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A man’s heart plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.(Proverbs 16:9) 

Children can teach us more lessons about God than you could ever imagine. Sometimes, we learn a great deal about ourselves and how we relate to God through our interaction with our kids. Let me tell you a story about our daughter, Britni.

She was about five years old at the time, and it was nearly bedtime. I looked at her while she was watching television. I said, “Britni, it’s bedtime. I’m going to give you one of two choices. You can either go brush your teeth first, and then we say prayers; or we can say prayers, and you can go brush your teeth. But then, you have to go to bed.”  

She looked at me and said, “I’ll give you two choices. You can either first turn up the television and make me a sandwich or make me a sandwich and then turn up the television.” By the way, she did not get what she wanted because she was dealing with her father.  

We can laugh at this story and joke about how ridiculous it is that a five-year-old child would make demands like that. If we are being honest, there are plenty of times when we act this way with our Heavenly Father. We attempt to negotiate with God, just like Britni tried to bargain with me.  

We want our way, and we want what we want. We begin to bark our orders to God when, in reality, He already has another plan in place. 

How can we learn to trust His plan instead of trying to negotiate with Him on our plan? What will it take for us to fully surrender what we want in order to embrace what God desires for us? I pray you will diligently ponder these questions and learn to trust God’s plan over your plan.


  1. Millie on November 15, 2021 at 5:20 am

    My concerns for my loved ones is a main stay in my prayer request to God-I know it is HIS will not mine-but it is still so hard-when we have limited vision of the future. I have to remind myself that God loves my son more than I do. My husband too. I still pray about my concerns-I need to always be mindful to Thank God for HIS mater plan.

  2. Kelly galloway on November 15, 2021 at 7:57 am

    I’ve been trusting Gods plans for years now… I had to read and put things into perspective to know how he works. Good, bad, and indifferent times…. I know to trust his plans not my own

  3. Susette Loughney on November 15, 2021 at 8:32 am

    I don’t understand what God’s plans are for my life but I do trust him that he will make better plans than me. I had a rough time with my daughter for many years now she’s almost 19 but I always came in because of her temper and I didn’t want to deal with it so I was doing wrong also but she lives with her dad now and he can handle it more than me but I pray for her all the time because she’s not living accordingly up to the Bible to God’s ways and I always talk to her about God and what she should be doing but God will work on her at his time I have to keep out of it. But I will always continue to pray for her and my son and my family members.

  4. Robert schmieding on November 15, 2021 at 8:44 am

    I turn 70 this year and I am not retired I’ve been self-employed for 40 years I do not have any hobbies and I pray that God has a plan for me ,In the next chapter of my life oh, I know he does. I also pray for my grandson’s future as they are having a hard time getting settled into life. I would ask for prayers to all of you

  5. Betty Laughlin on November 15, 2021 at 9:39 am

    I know there are times in my past when I asked God to follow me, but those times never turned out well, so I learned to let Him lead

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