Who Will Prevail (I Predict Not Me)

Today is Thursday.  Surprise!  It comes every week, yes.  But this Thursday is Valentine’s Day Thursday.  And I had intended to be at Bible Study this morning with My Sweet Bible Study girls.  The ones who get me and know my heart.  They encourage me to hang in there when things are tough and praise the tar out of the Almighty God when things are grand.  I had Valentine’s card-ettes all made out for every one of them with a sweet verse for each.  One of these gals, gifted by God with such baking skills as  you would wish to be the sponge that gets to wash off her baking utensils, was going to be bringing a special treat. Another, leading us with her fresh perspective and gentle encouragement. Yet another, bringing sweet Valentine’s crafted with such love that you could practically feel her heart beating within it as you held it in your hands.

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”

Proverbs 19:21

But instead?  Instead, I’m sitting on the couch snuggled up next to a snot-nosed, very literally, mini-me.  She uses my sleeve as her human Kleenex.  She keeps moaning that “my nose doesn’t feel good mama.”. And yet, she begs to go to preschool so she can hand out all 14 of her Valentine’s Day cards. Cards that she laboriously, over the course of 4 days, signed her name to. And every so often, she’ll ask for a  slobber-mixed-with-snot, germ-delivering, cold-laden, kiss.

What I want to be doing and what I planned to be doing was not to be.  Sigh…

So, I hop onto Facebook to see what others are up to on this fine Valentine’s Day. And I see this:

Love is

And my half-pint Valentine perks up and says, “Oooh, Mama, the words are so pretty!”

Oh, little one, they are.  They are pretty to look at, they are pretty when they are in action, and they are pretty, especially when strung up as a mantra inside the walls of your heart.

So, I read them out loud to her.  And to myself.  And I return her slobbery kiss with one of my own.

And I am reminded that God’s plans are always best.

Even when they’re laden with germs.

Yes indeedy!

13 thoughts on “Who Will Prevail (I Predict Not Me)

  1. Missy,
    I love how you write.I am still laughing. You gave me something to think about. I didn’t plan on traveling this weekend to see a very sick relative. I definitely did not plan to travel with 2 young girls. In the midst of this I feel God’s presence. I get to be with my family in a very emotional time that will definitely bring us closer together. My girls will bring a new life into my grandparents house that everyone is excited for. I definitely had many plans for this weekend but it will be God’s plan that prevails. Amen! Praise the Lord!

    I look forward to your posts every Thursday 🙂

    • Aw, Kristy, you are sweeter than sweet. And, I’m just sure that God engineered these circumstances so that you could bring your little darlings to a place in which their innocence and youthful enthusiasm can spread lots of cheer. Praying for you dear one! Oh yes I am!

  2. Loveyly Missy, you melted my heart… My man made homemade valentines yesterday for our girls with his left hand…and his right hand bound tight in a cast… Somehow he managed to use an Exacto knife with it to cut paper… Then I awoke to my own homemade card and he was off to go back to work…. Somethings like germs and torn tendons and surgery are never in our plans
    Have a wonderful day and may your whole house stay well ; )

    • Oh my lanta – your man sounds like a keeper. A KEEPER, I tell ya! Germs and surgery always seem to make glaringly clear what we’ve been missing, don’t they?? Hope you all had a beautiful rest of your day together!

    • Mini-me is coughing upstairs as I type. But I remain hopeful for sleep for us all. And if not, the Lord’s will be done. (But, preferrably after a decent nights sleep.)

  3. Great post, Missy! To be honest, it is easy not to like Valentine’s Day when you have no one special in your life to share it with today. I went to the local bakery and picked up some special dog treats for my two dachshunds today…they are the love of my life these days and love me unconditionally. I remember growing up in grade school how I could not wait to get to school and see all the pretty V-Day cards I received in my decorated bag. I learned to really appreciate the homemade cards because I know alot of craft and perseverance went into making them for me. But, every card I received was an indication someone thought about me that day. in all reality, God is our true Valentine in life because He loves us for who we are including all our imperfections. He longs to have a deep and meaningful relationship with each and every one of us. Thanks for sharing your story. God Bless You! 🙂

    • Sometimes we think that just because a person has “someone special” in their lives they are happier than you. But that “someone special” can not fill an empty heart. That spot in our hearts that needs filled can only be fill by a loving God.

    • Hi Charlotte! I can honestly say that reading your post reminded me of how very much we loved our sweetdog (who passed away this past summer). Those furry babies really show us God’s love in so very many ways. Thanks for the visit and the encouraging words!

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