Patient Planning

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Daily Reading: Nehemiah 3:15-5:13, 1 Corinthians 7:25-40, Psalm 32:1-11, Proverbs 21:5-7

Daily Verse: “The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.” Prov. 21:5

Patient planning.

Without a plan, nothing ever happens. Builders can’t build a house without a blueprint. Travelers can’t go on a trip without an itinerary. And financial planners can’t create wealth without a budget. No matter the project or goal, you must have a plan.

One of my favorite memories of our honeymoon happened on the drive home when we created our first budget, one we still follow. Each month, we tithe first, save second and spend third. Approaching our eleventh wedding anniversary, we continue to build our retirement, save money for emergencies and what we want to do and live within our means.

Each of us has limited resources of time and treasure. We either manage our resources, or they control us. Don’t let life slip away; plan for what you want to do, then follow it. Living abundantly requires patient planning.

Spend time praying about your future goals. Ask God to help you develop a plan to attain them. Then one day at a time, follow your plans patiently.

Lord, forgive us for not planning well. Help us develop a plan that allows us to live abundantly. Direct our paths, open the doors we need opened, and let us live our lives purposely for You.  IJNIP. Amen

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