happening. So why do some of my “plans” come up short?

They don’t work out when they are MY plans & not God’s.

James 4:12-15

” Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.”  How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.”

When I get an idea or start to make a plan of action I need to step back and really evaluate WHOSE plan it is. Am I coming up with this all on my own or have I truly been guided by The Lord?

This blog is a great example of that. I felt God calling me to write. Now, he originally called me to write a book (and I am), but when I got stuck in the process and was about to give up on it He pointed me toward blogging. I questioned & doubted whether it was me or God that came up with that, but after lots of prayer & searching for His answer, He has begun to open my eyes to His plan for it all.

Well, my five minutes are up! This five minute thing is CRAZY! I could probably go on forever… Hmmm… I think I’m already coming up with my next post! I’ve been inspired!

How have the “plans” you’ve made on your own changed? I would love to hear how God has moved in your life!

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“Famine” Ruth 1:1-2

Over the next few posts I’m going to go through one of my favorite books, Ruth.

I have always loved the Book of Ruth. I can’t count the number of times I’ve read it. I’ve read commentary after commentary on it. I’ve taught it to the girls in my Sunday School class more than once. In fact, every time I go through it God shows me something new that I had never considered before. 

Ruth 1:1-2 (NIV)

“In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land. So a man from Bethlehem in Judah, together with his wife and two sons, went to live for a while in the country of Moab. The man’s name was Elimelek, his wife’s name was Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Kilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem, Judah. And they went to Moab and lived there.”

So, here we have Elimelek, Naomi, Mahlon & Kilion. They are living in the land that God promised to His people, when suddenly famine comes. Things were bad, it looked bleak. So what did they do? Elimelek decided to leave and move his family to the country of Moab.

So, why is this a big deal?

Well, for starters you should know that this was The Promised Land that they were leaving. When Moses freed God’s people from Egypt and they wandered the dessert for 40 years, this is the land that God said would be theirs (eventually).

Famine has come and instead of trusting that God would take care of them, just like He had with their ancestors, Elimelek decides to take matters into his own hands. He decides that he knows what is best for his family and they move to Moab.

Not only are they leaving Judah, they’re leaving Judah for Moab. Moab was a country that worshiped other gods. The Moabites didn’t worship the one true God.


When I read these first two verses I’m reminded of all of the times that I didn’t trust that God would take care of something for me.

I can think of so many times in my life that “famine” has come and I instantly react. I always want to fix it as soon as possible, so I decide on my own the best way to make everything better again and do it. I just go off of my own understanding and don’t turn to God for the solution.

Have you ever tried to fix something yourself without turning to God first? How did that turn out for you?

“Famine” in our lives can be all kinds of things. Family problems, friend problems, boyfriend/girlfriend problems, school, work, money… the list goes on and on.

The problem isn’t that we have problems, the problem is that we don’t turn to God for the solution.

We think we know best, and we put God aside for a while & we “fix” the problem.

 Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

In other words, don’t assume that you know the best way. Trust that God is God & that He knows the best way to handle it. Ask Him to help you, listen to Him, and do what he says to do. He will help to make it all ok.

Maybe you’re dealing with a “famine” situation right now in your life. Life is stressful & the bible says that we will have problems. Whatever you are dealing with God wants to guide you, you just have to turn to Him.


In my next post we’ll continue with Ruth 1:3-5

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