A Wife Loved Like The Church

When the Day Doesn’t go as Planned

Posted on: March 28, 2013

Monday was my birthday.

I had my day planned out. I was going to sleep in and start my day off refreshed. The girls had school, so while Joseph napped, I’d relax and enjoy the silence of my house. Maybe watch a show. Crochet a bit. Eat some cake. Then Joseph and I would meet Jonathan for a birthday lunch date. I’d go shopping before picking up the girls. Then dinner and maybe another date once the kids were in bed. Perfect.

But, the night before Julia got sick. Then that morning Jonathan had to be at work early, foiling my plans to sleep in. Once mid-morning rolled around, Hannah got sick. And my well planned day crumbled down.

Not gonna lie, I was disappointed.

My quiet birthday celebration while the kids napped {unaware that it was actually my birthday}

My quiet birthday celebration while the kids napped {unaware that it was actually my birthday}

At one point, I almost wanted to selfishly remind Julia that today was my birthday. But, God pricked my heart and reminded me of something –

My life is about His plan, not my plan.

That reminder didn’t make me jump for joy at cleaning up throw up or feeling glad that my plans had so drastically changed. But it did make me soften my heart toward my children and see that this mess was the plan for my birthday. It wasn’t my plan {and I wasn’t loving it}, but it was God’s plan.

And when I was brought to tears at just how hard the day was going {how hard the last two ten months have gone}, my sweet sister-in-law spoke these words to me ::

Blessed be the Lord! For He has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy. The Lord is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults and with my song I give thanks to Him. Psalm 28:6-7

My situation never changed on Monday. The girls didn’t feel better. In fact, Jonathan and I both got sick too. I’m still struggling with feeling overwhelmed and frustrated. But God is reminding me that He’s heard my pleas, that He is my strength and shield; He is my help. And that’s all I can hold on to.

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7 Responses to "When the Day Doesn’t go as Planned"

Happy belated birthday! Loved reading those verses… so encouraging for me today too! Funny, because I wrote about the same thing today…feeling overwhelmed! (http://www.farmoreprecious.com/8/post/2013/03/a-little-bit-of-encouragement.html)
Thanks for reminding me that God’s plan always wins… and he planned all my days, even the hard ones!

Thanks for sharing the link Rachel!

Oy. Birthdays can be the worst–all those expectations making disappointment so likely. I hope you get to celebrate your day soon!

Kelsey, birthdays can be the worst. I always try to keep my expectations pretty low with my birthday, but when it went even below my expectation, that was pretty lame-o. Ha!

Have you heard “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans” !!

Ha! I have indeed! And I’m pretty sure he laughed at me Monday. 😉

I hate times like this 😦 Motherhood is so hard at times because you can’t just bow out for the day. You are needed. A lot. But you are a good mommy! And your birthday will come around again. 🙂

Happy Birthday. I am blessed by reading your blog in my blog reader (just transferred it all to feedly).

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