Five Minute Friday {Plan}

March 12, 2015Karen Courcy

301c78c2fd8d8efdeef2011a8bbb9160Welcome to Five Minute Friday to where us bloggers are given a word prompt and write for just 5 minutes simply for the joy of writing.

No editing or backtracking. No need to be perfect. Just words freely flowing from my heart to yours. Set the timer and write away! Stop at the 5 minute mark no matter where you are!

Today’s Five minute Friday word is {PLAN}

One of the things I have struggled with the most is letting go of what it is I want vs what it is God has in plan for me.

I am the type of person that likes to have a plan of action right in front of me. I want to know what to do in all the “what if’s” . . . if this happens, then I will do this, and if that happens, then what? what should I do next?

Although sometimes this can be helpful, I have noticed that when I let myself just “be” with the moment in what is going on, work with the moment, move through the moment – it happens for that very moment.

I have learned the hard way that sometimes having a plan is setting myself up for failure and possible disappointment and hurt.

Just recently I have changed how I move through harder moments or even unknown moments. I take one step at a time in front of me, and let God have the plan for me. I allow God to be in charge, and my only job is to “be” and “accept” the moment for what it is.

I am not saying not planning anything out is the answer, you need a plan in life, but it’s those moments that you try and change the direction out of “vulnerability” or “comfortableness”, I have learned to accept those moments and allow myself to be vulnerable and yes sometimes uncomfortable.

I have noticed a change the past month or so, now that I am not planning everything out according to what would be “easier” or more to “my plan” .. letting God take the wheel sometimes and accepting what is here has made me realize that healing is not only found in the ways we move through things, its found in the ways we struggle through those moments – its where we gain the most strength.

Allow yourself to just BE and allow God to show you what it is he has in plan for you – Accept it, embrace it, even the hard parts.



  • Tara

    March 12, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    I can so relate! I want the plan to be placed in front of me too. But God usually has something else planned doesn’t he??

    1. KarenBeth

      March 13, 2015 at 2:57 PM

      Hi Tara .. thank you for stopping by my blog 🙂 and YES God usually has other plans, sometimes not what we have planned, but it always has a reason.

  • mghollis38

    March 12, 2015 at 10:50 PM

    I’m learning how to change my “plans” into “suggestions.” It seems a little bit harder, but I find that when God is in control of the plans, beautiful things happen.

    1. KarenBeth

      March 13, 2015 at 2:58 PM

      Hi Melinda .. that is a great way of looking at it.. suggestions .. leaving it open to you or God .. I like it 🙂 Thank you for stopping by my blog.

  • JamieG

    March 12, 2015 at 11:15 PM

    Well said! Especially love “healing is not only found in the ways we move through things, its found in the ways we struggle through those moments – its where we gain the most strength.” Visiting from FMF – Blessings!

    1. KarenBeth

      March 13, 2015 at 2:59 PM

      Hi Jamie … thank you for stopping by my blog .. blessings to you as well 🙂

  • Shanon Bibby

    March 12, 2015 at 11:26 PM

    Love this and how you have explained releasing yourself to His plan for you! I agree, planning is great but I too have fallen victim to wanting my plan instead of His. But God is good and brings us to understanding. Blessings from another FMF Party goer 🙂

    1. KarenBeth

      March 13, 2015 at 3:00 PM

      Welcome Shanon .. and thank you for stopping by my blog today with your reflection on this .. helps to know I am not alone.

  • bluecottonmemory

    March 13, 2015 at 1:31 AM

    One step at a time -that is the key – and letting Him drive the journey – I just need to stop trying to grab the wheel back. You expressed this so beautifully! Shalom!

    1. KarenBeth

      March 13, 2015 at 3:01 PM

      Hi! thank you 🙂 and also thank you for stopping by from FMF 🙂 have met some wonderful people every week 🙂

  • The Momma (aka Therese Moma)

    March 13, 2015 at 1:51 AM

    This is such a lovely post and there is so much truth in it. I went through an intensive three week outpatient mental health program about six years ago and one of the things that was so helpful to me that I learned was to just sit with my emotions, not try to analyze them or judge them, and just let them happen. It is a super uncomfortable thing to do at first. Once you get used to it though, you start to realize that the emotions that were once so heavy and scary have a lot less power over you and that enables you to start making changes in how you react to things that life throws at you. It also allows you to honor your emotions in a positive way — even the really difficult ones — and to move through them in a healthy way instead of just stewing in them or allowing them to control you. I wish I could say that I still do this or that I remember how to do it, but as these things go, I seem to have forgotten a lot from that program. Thankfully, I have a good therapist who knows a lot of those things I learned well as he used to work in that program as the group therapist. Perhaps he can help me relearn some of them. Stopping by from FMF!

    1. KarenBeth

      March 13, 2015 at 3:02 PM

      HI.. I wrote you an email 🙂 LOVE your response.. it hit me in many ways .. I hope to hear from you.

  • Andrew Budek-Schmeisser

    March 13, 2015 at 3:35 AM

    Well, yes, but up to a point.

    I’m a bit fed to the teeth with ‘harder’. Dying slowly and in severe pain is one thing…but knowing that the people close to you are making Life After Death Plans…THEIR life after MY death…

    That sucks. I know, I’m supposed to be compassionate and understanding…but when one realizes that one’s continued life stands in the way of another’s happiness…

    That just plain sucks.

    So I won’t accept it, and I’m not OK with it, whether it’s God’s plan or not. I’m going to fight this SOB right into the ground, and if nothing else, the world will know that I was written off just a mite too early, because I will light up everything around me as I fall.

    I’m reminded of a line from “Watership Down” –

    All the world will be your enemy, Prince with a Thousand Enemies, and when they catch you they will kill you.

    But first they much catch you.

    1. KarenBeth

      March 13, 2015 at 3:05 PM

      Andrew.. I SO understand your side of this as well. I get it and then I don’t.. I can’t imagine what you are going through and how you move through it. I don’t think I meant it in a way of, we have to accept ALL that is here in front of us, because I think it’s normal for us to PUSH away the things that do suck and life is not fair moments .. because it’s not fair. For me, I am finding that being with emotions and feelings that come is easier than pushing them away and reverting back to isolating as a result of that .. almost like punishing myself.. so I am learning how to accept what is here.

      if I were in your situation, I think I would feel just as you feel and I think you have a right. I dont believe it’s God’s plan to give you an illness to take your life away.. these are the things that what life gives free will too, God just works hard to give you strength through it.

      You are a FIGHTER..proud to call you my friend! Thank you for being honest 🙂

  • joanneviola

    March 13, 2015 at 10:47 AM

    I’m coming to learn that God’s plans come with an intent towards my life. He desires to fulfill His will in my life so that my life is filled with purpose & lived out for His glory. May we remember to let His plans trump ours. Easy to say & hard to do at times. But He helps us even in that. Glad to have stopped here from FMF.

    1. KarenBeth

      March 13, 2015 at 3:08 PM

      Hi Joanne . . . YES great thing to come to understanding around .. thank you for these reminders as well … I appreciate you stopping by 🙂

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