There is a little chart inside my daughter’s bedroom, hung low on the wall at just her height. Princess pictures teach her how to get ready each morning and each night. Brush teeth. Brush hair. Go potty. Get dressed. Make bed. She rushes to use a neon blue dry erase marker to check each one off as she does it, morning and night, over and over again.
She’s learning how to get ready. To prepare for what lies ahead and she does each step with expectant joy knowing that in the morning it means a day of new adventures, and at night quality time spent with one of us as we read books before bedtime and make up princess stories. In the planning, there is room for the unexpected. And in the routine of getting ready, she’s learning healthy habits.
What am I getting ready for? What healthy habits am I teaching my soul so that I can make room for the unexpected ecstatic experiences? I thrive on a checklist, just like my little girl. I need the structure to help me get ready so that when the opportunity for spontaneity arises I can jump in with both feet. Read the Word. Worship. Pray. Give thanks. Cling to Jesus.
That’s my to do list, the one that will set me up for success. Getting my heart ready so that when the opportunities come I can see them through the clear lens of God’s plan for my life and not my own agenda. And I’m writing ahead for my 31 days series so I can take October to get ready for something else..something different. In the hectic, noisy, demanding write-at-night-and-publish-the-next-day routine I’m living in I’m having trouble hearing what God is saying about some ideas I’ve had. So I’m taking time now to plan ahead, to do the hard work of making margin in my mind so I can settle in and focus.
I’m linking up with Kate & the Five Minute Friday gals again this week – I love this prompt and the unexpected direction it took me! I’ll still be doing FMF during 31 Days…let’s just hope the prompts fit my topic 😉