Tuesday, April 8, 2014

God's Plans

It seems like this season of my life is ridiculously crazy busy. 
No matter how I try to let things go or say no to things, 
it just seems constantly overloaded and completely overwhelming. 
I almost laughed in the face of my surgeon at MDA last week when he 
told me that I needed to slow down and allow myself to heal
and that doing so would help the horrid headaches I'm having. 
If only, dear doctor, if only I could. 

I spoke at the women's conference at my church last Saturday 
and shared this printable below in the form of a bookmark. 
The quote and verse below are two things that I've said to
myself pretty much at least once a day every day for the last year.  

It's so easy to get caught up in the million things going on in a day
that seem so important and pressing
and become overwhelmed. 
Yet when I remind myself that although the day I'm in may 
be stinky, it is just a single day and 
God's plans are so so so much better
than I can ever imagine. 
In case you need a reminder you can print your own copy HERE.  

I'm also going to give away a few of the bookmarks! 

If you'd like to win a set of 10 bookmarks to share with friends 
who might need this reminder,
comment below with your favorite quote or verse that comforts you 
when life seems CRAZY and OVERWHELMING! 

I'll pick three winners on Sunday night! 


  1. Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.-Proverbs 3:5

  2. "Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer." Romans 12:2(ESV)

  3. Good morning Shannon, First I want to thank you for "Sweet Blessings"! Your blog and daily comments inspire me in ways you will never know. You are always in my prayers and I just want to say "Thank You"!

    My favorite verse is a very popular one, but this verse helps me each and every day! I am always struggling and asking myself why...why...why should I be allowed to go to heaven, what have I done to be worthy, and my answer is always John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

    I believe, I believe, I believe! THANK YOU AGAIN!

  4. A fun verse I've been enjoying lately is from Proverbs 31, describing a virtuous woman. She is clothed with strength and dignity, she can laugh at the days to come.

  5. Singing brings comfort to me:

    Be still, my soul: The Lord is on your side.
    Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;
    Leave to thy God to order and provide;
    In every change He faithful will remain
    Be still, my soul: Thy best, Thy heavenly friend
    Through stormy ways leads to a joyful end.

    Be still, my soul:
    The waves and winds still know
    His voice who ruled them
    While He dwelt below

  6. I claimed Romans 12:12 several years ago while going through a hard time.
    Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
    Also, my wise grandmother taught me to say "not at this time", instead of "no". This feels like a more gentle way to turn someone down :)

  7. One of my favorites is Philippians 4:13
    I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

  8. Would love to give some of these to my clients at Aggieland Pregnancy Outreach!

    I try to remember that God is in control of ALL THINGS....no matter how big or small...Romans 8:28,"All things work together for good for those that love the Lord and are called according to His purpose." I can rest in the knowledge that He has it all under control, even when it FEELS out of control. :) Who can ask for more??

  9. Romans 8:18 has carried me through a lot the last few months: What we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory He will give us later.

  10. Hebrews 12:1-3
    We have all these great people around us as examples. Their lives tell us what faith means. So we, too, should run the race that is before us and never quit. We should remove from our lives anything that would slow us down and the sin that so often makes us fall. 2 We must never stop looking to Jesus. He is the leader of our faith, and he is the one who makes our faith complete. He suffered death on a cross. But he accepted the shame of the cross as if it were nothing because of the joy he could see waiting for him. And now he is sitting at the right side of God’s throne. 3 Think about Jesus. He patiently endured the angry insults that sinful people were shouting at him. Think about him so that you won’t get discouraged and stop trying. (ERV)

  11. When I was younger and living at home, there was a plaque that hung in our bathroom. It was the first stanza to a poem. I memorized it (no better place to memorize than in the bathroom!!) and use it when I am anxious or overwhelmed or nervous. I think it speaks perfectly to the situations you describe in your blog. You might be familiar with it...

    Slow Me Down Lord

    Slow me down, Lord!
    Ease the pounding of my heart
    By the quieting of my mind.
    Steady my harried pace
    With a vision of the eternal reach of time.

    Give me, amidst the confusions of my day,
    The calmness of the everlasting hills.
    Break the tensions of my nerves
    With the soothing music
    Of the singing streams that live in my memory.

    Help me to know the magical power of sleep,
    Teach me the art of taking minute vacations
    Of slowing down to look at a flower;
    To chat with an old friend or make a new one;
    To pat a stray dog;
    To watch a spider build a web;
    To smile at a child;
    Or to read a few lines from a good book.

    Remind me each day
    That the race is not always to the swift;
    That there is more to life
    Than increasing its speed.

    Let me look upward
    Into the branches of the towering oak
    And know that it grew great and strong
    Because it grew slowly and well.

    Slow me down, Lord,
    And inspire me to send my roots deep
    Into the soil of life's enduring values
    That I may grow toward the stars
    Of my greater destiny.

    —Wilfred A. Peterson

  12. "Come to me all who are weary and I will give you rest." Math 11:28

  13. Only after I was hit head-on by a drunk driver did I learn to slow down and savor. And Shannon, it's been the BEST lesson I ever learned. Please, please do what your doctor advises. You will be glad you did.

    Prayers for peace (and that I win those adorable bookmarks!)


    1. Oops ... hit submit too fast (what what?) ... Romans 5: 3-5 :More than that, we rejoice in our suffering, knowing that suffering produces endurance and endurance produces character, and character produces hope and hop does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us."

  14. The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still." Exodus 14:14

  15. Having two sleep disorders, I've learned to hold on to Psalm 4:8: I will BOTH lie down AND sleep in peace, for Thou, Lord, ONLY maketh me to dwell in safely. (emphasis mine :))

    Thank you for all you share. You're a blessing!

  16. Lamentations 3:21-26: Yet I call this to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed; For His compassions never fail, They are new every morning; Great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, "The Lord is my portion; Therefore I will wait for Him." The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him, To the one who seeks Him; It is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord."

  17. I hope it's not too late; I just found you! My favorite is Zephaniah 3:17: "...he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing." I think of this as I rock my toddler to sleep.

  18. I LOVE and NEED words of comfort........we don't hear them as much as adults.........we neet them too!!

    Psalms 55:22 Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.