strategyStrategy :: a plan, method, or series of maneuvers or stratagems for obtaining a specific goal or result: a strategy for getting ahead in the world.

I just attended Pink Impact, the awesome women’s conference that Gateway Church hosts once a year. We heard amazing speakers like Charlotte Gambill, Priscilla Shirer, Chris Caine, Jan Greenwood, Debbie Morris, Elaine Fisher and Judah Smith. With almost every speaker we heard over 3 days, there was one word that was consistently repeated: Strategy.

The word was used in different ways with every speaker but it was definitely a common theme this year. God is telling us He wants us to get our action plan DOWN.

I’m not going to lie. I’m a “fly by the seat of my pants” kind of girl. I try hard to make my to-do lists and get really proud of myself for taking the time to make my list and getting all my thoughts in order, but then an hour later I will lose the list and forget everything I wrote down. And what’s crazy, is that STRATEGIC is one of my strengths in the Strengthfinder book.

There are many different strategies used in the Bible in order to complete God’s will and purpose in the Bible. Moses had a strategy on how to delegate work, Nehemiah had a strategy on how to build, a lot of people had strategies on how to win battles and much more. They were victorious through the strategies that God gave them.

Even though we can’t control the future, and we don’t know what the future holds, we need to have direction in our life. We need to have some sort of plan going so we don’t wander.

Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty. {Proverbs 21:5}

Having an action plan helps you keep from failing. I know when I have dieted in the past, I would do so much better when I had a strategy of what I was going to eat for the day, instead of just choosing as I went. If I didn’t have a plan, I would base my eating choice on what I felt like at that moment instead of what I wanted. Or if I was shopping, I do so much better when I had a plan of how much I didn’t want to go over in my spending allowance. And even more seriously, if you’ve always been pro-life, sometimes with an unplanned pregnancy, even abortion might cross your mind in that moment of panic.

It might be time in your life (and mine) to make a plan!

It’s time to take steps toward that dream that you’ve always had but it seems just too far away to reach. It’s not! Just start taking steps and eventually, you will get there. It’s time to create a plan on how to protect your home spiritually and pray about what you will allow into your home and what you will NOT allow. Make your list of character traits in your future husband that God gives to you and don’t settle for a guy that doesn’t match up to the spiritual leader you want for your home and future family!

When we make decisions in a weak moment that we haven’t taken the time to think out before, can potentially lead to a poor decision you might regret later.

Most importantly, it’s time to make a strategy in your spiritual life! Spiritual warfare is going around all around us and we need to be ready to fight. Spend time with God daily and read His word, guard your heart and mind, and you always need to hear, believe and obey! You can try to make your own plans and do your own thing that doesn’t line up with God’s plans, but it will not ever work.

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. {Matthew 6:33}

You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail. {Proverbs 19:21}

I love that a lot of marriage speakers encourage doing a “Vision Weekend” with your spouse – a weekend of prayer and aligning our lives to God’s plan for the following year – and doing it yearly! Even if you are a single mom, this is a great idea to have a get-away with just you and God and ask Him to give you an action plan for your life and your little family.

Do you have a strategy in your spiritual walk? Do you have a plan of action for your family? We would love to hear your action plan that God gives you! 

Written by Amy Ford

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